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Accidental formatted external hard drive.

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I recently had a large amount of problems with my computer. It's old but I figured I'd give it one last try and erase everything and start over. I backed up all my pictures, mp3s, games, etc. onto a portable hard drive. I then re-installed windows XP home edition. Everything works great now. However. During the installation process I didn't realize I had my hard drive still plugged in, which is the same size as the C: drive on my computer, and I believe I formatted it, or erased it. I'm not sure. When I plug it in now it gives the new hardware bubble pop up, but the icon never appears in the my computer screen. I'm not sure if there is anything I can do, but there is some important things I'd love to get back. If there is any program I can purchase or download, and give something a try I'd definitely do so. If you can help I'd greatly appreciate it. Thank you so much.
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If the external drive previously had a unique 'custom' drive icon in 'My Computer', that icon will have been wiped off along with everything else when you formatted it. The absence of that custom icon may lead you to think the drive is not being shown. However, in the absence of a custom icon, Windows will simply use a standard hard drive icon to represent the drive in 'My Computer'.

Are you sure the drive is not shown with a standard hard drive icon?

You need to establish that Windows recognises it and it's shown in 'My Computer' before thinking about trying to recover the data on it.

Edited by phillipcorcoran, 28 January 2010 - 05:32 AM.

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