Still celebrating National IT Professionals Day with 3 months of free Premium Membership. Use Code ITDAY17

x
?
Solved

how to un initialize a HDD in windows xp, recover options if it cannot be done.

Posted on 2006-10-21
2
Medium Priority
?
2,788 Views
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have a client’s machine, where he turned on the nvidia raid controller, configured two raptors as stripe and installed windows. ALL AOK.

He then re-connected his 200G sata Data drive (previously configured into 3 partitions) into this PC, he then booted and choose initialize disk as dynamic, then did a convert to basic disk. It was only then that he called me and asked "help where is all my data gone".

I asked him unplug the raptor drives, disable the raid controller and boot with an XP disk and see what the 200G showed as during a mock XP install, and it showed as 130gig un-partitioned space.  

I am unsure what to advise him next to do, I was thinking he should format it and then run file recovery software, but am hoping there is a simpler quick fix.


I would have expected disk management to offer a “import foreign media” option, but he assures me it just went to the initialize disk process.

0
Comment
Question by:Novahux
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
2 Comments
 
LVL 93

Accepted Solution

by:
nobus earned 2000 total points
ID: 17782920
>>   I was thinking he should format it and then run file recovery software  << maybe it still helps, use any of these :
http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery

look also here for dynamic to basic concersion :
http://faq.arstechnica.com/link.php?i=1806
0
 
LVL 2

Author Comment

by:Novahux
ID: 17786552
No easy fix, thanks for the good list of recovery apps "nobus". After talking to the client again they admited to adding it to a JBOD raid setup beforehand :S

The recovery app "recovermyfiles" is the only full version one I own, it seem to be working ok for him.

0

Featured Post

Enterprise Mobility and BYOD For Dummies

Like “For Dummies” books, you can read this in whatever order you choose and learn about mobility and BYOD; and how to put a competitive mobile infrastructure in place. Developed for SMBs and large enterprises alike, you will find helpful use cases, planning, and implementation.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

There are 2 things you must have in order to connect to the internet behind a router, The "Gateway IP" of the router, which is usually something like 192.168.xxx.1, I've seen routers with default values of: 192.168.0.1, 192.168.1.1, 192.168.11.1, …
For both online and offline retail, the cross-channel business is the most recent pattern in the B2C trade space.
Two types of users will appreciate AOMEI Backupper Pro: 1 - Those with PCIe drives (and haven't found cloning software that works on them). 2 - Those who want a fast clone of their boot drive (no re-boots needed) and it can clone your drive wh…
Monitoring a network: how to monitor network services and why? Michael Kulchisky, MCSE, MCSA, MCP, VTSP, VSP, CCSP outlines the philosophy behind service monitoring and why a handshake validation is critical in network monitoring. Software utilized …

671 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question