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Hard drive, now saying its not been formatted


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hi there, all of a sudden my pc booted up to the blue screen of death! i putin the XP cd to try and install a fres copy of windows on the drive, but it said that it wasnt formatted, and would i like to format it now, so i said no, not wanting to lose all my data. i found another HDD and formatted that and installed windows. ive now reconnected my original harddrive, 320GB. but in my computer its showing as dive E: and drive F:, there were never 2 partitions before, and it wont let me open either of them as it says "the disk in drive E: is not formatted, do you want to format it now.

i cant understand where all my data has gone, and like a dick, i hadnt made backups!!!! im kicking myself now, as i allways get at my girlfriend for not backin up her work. is there any way i can get my data back, becaus im pretty sure it hasnt been deleted.

many many thanks in advance, please save me from this nightmare!

Bob
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Make sure you have the jumper set to slave. Try running the hd manufacturers diagnostics program on the drive. Here is a link to most manufacturer's diagnostics: http://forums.pcper....isplay.php?f=40
See the sticky posts at the top of the forum. Also spinrite6 is a possible option. See http://www.grc.com/sr/spinrite.htm
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hi there, there are no jumpers on the drive, its a SATA drive, i dont know if any of these have jumpers, but this one dosent. ill have a go with those two suggestions and get back to you. im gonna be absolutely gutted if i cant get it all back, i had about 270GB of films games music, and more importantly my university work, most of which i hadnt handed in yet! like i said i feel like such a dick

many thanks
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hi there, is there anything, like that spinright which i dont have to pay for? im in uni at the moment, and have absolutely no money. i dont mind paying for it in a couple of months its just that i need to get my work back ASAP. many thanks again
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