lost data in win 98 using partition magic 5

lost data in win 98 using partition magic 5

 Facts:
 I have a 10 Gb ide hardisk, that was partitioned like this: drive "E" 3 Gb, drive "F" 3 Gb, drive "G" 4 Gb.
I wanted to use partition magic to get this:
"E" 6 Gb and "F" 4 Gb.
I used the "merge" function and everything went fine.
Then I restarted my computer, and Drive mapper did something, seemed to be ok.

Problem :
There exists now a "E" drive and a "F" drive,  BUT , the "E" drive is still 3 Gb and there are only files there with the size of 1 kb and one file with the size of 262144 kb , and the file names is only strange characters.

The "F" drive is identic to the old "G" drive (4 Gb), with all the correct files on it.

So:
 where is the missing 3 Gb in "E" ?
Where is the missing files in "E" ?
And, how can I fix this ?

Thanks.
frijazzAsked:
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Davy070599Commented:
Hi,

Seems like partition magic really screwed up.  

You could try powerquest Lost & Found to recover your data.

Byeee...
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pwoolfordCommented:
Sounds like good marketing - Buy Partition Magic and change your partitions but screw up the files, then buy Lost and Found to sort the files out.  Where can I get shares in this company.
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netmonCommented:
PowerQuest done it and most likely only POWERQUEST will have much if any, chance of UNDOING it. I would absolutely take this to PowerQuest Tech support. I doubt anyone here unless they work for PowerQuest, will have an answer for you worth 500 points.

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telebasicsCommented:
I agree with netmon, the data is now unrecoverable for normal method's, Lost & found claims to be able to recover data from every type of brooken disk, there are demo verion's available, so maybe try those

When you start PM now what does it say about the current partitions?
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
If I were in your shoes, I'd post a pointer question to this issue in the Windows 98 area as well.  Curious if you can Type the file(s) and/or see any information on what these files contain.  Did you not use any backup facility for your data files?  Curious if you may find these elsewhere on your HDDs.   What types of data files are missing, or is it 3GB of lots?

Asta
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
http://www.powerquest.com/updates/index.html

Wonder if there's a patch/fix for Partition 5.... here's a link from their site.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Here's the link for their contacts:

http://www.powerquest.com/contactus/index.html

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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Specs and details on your version:

If I failed to say YES, CONTACT THEM, as earlier stated, must say it now.  I'd do that immediately.  (I assume you've read any readme.txt files or the like with the product and/or helpf files for recovery routines?  If not, would also do that poste-haste.

http://www.powerquest.com/partitionmagic/pmdetail.html

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jj_makoCommented:
rule of thumb:

never, ever, ever mess with your partitions without backing up your data.  another one bites the dust.
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dew_associatesCommented:
Firjazz, sorry you're getting all this hassle from some of these people. I guess some of them never get into a jam, either that or they never attempt anything more difficult than turning their computer on.

Anyway, don't do anything with that drive, you can recover the data! You only followed part of the procedure, that of removing the partition, now you have to resize one or the other.

Let me know where you are.
Dennis
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netmonCommented:
I never said the data was unrecoverable. All said was POWERQUEST was the answer. I was composing another comment saying don't panic with a 262144kb file still on the partition your data WAS still there. but I was disturbed at work and it never got posted. I have used Partition Magic 3.0 with great success, but it was different, you just dragged a slider bar to do the resizing and and followed a series of prompts. You couldn't GET OUT half done.

I also wanted to apologize for the lameness of the answers you were getting from myself included. People usually end up here because tech support has already failed them or is otherwise not an option (saynomore).

I know how irritated I got when somebody posted a MICROSOFT FAQ-page link you have create a LOG IN to read...

Anyway you're in good hands now. The cavalry is here!  Dennis is very good. You're in good hands now.

David  
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dew_associatesCommented:
Thanks David, bout you already locked this Q with an answer?!?!?
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Always open to learning and listening. Fortunately, we're all unique without own backgrounds and experiences thus our own style.  I am one, for example, who believes in posting links and giving the credit where it belongs; with the source.  This, then, allows the person asking to get additional information and hyperlinks to further explore the possibilities.

Dennis is excellent, and I'm glad you are helping out here, Dennis.  Thank you.


When reiterating anyone else's comments, I did make mention that it was stated earlier and am not trying to get undeserved credit.  If I've misunderstood a meaning, disregard.


Bowing out.

Asta
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netmonCommented:
oops!
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netmonCommented:
ASTA, the links you posted looked very appropriate. I've had links posted before here that required a log-in, or were long diatribes of only vaguely associated techno-guk. I come here as I assume most other people do, more for a laymens-wording-tell-me-what-to-do, vs  tell-me-where-to-go cuz I probably already BEEN THERE. Mostly I was talking about myself, and the "no-answer-call-tech-support-we-can't-help you bandwagon" I started which a couple others jumped on.  

No offence. You're cool. Frijazz, sorry about all the OT, I'll mostly lurk from here out...

good luck,   David
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Hi, David.  No ill will intended or taken, just meant to expound on why I opt to include links.  I enjoy the Expert-exchange forum for its diverse and professional team.  After all, can't go buy bread with my points (tee hee).  Smiles,

I'm merely staying tuned in to see the outcome, since my brother was thinking of buying this software.

;)

Asta
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trekie1Commented:
suggest boot with win98 boot disk select option#2 boot without cdrom support  type fdisk at A:   select #4 and read partition info ,  (Warning fooling with fdisk will lose all your info  it doesnt fool around like partition magic)But if you do have to repartition use this utitily  , thats what its for )  anyway it will read the true info on partitions and drive letters , also if your patitions were not all the same fat16 or fat 32 and you rearanged them they may not see each other now    fat 16 cant see 32
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frijazzAuthor Commented:
Thank you everybody for your suggestions, but I am sorry to say that nothing came out of it.
I have just formated and repartisioned my drive because I need the space.
By the way, I used Ontracks disk manager for this and that is an easy and safe prog. ( I have never tried f-disk though)
Thanks again and good luck in life.
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netmonCommented:
I hope you didn't lose anything important. I don't know what happened to Dennis. I'm sure he was right. Partition Magic somehow left you half done is all. The DATA WAS THERE. and I'm certian PARTITION MAGIC could have recovered it. But that was said first by someone else and it was his to continue..

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dew_associatesCommented:
I'm here, but as far as I knew it had been answered. I just finished a 10G drive with the same problem that had come in. Nothing was lost other than some minor system files erased.
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frijazzAuthor Commented:
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frijazzAuthor Commented:
See my last comment.

Bye, bye, take care.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
This question no longer is pending deletion
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Well, Frijazz, I must comment. This was a large point question, many provided feedback and recommendations.  This scenario went on with hard work and recommendations from many from 01/20 through 01/25/2000.  Clearly you were given a great deal of information and the only other thing you provided was a request to delete.  I'm not talking for Experts-Exchange, just as one person to another ... it seems only fair to get your interaction as we all try and help you before you decide to bomb out, take your stuff and run.  Clearly, it doesn't feel right, does it?  It's kind of like saying HELP MY HOUSE IS ON FIRE and then going off to fan the fire.

All your call; not trying to put you on the spot.  However, none of us earn money here and dedicate our free time to help.  It would be nice for you to participate through the process and provide feedback and/or information on what else you needed as the troubleshooting processes goes on.  

Not just to DELETE and RUN.  

To do a reformat was the first option; why bother asking others?

Asta
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
I must add that when you said "Thank you everybody for your suggestions, but I am sorry to say that nothing came out of it.
I have just formated and repartisioned my drive because I need the space.
By the way, I used Ontracks disk manager for this and that is an easy and safe prog. ( I have never tried f-disk though)
Thanks again and good luck in life."  I was taken aback and wondered why such bad feelings?

Again, just me saying it doesn't feel right and adding I DON'T WANT YOUR POINTS SO IT'S NOT ABOUT THAT.  It's about fair play and open communications.

Thinking it's time to get outa here!

Asta


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dew_associatesCommented:
Frijazz, given that you were provided every possible opportunity here to recover that data and were unwilling to participate even when specifically asked where you stood at the moment, I have to concur with the thoughts posted. Merely deleting this question based on your unwillingness to participate is not fair to those who did.
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frijazzAuthor Commented:
Ok friends, if you allow me to call you friends, I have surely made a fool out of myself.
I understand now the systematic and caring way you
work when you help people here, by asking new queationes and follow up many times.
So all I have to say is that I am very sorry to make people feel that I step on them. Thats the last thing I wanted. I know that you are doing this for free.
And even Astaec saying that I have bad feelings....., I should have understand that my message could have been misunderstanded.
I hope you understand that I didnt do this to keep my 500 points, I was thinking that I hadnt solved my problem, and who was the one to get the points ? it wouldnt be faire to give it to anyone at this point.

To those who are interested: I needed to use my hard-drive the day that I formated it, I had no choise, I am recording a music-cd, and the musicians was soon coming. If I didnt need my hard-drive, I would have waited and asked you some more and I am sure that things would have worked out.

Anyway, I will definently not keep this 500 points to myself, can you help me to point the one that should get them?

With respect
Frijazz  
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dew_associatesCommented:
I think some imput is due from the others that participated.
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trekie1Commented:

Dennis (dew associates) doesnt have very many points so give them to Him
(ha)
no really he was right the data was recoverable and given the chance this problem could have been fixed without redoing comp.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Agreed.
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frijazzAuthor Commented:
Definetly deserved for one who answer
questions 2,31829573934837092731829573934837 times a day the year around.

Bye
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dew_associatesCommented:
Thanks frijazz, and thank you as well Trekei1 and Astaec for your support.
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Asta CuTechnical consultant & graphic designCommented:
Well deserved, my pleasure and happy to see that Frijazz agreed.

Asta
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