I was prepping a HD the other night to be used under Win98 (for emulation purposes). As I have all my drives in removable caddy’s, I neglected to remove my slave drive from the PC before playing with FDISK.
I stuffed around with fdisk for a while and during the process, it said that it had found errors on the disk and needed to fix them before I could continue… This is where it all went wrong. It seems that I accidentally accepted a change which was applied to my slave drive also without me realizing that this was actually happening.
Anyhow, I managed to get Win98 installed on the drive (master), so I thought all was well until I booted up with my XP pro drive. It was then that I realised that my slave was no longer “available”. I had to do a quick format (ntfs) in order to see it again, however all the data is no longer readable.
I have managed to run easy recovery pro on it and it seems that most of the important files (mainly .jpg % .jpeg) can be copied to another drive without any problems.
What I have found is that I cannot preview or open any file which I have recovered. I have tried running jpg fix software to no avail.
Is this normal ? What should I do ? Is there a software which will allow me to simply allow me to see and use my files as they were previously ? Will Spinrite help ?
Since the quick-format I have NOT written any files to it whatsoever, so I can’t see how the files could be corrupt.
The problem is with “all” recovered files and it does not affect any particular type it would seem.
Thanks in advance.