deleted partition by mistake.... can i get it back?


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During installation of W2K on a new drive i accidentally deleted the partion of another drive, although this does not contain an operating system it does contain 7G of files and folders which i would like to recover. I have now moved the drive to a PC with XP Pro and am dersperate to get the files back.

I received a reply to an earlier post in the W2K General forum but i don't really understand what to do now i have the drive in an XP PC:

I suppose the location of the text might vary depending on whose version o
boot code wrote the MBR to that disk (i.e., third-party vs. Microsoft) . .
although it sounds like you probably have an ordinary Microsoft MBR so
don't know why it wouldn't be at 0x8B. Yes, there is a MBR on each har
disk, but i wouldn't worry too much about the text string - it's th
partition table at the bottom of the MBR you're after, not the boot cod
that the text string belongs to (since you're not booting from that disk)
If you're sure you chose to look at Sector 0, then you're at the righ
place

The more important question is whether you will find a partition listed whe
you follow the next sentence of those KB instructions. You may not, but th
KB assumes you will

A little background: every hard disk has a master boot sector (MBR), whic
contains the master partition table (MPT). The MPT contains an index to u
to 4 partitions on the disk. Each individual partition also contains it
own boot sector - a partition boot record (PBR). In the KB instructions
step 3 is getting you to the MBR, step 4 is determining the location of th
partition in question, and step 5 is reading that partition's PBR

IOW, the KB article is assuming your partition is reachable but its PBR i
corrupt, so the rest of the instructions deal with how to fix the PBR. Bu
if you *deleted* the partition, that generally means the MPT entry is zeroe
out - that is, the PBR may still be fine, but there's no pointer to it i
the disk's master index. To verify which is your case, what does Win2K'
Computer Management service say about the disk? If it says there is
partition there but the type is "unknown", then the pointer is there in th
MPT, so proceed with the KB instructions. If it says the disk is al
unallocated space, then the pointer is missing. The KB article won't hel
you in the latter case, but post back for other tips

During installation of W2K on a new drive i accidentall
 
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Bevered

hi

i didnt read all your message but it happedned to me once while installing
linux, i used a software called "get data back" and it recovered lets say
70% of my data but without recovering the partition info, i dont think its
with an importance anyway, do a little search on download.com or google on
that file, iam sure it will help

Bevered
Geoff said:
During installation of W2K on a new drive i accidentally deleted the
partion of another drive, although this does not contain an operating system
it does contain 7G of files and folders which i would like to recover. I
have now moved the drive to a PC with XP Pro and am dersperate to get the
files back.
I received a reply to an earlier post in the W2K General forum but i don't
really understand what to do now i have the drive in an XP PC:
 
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Himanshu Gohel

During installation of W2K on a new drive i accidentally deleted the
partion of another drive, although this does not contain an operating
system it does contain 7G of files and folders which i would like to
recover. I have now moved the drive to a PC with XP Pro and am dersperate
to get the files back.

Look for a program called BootMaster - might give you partition info.
Like the poster, I also used GetDataBack to recover the contents of my
drive. It restored more than 90% of the drive, but a few files were not
readable by their respective apps. I would still recommend this program
for the $69 cost.

Himanshu
 
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Crusty \(-: Old [email protected] :-\)

Or, you could use EasyRecovery Professional from www.ontrack.com and get
back 100% of your files, as long as you have not written to the drive since
the incident. You really DO get what you pay for.

I have obtained 100% recovery in like instances.

--
Regards:

Richard Urban

aka Crusty (-: Old [email protected] :)
 

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