My old laptop died - not sure what, but the hard disk survived. That disk was split into 2 visible drives - programs on one, data files on the other. In a dock on my new laptop, it appears only as one drive - the data drive. What I am looking for are the POP3 mail messages, which I believe only exist on that drive(?). I can find various mail files/shortcuts etc. on the old disk, but not the mails. My old laptop had both MS Mail and Outlook, the new one only has Outlook, the majority of the mails that I need were on Mail.
Where do I look please? Do I need to load MS Mail to the new laptop?
I am working from memory and the backup discs supplied by Dell when I bought the old laptop around 4 years ago - it was loaded with Vista Home Premium and Works 9 - my recollection was that the original email OS was MS Mail
Windows Mail is the default for Vista unless you installed Windows Live Mail but in any event the all important mail messages in both cases is on the c: drive! For Windows Mail the default location for mail messages is C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail . the mail messages are in different folders such as "inbox", "outbox" "junk e-mail".... in "C:\Users\yourname\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows Mail\Local Folders and the Windows Mail program is normally default to C:\Program Files\Windows Mail
As others have said, you need several recovery programs when you have a lost or missing partition which in your case is the C: drive or partition. It is a case of some working better than others dependent on the underlying issue. A program that you will need to copy off at least your d: drive ("data" disk) and preferably "clone" you entire hard disk at a "raw" level or byte for byte level. Chances are that when your computer died the c: partition file allocation table was damaged. One program that may work with recovery a lost or missing partition is EaseUS Data Recovery. Another program is "GetDataBack for NTFS or FAT" from click here which cost nothing from memory. (The latter was one that I used successfully for a NTFS file allocation table issue a few months ago and I recovered everything at the file level.