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Data Recovery Forum Questions Answered PST Recovery and Hard Drive Not Detected

So I trolled the Internet for topics to write about and found tons of forums with very good questions not being answered so I am going to post the questions and then give you the best possible answer I cam up with.

Q: Yesterday I was cleaning out the rubbish from my PC, as it was getting a bit slow. Along the way I deleted an old user account folder from Documents and settings on my C drive.
Later that day I went to check my emails only to find my PST file was missing. at which point I remembered it was in the old user folder. I started looking for software to recover this file. The file is about 1GB and has lots of info that I need.

A: Their are a a bunch of schools of thought on this recovery method but generally they are all just that THOUGHT. You have to take into account a ton of different variables. The first being how much data was applied to the drive after he deleted the PST file. My guess would be a lot since he eludes to the fact the drive was full in the post. If the drive was being written to at all recovery options are dropped DRASTICALLY since the data is more then likely gone due to an over write. If there was no data put on the disk after he deleted it, then the best course of action would of course be an piece of software that could UNDELETE the file. As a last ditch effort I would sometimes recommend that the customer try some for of raw file harvesting but the drive will have to been defragged on a regular basis other wise the file will be all over the hard drive and the harvester will not be able to locate all of the pieces.

Q: I got an old Dell Dimension 3000 laying in pieces on my hardwood floor… and I can get other hard drives to read in it, even get an operating system to boot, and such. No issues.. But when I try to put this… Seagate Barracuda 7200.9
160GB hard drive in, it will not detect it, at all. Pulled up the bios, planning on inputting everything manually into it… But I can’t seem to find the option to do it… I can change the “Master drive” from … “Auto” to “Off” and that’s it.
I’m curious if there’s a way to know if the bios is compatible with this hard drive… if there’s a way to find out if it is, or isn’t.. Or just something I’m completely lacking intelligence on figuring this thing out. Seriously need this computer up with this hard drive. I can still access the drive from my computer… But I’m worried that if the HD Is infected.. IF it would infect my other HD’s… and I don’t want that to happen. I currently run No anti virus. I tend to avoid virus’s pretty easily, and very rarely actually get hit with them. and when I do, it’s usually pretty simple for me to remove them because I catch them pretty instantly..

A: So here is the deal this is a boot drive from another computer, slaving it into the machine COULD be causing some kind of “which drive should boot” conflict. The second problem he could have is that the bios is too old to see the drive, that it doesn’t support LBA mode or something strange like that. My personal recommendation would be to pull the drive out and get yourself a USB enclosure this will take all of those other issues out of the equation and then you can just deal with the OS seeing it which will make things much easier. It is a trick we use as a data recovery company when either Windows is having trouble booting with a certain drive in it or when we can not get the bios to see a drive.


8 Responses to “Data Recovery Forum Questions Answered PST Recovery and Hard Drive Not Detected”

  1. George Weimer January 19, 2010 10:28 pm #

    How can I fix a Bad Boot Signature Byte?

    Maxtor 300 GB
    2 Partitions
    First c: – NTFS with Windows XP Home – Problem
    Second – d: – NTFS with Data only – No problem
    Thanks !

  2. David May 28, 2010 7:24 am #

    I used your freeware program MFT Save to try and get my data off a a hard drive that was about about gone. It said my data was stored on your servers in FL. How do I get my data back? I have installed another hard drive and made a folder to put it in.
    Thanks in advance

    • DTI Data Recovery June 3, 2010 11:40 am #

      Call 727-345-9665 and tell the receptionist what you wrote in here, and she will hook you up.

  3. SANDIP August 1, 2010 11:20 pm #

    Resp., sir / madam,
    I have Problem with my 320 G.B. hard disk drive.One of the partition of my hard disk drive does’t open.Stucture & table mismatch error it is me

    • Jacqui Best August 2, 2010 10:41 am #


      How many partitions do yu have on the drive, and were you using any partition handlers like Partition Magic? Also what is the file system on that partition ie Fat32 NTFS?

  4. Ernie Wright August 10, 2010 7:35 am #

    THe Dell computer saved my files in DSB type files before I restored computer , they are there , but I can’t open them . Anybody help ?

  5. Ernie Wright August 10, 2010 7:37 am #

    Need to find program to open DSB type files ?


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