Eurgh, where do I start… I feel like such an idiot.
I was installing XP on a lady’s machine that I know. She’s not very good with computers and had horrific Win '98.
She had loads of malware problems so a clean install was best. I backed up her photos, Outlook email and addresses and internet favourites onto my MP3 player via USB.
Now, when it came to time to delete the HDD date and format and install XP, I noticed that the HDD was partitioned into 2 parts - the smaller partition was about 1GB. I couldn’t merge the 2 partitions which I thought of as odd but thought I’d just use a software tool to sort it later
I deleted data in both partitions but only formatted the main, large one. It’s only dawned on me now what the smaller 1GB partition must have been - my MP3 player. I thought that it needed to be on Windows for the MP3 player to register as disc drive but it obviously registered in setup mode.
The MP3 player now displays the message “Error! Reformat internal media with SigmaTel formatter”. I obviously don’t want to do that. So, the question basically is: is there any way to recover the lost data? It was about 20MB’s worth.
I really hope that someone can help, I don’t want to let her down.