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Can I recover the data?

AsgharE asked
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
Hello Experts,
I have a client who had Dell Dimension with w2k and 18 GB Maxtor disk, something happened in the office that next day she could not boot and got "Invalid disk 0" message.
I remove the disk and attached it to another PC to read the data in case boot partition issue and to my surprise the disk manager shows the partition but I cannot access it and it also indicate that (property) the file system in unknown and in addition it shows the disk capacity equal to disk space available which means no data.
I had a utility "DataRobot" never use it before and I tried it and it shows some folder that name starts with @ or $ but there are empty.,
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try running checkdisk on the drive

sounds asif the drive has failed

if check disk doesnt fix you might have send off to data recovey people

but you can allways try Data Recovery Pro (or a program similar) before hand
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I'm not sure if it will help, but I had a client a few months ago that had data lost, and I used a program called active@undelete. It worked really well, we were able to recover all of the lost data, I believe the program offers a trial version which allows a scan, but won't allow any data recovery without a valid license.


Try that and see how it works
A. Cristian CsikiSenior Security Administrator

My recommendation for recovery tools are:
Data Recovery and File Recovery Software from EASEUS


Restorer2000 PRO 3.3

There are many more to list, some of them posted some not yet, but this 2 I know it worked better for me when needed.
Another thing, If none of your recovery programs which you try to find data didn't see you partitions your ''DataRobot'' maybe change the partition table or the partition id. To repair this you may need:

Partition Manager

Good luck,

P.S: Always try before buying.

Get Data back rebuilds partitions,


Thank you Sir Frabru. It worked perfect.  I recommend it to everyone to try it.
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