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How to recover my data partition

Q: How to recover my data partition

Hi,

I have an HP's laptop Nx7010. Recently I defragmented the D Drive (Operating System's Drive). After successful completion I began using it normally. At a certain point it started loading something and kept the reading/writing of the harddisk so much that the system went really slow and I couldn't do anything. After a while I shutted the laptop abnormally (by pressing the power buttton and holding it till it's off) and started it again. When the system booted the first time it just stuck. I restarted again and it booted but as soon as windows began the loading started again and it went for 5-6 hours. Then I hibernated the laptop and the next day when i started my laptop the message appears that the C Drive is not formatted. Do u want to format it????. Windows shows it as an unformatted partition. There is a lot of data there in C Drive. I really don't want to lose it. What do I do to recover it?

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A: How to recover my data partition

Do you format your c Drive?
If not then it is still possible to recover your Data?
there are lot of Bootable DataRecovery tools
Select any of them and Your Problem is Solved.

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I was running win 7 with 4 partitions , thought to upgrade to win 10. While installing it didn't allowed me to install. I thought i can run diskpart clean on one partition, selected one volume and ran clean command, but it still cleaned all the partitions. Long story short, I cannot boot my OS until I install OS on freshly created single partition. I was told to use partition recovery apps like partition and mount software, Do I have to install OS on it anyways and once OS is installed, instal the partition and mount software for the recovery?

A:how can i recover my partition and data

Do not install any OS now.Do not install any OS now. Do not install any OS now.

(Diskpart clean only erases the first 2048 sectors of the drive. The most important one is sector 0 which holds the MBR and the partition table.

If the MBR and partition table are restored you should be able to get back the drive.

I hurry up to post this so that you don't do any such "mischief" like installing the OS)

I shall comeback again.

Do not do any mischief till I tell you what you should do.

EDIT: There is a power shut down now. So I am shutting off my PC. Only when power returns I shall come back.

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i recently went through a whole ordeal getting win 7 pro. (64bit) installed on my htpc. i had win 7 home premium on there before. now during this whole thing. on about the 7th or 8th clean install i became frustrated and careless. i accidentally formated one of my data partitions. (just the quick format. only lasted about 1 second.) i need to find a way to repair the pointers, and anything else, to rebuild the file structure. i have not done anything else to the drive. the data is still there. ( i was able to scan and recover files with another program). however the partition is big (350gb) too big for me to just recover the files somewhere else. so i need a way to re build it.

any software or suggestions are extremely helpful. i am very good with computers. cmd prompt, registry, whatever i need to do i am willing.


thanks guys.

A:recover data from partition

You could try chkdsk - it may or may not repair the MFT.

Quote:" Run a full CHKDSK. This option repairs all file system data, restoring all user data that can be recovered by means of an automated process. The drawback to this option is that a full CHKDSK can require several hours of downtime for a mission critical server at an inopportune time".

Source: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/187941

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Ok so I had some files on this hard drive now which didnt have an os and was part of another os until that crashed. So I booted to linux live and it showed the files i had on here so I installed linux thinking I could still be able to access them. When it said there was data and asked if i wanted to mount it i said no because i still needed those files so it created another primary partition with no filesystem so i uninstalled linux and installed windows 7 and in the disk management it shows up as a basic primary partition for 4.96 gb which is about how much data is on there but there is no filesystem and the only thing i can do with it is delete it. I have tried testdisk and i cannot seem to access the partition. i tried using linux live cd to recover them and it dosnt work on that either. someone please help me recover these. i have a paper i need for school to graduate on there.

A:recover partition with data on it

You installed Linux to a disk that had data that you wanted to recover ? What OS was on the disk that was part of the other OS ? maybe you could break down the steps a little more and add missing info like the OS versions partitions etc. You can also try r-studio and "get back data" to scan the drive for the missing data however I fear you overwrote the space when you installed Linux on the drive if I have followed your information correctly.

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Hi everyone,

A friend of mine has a 2TB Western Digital Elements hard drive with 100GB free on it. He purchased a Mac so cannot write to the NTFS formatted 2TB Elements. I offered to copy his data out, repartitioned it as exFat so that both Mac and Windows can read and write to it.

Windows report that the drive has 100GB left but when I copied the files, it copied only 812GB. I made the bad assumption that the Windows backup took up the rest of the space and since my friend did not need it, I will just not worry about it.

After repartitioning the drive and formatting it as exFat, I copied the important directories back. I noticed that many of the directories that I copied have very little or no data in them. A file which I googled to be Windows backup binary file, which I did not copy back to the 2TB is itself 760GB. This means I copied only 50GB of data. Yikes!

I unplugged the drive so that no more data will be written to it in hope that I can recover at least some of the data. My friend is having an anxiety attack at the moment... because he does a lot of music writings; his scores and voices are what he wanted back.

Is there a way to recover files from a repartitioned drive that has been repartitioned and formatted twice?

* Original is NTFS with 1.8TB of data
* Reformatted via Mac OS to their Extended (journaled) format by accident. [that created three partitions]
* Repartioned via Windows to one big drive and formatted it as exFat.
* Copied 52GB of data back... Read more

A:Recover data from multiple re-partition?

You could try using Recuva -- as far as I know, it's still free.

The best data recovery apps I've used come from Runtime Software. You can download, install them and run them for free to do a search of the drive. You can then look at the results to see what they found. But to actually save the files, you have to purchase them -- and last time I checked, it was around $70 for RecoverMyFiles.

Oh, and you would have to connect the drive you want to recover to a working PC -- as you obviously can't install apps on the drive itself.

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I installed a new HDD today and when I went into the Windows setup to partition it, I accidentally deleted a partition on one of my other drives. This drive had ALL my pictures, music, movies and videos. EVERYTHING I had was on that disk.

Since I only deleted the partition, I would assume the information is still there. Is there anyway to recover this, or am I screwed?

TIA,
 

A:Is there anyway to recover data after deleting a partition?

You're in luck. As long as you haven't done anything else to the disk, you should be able to recover everything. Deleting the partition just deletes the partition table info, the original data is still there. Google some hard disk recovery tools. I used this once to recover from a similar problem.
 

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Greetings everyone,

I'm having quite a bit of bad luck at backing up data from a WD My Book Essential. I had a feeling something was faulty, so I started backing up my data. The hard disk in it was 1TB, and lets say about 450 GB of it was used.

I started copying everything, and about 50% went smoothly. Normal speed, no hickups. Then the drive started randomly dying and rebooting. It would copy for a number of minutes, then stopped as if the drive had been unplugged, and then poped up again after a few seconds. After a while, I just couldn't access it anymore. I had a feeling something might be wrong with the case.

So I disassembled it, and took the hard drive out. I plugged it into my computer, and it's recognized, but the capacity of it is showing up as unallocated in Computer Management.



Disk 0 is my main hard disk, split into two partitions, and Disk 1 is the drive in questions.

Right now I'm running TestDisk and it will take till morning to analyse all 121600 cylinders. I'm wondering what my next step(s) should be if the scan comes up empty? Should I try to use any other software to recover the partition, or should I use something to try to recover the files?

Thank you in advance for any tips and ideas.

A:Backing up data, need to recover partition

The typical advice is to first try to recover the partition and if that fails to then try to recover individual files.

You may as well download Western Digital utilities to see if it fails. Maybe you have a warranty claim? I think there is a short test and a longer one.

I'm no expert on recovery and can't give you specific advice.

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Heloo,

i m Rahul, i need some help. i use window 7 Ultimate Edition , i have two Partitions in 320 HDD, d drive is encrypted by bitlocker. after some time i access this drive its give me wizard , drive is not formated. i formated the drive. after that my data is lost.

Please help me if u have any Idea or any software to recover my Data.

Thanks
 

A:I need Help to Recover Data from Formated Partition

If it was a Bitlocker drive and you formatted it, you can kiss the data good-bye.
 

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Greetings everyone,

I'm having quite a bit of bad luck at backing up data from a WD My Book Essential. I had a feeling something was faulty, so I started backing up my data. The hard disk in it was 1TB, and lets say about 450 GB of it was used.

I started copying everything, and about 50% went smoothly. Normal speed, no hickups. Then the drive started randomly dying and rebooting. It would copy for a number of minutes, then stopped as if the drive had been unplugged, and then poped up again after a few seconds. After a while, I just couldn't access it anymore. I had a feeling something might be wrong with the case.

So I disassembled it, and took the hard drive out. I plugged it into my computer, and it's recognized, but the capacity of it is showing up as unallocated in Computer Management.



Disk 0 is my main hard disk, split into two partitions, and Disk 1 is the drive in questions.

Right now I'm running TestDisk and it will take till morning to analyse all 121600 cylinders. I'm wondering what my next step(s) should be if the scan comes up empty? Should I try to use any other software to recover the partition, or should I use something to try to recover the files?

Thank you in advance for any tips and ideas.

A:Backing up data, need to recover partition

The typical advice is to first try to recover the partition and if that fails to then try to recover individual files.

You may as well download Western Digital utilities to see if it fails. Maybe you have a warranty claim? I think there is a short test and a longer one.

I'm no expert on recovery and can't give you specific advice.

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Have a good day,
I have 1 physical drive 80Gb, divided into 2 partitions: C and D
C is System (WinXP)
D is Data
Yesterday, i got a virus. I rebooted, and used Acronis True Image to restore backup from Secure Zone (this backup was for Partition C). Secure Zone was ok, but Partition C and D were unallocated. I recovered partition C by using a backup in Secure Zone. After recovering, partition D was still unallocated.
I didn't do anything since then.
When i run Partition Magic 8, i saw this unallocated partition
Will my data in partition D be lost when i resize Partition C to 80Gb
Please help me to recover my data in partition D,
it was very important to me !!!

I'm wating for your advices

Thanks and Best Regards

A:Recover Data in Unallocated Partition

Greetings khanh4all, and Welcome to TSF,

Considering this....


Quote:




Yesterday, i got a virus.




I suggest before you go to any drastic measures, you read this.....

http://www.techsupportforum.com/showthread.php?t=15968

...follow the guidelines and steps and post your HJT Log in the HJT Forum, as viruses have been known to really weird things.

Good Luck with it.

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I was running win 7 with 4 partitions , thought to upgrade to win 10. While installing it didn't allowed me to install. I thought i can run diskpart clean on one partition, selected one volume and ran clean command, but it still cleaned all the partitions. Long story short, I cannot boot my OS until I install OS on freshly created single partition. I was told to use partition recovery apps like partition and mount software, Do I have to install OS on it anyways and once OS is installed, instal the partition and mount software for the recovery?

A:How can i recover lost partition and data in it

NO! Don't do anything that involves the hard drive at this point. You will need to use another computer to create a disk recovery boot disk from a recovery program and use that to boot the computer with the affected hard drive and then let the program do its thing.

This is the program I have used in the past, and I think Brink recommends it too:
[email protected] Partition Recovery restores deleted damaged volumes &amp disks. Freeware Data Recovery Software Toolkit

You can try this one for free, the company is a pretty good company, but I haven't used this software:
Free Partition Recovery Software - EaseUS Partition Recovery.

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Hello members,

Hope you all are doing great. This is my first post & I am feeling very tensed right now. I was using disk management tool on windows 10 to delete the volume E. However by mistake I deleted the volume D & unallocated space increased .

After that I created new volume called Y out of the unallocated space. At this point I realized that I lost my D drive which has all my valuable data worth 30 GB.

Is there any way to recover the files and partition ? I tried easeus and it recovered the partition but with empty contents.

Please help me as my all work is stored on D drive and I am in wierd situation & totally scared about how do I explain this situation to my boss.

Hope someone will help me out...

Please help !

A:How do I recover accidentally deleted partition & its data?

This is a critical situation. Try to generate image of your drive and then experiment recovery options on it . Image of the drive won’t harm your data.

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I deleted a partion using the windows 7 installer disk. Unfortunately I was a bit click happy and deleted my secondary drive (one partition if you call it that, as it took up the whole disk). This is my data drive. I keep everything there including a lot of very large, multimedia files that I cannot live without. After picking my heart back up out of my shoe I started asking for help and downloading as many free tools as I can. None of them have worked satisfactorily. Find and Mount looked extremely promising, saying it would find a mark on the HDD where a partition had been made previously and then allowing me to mount a read only version, then copying all the files as though the partition had never been damaged, if I wanted. Funnily enough not only did it fail to find a visable or lost partition on this drive, it even failed to find working partitions on any other drive. Pfft.I've tried Paragon Partition Manager. It told me my drive had errors and to run chkdsk. I did this but it didn't help. The programme had the same errors when I tested it on another drive. Another pfft.I tried EASEUS Partition Manager. It found the files... but it copied all 253 gb of them as 'raw' files or something like that. This means they were completely out of order, no folders and renamed 'file001.jpg' etc. This is useless for me as a lot of my files are .RARs that need to be in a sequence to option or similar issues and also with over 25000 files I cannot be arsed o... Read more

A:Recover data from deleted partition? URGENT

*bashes head against desk irrepairably staining LCD monitor with blood and brain*. "MUST BACK UP, MUST NOT DELETE BACK UP!!!"
 

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Dear admin: I have an HP laptop15-F009VVM   that shipped with Windows 8.1. I upgraded to Windows 10 with 2 partition c & D  by mistake i delete D partition after install win 10 clean install how i can recover my deleted partition or files in D partition Regards  

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Dear admin: I have an HP laptop15-F009VVM   that shipped with Windows 8.1. I upgraded to Windows 10 with 2 partition c & D  by mistake i delete D partition after install win 10 clean install how i can recover my deleted partition or files in D partition Regards  

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I unexpectedly deleted a partition, now i want to recover data from it. Please help me !! The data is really crucial for me. Thank you all!

A:Recover data of an anallocated partition that was unexpectedly erased

If you've not formatted or overwritten it, but only deleted it, then I would run Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

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I was installing Fedora 18 and Windows XP was already installed on my primary C drive. one of my partitions deleted accidentally during installation which contained backup data. The file system was NFTS. I used EASEUS data recovery. It took too much of time and all of the files were not recovered ( or I was unable to recognize them.) I had some important flv files but they didn't recover. Please tell me some free software you may have used which may efficiently recovered the data.

A:Recover data from deleted partition during installation of fedora 18?

bces0605 welcome to SevenForums
Try GetDataBack for NTFS

http://download.runtime.org/gdbnt.zip

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hah
who have some of full version key to recover d partition data
this is some best data recovery software of the world

bplan data recovery software scan speed is very fast  
http://www.recoveryvaults.com

r studio not free
easeus data recovery  free 2gb
stellar data recovery  not free
power data recovery free 2gb
icare data recovery only free to recover deleted files
who have some of full version key to recover d partition data
but no key :( for

thanks recommed othe free data

thanks recommed othe free data recovery ,it can recover >2gb

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Hello,

when i used my win 10 my (media) Hard disk suddenly unallocated with 2 partition one it. one of the partition was encrypted with bitlocker

Now I used window 7 ultimate and to try to recover my data I follow steps according to the great guide :
http://www.normanbauer.com/2013/07/25/how-to-recover-data-from-a-deleted-bitlocker-enabled-partition/
Now the problem was on the step to create recover.img :
when i type "repair-bde F: E:\recover.img -rp 517253-653510-042988-665027-063393-559515-700700-268211"
I get ERROR: cannot use 517253-653510-042988-665027-063393-559515-700700-268211 (the recovery key) to unlock the input volume, please try different recovery password or recovery key


I am sure that it is the right recovery key. 
I also have identifier and password for the bitlocker partition

PLEASE ADVICE my Data is very important   !

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Hi everyone,

I have a 2 GB USB flash drive. I recently plugged this flash drive into my Ubuntu Linux-based computer while VMware was running because I needed to get a file out of the virtual machine and I thought that would be the easiest way. VMware took control of the device and mounted it in the Windows XP environment it was running. I copied a file I needed to get out of the virtual machine onto the flash drive, then shut down the virtual machine.

Now I am having a desperate problem -- the flash drive is no longer readable or mountable in any computer. Linux tells me that the device has an "invalid partition table," Mac OS X tells me that the device is unreadable or not initialized, and another Windows XP computer tells me that the disk in the drive is not formatted. The Linux error message gives me the most hope -- I have data that I cannot stress how valuable it is to me on that flash drive and I desperately need to be able to recover it. Is there any way of bypassing the partition table and getting at the data?

I hope someone is able to help me! Thank you!
 

A:USB flash drive "invalid partition table" -- need to recover data

You could try PC Inspector, it's made for these kinds of situations.
 

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I was installing a fresh copy of Windows, when I wasnt paying attention and accidentally deleted the wrong partition(which was my full 80g hard drive that has everything on it!!). Luckily, I noticed what I had done BEFORE I formatted it. So now the partition is an unpartitioned 80g, and I installed a fresh copy of xp on the RIGHT hard drive i meant to install it on in the first place! Can anyone help me? That hard drive is very important to me, and I know there has to be a way to get it back. For right now I am leaving the unpartitioned drive alone until I get some feedback. So if anyone can help, suggest a EASY to use program, or give any support, IT WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! Thankyou very much!
 

A:Help me recover....?, Partition Deleted, Help Me Recover It

Partition undelete

Have a look at TestDisk
 

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I was installing a fresh copy of Windows, when I wasnt paying attention and accidentally deleted the wrong partition(which was my full 80g hard drive that has everything on it!!). Luckily, I noticed what I had done BEFORE I formatted it. So now the partition is an unpartitioned 80g, and I installed a fresh copy of xp on the RIGHT hard drive i meant to install it on in the first place! Can anyone help me? That hard drive is very important to me, and I know there has to be a way to get it back. For right now I am leaving the unpartitioned drive alone until I get some feedback. So if anyone can help, suggest a EASY to use program, or give any support, IT WOULD BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED! Thankyou very much!

A:Help me recover....?, Partition Deleted, Help Me Recover It

http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm

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My computer came with one great big partition, with XP Home installed on it. For four months all my data got stored on that same partition. Then I got partition magic, and decided to make a separate partition for all my files. This turned out to be too small, after I'd transfered all my music, plus my work files to it. I then tried to repartition the drive, taking most of the spare space from the XP drive and giving it to the data drive.
Just as it started to widen the Data drive, and after shrinking the XP drive, it crashed. Now XP doesn't boot, and my data partition is corrupted too.
I've been daft and so have no backup of my data, and no partition magic back-up floppies. Is there anyway I can get the data back?

If it's any help, Ubuntu is also on the laptop, and working fine.
 

A:Partition Magic 8 has corrupted Windows partition and Data partition

Do you have the installation CD? If so, "BART PE" may be the solution. I have used it with success. Here is the link: http://www.nu2.nu/pebuilder/

{redoak}
 

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hey, just wondering, has anyone ever used active partition to recover a lost partition on their hard drive? I just want some other advice so i can get this right....
 

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Could not boot. So - attempted to re-install OS. Ended up with a "recovery partition" which is c:\. My old c:\ is now d:\. I see all my data on d:\. How do I restore d:\ to be my main boot on c:\?

A:Using Recovery Partition to Recover Partition

First of all, welcome to BC !
 
Make and model of computer please, or main specs if it is a home built.
 
In Windows, the boot drive, where Windows lives, is always C:\ , your data can be anywhere on the system and it doesn't really matter. I've got three hard drives on this computer with data on all of them. Your applications are usually on the C:\ drive, but don't have to be and so long as they are working it doesn't really matter.
 
What may be more important, as far as your data goes, is how big is the D:\ partition ?  If the restore created a partition for Windows that was sufficient for Windows plus a little bit and left most of your space for applications and data on D:\ , then that is fine. If however your D:\ partition is just big enough to contain your data and applications then something will have to be re-arranged !  Data tends to grow with time.
 
You can easily find out how big C:\ and D:\ are. Click 'Start - Computer' and you will get a screen that lists all your drives, tells you how big they are, and shows how much free space there is in each. If you do have a problem, post back.
 
Chris Cosgrove

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Howdy.

PROBLEM
I have user & desktop folders on two partitions (i.e. two separate sets of each). I want to change the default desktop and also the default partition selected when I save a file.

BACKGROUND
My ACER came with the disk divided into C: and D:, labeled as Acer and Data, respectively. All my programs and boot are in C; I want all my data in D: I want the desktop that appears when I boot up to default to the desktop in D and for the computer to default to D when I save files. (Currently the computer defaults to the desktop and save path in C.) I want the boot, OS, and apps to remain in C (unless someone advises differently). Disk Manager gives the following info:

C:Simple, basic, NTFS, healthy (system, boot, page file, active, crash dump, primary partition)
D: Simple, basic NTFS, healthy (primary partition)

SYSTEM
Vista Basic Home, 32-bit.

Thank you!

A:How make data partition default for desktop and filing data?

richc46 has just replied:

I think that this should help you saving to a default location
User Folders - Change Default Location - Windows 7 Forums (http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/18629-user-folders-change-default-location.html)
Works equally well with Vista
***************

Thank you, RichC46.

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I have a 60 GB partition for W7 system and a data partition. I would like to have the Users files and all non systems stuff go directly to the Data partition. I have done it on other systems but can't figure it out on W7. I had found in a search how to do this a while back but can't find it now. I would appreciate it if someone pointed out a link on how to accomplish this.
 

A:Storing data in other partition other than system partition in windows 7

Is this what you are looking for?
http://www.windows7home.net/how-to-move-user-data-folder-to-non-system-partition-in-windows-7vista/

Jim
 

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Hi Folks, I have contrived to get two active partitions on my PC! After a 2 week old hard drive (D: & F -) died I replaced (now F & G) it with an old drive that had previously been configured with XP and as a boot drive. I don’t think it is acting as boot as drive C: has an active partition and boot and largely the computer runs fine with the exception of G not being search / index able? And there being a phantom path in the backup which I can’t reset. So the question!
How do I remove the active setting on G: (it holds all the variable windows data) and will it lose all the data?
Im at that point where a little knowledge is dangerous and have seen some genius replies so thought I would ask and see if you could help me out.

See attached screen shot

NB The old drive partitions were formatted before being repopulated

A:How to change active partition without removing data from partition?

Hello and welcome to the forums MarkRocketman!

You can easily change the active/inactive flag on a partition easily by following these steps:-

Removing the Active Flag from a Partition
(on a drive that's not currenly being used as a boot drive)

First, open an elevated command prompt in Windows:-

1. Click Start Orb
2. In search box, type cmd
3. Right-click on cmd.exe, and choose 'Run as Administrator'

In the elevated command prompt type in the following commands:-

Diskpart
LIST DISK
SELECT DISK n (where n is the number of the HDD in question)
LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition that holds G)
INACTIVE
Hope that helps!

EDIT:- As a supplementary addition here's how change it back to active:-

LIST PARTITION
SELECT PARTITION n (where n is the number of the Partition you want to activate)
ACTIVE
Exit (to exit Diskpart)

 

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Hello, I was really hoping somebody could help us. It's a bit of a strange situation we're in but I'll try to keep the facts as concise as possible.

Computer running Windows 7 Ultimate x64, 1TB Hard Drive.

Yesterday my boyfriend discovered an 'extra' partition on his computer. He'd never seen it before and was very much enthused at having the extra space to store files etc, but sadly didn't question what, how or why this showed up randomly.

Skip to today... he went to access some of the files he put on the mystery drive, but discovered the whole thing wasn't there anymore. Cue a lot of swearing, trying to figure out what happened. We've collectively been trying to find out what might have happened for the entire day and haven't got too far.

The only idea I've struck upon is that maybe for some reason the System Reserved partition became visible and/or active for a short period of time - eg. enough time for him to start loading files into that area, but then hidden itself again? Is this even a possible or plausible idea?

If this is the case, how the heck do we get the partition to show up again and access the 'lost' data... the partition obviously isn't showing up anymore and for the life of us, we can't get it to show up using partition recovery tools either >_<

Sorry for sounding totally 'noobish' - any thoughts, suggestions or ideas would be really great.

~ BitBat

A:Mystery Partition - Accidentally Put Data on System Partition??

Post a screenshot of the disk management Windows, using built in Snipping Tool.

How to Post a Screenshot in Seven Forums - Windows 7 Forums

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I recently cloned my HDD to a new SSD and that seemed to go okay. The original HHD had 2 partitions named Miscellaneous 1 and Miscellaneous 2. I honestly do not know where those 2 partitions came from. I guess I could have created them some years ago, but I just do not remember. As you would expect after the cloning I had those same 2 partitions on my new SSD. When I check partition properties they both show up with about 100 MB used space and 39 GB of free space. I want to clean up that drive (as well as my new drive) so I deleted them on the HDD using Disk Management. For some reason when I did that it also deleted 2 partitions that had data and pictures in them. That was okay since I have that information on the new drive, but I would like to get rid of the 2 Miscellaneous partitions on the SSD, but am afraid to do so. When I run Disk Management it does not show the missing files on the HDD (as I would expect) and does show them on the SSD (again as I would expect).

I learned about Partition Wizard Mini-tool from this forum. I ran the Partition Recovery Wizard and it shows the 2 miscellaneous and 2 data files as lost/deleted on the SSD. I have attached screen shots that hopefully will help to explain what I am trying to describe. Any comments or suggestions about what may have happened and what I need to do will be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much.

A:Deleting an empty partition also deletes a partition with data.

One other thing I forgot to mention in my original post is I tried to run the Partition Recovery Wizard and it always tells me that at least one partition will be deleted. I don't understand that and it scared me away.

This is my first post here. Why do all the other post thread titles appear in bold and mine does not?

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I've been thinking about this. With the advent of so many backup software products as well as the built-in System Image/Backup in Win7, do we really need to go through all the trouble to have separate partitions for OS and data?

Sure, if you have a 100's of gigabytes of music or video or pictures, then it might make sense to move that off the OS partition otherwise your OS image will take forever (and the associated disk storage).

Look at it this way. If you have a ton of data, dragging 25G of OS stuff along with that data backup/image is no biggie.

A:are the days of separating OS partition and data partition over?

I don't see a reason or a point to "not" being past this. Why would you want your data mixed in with your OS...especially now when you can quickly redirect Libraries?

You don't need to go through any trouble to separate them. In fact, in the event of a reimage or reinstall, all you have to do is disconnect your data drive.

Why have that data included in your image, when it makes much more practical sense to have it backed up separate? I take a clean image when I reinstall, and then that's it for imaging. Afterwards, only my data is backed up. I can do a complete clean install from scratch in under 2 hours...it's my data that's important.

You can also look at it in terms of malware. If the C drive is infected, my data is separate. That's less chance of my data becoming infected, and much easy to reinstall/reimage/recover/ etc.

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I just lost a partition. It changed, something happened I cannot access my hard drive now.

I have used R-Studio data recovery in past and it has worked well for me. I was just wondering what other people out there think is the best data recovery software for a lost or changed partition?

Thanks
 

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SO... is this possible. I don't have a spare HD so I'm going to try to partition my drive so I can install another OS on it. Can I do this without losing the data I already have?
 

A:Is it possible to partition a drive with data allready on it and keep the data?

Yes it is possible with many partioning software ie, partition magic personally i use a freeware version called partition logic. All you do is resize the current partition and create a second but dont forget to backup.

Evert
 

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When I first started using Windows 7 I had a windows XP partition along with a windows vista. I had all 3 OS's running smoothly and of course fell in love with 7. After getting my hand on a copy of 7 Ultimate I decided to buh bye Vista and Hello 7 as a whole OS, mind you I kept the XP installation running as well. After thinking about it for a while I decided to get rid of XP for good and just go with 7 to rule my PC, and somehow in the process I have the partition that used to be XP unoccupied but yet cannot use it. It says it is a Health (system, Active Primary partition) this is a 150GB partition which completes the other half to where my windows 7 is. I want to recover that space so I can have one full 300GB. How can I do that, and any ideas how I messed that up? My system is working fine as it is, and I can really live with it, but mind you that's 150GB of space that's just not being used.
I was thinking partition Magic could help me on this one.

Any helps on how I can get that back?

Thanks in advance.

-B.O.T

A:Recover Second Partition

Partition magic could indeed help. Is it possible to post a screenshot of your 'Disk Management'?

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Hey guys.

I got a Medion PC for Christmas that came preinstalled with Vista, and recently it's been getting a bit slow, and I've been running out of HDD space. Thus, I have decided to reinstall - but not being provided with a Vista disk naturally has its problems.

I realized that the partition I had been seeing called 'RECOVER' might have something relevant on it, so i went in to take a look, and this is what I found - a mass of drivers, apps that came preinstalled on the PC, and a folder called 'Vista-Upgrade'.

So - my question is, what do I do with these to reinstall Vista? There is a setup in Vista-Upgrade, I know, but presumably the PC will have to reboot before it can install... so what do I do with the files?

Also, what about the serial number? Will it come with it pre-entered?

Thanks in advance, I always get great responses out of TSG.
 

A:'RECOVER' partition

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Ok i dont know if this should be in hardware but i placed it here for now. I have a single 80 gig hard drive inside my computer. I currently have 2 partitions; the first large partition is the main data partition with my OS, Data, Programs and all that important stuff, the second is a BLANK 3 or maybe 10 gig partition (sry i forget size but thats not important) which i want to make part of my main partition.

The partition was created by installing and EVIL virtual drive program known as Daemon tools which is short IMHO for DEMONIC SPACE EATER. So anyway ive uninstalled the program due to lack of use and it didnt give me my partition back! On an 80 gig drive even 1 gig is valuable space so please if there is a way to make my drive one partition again without touching any of the data i have id love to know!

A:I Need To Recover A Partition

I would recomend a program called "Partition Wizard Home Edition". It's free, it has all the features of axialis software, and it won't corrupt your data, if you know how to use it.***CAUTION: Attempting to repartition your HDD may result in data loss. Be careful when attempting to do so. If possible, backup your computer to an external HDD.***

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I have an Lenovo Thinkpad t42p with a 4.72 gb OEM partition that sits between my C:Windows 7 121gb partition and E:106GB partition. I am not able to delete the OEM partition which contains my old XP system recovery files. I would like to merge E: with C: but OEM stands in the way. Any way to delete the OEM without buying partition software? Can I set it visible in DOS or something, then delete it? Thanks.

A:Recover OEM partition

Start menu - right-click on "computer" and select "manage" click on "Disk management" and... Oh, that doesn't work on my computer and presumably yours.
try GParted, it's free.
GParted -- Welcome
NOTE:
I reccomend just using gparted to delete the partition (and make sure there isn't some sort of "wrapper" left behind when you delete) and use the above to merge... I used Gparted to extend a disk and it changed the drive letter, making it unusable and complicated to fix.

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Hi... I need some help with some problem...

I recently had to format my computer and re-install Windows 7, but it seems like I made a huge mistake and now I'm struggling to recover my partition.

PC Disk Drive Configuration:
Primary Disk Drive (250 SSD):
- 100 MB [NTFS] Reserved
- 250 GB [NTFS] ( C: ) Operative System

Secondary Disk Drive (3TB HDD) GPT:
- 1.5 TB [NTFS] ( D: ) Archive
- 1.5 TB [NTFS] ( E: ) Downloads

After formatting C: and reinstalling Windows 7, I started having ChkDsk for E: automatically start every time I started the PC, so I tried to move some things between D: and E: and ran ChkDsk by myself...

ChkDsk returned many errors (Cannot write to log) and filled the partition every time... so I decided to give up and make a "full format" of the E: partition. So I started that and went to do my business on my own while the PC worked.

Upon returning I found my PC shut down, not knowing if it had turn down by itself or something else happen... I booted it up, to found my whole Secondary Disk Drive, unallocated and only recognizing 700GB... So I downloaded the Intel RAID drivers (witch I haven't done before this), and finally was able to recognize the whole 3TB drive, but still unallocated...

I downloaded and ran AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition 5.6, and was able to recover my E: Downloads partition, however that partition was recently formated, so it had nothing on it, stilll ran once more the ChkDsk and found the partition wi... Read more

A:How to Recover GPT Partition?

I would try Test Disk it is free
I say TestDisk _ I would actually use Photorec which is part of Test Disk
The advantage being that Photorec is less dependant on the file system
See this please
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec_Step_By_Step
Although you will be using Photorec the principle of operation is the same as Test|Disk - to save me pages of typing all the help is on the link above but this may also help you
http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/1110686-external-hard-drive-enclosure-problem.html
On that link where I was guiding someone through the process post 1 to 31 is your general run through
 

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Hi guys, I just used the [email protected] Partition recovery on my computer in an attempt to find the recovery partition, and look what it's found!!
Attachment 233169
It found the HDD recovery image, and it's around 10 gigabytes! I think that's it!
Now, before I go messing around further when I recover it, what settings should I choose?
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I just want to know because I might screw it up and lose the partition :/
Thanks!

A:How should I recover this partition?

You might not have to change any settings at all. I believe the usual way to access the recovery partition is to:If the computer is running, shut it down -- by clicking Start, Shut Down.
Press and hold the 0 (zero) key on your keyboard and then press the computer's power switch. When the computer turns on, the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility screen should appear.
Once the Recovery Utility screen appears there should be three options: (1) Restore Original Factory Image (recommended); and for advanced users, (2) Restore Partition C: of HDD without changing current partition size; and, (3) Restore image to C: Partition with user specified size. Scroll down to the section called:

Using Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility from the recovery partition

How to use the Toshiba HDD Recovery Utility

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I wish to reinstall the OS to the original factory settings. I have a defective reinstall CD and need to create a new CD from the OS partition created when Dell loaded the original software.
Can any one provide the procedure to make this new disk.
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A:recover OS partition

You can't create a cd from the original partition. I would suggest contacting dell to get a replacement CD.
 

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WinXP-Home; one hard drive with multiple partitions.

My email client (The Bat!) crashed. When I reboot, I cannot access my L: drive (the mail directory). However, Partition Magic 8.01's PartitionInfo report no error on L: drive -- "No partition errors detected".

Windows Explorer reports that the L: drive is not formatted. However, PartitionInfo shows it is formatted for FAT32.

Is there any way I can fix the problem and get back into my L: drive?

If this is not the correct forum, please advise which forum or newsgroup I should pose this question.

TIA
 

A:Is it possible to recover this partition?

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Hi Guys!

My hard drive stop working and I have some important data in it; does anyone know how can I recover my data? Or if you know who can recover it and doesn’t charge me lots of money, plz let me know.

[email protected]
 

A:Want to Recover Data

1st Option: Remove hard drive and install as secondary drive on seperate machine, try to copy files across. If 2nd drive not allowing to read try....
2nd Option:Go to any 'shareware' 'freeware' site and download PC Inspector File Recovery,install on working drive again run check on drive and see if files are picked up.
3rd Option: Take to data recovery experts and pay $$$$$$$ Huge amounts, if spindles are damaged i.e. hard drive dead there is no other options i'm afraid, sorry.
 

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Hello friends,

i have 40 gb harddrive i overwrite one folder with same name.

is it possible to recover that old folder if yes kindly guide how i can recover that.
 

A:can data recover?

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Hi
Plz can u guys help me out to recover the data from my external HDD. I hv got a 100GB HDD, 2 partion, sony vio, HDD manufecture by hitachi. When i try to open it its comes with "drive is not accessible, The file or directory corrupted or unreadable". tried to get the data from usb 2 IDE combo adapter, stil same message. Plz help is there any way i can retrive the data??? plz..
 

A:Need to recover data from HDD

Free:

Testdisk Documentation
Testdisk Download
DriveRescue
Testdisk Boot Disk
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool

Commercial:

Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
Bootmaster Partition Recovery
ZAR Partition Recovery
DIY DataRecovery DiskPatch
Partition Table Doctor
 

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I have an interesting situation. I have an old business computer that is running DOS on an IBM PS/2 Model 80 (20 years old). I need to get the data off of it! I'd like to just suck all the info off of the drive on to a new machine...I can take it from there. The problem is there is now way to get info off the system that I can think of. The Hard Drive is not IDE...it is the old IMB Microchannel system. The microchannel Floppy drive is bad. No network card. No Modem. Thought of a Lap Link cable transfer, but I have no way to load the software onto the dos machine to enable that. Any one have a work around?

A:Data recover from Dos

rackai,

This fellow seems to know quite a bit about IBM model 80 computers-
Maybe you can e-mail him and he will have some info for you on your
problem.

http://members.chello.at/theodor.lau...r/ps2/8580.htm

Good luck.

Andy

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