xp home sp3: directories & files invisible RRS feed

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  • Hi

    I had xp sp3 installed on a 640 GB Sata HD which crashed, so I had to re-install XP.

    C drive has xp there in a 30 GB NTFS partition, with a further 5 x NTFS 99 GB partitions and 1 86 GB partition. All are listed as healthy by MS Disk Management. Most are unformatted in case I have to use 3rd party software* to see and copy my files. 6 are logical drives, (as I was unable to do more than 4 extended partitions).

    Data on all of the partitions is invisible, I've quick formatted 1 of the partitions, but it's not showing any of my previously recorded directories and files.

    What next?

    * Any recommendations, if necessary?

    Many thanks.



    Wednesday, August 25, 2010 1:58 AM


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    Thank you for visiting the Microsoft forum. This forum focuses on Perfmon and diagnostic tools. I am moving your question to the moderator forum ("Where is the forum for..?"). The owner of the forum will direct you to a right forum.



    Bruce Adamczak

    Friday, August 27, 2010 7:08 PM
  • OK Bruce, but doesn't diagnostic tools apply? Also, looking at the number of reads to lack of answers, it would seem this is a problem which evades the knowledge of many people (myself included of course), and yet the solution does seem to lie with 3rd party software.

    I tried one recovery program, Recuva, but although it did recover some photo images, XP was unable to 'see' them.

    I'm going to try Knoppix next.

    Such a pity that MS doesn't consider this enough of a problem to warrant providing a solution for it.


    Friday, August 27, 2010 10:48 PM
  • So Bruce, where is that forum (link) - nobody gave it to me. In future, just butt out of my posts and leave them where I put them, OK??? In other words, mind your own business and don't stick your nose where it doesn't belong.

    As it is, 900 people viewed this post and not ONE had the answer, in particular, ALL you so called microsoft experts. Too bad the morons in microsh*t don't really give a damn about their customers, you know, the ones who pay their salaries etc. And the financial illiterates in the microsh*t HO who rather sat on over $40 BILLION in CASH, because some moron there was too scared to invest the money. Taking just $1 billion of that could have made a major difference to the improved useability and efficiency of XP, instead it has been patched so many times with plasters that they had to come up with SPs, i.e. 'bandages', and STILL it has security holes. A pity there isn't a class action suit against microsh*t about this.

    Anyway, I found the answer involving mounting the partitions to access my data (instead of paying third party providers more than the cost of Win 7). Shows stupid and pathetic ms doesn't care about the possible loss of their customers' data, since I couldn't find ANY solution on the ms website. Typical of the cursed microsoft. No wonder they are STILL so pathetic in the search engine business that they couldn't THINK their way into beating Google; they had to buy in to increase their market share. Typical of a bad bunch of losers and has-beens.

    Wednesday, September 8, 2010 9:19 PM
  • Hello,

    Thank you for your post!  I would suggest creating a new thread for your question in the (Windows Client TechCenter > Windows XP IT Pro Forums > Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3) ) forum located here:  (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-us/itproxpsp/threads).

    Hope that would be helpful.

    Have a great day!

    Thanks & regards,

    Siddharth Chavan Tier II Application Support Server and Tools Online Operations Team.
    Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:50 AM