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Can I Recover the last partition?

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Hi,

I installed a new anti-virus called Protector Plus which found a virus in Boot sector & Partition table. After it cured both boot sector and partition table it asked me to restart the machine. When I restart the machine, I could not find the D drive, the second partition. I think the partition table is corrupted. Is there any tool which can recover the partion table and the lost drive. Please help me, I have important data on that.

Thanx in advance,
Jayaraj J.
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by:kahlean
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try to use a boot disk and and use the fdisk program and type the following command

fdisk /mbr

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by:trekie1
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also from the bootdisk at A:prompt type A:\fdisk/status  and post what it says,,,,,,be careful with fdisk,,,very powerful tool,,,,,also I guess you know you have this question listed 4 or 5 times :>)  you need to delete others
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by:Navid
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Jayaraj_J:
 Please delete this dupplicated question. You do not have to post the same question 4 times!
                     :-)
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by:Navid
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I have an answer: Just follow the instruction:
Start your computer
as soon as you see the text "windows starting" click F8
Log in MS-dos
Type FDISK/MBR
(a) answer yes to large disk ..
(b) choose option 1 from the menu(type 1) and then option for adding an extended partiton ( 2 or 3 or 4 ).
(c) You will have the maximimum size, click enter
(d) Now choose the main menu and choose 1(type 1), and then choose the menu number for creating logical partiton.
(e) Click enter and it will create a new drive like f: drive wich has the maximum size.
(f) Restart your computer and log in MS-Dos again(as described above)
(g) type format f:  (if that was the name for the new drive created in fdisk/mbr)
(h)When the format is completed, Type exit
Then Reboot and log in windows.
You will have the lost partition in f: drive or what ever drive you have created.
If you like to use a utility to do it. I can highly recommend you to use partition magic:
http://www.powerquest.com 
Good luck
Navid
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by:trekie1
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Navid,,,he wants to save the data,,,that will destroy any chance of recovery
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by:Navid
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Anything you say my dear Trekie! :-)
Supported..
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by:trekie1
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just thought you may have missed what he said at top (grin)good to see you back guy
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by:Hunty
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Question:  Can you 'see' the drive in pure DOS?
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by:emery800
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If you boot up too the dos prompt and run fdisk and select I think option 4 too display your partitions what do you see? Dave
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