Can’t access data in hard drive, using Windows

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Data access
Hard drive space
Hard drives
Software Development Life Cycle
Windows Operating System
my hard drive has data in it but when i open it its blank,and when i click its properties its also full.

what can i do to get my data back?

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Use any data recovery tool to retrieve data. Also if u have partmagic then u may use it to overcome this problems.


Obviously, your computer system failed to function, you really need to determine if there is really a problem with the hardware part of the hard drive by testing it to another computer system. If it still failed to function, there is no option to recover your files stored in this drive, you can only recover files when it is deleted or your hard disk drive is formatted.

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  • TomLiotta
    Data recovery tools are handy and useful, but basic maintenance details might be better. I just recovered a disk a week ago on a PC by cleaning all of the dust out of the fan vents and out of the fans themselves. It was a simple issue of heating. First make sure that the basics are covered. Then look to recovery tools. There's no reason to think that general maintenance will actually help. It's just a trivial thing to do to help your system keep on working. Tom
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  • Sixball
    Boot up a version of knoppix and access your files before you no longer can...
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  • Chippy088
    I can understand how frustrating this is, but if you can give us a bit more information we can make a better recommendation how to start to recover the information. What steps have you taken to try to correct the situation? What amount of data do you think is on the disk? When was the last time you could access the data? Has anyone recently changed the partition size? More importantly, have you done any saves or deletions? Have you ran checkdisk on the drive? If so what error information did it give? Does the drive click a lot when reading it? Does the drive feel hot when it is running? Answers to all these questions will point us in the general direction of the fault.
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