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Ok, here is what I got. I have a 1tb WD green hdd that I moved from an external enclosure into my case. The drive was fully functional and FULL OF IRREPLACABLE DATA.

Reasons for move:
1. My raid array dropped out
2. the green drive had my backup on it.
3. the WD drive was running really hot, I wanted to get it cooled
4. its more secure in my system than on my desk.

What all happened:
1. put drive into system, recognized in bios
2. Windows 8 sees the disk
3. Windows initialized the disk.
4. Windows says, this drive must be formatted before use and wont let me access my data.

I think that windows treated it as a new disk and nuked the MBR from orbit to format the drive before I could give it instructions

My question is, can I rebuild the MBR to save my data and if so, how could I go about doing that?
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post #2 of 5
Was this a data only drive or did it have a bootable OS?

If the former, there was no MBR... it wasn't a bootable disk in the first place.

Stick the drive back in enclosure and see if you can read data.

Always have backups.... and always backup before disk moves.
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So what do I do?
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post #4 of 5
data recovery companies can get it back for you, its costly but if its non replaceable data its the best way to go, just stop doing anything to the drive.
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I got it back, not sure exactly what happened but its back.

I put the drive back into the external enclosure and let windows repair it and I got all of it back. I'm not sure if my perc is playing nice with windows.

I guess something didn't click with me, I activated and formatted the raid array before I put the backup in my system and apparently when I put it back, windows wanted to reformat the raid array again because I still couldn't access the listed disk but I could get to my back up.

The array was working before hand, I have only my steam client and games on the array now and had put them there before putting my backup back in the system which is why I mistook the inaccessible drive as my backup.

The one that I could access during the panic was empty. It read almost full in the external enclosure.

Valuable lesson in multiple backups right there.
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