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Primary Hard drive won't boot

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I have 3 hard drives on my PC and a cd\dvd drive. My primary HD (master) was on the same cable as the cd\dvd drive. The other 2 HD's were connected to my secondary cable as drives E and F (E - master and F - slave).

When I turned my PC on tonight I got an error message to the effect that the boot drive could not be found. I removed the C disk drive and used my E disk drive as the primary master and installed XP on it. I found that my F drive was empty - it had been approx 60% full and was formatted as NTFS. This HD contained a lot of irreplaceable information - is there any way I can get this HD back? It is shown a RAW and unformatted.
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Hi FrankNet...

I had a machine a couple of days ago that had the same problem. Nothing I tried would bring it back. I was able to recover the data using a recovery program, though. I used GetDataBack (not free) and recovered everything. There are free applications like PCInspector that may do the same thing.

The good news is that this does not necessarily mean the drive is bad. After formatting the drive and reinstalling Windows, the machine is running just fine.
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