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Hard Drive showing all data there - but only as RAW data.

ok...this is a long one, and somewhat complicated, but here goes.

I have a hard drive that was working perfectly and doesnt seem to have any errors on it at all - except for all of a sudden the drive shows up as 0 bytes capacity.  When you go into the Windows 2003 Server storage manager (as it is a second drive) it shows that the 80gb drive has about 40gb used - but the partition type is RAW.

I need to get the data back on this drive - it is a customer that has no backup and I know the data integrity is there - just have to get it back.

MUCHOS PUNTOS will be awarded to the first person who gives me a fast accurate answer.

Chris
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Try using the ONTRACK Easy Recovery Lite software.  I believe they have a demo.
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nobusCommented:
if you want to try others :

http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
http://www.ontrack.com/                                    ontrack
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html                        Active undelete
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JohnnyCanuckCommented:
If you don't mind spending a bit of money($89.00), Spinrite 6.0 is very good.
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huntersvcsCommented:
Try Partition Magic.  You can use it to check for errors and sometimes these can be repaired.  If not, go into the properties for your harddrives, right-click on the questionable drive, and try to activate it (if available).

You could also use GHOST to first attempt to make an image of the drive on another HDD before you begin experimenting with retrieval.  That way, if anything goes wrong, you still have the original data on the original HDD!
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kiranghagCommented:
this is a good freeware tool http://www.cgsecurity.org//testdisk.html
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ZeropointNRGCommented:
yeah, you've got to change the jumpers, you must've change pc on that hdd. Try changing the jumpers around, or even, make it secondary slave, or even, try another pc that is closer to the one that the user uses..
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ZeropointNRGCommented:
looks like its a faulty drive, might turn up or not various times you reset your pc, try restarting the pc every few minutes to see if it comes up too. When and if it does, then try to access it.

Or, put it back into the pc it was in if you changed it, and put one of your hdds in, copy the stuff onto your hdd.
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