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Old 09-29-2006, 07:41 PM   #1 (permalink)
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After restarting my computer I was having a problem where I could not get into My Computer or access any folders on my desktop, recycling bin etc... I would double click and the folders would not open at all (however it worked in Safe mode)

I restarted my computer and from the F8 screen chose 'last successful boot'.

I can now get into my computer, however the probelm is I can see a partitioned drive in My computer and the status is telling me it's 53% full however I can not see any files or folders at all?

Any ideas on how to access this data again?

I have WIN XP PRO

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Old 09-29-2006, 07:47 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Are any of the files hidden? What type of HDD is it?
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Old 09-29-2006, 07:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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nah, i have selected show hidden files and folders...

it's a seagate 240gb, there are 4 partitions, this one (D) is 116gb NTFS with 61gb free space. The others are all fine.

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Alright, since Device Manager is recognizing it, i am assuming it is a SATA drive and you need to install the SATA drivers. Find your motherboard manufacturer's website and look around.
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Old 09-29-2006, 08:05 PM   #5 (permalink)
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ok will have a look around... thanks for your help

could installing SATA drivers corrupt the drive further? Should I tryand recover what is there (or this wont help much as it is still there somewhere)??

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actually im not sure.... is this a SATA drive?

http://www.seagate.com/cda/products/...81,628,00.html
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That particular drive is IDE. Does the drive you have have a big grey cable or a small, skinny cable?

The drivers shouldn't corrupt any data. Still a good idea to backup first.
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Old 09-30-2006, 06:31 PM   #8 (permalink)
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change your permission in safe mode
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