Invalid Drive

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Invalid Drive

#1 Post by cutpurseboy »

I bought a new computer and installed Windows XP and Windows 7. During the install of XP it asked to place some boot files onto the hard drive in question. I thought they would be temporary but when I loaded Windows the hard drive was not showing as working.

I would like to recover the data if possible. I tried following the instructions in 2 previous threads but they didn't help. (screen pics inserted)




The boot sector is damaged.

Run TestDisk again, but follow these steps:

A. At the first window, select “No Log” and press the <Enter> key.
B. Select which drive to analyse, choose “Proceed” and <Enter>.
C. Select partition type – Intel if it’s a PC then <Enter>.
D. Choose Advanced > press <Enter>.
E. Choose Boot > press <Enter>.
F. Choose Repair FAT > press <Enter>.

I don't get that option when I choose Advanced


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Re: Invalid Drive

#2 Post by cgrenier »

If you change the type to 7 (NTFS), do you see your files ?
If it's the case, run TestDisk, Analyse, Quick Search, Write, confirm, Quit