Lost logical drive partitions

I was putting a Maxtor HDD into my system using their MaxDrive
software.  It somehow deleted the logical dirves on the two other HDD on the system.

Does anyone know of a way to recover the data in those partitions?
mapsukAsked:
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stratdudeCommented:
Have you ran FDISK to see if those partitions are still reported?
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larrypaloozaCommented:
If you fdisked them, then the information recovery is complicated and possibly expensive.  DOH!, measure twice, cut once!
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ViRoyCommented:
i have the EXACT SAME PROBLEM... cept i didnt use maxtors software... my dumbaz didit myself....

Fdisk dosent do recovers... norton disk doctor wont do it... i can use hex scanners to look at the cylinders and heads and the data is still there, as a matter of fact i can read a few sub directory names through it...

but the only way i have found for sure is having someone physically do it for $3500 which is unacceptable.. the HD has 2 copys of the FAT table and i know 1 still exists, just not the master... what we need is to be able to revive the secondary copy to the master.

if you find out how... PLEASE let me know

ViRoy
A+, MCP, MCSE+I
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stratdudeCommented:
Use FDISK to view the partition information...to verify if the logical drives where INDEED deleted. DON'T make any changes as of yet, just view information.
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mapsukAuthor Commented:
I have used FDISK and cna see the active partition but the balance of the drive is reporting as a single partition with no logical drives.  (I have two disks each should have the active plus two logicals.)  The data on the logical is available.

Help!!


Thanks
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stratdudeCommented:
what percentage of the drive(s) are being used by the primary partition?
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mapsukAuthor Commented:
Around 33% of the physical drive is set as the active partition.  
FDISK shows this as the only partition existing on the drive although the total capacity is correct.
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stratdudeCommented:
no logical drive information when you choose option 4?
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mapsukAuthor Commented:
None, I'm afraid.
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mspearsCommented:
I hate recommending answers that will cost people money, but in this case, this'll be a lot cheaper than paying someone to physically recover the data for you.

Go to PowerQuest's web page and read the information on PartitionMagic 5.0.  I think it might be able to fix your problem.  You might want to ask someone at PowerQuest about your problem; they might be able to say "Yes, it can fix that".  It's $69.95 plus S&H, but that's a LOT better than $3500!
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stratdudeCommented:
Norton makes a dos program called unformat.exe. it might work as well. I can recommend a data recovery place that is only $500-600. I use them in my business, they have done work for me in the past. If it comes to that, let me know and i'll set you up.
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ViRoyCommented:
nope... i talked to power quest... they wanted $200 just to look at it and determine if it was recoverable... then depending on how large the partition was, they would bill for i think $140/hour
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mspearsCommented:
You mean they wanted $200 just to tell you if PartitionMagic might be able to fix your problem?  Geez...
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stratdudeCommented:
FYI...
they physically take the drive apart to remove the lost data. It takes more than an hour just to determine whether the data is retreivable. (At least my guy does) He charges $125 minimum to cover that cost.
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chewymonCommented:
Have you tried Tiramisu?  I heard it was sold, so you might not be able to find it under that name, but it is worth a look.  It workss from a DOS boot disk and does a fair job of recovery.  Couple of hundred dollars if I remember correctly.
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chewymonCommented:
It was bought by OnTrack.  There is a free trial download available.  It won't recover the data, but will show what is recoverable.  You can then decide if the cost is worth it.  

http://www.recovery.de/disk-recovery.html
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stratdudeCommented:
sounds good, i'll check it out.
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chineseCommented:
Change of direction -
You used the MAXBLAST software to install the new Maxtor drive.  This is an installation program that also will provide software translation for large capacity drives if the bios can't properly support it.  I suspect that the software took control of the translation for the other drives in your system as well, but something didnt work correctly.  Prior to making any changes, the software saves the previous partition table information.  There is a way in the software to revert to previous partitions.  I suggest getting Tech support from Maxtor to help you (800-2MAXTOR, but if you want to try it yourself heres the general steps:
1: remove the new drive from the system and put everything back the way it was before you installed the Maxtor (in case of compatibility problems).  Boot to the MaxBlast diskette and get thru the intro screens to the Main Menu.  Select the Maintenance Menu, then select Backup/Restore track 0.  Select the first problem drive and then Enter to create a new backup.  (This will make sure you can at least get back to where you are now).  then select the same drive again, but review the backups listed.  The earliest should be the date you installed the new maxtor drive and should say "Before ez-drive"  Choose this one and it will indicate "oot track successfully restored".  Exit all the way out and reboot.  Check for your old partitions.  if this worked, do same for other drive.  This is a really cool feature of the software, that works most of the time.
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