Partition deleted, then recreated. Recovered files are damaged!

Hi,

I have this huge problem right now with a partition that was deleted. And then recreated with Windows 2000 Pro. I don't have all the details as this is a USB hard disk from a friend which doesn't remember quite well what happened.

Anyway, the partition appeared as FAT16, but invalid. I tried using EasyRecovery, but it didn't detect any partition. Then I tried GetDataBack, and it found every file, but when I copied them, they were corrupt (couldn't display JPEG files for example).

I also tried Active Partition Recovery, and it recovered the partition, but Windows can't read it saying it's invalid.

I had a problem like this before with one of my HDs, and I used GetDataBack with the same results, damaged files. I noticed ASCII files were overlapping, as some files ended with the first part of another file and had the first part truncated... It wasn't much of a deal, so I leave that one. But this time the info is very important to my buddy.

I also tried a DOS NTFS reader, and I copied the files found on the partition, but as with GetDataBack, they were corrupt.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks in advance!
ivanvegaAsked:
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datarecoverymanCommented:
That's a definite confidence-booster - if you can pull this one off!
Hey, and if you get a little help along the way from your friendly and extremaly gikky guardian-experts- good for us too, we like to feel important!
But let's get back on the subject - easy recovery , although not the best partition detector - may be very well able to recover your data in a raw mode - good for pictures, non-proprietary extensions but the drawback is - directory structure and file parameters including file names - they will be gone with the exceptions of the extensions (*.jpg for example).

WHen it comed to get data back - did you try every partition that got detected by means of your extensive/advanced scan option? Green usually stands for valid partition although in your case, you should try the ones in orage/red , all of them.

Now, the program I like - R-studio from www.R-tt.com.  Very good when it comes to data integrity, in your case you would have to do advanced scan (double click on the name of the hdd to scan , rather than on the partition it shows by deafault)

One other thing- when I deal with these kinds of problems, I usually try to eliminate everything that isn't necessary for data recovery purposes -  in your case, I'd remove the usb enclosure, and connect the hdd to a secondary Ide channel.
All of these options are non-invasive/ if done right will not corrupt/change the existing data.
Remember - primary boot hdd with data recovery software and destination for recovered files, secondary hdd - the one you try to recover. There are other options, that are invasive, but maybe try these safer ones first. goodluck!!
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ivanvegaAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot man! You sure live up to your nickname!

R-Studio did the job nicely.
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datarecoverymanCommented:
Thank you,
Glad to be at your service....
(Bowing down and patting self in a back...)
:-)
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