First, I decided to do a fresh install of XP on my system and I did the rookie error of choosing the wrong drive and deleted the partition on my back-up storage drive (old IDE drive from previous computer as a single partition). Normally I wouldn't care, but over the years I had quite a bit of data that was semi-important to me...ok it was very important (luckily not the pictures of my daughters birth). Important enough that I have moved beyond the free partition recovery program (Partition find and mount) that didn't find anything and have started to look at paying for some software and I am currently trying demo versions, but I don't want to waste time with crappy programs. Does anyone have recommendations or suggestions?
Secondly, and not nearly as important, during this process I have noticed that windows computer manager doesnt show my third hd. I have 1 Sata drive as my main drive, and two IDE (dont laugh...cheap free storage), a 40 gig on the Master and a 30 gig (the one I deleted the partition on) on the Slave. I have both set with jumpers on cable select, but it doesn't see the 40 gig. However when i run utilities such as the Partition Find and Mount, it shows all the drives.
Any Help is greatly appreciated.