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My Windows XP was recently corrupted and my hard disk was password protected. In an effort to retrieve my old info I slaved my hard disk to a friends PC.

I changed the permissions on my old, slaved drive and all was well. I then installed a secondary 250 GB slave so I could backup the data on his 'D:' (primary slave) drive, which he promised to me after I was done.

Then, when I uninstalled my old drive, his primary slave was no longer present in 'My Computer'. I removed the new 250 GB drive, but his primary slave was still not visible.

I did a little research and found that I could reassign the drive letter to make it visible via the disk manager and reassigned the 'D:' designation. The drive is now visible, but it says that the disk is unformatted, which is obviously not true.

How can I rectify this without formatting the drive?

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Most probably you have to try recover it through TestDisk and download Swissknife to format the raw drive. – avirk Sep 21 '12 at 14:58

Try to recover the volume with TestDisk.

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TestDisk only allows to get the data, there's no mean to turn it back into NTFS without losing data. If there is ? please let me know. – coding_idiot Apr 14 '13 at 16:37
A lost volume can be recovered in-place. Lost files, however, should be recovered to some other volume to avoid inadvertent overwriting of other lost files on the same volume. – Ansgar Wiechers Apr 14 '13 at 18:41
please let me know how to recover a lost volume in place. I've recovered all files from that. – coding_idiot Apr 14 '13 at 22:17
This is covered by the documentation. – Ansgar Wiechers Apr 15 '13 at 18:04

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