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

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.

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Novahux
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nobusCommented:
>>   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
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NovahuxAuthor Commented:
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.

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