System: Pent 4 3ghz, 1gb ram, 160gb hdd & so on.
Former XP install: c:/ ~ 60gb, d:/ ~ 100gb.
De-fragmented d: (less than a fifth full)
All data in drive placed well before first third of drive.
Using Suse 9.2 CD went ahead and resized d: down to 60gb
Created: swap, /boot & / and installed. Apparently I missed or perhaps misread the notice warning about data on the unused resized partition, d: was about to be formatted along with my newly created / (hda3). I expected XP not to recognize d: I laid that expectation on Linux (it sees it as an empty drive).
Could the data still be there intact waiting for the partition table to be reconstructed?
If the drive was indeed formated are there any data recovery utilities available?
Any aid in retrieving this lost drive will be greatly appreciated!
p.s: my back up media (DVDs) are physically damaged.