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Tue, March 01 2005 | 5:17PM | PermaLink Feedback?

Our first Q & A of the week comes from Tim via the reader feedback page. Remember to try our friendly forums for help too.

Q: I've been reading your guide to hard drive data recovery , but I have a unique situation that I didn't see in the article. I Had a C drive and a D drive. The C was winXP and programs and the D was just for storage. I wanted to install Fedora core over my C drive and wipe out winXP. I accidentally installed it to the D drive. So now I have a C drive with XP and programs and my D drive is a fresh install of Fedora Core. Both Drives are 30 gig. I had about 26 gigs of data on my D drive and Fedora is all I've written to it which is about 500 MB. I can see The D drive from my XP interface when booting from the C drive. Can I quick format the D drive from unknown lixun to NTFS or something then run my PC inspector file recovery to get as much of the 26 GB's back as possible?

A: You should be able to use PC Inspector or Testdisk to attempt recovery of your data, but don't bother repartitioning to NTFS. Testdisk, and I believe PC Inspector also, can search for lost or overwritten partitions. Use PC Inspector's 'find lost data' function, or search for the old NTFS partition in Testdisk, then attempt recovery. Most of your files should still be intact. I'm not sure whether either program will recover traces of your previous Windows partitions after the Linux format though. Failing this, try the trial versions of some of the commercial recovery packages we detailed in the article . R-Studio is certainly worth a look. Good luck!

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