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I've known for quite a while that my hard drive needed reformatting, but I've been putting it off for years (literally!) out of fear. Well, turns out my fear was well-founded. I finally got up the courage to reformat my main drive, and what a horrible experience it was. The good news is it's now squeaky clean (after much hair-pulling and gnashing of teeth).

The bad news is...I had two hard drives: The old 2MB drive was drive D:, the new 10MB drive was my main bootup drive C:. This is the one I reformatted. Before reformatting, I copied the entire drive over to D:, but after the reformat, D: seems to have disappeared. Well, I have a D: show up in Windows Explorer, and two hard drive controllers are listed in System info, but all the data is gone, replaced by some Windows files! I never typed "format D:", nor any other command specifying the D: drive. When I booted from the start-up disk, it did create a RAMdrive (whatever that is...)

I hope this makes some sense to someone. Did I lose all my data, or is my computer just not seeing it for some reason? Any thoughts?

(and please--no lectures on how I should have backed things up better. I know. I at least had my Quicken files backed up on floppies, which turned out to be corrupted [so why did Quicken gladly back them up if the disks were corrupted anyway?] but I was able to rescue them. Gawd I HATE computers!)

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