My power went out and when I restarted my computer, I could not get my Windows XP started. Tried safe mode, everything else, failed. Tried to start the repair install thing before backing up my data on the partition on which Windows are installed.
Now, I DID NOT start the Windows installation process.(Nothing deleted or added)
Because when I reached the part when it is supposed to show the already installed Windows versions, there was nothing there. All it showed was the partition where Windows was installed. My other partition's file system shows as NTFS, while that of this one shows Unknown and has totally free space. It is not supposed to be like this, so any help?
I did not proceed of course with the same partition and took it out of my PC. I also DID NOT format or partition it. Could Windows format it on its own when only starting the Windows XP setup booted from CD. I don't think so.
My questions are these.
Why does it appear like that when the Windows at least tries to start though doesn't run successfully.
I did not format or partition my hard drive, why is it appearing like this?
Would I be able to recover my data, even if the partition has become raw due to some virus or malware by using file recovery software such as Recuva?
Will I be able to access the data if I connect my HDD as a secondary disc to some other computer?
Will I be able to access my data without formatting it when using it as a secondary disc
Anyone to redeem my Windows installation without formatting or partitioning?
My HDD is SATA. Brand WD Caviar Blue. Size 500 GB.
Partitions: The faulty Windows one: 98 GB. Other apparently correct NTFS: 400 GB
My processer is Intel Pentium IV. But that doesn't matter here.
I am really anxious about the data so please help me.
Please instant expert help needed. Will be grateful.
Edited by haroonriaz, 12 March 2012 - 09:00 PM.