Recovering a Hard Drive (from Disk Cleanup messing up)
Posted on 2006-05-31
I have about 2 TB of Hard Drive Space spread out over a few external drives. Whenever I do a major change to a drive, I like to run Disk Cleanup. Anyways, I had just deleted some old files from a 250 GB Western Digital Drive (deleted about 5 GB).
So I ran Disk Cleanup (on Windows XP Home as opposed to my usual XP Pro). When I ran it, I saw that it said there was about 3 GB of temp files. Thinking this was odd, but having too much faith in Windows, I click OK. It took about the usual time it takes to run Disk Cleanup (with the exception of an odd 15-30 sec lag).
When it was done, there was more then 3 GB free, there was 225 GB free. Everything had been deleted, except for a few things that I had added at random times. (Some from when I first got the drive and some from just the other day). I have tried to use different software made to Revcover lost data, but nothing shown the missing 225 GB.
Right after I had screwed over my 250GB, i tested Disk Cleanup with a 40 GB i had, with exact same results. I have not touched the 250 GB (with the exception of running programs to look for lost data).
I cleared off another 250 GB hard drive, and would like to know of any software or anyway to save all my data.