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timelessbeing
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      25th Jun 2011
My computer froze up during a partition merge using Partition Magic 8.0. Iwas merging a logical FAT32 partition containing my data, into the empty primary FAT32 partition (disk 2). Progress was approx 19% and then it froze.Partition Magic attempted to recover the PQRP partition, but froze again.

Below is output from Svend's PqRP utilities. The damage type is '4' so it looks hopeful. I can not find the PTEDIT program on the internet anywhere. I have left the PqRP partition untouched. I am trying to be as careful as possible, so as not to lose anything, but I don't know what to do next.

- Joe

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Findpart, version 4.99 - for Windows.
Copyright Svend Olaf Mikkelsen, 1999-2009.

OS: Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3 All

Disk: 1 Cylinders: 30401 Heads: 255 Sectors: 63 MB: 238472

--PCyl N ID -----Rel -----Num ---MB --Start CHS- ---End CHS-- BS CHS
0 - 07 63470447397229710 0 1 1 29283 254 63 B OK
0 - 0C470463525 17928540 8754 29285 0 1 30400 254 63 B OK
No jump 29285 0 1

------FAT CHS -Size Cl --Root -Good -Rep. Maybe --Bad YY-MM-DD DataMB
29285 0 33 17475 4 2 17475 0 0 0 05-12-10 8263

Partitions according to partition tables on first harddisk:

--PCyl N ID -----Rel -----Num ---MB --Start CHS- ---End CHS-- BS CHS
0 1*07 63470447397229710 0 1 1 29283*254 63 OK OK
0 2 0C470463525 17928540 8754 29285* 0 1 30400*254 63 OK OK


Disk: 2 Cylinders: 30515 Heads: 255 Sectors: 63 MB: 239366

--PCyl N ID -----Rel -----Num ---MB --Start CHS- ---End CHS-- BS CHS
0 - 0C 63245794437120016 0 1 1 15299 254 63 B OK
0 - 07 63245794437120016 0 1 1 15299 254 63 BU OK
15300 1 3C 63244428912119350 15300# 1 1 30514*254 63 OK
0 - 0B245794563244428912119350 15300 1 1 30514 254 63 B OK
No jump 15300 1 1

------FAT CHS -Size Cl --Root -Good -Rep. Maybe --Bad YY-MM-DD DataMB
0 1 37 29998 32* 2*29998 0 0 0 4

Partitions according to partition tables on second harddisk:

--PCyl N ID -----Rel -----Num ---MB --Start CHS- ---End CHS-- BS CHS
0 1 0C 63245794437120016 0 1 1 15299*254 63 OK OK
0 2 0F245794500244428975119350 15300# 0 1 30514*254 63 OK

15300 1 3C 63244428912119350 15300# 1 1 30514*254 63 OK

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Pqrp version FP 4.99 Copyright Svend Olaf Mikkelsen, 2009.

OS: Windows 5.1.2600 Service Pack 3

Disk: 2 Cylinders: 30515 Heads: 255 Sectors: 63 MB: 239366

--PCyl N ID -----Rel -----Num ---MB --Start CHS- ---End CHS-- BS CHS
0 1 0C 63245794437120016 0 1 1 15299*254 63 OK OK
0 2 0F245794500244428975119350 15300# 0 1 30514*254 63 OK

15300 1 3C 63244428912119350 15300# 1 1 30514*254 63 OK
0 - 0B245794563244428912119350 15300 1 1 30514 254 63 B OK

Checking ...

FAT: 3614966 Clusters 32369 Entries
Directories: 3603575 Clusters 32319 Entries

Directories: 575

Cluster KB: 32 Last used FAT cluster: 0

Damage type: Unknown Theory was: 4
 
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Rod Speed
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      25th Jun 2011
timelessbeing wrote:

> My computer froze up during a partition merge using Partition Magic 8.0.


Thats always been a problem with PM and with any partition merge, the
**** can hit the fan very spectacularly indeed. Thats why we do backups.

They dont even cost much now with 2TB drives so cheap.


 
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      25th Jun 2011
On Jun 25, 7:49*am, "Rod Speed" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> timelessbeing wrote:


> > My computer froze up during a partition merge using Partition Magic 8.0..

>
> Thats always been a problem with PM and with any partition merge, the
> **** can hit the fan very spectacularly indeed. Thats why we do backups.
>
> They dont even cost much now with 2TB drives so cheap.


Backups can be quite useful at times....

DON'T try and repair your problem disk. DON'T write anything to it.

Try and find a recovery program that will hopefully search for and
find the original partition, and then extract your data files (on to
the 2TB drive Rod thinks you should have). The hope is that the
original FAT table is still intact, and so fragmentation information
will still be there.

Once you have all your data recovered, and verified, you can 'play'
with the original disk.

Your boot sector partition information would be far easier to
understand if it was in Hex

Michael
www.cnwrecovery.com
 
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GMAN
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      25th Jun 2011
In article <(E-Mail Removed)>, "Rod Speed" <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
>timelessbeing wrote:
>
>> My computer froze up during a partition merge using Partition Magic 8.0.

>
>Thats always been a problem with PM and with any partition merge, the
>**** can hit the fan very spectacularly indeed. Thats why we do backups.
>
>They dont even cost much now with 2TB drives so cheap.
>
>

Agreed, you can get 2TB internal drives almost daily near the $59 mark now.

Newegg has external 2TB drives for $79 almost daily.
 
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Franc Zabkar
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      1st Jul 2011
On Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:28:17 -0700 (PDT), timelessbeing
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>I can not find the PTEDIT program on the internet anywhere.


ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/englis.../pq/utilities/

See the notes regarding PTEDIT32 here:
http://mirror.href.com/thestarman/tool/FreeTools.html

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Arno
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      1st Jul 2011
timelessbeing <(E-Mail Removed)> wrote:
> My computer froze up during a partition merge using Partition Magic 8.0.
> I was merging a logical FAT32 partition containing my data, into the empty
> primary FAT32 partition (disk 2). Progress was approx 19% and then it
> froze. Partition Magic attempted to recover the PQRP partition, but froze
> again.


Hmm. Bad. The warning about backup in PM is no joke.
It is pretty unstable. I moved to gparted a long
time ago. Much better.

Arno

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