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I have 1 hard disk with 3 partitions on it..
C: windows server 2003
D: personal data (windows)
E: RedHat Linux 9
I reinstalled windows so I had to reinstall grub too... but acidently I typed in grub-install /dev/hda5... I think hda5 was my D drive which has a lot of important personal data.. then I just reinstall grub using /dev/hda...
I did not notice any problem until this morning.. when I was trying to open D drive in windows 2003 this morning.. it said.. "not formatted.. "
I am panic... man.. I must have those data back..
I have tried gpart to get some information about D drive but.. it shows it as RAW drive...
and Partition Magic does not support windows server.. tried volume manager and Partition Expert... but they did not work..
But I tried to see the drive in windows but it doesn't even recognize the drive... I have used Partition Expert, and I found that D drive's format status is RAW....
what I am thinking is that the beginning cluster that stores all the informations about the drive, is damaged or deleted... and since I do not have an access from windows or linux, I believe there is nothing overwritten on the drive, so there is a great possibility to restore it...
but the problem is... I have no idea what I should do...
I have been working on this problem for a couple of days... I have used several restoring applications in windows and linux... finally I found something that works great...
It is called Restore2000 Professional for windows... I just ran it and it showed me everything that was in the drive.. I restored what I need to C: and formatted D: and moved them back..
And actually thanks a lot for the information that you gave above.. Even though I solved it differently, it is a very useful and great information to know... I will keep it in my computer for the future reference..