Originally Posted by GAC
I downloaded Recuva, but when I browse it only finds the WD Unlocker, and only shows those files associated with that program....Extras, WD Smartware, autorun, Unlock, WD Quick Formatter. And it lists it as a CD Drive. What??
So I took another route. I right click on My Computer, then manage, and then Disk Management, which brings up all the drives. In the listing (Disk 1) it shows the 465 GB (the data I'm trying to access), it's online, but shows no drive letter associated with it, and that it's unallocated. It also lists the WD Unlocker under CD-ROM2. I can't open or access Disk 1. I've also gotten a message saying that drive must be formatted in order to use. But if I do that I'll obviously loss the data that's on there.
My son just told me there's a new computer store that opened up here in town, and they specialize in lost data recovery. Gonna give them a call. Rachel has almost three years of college pics on there, and I'd hate to see her lose them.
Ugh. Sounds like visiting the computer store is your best bet.
Generally speaking, if there hasn't been some kind of catastrophic hard disk error (head crash, electronically zapped, etc) where the disk cannot be physically read, the file blocks are still on the disk. Its just that the file system (NTFS, FAT, whatever) has lost track of both the files and the blocks that belong to those files on that disk. At least hopefully. No guarantees though.
I haven't mucked around with this stuff for a while, but there are an increasingly more sophisticated set of forensic disk recovery tools where an experienced and knowlegeable person can stitch back together files on a disk like yours. Sometimes its easy and sopmetimes its hard. Just takes time and $$$. Depending on how bad you want the files will dictate how much money you want to spend.