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I was having issues last night, so I installed again on a new partition I just made on my 500GB hard drive.

The 80GB HDD was encrypted with TrueCrypt, all of it, and when I reinstalled, I couldn't mount the drive on truecrypt because it said it was in use and pretty much did not let me access the backup drive to backup all of my data and make a clean sweep to make my system work properly.

I made a mistake, and I'm afraid it was a HUGE one.

I opened Windows Disk Manager, to see if something could be done, and right clicked the backup drive, and assigned it a letter. So, it showed up, as expected, but guess what? apparently it's ALL EMPTY NOW!

All my data! Gone! Finito!

What the hell did I just do?!?!?!

Is there a way to recover it? I REALLY need it back!
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Have you tried a LiveCD of Linux to see if it's really empty?
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Just posted on your original post-- did you have a flash or external drive plugged into a USB port when you first got the "Error loading operating system"?
Edited by whitingnick - 6/19/11 at 10:45am
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I'm using a linux distro, I'm inside and checking the drives and...

it shows up as empty...

Is there ANYTHING that can be done?

EDIT: I already posted another answer at the other thread.
Edited by Icekilla - 6/19/11 at 10:48am
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When is DuckieHo and the OCN gods when you need them?
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Update: I got into the Windows partition that I though was corrupted.

Still, the backup drive seems to be empty, can't mount it with TrueCrypt and it's now showing up as empty.

If you have any idea to recover the data, please, tell me, I'm open to any idea.
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Have you tried using Recuva?
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Will Recuva help to recover the ENTIRE partition? I've personally never used it. The problem is that, since it was a truecrypt partition, I'm scared I won't be able to recover it.
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First off, we need to see if the drive has failed, Please give us the SMART data, now, since you drive was encrypted as such, wouldnt it have been smart to keep a backup somewhere in your house? a lesson for next time. another thing, reinstalling is supposed to be your LAST resort to diagnose a problem, you should be trying to fix it yourself anyways, and i think recuva would work because unless im mistaking it with another program, it recovers everything bit by bit. worth giving it a shot, thats how i recovered my OS after I accidentally formatted the wrong HDD
    
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Ok there's something interesting here:

I had a BSOD while scanning the 80GB drive with Recuva, rebooted an, after POST, the screen was black, restarted, hit F8 and the SATA drive was not being listed.

I turned it off again, got into the BIOS and the 500GB SATA drive was was being listed again (wut?) so I tried again and finally got into the OS, trying to scan again.

Why do I feel like my drives are failing?

How do I find out?
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