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    Help! Lost part of disk drive

    I reloaded Windows 7 from scratch. I have two drives. The system
    Drive is a 128G SSD. The second drive is a WD 1T hard drive I used for storage.

    Used space 44,277,760 42.2MB
    Free space 60,575,744 57.7MB

    When I try to open the drive and access my files, Pic, Doc, etc. It says this folder is empty.

    How do I regain access to my files?

    Jim

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    Jim, Welcome to the Lounge.

    Did you back up the files and folders to the storage drive? If you overwrote your Win 7 then you effectively banished your data from the drive before installing Win 7 again. When you reinstall an OS from scratch, the installation formats the drive before installing the OS. If you backed up the files to the storage drive you should be able to recover it from the storage drive. You can also use the method in my next sentence to point to these folder on the storage drive if you have used it in this manner.

    This is one reason why I use the approved method to move all my data folders to the storage drive. Then they are always safe from my OS.

    Also using Imaging saves everything on the HD to a compressed file that can be used to Restore Windows to the same as it was when the Image was created.

    I am sorry to give such bad news!
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    I did not back up to the D Drive. I just kept all my file and pics there and my OS and programs on C. When I look at properties it shows 4+ gig used. but I can't get to it. And it will only let me access the remaining 6G.

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    So you did keep you data files on the D Drive instead of the C Drive, that's fortunate. See if you can use the method listed in the link I posted to point to the location on the D Drive to access this data.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
    Have a Great Day! Ted


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    Thanks for your help. It only lets me see the portion of the drive that is unused, I am thinking of putting it in another computer or taking it to a drive recovery service.
    Jim

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    I would try the other PC first. Data recovery will be expensive. Can you open disk manager and see the whole disk? I do not know a lot about SSD and the interaction with other HD's.
    BACKUP...BACKUP...BACKUP
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    Open Windows Explorer
    Under Computer, right click on the d drive and select properties
    Click on the security tab and click Administrators
    Does it show you have full control of the drive?

    if not, you may have to take ownership of the drive.
    http://www.preyerplanning.com/take-o...-windows-7.pdf

    Jerry

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    Yet another reason for staying away from the toaster O/S's...

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    Or boot from a USB stick

    another option is to boot from a USB stick to some sort of recovery environment. I recently ran into some odd problems when replacing an IDE disk with a SATA. Being able to boot into Hirens Boot CD [ http://tinyurl.com/8q5x78f ] allowed me access to partition managers and other tools that could see the disk and partions perfectly while they were invisible or un-bootable to windows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redsjava View Post
    Thanks for your help. It only lets me see the portion of the drive that is unused, I am thinking of putting it in another computer or taking it to a drive recovery service.
    Jim
    I recommend http://fixit.litten.com/ for this. He will help you recover files remotely. Even from a drive that has been formatted. (Ask me how I know?) Reasonable, and you only pay if successful.

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