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Accidentally Formatted my Drive 0 Partition 1 (system)

Q: Accidentally Formatted my Drive 0 Partition 1 (system)

Can anyone please help? While attempting to restore my computer I accidentally formatted my partition and now it doesn't even let me boot up. And I cant "Upgrade: Install windows and keep files, settings, and applications" because I have to "Remove the installation media and restart my computer so that Windows starts normally." The error message I am getting when trying to boot up normally is "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. Press any key to restart". What I did was clicked Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) clicked on Drive 0 Partition 1(system) and clicked format. I am willing to reinstall windows if any way possible.
Thank you for your time and I hope you can help!

-Cyberpower PC
-Windows 8.1 64bit

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A: Accidentally Formatted my Drive 0 Partition 1 (system)

Originally Posted by ad84555


Can anyone please help? While attempting to restore my computer I accidentally formatted my partition and now it doesn't even let me boot up. And I cant "Upgrade: Install windows and keep files, settings, and applications" because I have to "Remove the installation media and restart my computer so that Windows starts normally." The error message I am getting when trying to boot up normally is "An operating system wasn't found. Try disconnecting any drives that don't contain an operating system. Press any key to restart". What I did was clicked Custom: Install Windows only (advanced) clicked on Drive 0 Partition 1(system) and clicked format. I am willing to reinstall windows if any way possible.
Thank you for your time and I hope you can help!

-Cyberpower PC
-Windows 8.1 64bit



Hi ad84555! Welcome to EightForums!

Try this:
Open your case, (hopefully you have a desktop PC), and carefully unplug all hard drives.
Boot to your installation media, and when you get to the following window, carefully plug in the desired hard drive then click the 'Refresh' button in the window,
then hopefully the drive will show.

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Is there any way I can restore what was in that partition?

A:Accidentally formatted UEFI System Partition, now Windows won't boot.

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We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
& made the Startup Repair CD.
startup repair disc-create


Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

You can Order ASUS recovery disks from here:
http://us.estore.asus.com/index.php?..._detail&p=2860


Using the Start up disk.

Try doing a start up repair:

Startup Repair
Note: You may need to do start up repair 3 to 4 times.
Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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Hi,

Let me explain what happened briefly.

When I tried to install my third OS in my laptop which is a linux base OS and I accidentally formatted system reserved partition and my second OS which is a linux base OS also. Since then, I can never boot window 7 professional 64bit which is my primary OS and my second OS. The laptop showed This not not a bootable drive and so on right after the flash bios.

Are there any solution that can help me out to restore the system reserved data? I have another hdd with window os but it is window 7 professional 32bit which is currently replacing this affected hdd.

I hope I don't have to use the final resource which is to format it as it contains important study materials and documents too.

A:Accidentally formatted system reserved partition and window won't boot

Run startup repair.

Startup Repair

Startup Repair - Run 3 Separate Times

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Hello, I was doing some disk management but accidentally resized and formatted the EFI partition. I tried repairing using disk image but it wasn't able to fix it. so I installed
Windows 8.1 (same OS I was using) in an unallocated partition in the same disk. So right now I'm able to access my disks and personal files. then I tried using
MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover partition but also didn't work. since I'm able to access my old windows data files, can I do anything to get the EFI data back? Or does system restore points I created earlier solve this problem?

Thank You!

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I had 960/970GB full on it, and I accidentally overwrote it, trying to format my SD card, accidentally did my HDD..
Is there a way to 100% recover it? :\
 

A:Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

http://www.piriform.com/recuva
 

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I may need some help
See, my little brother accidentally formatted an encrypted partition of my HDD (Disk drive D: 100 GB to be exact) which contained really important data that I need back! It had all of my photographs from the past 5 years (which I was too lazy to back up on cloud storage).
Would this help me recover the lost data? I do have the password and the recovery key. I hope this works

A:Accidentally Formatted Bit-Locker Encrypted Drive!

Hello Riley, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Since it was formatted and not just deleted, it may not be as recoverable. Especially since it was encrypted with BitLocker. You might see if you may be able to recovery the partition using the method in the tutorial below.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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HI
I accidentally deleted one my hard disk drive using "mini tool partition wizard"(still remained unallocated) , and immediately i selected partition recovery wizard in that software and scanned the entire hard disk and it showed the files exactly how they are in my formatted drive looks ..when i selected finish button it saying delete at-least one existing drive ...i selected ok then it showing my c drive empty and my deleted recovered drive , i have only two drives one is boot drive another one is which i deleted ...
i undid the process of this, in software ... and waiting for ur help ... to recover the data ..

A:I accidentally formatted my hard disk drive .....

Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is an excellent tool that you might want to consider.

File and data recovery software to unformat, undelete files. Recover deleted files and recover formatted disk or corrupt drives - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Piriform's Recuva is another good data recovery utility.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

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so, i have 2 hard drives. a 500 gb one with windows 7, and a 1 tb one with ubuntu. i never use ubuntu. i booted ubuntu from a flash drive to erase the 1 tb hdd and make it ntfs so windows could use it, but strangely there were 3 approx 500 gb partitions on the 1 tb drive. so i quick formatted all of them.( wanting to get rid of ubuntu) and now i cant boot into windows. i set the boot priority to the windows disk, and even unplugged the linux disk, but it gives "error: no such device a bunch of code, then grub rescue. sooo... did i just format the drive? if so its not a huge deal... but is there anyway i can get my stuff back? it was just a quick format, it was finished in 2 seconds. otherwise ill use my recovery disks. but itd be great if i could somehow save this one or at minimum get some of my data off it.

A:accidentally quick formatted drive? can it be recovered?

When you delete Ubunutu you deleted the Grub Boot loader,which booted both Windows 7 and Ubuntu.
To repair Windows 7 boot off of the Windows 7 DVD and choose Repair Your Computer. If that fails, it will take you to the RE (Recovery Environment) Here choose Command Prompt. Follow these instructions:
At command prompt (x: sources) type:-
bcdedit find “osdevice” (Must inc”) (press enter).

Now use the returned as the drive letter for OS assume C:
At the X:\Sources prompt, type:- bcdedit /export C:\BCD_Backup and press enter, next:-

Type:- c: and press enter

At the C:\ prompt, type:- cd boot and press enter

At the C:\Boot prompt, type:- attrib bcd -s -h -r and press enter
.
At the C:\Boot prompt, type:- ren c:\boot\bcd bcd.old and press enter

At the C:\Boot prompt, type:- bootrec /rebuildbcd and press enter

The Boot Configuration File will be rebuilt at this point. Once it finishes, type exit and press enter. Click the Restart button

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I essentially decided to use my hard-drive for two different forms of Windows XP 32 and 64-bit. This was some time ago, and it ended up with the 64-bit partition (C:\) as my system partition. The 32-bit partition (E:\) was considered a logical drive, and I used it almost entirely, due to the fact that my CD Key for 64-bit will no longer work, for whatever reason.

Eventually, I decided that I needed the space from the old, unused 64-bit partition, and since both partitions had Windows installed on them, I thought it'd be no problem to just delete 64-bit and merge the remaining space with my 32-bit partition.

Unfortunately, before I got that far, I found out that my 32-bit partition no longer will boot. After reading up on it, I found out about the system partition and all that stuff that I messed up by deleting the 64-bit partition.

I've tried to use the recovery console via boot CD, but when using BootCFG, the /SCAN function doesn't recognize the 32-bit partition. I've verified that the files are still there (installed another partition with windows and checked via explorer), but even with an edited boot.ini, the Windows XP Home Edition 32-bit partition won't boot beyond the blue screen, windows logo after "Welcome".

Is there anyway to salvage and fix the partition? I'd rather avoid losing all the driver installations and registry keys I have on the other partition, and would much rather just make that drive the system partition... Read more

A:Multiboot, Accidentally deleted System Partition. Cannot boot other partition

Oh. Also, when in Windows Setup, the 32-bit partition in question can be seen, and is stated as "in a format not suitable to Windows Installation" or similar. I can enter it in Recovery Console, but it does not recognize that Windows is installed on it. Partition table?

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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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Hey guys.
I made a bit of a mistake. I was deleting my XP partition on my HDD (Via the windows 7 setup) and accidentally deleted a system partition. This in turn, as you can imagine, left my computer unable to process that my windows 7 partition was a bootable partition. I installed a fresh copy of W7 on another partition, and all my data from the previous W7 installation is still there. Now my question is this (and I think I know the horrible answer, but no harm in asking); is there any way to restore the original partition to a bootable state? I tried using the W7 DVD to perform a repair, but that doesn't work since it doesn't recognise the partition as a bootable partition, only a data partition.

A:Accidentally deleted system partition.

  
Quote: Originally Posted by ChrisWinks


Hey guys.
I made a bit of a mistake. I was deleting my XP partition on my HDD (Via the windows 7 setup) and accidentally deleted a system partition. This in turn, as you can imagine, left my computer unable to process that my windows 7 partition was a bootable partition. I installed a fresh copy of W7 on another partition, and all my data from the previous W7 installation is still there. Now my question is this (and I think I know the horrible answer, but no harm in asking); is there any way to restore the original partition to a bootable state? I tried using the W7 DVD to perform a repair, but that doesn't work since it doesn't recognise the partition as a bootable partition, only a data partition.


Do you want to restore the old partition or import the data and settings to the new one so you dont have to re-install?

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I recently bought a new Toshiba Portege R705-P41 which came loaded with a ton of crap so I attempted to do a clean install but somehow managed to deleted the "System" partition.
Now the laptop wont boot and I stupidly didn't create a system restore point so I'm freaking out a little bit.
Is there any way I can get whatever was in the System partition back so the computer will boot and I can reinstall Windows 7?

A:Accidentally deleted the System partition...help!!

Do a Startup Repair.
Startup Repair

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My laptop is ASUS X450LD which came with Windows 8.1. I was installing Arch Linux and during the process because I didn't know what the EFI system partition was, I reformatted it and created a new one. I didn't touch the other partitions and so I still have the Recovery and the Restore partition.

If memory serves, I can use a recovery disk to bring back windows' boot. So how can I make a recovery disk from linux? Can I use another laptop's (and another brand's) recovery disk? Can I copy the recovery partition and make a recovery disk in another Windows machine?

Is there another way to create/recover a windows boot?

A:I accidentally reformatted my EFI system partition

Is there another way to create/recover a windows boot?



Yes. RTFM! That is, read the manual for your notebook, starting around page 91.

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Hi everyone,
I was trying to install a new copy of windows for multiboot. I turned on the pc with new OS in the usb stick, I created new volume with CMD using DISKPART, after selecting the new created volume I runned the command CLEAN, I thought this command is going to erase the volume, not the entire disk . Now I cannot boot anymore !!!
To prevent overwiting I didn't perform any further operation on the disk.
Is there any chance to get my files and everything back ?

A:Accidentally deleted operating system partition !!!!

Im no expert in data recovery but I think as long as you haven't used Clean All, I think you should be able to recover. Its good that you didn't try to do anything else afterwards, even seasoned professionals can make mistakes and/or cannot get your data during recovery. I will try to get someone who is more of an expert on partition/data recovery. Hang tight and don't do anything else.

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So a few weeks ago I was screwing around with partitioning my HDD trying to get around some bad sectors that I had picked up in a chkdsk. In the process I accidentally deleted the System Reserve partition, so naturally now my windows wont boot. I've tried downloading a recovery disk but this didnt help, I tried using a bootable version of partition wizard to fix the problem to no avail. I'm currently running a bootable version of ubuntu so that I can do general browsing and access the HDD, but I really need my windows back up and running I havent been able to get any work done in these past two weeks as this Laptop is my only available. Others have suggested doing a format and clean install but this is almost impossible for me as I have too much things on my legit windows installation I cant do without. Please help me if possible any advice would be highly appreciated.

A:Accidentally Deleted System Reserve partition

You have to re-install Windows to restore the boot partition properly.
There are some other solutions, but none of them could give a 100% result.

Back-up all of your important stuff.

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Hello everyone!
I know someone posted a very similar case some years ago but I still haven't found a solution - so I opened the topic.

I currently have the folowing problem and I hope someone could help me:

I wanted to format a microSD card using Fat32Formatter.

Accidentaly - the wrong drive was selected (my running SSD Drive with Windows) and after i clicked "initialize drive" the Laptop crashed: Bluescreen etc.

Restarting the PC doesn't help - no drive is found.

In my experience "initializing drive" doesn' format it, but it makes the drive space "unallocated"

Someone posted in another Forum that he managed to get his system back running with testdisk after the same problem so here I am.

Assuming I just have to create a partition Table, I created a bootable USB.

Testdisk doesn't find any recoverable partitions in the quick search, but in the Deeper search.
I actually have only one partition and testdisk is finding more that one and I am not sure which one to select.

so I just tryied it :writing the partition table. I tryied this procedure a couple of times but now I get annother error:

I don't get the error 'no drive found "
when starting, the Windows Bluescreen is reporting that windows needs to be repaired and I would need to insert the Windows CD/USB in order to start the Windows repair process.

So - before I make any more damaged I figured maybe someone can give me some usefull advice: maybe which partition to select or if ... Read more

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I have an Asus 1215n netbook. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. The drive came with the following partitions:

100 GB Windows 7
15 GB Asus Expressgate (a quick-boot minimal OS)
118 GB Empty partition
15 MB (unknown)

I had been using TrueCrypt to encrypt the 100 GB system partition, which required that I enter a password before booting into windows.

Other than that I never touched it until now. Today I decided to upgrade to Windows 7 Ultimate, so after making sure everything I wanted to keep was on the 118 GB partition, I booted into the Windows 7 setup, formatted *only the 100 GB partition* from within the setup, and selected it as the volume to which to install.

Upon restarting, the third partition wasn't shown in My Computer. I went to Administrative Tools -> Computer Management -> Storage -> Disk Management, which shows the following partitions:

100 GB Healthy
15 GB Healthy
118 GB Free space
20 MB Healthy

I've done these exact steps in the past with similar configurations, and have never had this happen to me before. I can only surmise that this is due to having had a TrueCrypt boot manager, but beyond that I am uncertain.

Any suggestions as to how I might be able to recover this partition?

A:Non-system partition no longer formatted after re-installing WIndows

  
Quote: Originally Posted by gadgetier



Before:

100 GB Windows 7
15 GB Asus Expressgate (a quick-boot minimal OS)
118 GB Empty partition
15 MB (unknown)

After:

100 GB Healthy
15 GB Healthy
118 GB Free space
20 MB Healthy

Any suggestions as to how I might be able to recover this partition?


Can you clarify a bit?

You list 4 before and 4 after.

Which is the problem partition?

Do you mean that the 118 GB that was "empty" before is now "free space"?

Some drive letters or points of reference would help.

The 15 MB partition grew to 20?

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Please help me. Iwas trying to format a USB flash drive but I accidentally deleted the partition. It shows in Windows Disk Management as "online" but does not give me any options for formatting it. I am now not sue what to do PLEASE HELP!
 

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Misread the drive label and deleted the partition on an USB external 80GB SATA drive. Nothing else has been done to the drive.

I did this when using Macrium Reflect Rescue disc.

I know I've seen mention of a program that can recover the partition table but I've not found it yet.

I tried EASUS Data Recovery Wizard but that didn't do it. I thought maybe Paragon had something but I've not had any luck so far. Any help appreciated. Thanks

A:Accidentally deleted partition on external drive

Hey Rich,

You might see if either one of the options in the tutorial below may be able to recover the deleted partition for you.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

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I have a 1.5TB HD of which I originally created 3 partitions of around 500GB each (C, D, and E). I have Drive C: which is my main Windows 7 Ultimate x64 partition. I had an older installation of Windows 7 Ultimate x64 residing on Drive D:. I simply use Drive E: as storage of large media like movies, software, music, or anything else and it does not have an operating system installed.

Yesterday I decided it was time to format my old Windows installation on Drive D: hoping to merge it with my storage drive E: Big mistake, because it turned out Drive D: was my system partition. When my computer tried rebooting after completing the format I got a hang while the post screen says "Loading Operating System..." indefinitely. I initially panicked and tried to re-install windows 7 with my install DVD back onto Drive D: and it still wouldn't boot.

That's when I found a few promising discussions on this forum that gave me hope; mainly starting on the third page of this following thread between user rogerfour and the always helpful gregrocker: Changing the System Partition?

As Gregrocker suggests, I downloaded and burned a bootable image of Partition Wizard. Unfortunately, my entire disk and all the partitions are listed as Dynamic Disk instead of Basic. When I try and do anything inside Partition Wizard it gives an error popup saying it does not support Dynamic Disks in the free version! (╯?□?)╯︵ ┻━┻

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A:Accidentally Deleted system partition. Cannot boot. Dynamic Drives.

Dynamic disks are pretty much to be avoided at all costs. It usually happens when a user tries to make a 4th partition. A warning should come up asking if you want to convert to dynamic. The correct answer should be "no!!!!!".

Is your data backed up?

You probably have to convert dynamic back to basic. It's doable and there may be a tutorial on this forum about it--if not, there are instructions on the net if you google.

It isn't pretty and your data is at some risk if not backed up.

Are you using version 4.2 of Partition Wizard?

Greg should see this and can give you more details.

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Hi guys. I have drivers C: and D:. C: is the bootable where windows 7 sp 1 is installed and i accidentally mark as active the driver D: ... When I restarted, I can't boot my laptop now...
It says "Boot Mgr is missing. Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". And when I tried using a bootable USB flash disk, Windows files loaded but redirects to a CMD. with that (X:windows\system32\) with it. and I can only press letter "I" which like it's browsing some file from A-Z files. Help please..

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Hi guys. I have drivers C: and D:. C: is the bootable where windows 7 sp 1 is installed and i accidentally mark as active the driver D: ... When I restarted, I can't boot my laptop now...
It says "Boot Mgr is missing. Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart". And when I tried using a bootable USB flash disk, Windows files loaded but redirects to a CMD. with that (X:windows\system32\) with it. and I can only press letter "I" which like it's browsing some file from A-Z files. Help please..

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I don't know when this happened. I bought my laptop a few years ago with 320 GB worth of space. I got a message a few days ago that I had run out of room on my computer and when i went to look in Administrative tools, I saw that there were now 4 partitions on my hard drive. One is my main 142GB C drive which is formatted as NTFS. Another one is a 13GB recovery partition. The other two are just listed as Healthy OEM Partitions and are unlettered and I cant seem to format them so basically half my hard drive space is sitting unused and unusable. Is there a way for me to format them for use? I tried booting the computer up as an Administrator but I couldn't format the partitions then either. When I right-click to format, the only option I get is 'Help' which is no hep at all. If anyone can help me that wold be awesome. Thanks

A:Hard drive partition can't be formatted, 142GB held hostage.

I suspect all 4 of those partitions have been there all the time.

For reasons known only to Acer, they seem to split up most of the drive into 2 partitions--142.54 GB and 139 GB in your case.

The 139 GB partition is apparently empty. I assume you save all of your files on the C drive.

I'd just delete the 139 GB partition, which would convert it into "unallocated space", and then "extend" C into that unallocated space. You would then be left with 3 partitions:

C of about 281 GB
13 GB recovery partition
3.54 OEM partition; not sure what this is; maybe tools of some kind.
You should be able to delete the 139 GB partition in Disk Management.

Confirm that you have not stored any data on that partition before you delete it. Your Disk Management picture says it is empty.

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Hello eightforums, I accidentally formatted my 1TB internal NTFS hard drive today while battling with a dual boot system. What is worse I dropped and broke my back up hard drive 2 days ago.

I am now completely dataless and have lost all my photos documents and videos since 2006

I formatted using the Windows 8 disk CMD Prompt, diskpart, self vol 2, clean (and poof whole hdd formatted not just the partition) but luckily I immediately turned off my PC to protect what it had left.

Can anyone guide me through a way to recover data from the unallocated space on my internal hard drive, without walking over what is left (maybe a live boot cd that is good for this tasks?).

Should I make an image of this hard drive onto my friends 1TB hard drive. I know that whatever I do I must not override the empty spaces on the formatted hard disk until I salvage everything I can.

Please help I don't want to make another mistake and never get anything back. My back up HDD has had the click of death over the last 2 days and is not detectable with any cables or cases I have used.

A:Accidentally formatted everything!

Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive and Partition.

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Hi Guys,

I made a really stupid mistake yesterday. I got a new 250Gb SATA HDD to replace my old IDE which I have had for a while. Before installing Windows XP Pro on my new SATA HDD I backed up all my data onto my external 250Gb USB drive (about 160Gb of data I have collected over about 6 year including family photo's etc). After a successful backup process I opened the computer and stuck in the new SATA HDD, put my XP disc in the drive and booted up the XP installation. Then came the screen asking me which drive do I want to install Windows XP onto, so I picked my 250Gb drive, then XP went onto format the drive before completing the installation.

At this point I was rather pleased with myself, having had no problems and everything was running smoothly. Then it hit my. DAMN!!! I HAD JUST FORMATTED MY EXTERNAL USB DRIVE WITH ALL MY DATA ON!!! I had choosen the wrong drive for the XP installation.

Anyway to cut a very long story short. I have now got XP installed on the correct drive, but is there any way I can recover the data on my USD drive that the XP installation formatted for me???

If anyone out there can help my I would be so greatful, because this data is invaluable to me.

Thank for any help in advance guys.

A:Accidentally Formatted HDD

There is a program called Restoration and one called Recuva. Both are free and are designed to recover deleted files. There are other programs available that may do a better job, but they will definately not be free.

I recommend you remove the harddrive from your system until you are ready to recover the files lest you accidently write over some important data.

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Alright. So here's my giant-ass screw-up of the year.

I have a computer that is over 5 years old - essentially a stock Dell Studio XPS 8100 (desktop). The hard drive, which I honestly am not surprised about, gave me a warning that it was likely about to fail. Not being an idiot, I went and got a new HDD, plugged it in, formatted it (this is where I screwed up, as far as I can tell) into GPT, and made a full system image on the new HDD and a recovery DVD. Unplugged the old HDD, attempted to boot up and restore the image to the new HDD.


Apparently my motherboard doesn't support GPT, at least not for booting.

Now, of course my first step would normally be to plug back in the old HDD, reformat the new one into MBR, and rinse and repeat...but the old HDD chose that moment to fail (near as I can tell. BIOS seems to still recognize that it exists, but attempting to boot the computer up gives me the AHCI Port0 Error)

My question to you all is threefold:
1. Can I reformat into MBR without the system booted into Windows?
2. Can I do this without data loss? I have some things that I would very much like to keep.
3. If either of the above is a no, can I get a new motherboard that does support GPT and replace my old motherboard, and make my problems disappear?

And of course, if you all think I'm completely off my rocker with what the problem actually is, feel free to tell me. If you need more information or pictures, I can (probably) get them.

Thanks in advance.

A:Accidentally formatted brand new HDD to GPT instead of MBR

  
Quote: Originally Posted by TheGurw



My question to you all is threefold:
1. Can I reformat into MBR without the system booted into Windows?
2. Can I do this without data loss? I have some things that I would very much like to keep.
3. If either of the above is a no, can I get a new motherboard that does support GPT and replace my old motherboard, and make my problems disappear?

And of course, if you all think I'm completely off my rocker with what the problem actually is, feel free to tell me. If you need more information or pictures, I can (probably) get them.


Re question 1: I don't think you can convert from GPT to MBR on a disk with partitions. You'd have to use something like a Windows installation disk and go to a command prompt and use the "diskpart" command. I think after you delete the partitions there is a command "convert MBR" within diskpart that will take you from GPT to MBR. Then reformat.

Re question 2: I don't think so. You can go from GPT to MBR and back and forth, but not without losing the partitions and therefore the data.

Why do you need GPT at all? The typical reason to use it is because you have a drive in excess of 2.2 TB. MBR can't recognize above 2.2, but GPT can.

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Hi !

Recently I accidentally performed a quick format to the wrong partition. Of course I left the partition untouched since than. This means the files are still there, but not accessible for Windows.
There is indeed a lot of data recovery software, but it takes hours and another location is needed for the files to be restored. Furthermore it also finds all deleted files which are not needed.
So I wonder if there is perhaps a tool to unformat a NTFS partition, without having to use data recovery, like the unformat command in good old DOS ?

Thank you

A:NTFS partitition accidentally formatted

I'd suggest starting with something like this:
Free Partition Recovery Software - EaseUS Partition Recovery.

I've also used Test Disk in the past but that isn't the most user friendly solution.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 60.4

Hi !

Recently I accidentally performed a quick format to the wrong partition. Of course I left the partition untouched since than. This means the files are still there, but not accessible for Windows.
There is indeed a lot of data recovery software, but it takes hours and another location is needed for the files to be restored. Furthermore it also finds all deleted files which are not needed.
So I wonder if there is perhaps a tool to unformat a NTFS partition, without having to use data recovery, like the unformat command in good old DOS ?

Thank you

A:NTFS partitition accidentally formatted

I'd suggest starting with something like this:
Free Partition Recovery Software - EaseUS Partition Recovery.

I've also used Test Disk in the past but that isn't the most user friendly solution.

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RELEVANCY SCORE 60.4

I accidentally formatted my Recovery Disk (D what would be the result of these? If so will I still be able to restore my laptop [Reformat all the data by re-installing the OS/Restore Factory Settings] with all the necessary drivers installed automatically? If not, what should I do? Thank you so much!

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i was trying to reinstall windows but have never done it before and messed everything up.

i booted from an install disk and things seemed to be working but i couldn't add any programs, i saw that i had accidentally installed windows in the recovery C: drive and had no space left to add programs. i went back to the boot menu and used the format tool to erase windows seven from C:, i wasn't paying attention and used the format tool on all three of my drives, D: and C: and the OEM one. i understand what i did was incredibly stuipid but if anyone can point me in the right direction with what i need to do do put those files back on my computer i would appreciate it.

my computer is a dell 1555 and the operating system is home premium 64 bit

everytime i try to install windows from the disk i end up with the "bootmgr missing" message

A:accidentally formatted all three drives, cant reinstall windows

Just so you know for future reference: in-place reinstalling creates a windows.old folder in the root of your boot drive, which you can easily delete to clear up space.

That being said: recovering your boot drive may be unfeasible, but you should be able to recover most of your data from the other drives. I don't know which program to use though.

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My WESTERN DIGITAL EXTERNAL HARDRIVE made in Thailand in May 13 2010 with a capacity of 320 Gb, by stupid accident I started to FORMAT IT and immediately when I noticed I STOPPED the process but now that HARDRIVE does not show in MY COMPUTER. In this Drive I store all my pictures and important documents?. Please help me to find a way to restore it, if possible!!!
Your help will be greatly appreciated. I am running WINVISTA and my PC is: DELL INSPIRON 513S
Thank you!!!!
 

A:ACCIDENTALLY PARTIALLY FORMATTED 320 Gb WESTERN DIGITAL

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I have bought a new Samsung laptop.

Specs:

Model - NP550P5C-S05IN
Memory - 8 GB
Hard disk - 1 TB SATA II
Graphics - 2 GB NVIDIA GeForce

I was trying to install Windows 8 enterprise. My lap was already running some basic version of Windows 8. I booted from usb and without reading the comment below, I accidentally formatted my C drive. Now when I try to install Windows, it says, "can't install as the partition is GPT", something like that. Now I'm unable to even boot from my usb.Also in boot priority in bios settings, it's not even showing the default hard drive. I also formatted all the system reserved partitions like the OEM partition. I don't know what to do

Someone please help me do something soon ... Please

A:Accidentally formatted c: and unable to install windows due to GPT

Guys, I solved the problem

Actually I read in a thread that Windows 7 x64 installs on GPT and tried that. But that too failed

Though I happened to find something strange

I was able to open command prompt via Windows 7 installation wizard

Converted GPT to MBR guys

Now I'm installing my Windows 8 Enterprise on my lap

Thanks guys

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I was using easeus partition to repair a broken flashdrive. The pendrive was 1gb and I saw in the list of drives a 2 unnamed entries which are 900mb and 100mb. I assumed this is my pendrive. I deleted the 1st 100mb then the 900mb. An unallocated space showed up. I right clicked on it then selected create partition. Gave it a volume label: GG. After reboot I was shocked to see that I'm stuck in the BIOS screen. I googled for HOURS. then stumbled upon this recovery solution.
here's what i've done so far:
1. borrowed my cousin's win8 laptop and created a recovery drive but I did not checked the copy files to usb since it requires a minimum of 32gb (my flashdrive is 16)
2. Inserted the flashdrive (named: recovery) to my laptop
3. accessed command prompt. Did some bootrec /fixboot and BCD C:\windows thingy and after several trial and error I got the GG drive to have the EFI files and folders
btw here are my volumes upon diskpart list volumes:
C:GG
D:OS - main local drive
E:Files -games and files
F: optical drive
G: recovery
4. Upon restarting and removing my flashdrive, I'm still stuck in BIOS
i think the problem is that the EFI drive is in NTFS when i formatted it with easeus. Also isn't it supposed to be 2 drives (900mb and 100mb)? What should i do? OMG please help me. I was really depressed at the office this afternoon I felt like i was floating in the air. I have work tomorrow and my files are badly needed.

edit:
tried: system restore- it says i must select os blabla.
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A:Stuck at BIOS. Accidentally Deleted and formatted EIF

The 100MB partition was in fact your EFI boot partition
The 900MB partition was your OEM recovery Tools partition
You should also have a 128MB partition - MSReserved Partition

Delete the GG volume and from the CMD Prompt type>

create partition efi size=100

format quick fs=fat32 label="System"

assign letter="S"

if you do not have the 128MB partition then type>

create partition msr size=128

based on your stated diskpart it appears D is your OS drive letter - the command below assumes your OS drive letter is D - else change to the correct drive letter found by diskpart for your OS drive

bcdboot D:\windows /s S:

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I accidentally formatted a pre-installed Windows 8 setup (formatted the entire hard drive). As it was pre-installed, I didn't get the installation disk as well. Is there any way by which I can retrieve somehow my Windows back?

A:Accidentally formatted setup of a pre-installed Windows 8.

How did you do it? You can only format it from an external system (Win PE, installation disk, another OS). You can't format your boot drive while Windows is running.

Depending how you did it, perhaps you can - it depends really if you just destroyed the partition table or overwrote the disks contents.

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my laptop came with windows 8 now automatically updated to windows 10, but accidently i format system recovery drive. please help me how to create that drive back again, n recover that data and then i would be able to install window by pressing F11 on my laptop.thanks,

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Hi friends.

I just encountered a serious issue. I was about to reinstall Win 7. I used a tool in Hiren Boot CD
and formatted c:, and then i accidentally formatted the 125MB partition created by win 7.

my HDD was partitioned as C, D, E, F.

now i can access only C and D, E is shown as RAW file system (I cant open it).
F is shown only is disk management (without a drive letter).

So i believe that all the data is still on the HDD and can be recovered by re-building MFT.
please help me guys.
Thanks in advance

A:partition table issue - win7 hidden partition formatted

Can you post a screen shot of Disk management?
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Okay, first, I will explain how I did this. I had two hard drives, a C and D drive. I installed windows on my D drive, but when I did, it put the files normally in the root of the drive (NTLDR, boot.ini, and whatever the others were) in the C drive, but no other files! well, I was wondering why it did this, and I unplugged my C drive from within my computer, tried to boot, and of course, it would not boot. so I plugged it back in, and it is saying the NTLDR is missing. is there a way I can create the NTLDR, boot.ini, and other files that are crucial to XP that normally sit in the root (C:\, D:\, etc) of the hard drive, preferably without formatting?
 

A:Accidentally got rid of system files in root of drive, whoops!

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ok my sister formatted her hard drive to wipe it out and reinstall windows...ok ...now she gets an invalid system disk error ...replace disk...and blah...blah...blah...well there is no disk in computer....yes i have tried booting from a win floppy...made numerous copies tried them all...all connections are tight...she has a western digital hard drive even tried their tools...just will not do anything...help..help...help
 

A:formatted hard drive...invalid system disk error

If its not booting from a correctly formatted and created boot floppy, then you need to go into the BIOS and make the floppy drive higher in the boot order than the Hard Drive. Sounds like its still finding the Hard Drive, or you are not correctly formatting and creating a boot floppy with all the system files and the boot sector files.
 

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Is there a way to boot directly off of D:(recovery partition) so i can restore my gateway laptop to factory settings? Right now I get a "BOOTMGR is missing" error message. The C: drive is completely gone, but like i said, the recovery partition is intact.

Thanks in advance.

Edit: I tried hitting f11 at startup to bring up gateways recovery menu, but again nothing. I have the windows vista recovery environment disc also if that helps.

A:Formatted Windows Vista partition, but i still have the Recovery partition on D:

There are files on c: used by the recovery partition on d:

Boot with your Vista recovery DVD and reinstall Vista.

Regards. . .

jcgriff2

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I had to do a fresh install on my primary due to explorer crash issues. I have a secondary drive which was my backup for all of my pictures and music. During the reinstall of Windows 7 64bit Professional I accidentally deleted the 129mb System Reserve on the second hard drive thinking it was for thge primary drive. Now explorer does not show the secondary hard drive, although it shows up in Disk Management. Is there any way to restore or recreate that System Reserve section without having to refomat the entire hard drive and loose all of my data??

A:Accidentally deleted 129mb System Reserve on second hard drive

Hello Borne, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might be able to pick up at step 7 in OPTION FOUR of the tutorial below to hopefully restore the System Reserve partition. Just do not format or delete it again. If you do, you may not be able to restore it.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Win XP home ed.:
What are the steps needed to access one of my partitions, delete it, then use 1/2 the space and apply to system drive and the other 1/2 to another partition?
 

A:remove partition & add space to system drive & a diff partition

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I was trying to install ubuntu on my system (F: drive) along with Window 7 which is already installed on it.I got an error as "No root file system is defined".I changed the file system from NTFS to EXT2 ,formatted the drive and tried again.Unfortunately, I choosed E:drive in place of F: drive.So, my all data lost from E: drive.Also, since its file system has changed, it is not visible in window 7 .However, when i go to computer management .I see the image which is attached here with.
Please help me in recovering the data from the formatted drive as it contains some important photos.
Thanks in advance.
 

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I accidently deleted :

- Drive C partition
- System partition (100mb)
- MBR partition

when i was trying to install fresh windows 7.

now i only have :

- Disk 0 Unallocated Space
- Disk 0 Partition 1: Data (Drive D)

when i try to make new partition in Unallocated Space, it says

"Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style."

Please, can anyone help me to fix this?
And i need my Drive D untouchable. (not to be deleted)

A:Deleted C drive, system and MBR partition. Can't make new partition

Try to define a primary active partition in the allocated space. Use the bootable CD of Partition Wizard - it is the last box on the website. Burn that .iso to CD and boot with the CD. Here are How To tutorials.

Technical Support of free partition magic, partition manager servre, partition software and partition magic server - Partition Wizard

Then you should be able to install into that partition.

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I have a Lacie 1tb external hard drive. I have a lot of media on it and suddenly in use it stopped working. I then plugged it into my computer and it said that I had to reformat the hard drive. My other hard drive which had a backup of everything dropped and stopped working. However I really need this one to work and since it can still show up on the computer I was wondering if there was a way I could save it.
Thanks
 

A:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?

Anyone?
 

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Current Master Drive (C : OCZ-VERT EX2 SCSI (my SATA Drive) - 60 GB
Current Slave Drive (D : WDC WD10EARS-00Y5B1 ATA - 1 TB

My computer used to have a boot file set on my slave drive, but OS installed on my
master. So i eventually reformatted it so that my boot AND OS was installed on my SATA (master) drive.
Recently a USB gave a conflict to my boot priority and wasn't letting me boot with both my hard drives intact. Solved it by loading start up repair via a win7 disk and "repaired" it.
However, now there's the partition of my slave drive, that is marked as system, active now. Before it was just "unallocated space". How can I "shift" that over so that nothing "boot worthy" or "system active" is part of my slave drive?

Thank you for your time. Please take a look below at the screen shot.

A:System reserved partition (system, active) on Slave drive

Disk management (right click on My Computer, Manage, Disk Management) should allow you to simply delete that partition if you don't need it. Just make sure you don't need it before doing so. I'd unplug the slave from the mobo and boot the computer to make sure everything is fine without it.

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I quick formated one of my drive partitions by accident. Thought I was formating an external one. I am about to panic here...all my photos and mp3's were on this drive. Would a system restore get the drive back like it was?

I have Aidfile recovery software but I can't get it to restore, I don't understand the help files.

A:Formatted Partition

The truth is by formatting a drive, it only erased the file address table. The
data are still on the drives sound and not touched after you performed quick
formatting or full formatting.

Try using Recuva

Recuva - Recovery from damaged or formatted disks

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