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Windows 7: Show hidden half of old hard drive

01 Jan 2011   #1
dbryant11

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 
Show hidden half of old hard drive

Guys, thanks in advance. Long story long. Motherboard on old XP machine went. Samsung 320g Hard drive still good. Buy new 7 Pro pc. PC guy, (VERY, VERY bad guy) does manage to "move my old data" over to new pc. Its there. Get old HD and old PC back. But then I notice not "all" of the data is there. No problem. Buy little black box, install old HD, and hook up via USB. Uh oh. Blank. RATS. (did I mention bad guy?) But wait, its says its 160 free. Where's the other half? Obviously I can't get any info from him, so before I assume he stripped it clean, is there any way to "see" the other half of this old Samsung 320g hard drive? I don't want to partition it, or clean install it, I want to "find" it. I copied a file over to it, and the new file is there, so the 160 side is working, I'm just hoping and praying the "other" side is there somewhere with all my old data! Thanks in advance.

Also, on Disk Management: New Volume, Basic, Heathly (Primary Partition) 149.05 GB NTFS


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01 Jan 2011   #2
Ooomwizard

Win 7 Home 64 (3 license)
 
 

PhotoRec will find your files. (and it's free!) They won't have the orginal file names but just a generic file number. But after you recover them you can sort by file extension and size. Runs in Windows too. Even worked on my crashed Raid 01. (Recovered some important files, for that I dug up a donation. :-)

TestDisk Download - CGSecurity

Good luck.
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01 Jan 2011   #3
dbryant11

Windows 7 professional 64bit
 
 

Wiz, thanks! Ok, it found it. (I think. This is a bit over my head.....) NTFS found using backup sector. It says that it was D (deleted.) Now what. Do I want to "CHANGE the partitions characteristics," to *, P ,L, or E; or Keys: L: Load back up, T: Change type? Yikes!

To be clear, it now shows 2. The original 160, and a new 160 one found using backup sector. Both have (D) next to them.
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