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Hard drive Lost Data/Parition problems

I recently purchased a bran new computer but decided to keep my IDE hard drives to use for storage (movies, documents etc etc) while using SATA for OS/games.

One of my IDE hard drives was split into two partions, a 70GB one and a 10GB one (for windows on old PC) i formatted the 10GB section and decided to use Partition Magics Merge Partition function to create one hardrive...however something went wrong.

I now only have one 10GB partition and the 60GB partition is no where to be seen unless i use testdisk (recommended by a friend) or partition magic where it is shown as unallocated space.

I have tried using GetDataBack for NTFS (full version from a friend whom no longer needs it) and although i can see and copy the data across to another hard drive when i have done this the data appears corrupt, only a few images are displaying and all the documentation i had is coming back in a corrupt format (lots of symbols etc)

Is there any way i can recover this data or get the HD back to its old self? Some of the data on there is really important to me and i would love to get it back

Thanks for the help in advance
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fmonroyCommented:
Use EasyRecovery @ http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/data-recovery-downloads/#data
copy all the info you can and then recreate the partitions and format them.
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rich3051Author Commented:
I have copied all the info across but its corrupt, will EasyRecovery make this stuff readable?
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fmonroyCommented:
Mmm, try it in the original drive.
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rich3051Author Commented:
I'm sorry i don't understand what you mean, try it in the oringinal drive? plus u gotta pay for EasyRecovery :( not good
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fmonroyCommented:
You said that you copied the information. You should had a source and a destination.

Your copy is corrupt so I suggest to work on the source.

Yes, you need to buy EasyRecovery; you can use the demo to list the information that it can recover, then you have to see if it worths its price.
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nobusCommented:
imho, you used the best recovery soft. But in some cases, other software may work better, because they access the disk in another way.
The only way to know is test it out  - i would recommend trying Stellar too :   http://www.stellarinfo.com/      
if these do not work, your only option is a data recovery Cy like :  http://www.gillware.com/      
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rich3051Author Commented:
Well i tried to open files from the sort using GetDataBack, these files also seem to be corupt, does this mean recovering the data is imposslbe?
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nobusCommented:
could be
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SysExpertCommented:
From  war1
1. Data Recovery: GetDataBack is good at recover data from formated drive.

Free:
PC Inspector            http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
Restoration                  http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html              
Active Undelete            http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html
Flash Recovery            http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecoverontracky.html
TestDisk & utilities      http://www.cgsecurity.org

Paid:
GetDataBack                  http://www.runtime.org/      
FreeUndelete            http://officerecovery.com/freeundelete/index.htm
Recovery My Files            http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
Stellar                  http://www.stellarinfo.com/            
Restorer 2000            http://www.bitmart.net/
Ontrack                  http://www.ontrack.com/
Easy Recovery            http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/
Zero Assumption            http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe
 
2. You may need to unhide hidden files to see them. Open Windows Explorer folder and select Tools > Folders Options > View. Check "Show hidden files and folders". Click OK.

3. You may need to take ownsership of folders and files to access them.
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=308421
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also

http://www.datasavers.com/  restore data on drives in a Lab.
and

 http://www.ontrack.com/

I hope this helps !

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fmonroyCommented:
The solution: "could be"

LOL   :)
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nobusCommented:
strange choice . .
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