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Recovering data on NTFS

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by Desticado, Feb 6, 2003.

  1. Desticado

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    anyone got any useful tips for recoving lost data on a NTFS partition?
     
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    Need to know what you mean by 'lost' :)
     
  3. Desticado

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    got a hard drive in 4 partitions (0,1,2,3) all NTFS

    Formatted partition 0 to reinstall Windows XP.

    Reinstalled, everything is fine.

    data on the other partitions is fine except on partition 2.

    it has some files in its root which are fine. 5 folders with sub dir's which are fine and one folder which it will not let me enter anymore but contains 2 gig of data.

    I know the data is there beacuse the space is showing as used, and a quick play with R-TT recovery software demo shows me that some files are there.... Prog is a demo though so wont revocer files over 64k and the average size is about 100k each.
     
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    Have you tried to enter the folder from the command prompt? If not, reboot in Safe Mode with Command Prompt and try that. Then rename the folder to something short, sweet and simple and see if XP will recognise it when you reboot normally.
     
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    Try easy recovery pro... The NTFS version.. that should sort your problem.


    Then when that has been recovered. Format your HDD and just have 1 OS on it. If you want multiply OS's I would suggest sticking them on different drives. Saves a lot for probs :)
     
  6. Desticado

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    Im only running one OS 'XP PRo'.

    although I have 2 HD's with 7 partitions in total.
    Never had any trouble before.


    Tried the safe mode option and still nothing

    when I try to 'cd folder name' it says 'access denied'.

    so its there, just cant get at it, or read it correctly.
     
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    I have had that before mate.

    Try renaming it in safe mode and don't forget to enclose the folder name in speech marks. Forget about 'cd'ing.

    Hopefully, it's not because you changed user names and the folder is encrypted.
     
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    In computer management under disk management does it see the partition ok?
     
  9. Desticado

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    the partition is there, shows as being healthy, all other data on the drive is fine.

    I didnt mention that the folder had the -h (hidden) attrib applied to it before.

    In safe mode the folder doesnt show up.
    Even if I try "attrib *.* -h" its not there.
    yet if I try to 'cd folder name' it says access denied.
     
  10. graham.myers

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    are you logged on as a local admin?
     
  11. Sgt.Colon

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    Due to the FS being NTFS. It could be something to do with permissions set on the drive before XP was installed. I would have a look on microsofts website to see if from within XP you can take ownership of the folders and files on that partition.
     
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    I had a similar problem accessing a hard disk with a previous installation of XP on - it wouldn't let me access the my documents folder. After loads of messing about I managed to get ownership of the folder and was then able to do whatever I wanted with it. You do have to be logged in as admin.
     
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    Its to do with permissionson that folder you need to take ownership as Sgt.Colon said

    But if you can't get in, i may be able to recovery the file with r-studio the full version goto Cntrl-Alt-Del and email


    That Boogie man
     
  14. Rob.Screene

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    I think John G might have it there.

    While logged in under an Administrator or and administrators group account, using the windows explorer, check the file security settings on the folder.

    You might notice a S-longnumber account listed, which is generally what happens if a user named for access to a folder and the user account is deleted.

    Add Administrators with full control to the security settings list. This should fix it and lose the access denied error for you.

    regards,
    Rob.
     

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