My computer shows HD space left, HD blank...?

Windows XP system, 60GB Primary Boot HD...
2nd drive is 200GB 2 partition. Main partition shows 114GB Free space, 181 total space.

Issue.

I open the drive from my computer, and no files show up.
Cant explore, nothing is hidden....
Just empty screen.
No noises coming from HD... no system delay from reading...


Hover over HD while in My computer and he re-displays the Freespace/totalspace as stated above.

How can I get my information back?

Or was that HD formated to a different OS? Vista/7 maybe? Should that matter?
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  1. If your Windows XP is installed on a FAT32 partition, it won't be able to read data on NTFS partitions.
    You can fix the problem by converting your XP partition to NTFS. See this:
    http://aumha.org/win5/a/ntfscvt.php
  2. What do you see if you r-click the drive and select Properties?

    Can you see your files if you go to a CMD prompt and type DIR X:, where X: is your drive letter?

    ... or ...

    DIR X: /AH
  3. if I just swap this into a windows 7 system would that display it?

    I could just install a trial windows 7 on a crappy system and copy the data off of the drive...

    I just havent seen this happen before.
  4. ended up just formatting the drive. I could not find any solutions to recover the information :(
  5. You should remember not to format your drive next time before you has backed up all your needed data well. But, in your case, as I know, you can select a recovery tool to take a chance.
    Good luck!
  6. If there was a reasonable way to do so, I would have done it. what do you mean recovery tool to take a chance?
  7. MichaelAtkins said:
    You should remember not to format your drive next time before you has backed up all your needed data well. But, in your case, as I know, you can select a recovery tool to take a chance.
    Good luck!


    If I NEEDED the data, I would have kept looking.

    MP3s are replaceable. :)
  8. I think he means that even after formatting it is often possible to recover the data.
  9. I always use DBAN.
    So thats a negative.
  10. http://data-recovery-software-review.toptenreviews.com/
  11. Hmm... reading really helps.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DBAN is what I used.

    I usually do this before I go to bed on a basic setup with no perifs.
    Set to 7 rewrites and walk away.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/03/technology/circuits/03basics.html?_r=0

    100% completely (without spending $200-300 + as well as sending to manufacturer for manual recovery) unrecoverable.

    I deal with alot of peoples stuff. I just keep this around for that reason.
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