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    data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    Hi everyone,
    A student teacher has asked me to recover what I can from her laptop. After a day of running various utils on it I noticed that the drive wsa a lot smaller than actually printed on the drive. Disk Management recognises TWO drives so I'm guessing her data is on the other.

    The drive does not have a letter assigned and show with FAT32 Healthy (Unknown Partition) . Anyone know a simple way to allocate a drive letter. Right - click only gives the option to delete the partition...

    Thanks!

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    Re: data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    I use O&O Disk recovery tools for this sort of thing - can recover deleted partitions, formatted drives, or damaged drives that show nothing at all... been fairly successful, and cost less than £100 for educational license.

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    Re: data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    I jsut ran gparted linux and was able to remove a 'hidden' flag o the drive. Not holding out too much hope that her data is there anymore - think it's a Packard Bell restore image

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    Re: data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    You got a copy of ghost ?
    If so - run GDISK - there is a switch on there to hide and unhide partitions.
    /HIDE /-HIDE

    Its all command line driven so you may need to boot to a command line.
    If you have not got Gdisk - drop me a note, I'll send it to you...

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    Re: data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    It was just some restore files from the manufacturer. Has anyone got any suggestions for some free recovery software? I ran PC Inspector File Recovery on the suggestion from a colleague but don't know how to restore the recovered clusters into files.

    The drive is reported as healthy - I think something from Limewire has messed with her assignments

    The other strange thing that I noticed - she knows nothing about it - it a network drive called Hotmail on 'NetDrive' X:

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    Re: data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    Best results for lost data I have had I was using:

    http://www.recovermyfiles.com/

    Thing is you have to pay for it. Or do something very naughty to use it....

    For free stuff, check out:

    http://free-backup.info/data-recovery-software.htm

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    Re: data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    I used PC Inspector and have 'recovered' over 4Gb of lost files. They are all in clusters of 1472Kb - Does anyone know how to restore the actual files from these?

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    Re: data recovery from 'unknow' drive

    I've used stella phoenix on many occasions with very great success. I think yu can download a trial from the site...

    I have heard of some sites that provide cracks (whatever they are)...

    I of course have a fully legitimate copy and would not recommend anything other than that...



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