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recovering data from hard drive?


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tylerhollyfield

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I have "recovered" my computer several times and have never had this problem. By "recoverd" i mean by putting the in System Recovery CD's that my Sony Vaio computer came with which restores the C:/ drive to factory default, but keeps drive D:/ still in tact so i dont lose any valuable information.

Recently i did the System Recovery and everything went well but when i went to access the data that i had left on D:/ something was different. When i try to look at my D:/ through My Computer, or through the "Explore", it sais that D:/ is not formatted, and asks "Do you want to format it now?". I've never had this message before and alwase had access to my D:/ with no problems. I have a feeling that all my information is still on this drive and i was wondering if there is a way to see for sure if its all gone. I have a feeling if i click "yes" when it askss me to format the drive, then it will erase all the data that i 'think is still there...?

So my question is, how can i get the data that i (think) is still on my D:/???? Or how can i find out what is on my D:/ if there is anything on it..

Thanks guys i really appreciate any response!
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Is drive C using the FAT32 file system or NTFS at the present time?

My thinking is that if C is FAT32 by default when it's recovered, but D is using the NTFS file system, then C won't be able to see the files on D.

If that's the case, C needs to be converted to NTFS with the built in conversion tool before it can read what's on the D drive.

I've taken a lot for granted here, I know. but only because that's how my recovery works. I have to convert my drive manually after recovery.

Edited by pip22, 12 January 2007 - 04:10 PM.

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I'm not sure, i dont know how to check? Can i quickly switch it over and be able to view the files on my D:/? How would i go about doing this?
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