wrong use of PTEDIT.EXE to my HD, I want to recovery my data.

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I was crazy last night....
My HD FireBall 40G :
c: fat32 4G
d: ntfs  5G
e: fat32 12G  Important Data : My girlfriend's Photo
f: fat32 11G  Important Data : Softare and songs.
g: ntfs  6G   Important Data : My girlfriend's Photo

  I formated C: and D: , and DID a most foolish action on the world -> I boot the computer using PQmagic rescue DISK. and then..... I use PTEDIT to edit the partition table(<-I actually don't want to do that).
  I use PTEDIT to "change" the D: to Fat32 (<-y? Cause I was crazy) .Ofcouse, I can't retrieve the IMPORTANT data in Drive E:,F:,G: by using any tools. cause the D: drive is the separated line of the Primary and the Logical. as a result, e: f: g: become a combined logical FAT32 drive T_T.
  I actually want to retrieve my data.
  Help,please. Or my girlfriend will kill me .>_<.
  How can I recovery the Partition - table?

Thanks from my heart.

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the combined logical drive D: become "unalocated".
I don't remember the CHS about E:,F:,G:.
is there any other way to retrieve the data?


I have tried to use UNDELETE of PQmagic 8. It doesn't work.


I myself found the way to recovery my important data and btw, I learned more disk knowledge.
Thanks god.

The solution is : http://members.aol.com/AXCEL216/secrets.htm
Drive Rescure <- this software is great.
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You need a data recovery tool !

This is an "old" answer from the well known "Crazy One" Expert

Hard to make better !
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Well if PM can't find or restore that other partition then I believe the best you can do is to try and recover you data. Unfortunately there really is any free ride for doing this but most of the products in the following list have Demo versions that allow to test if they can find the lost files.

Take look at these.

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File Rescue 2.5

GetDataBack for FAT
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GetDataBack for NTFS
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Hard Drives
Floppy Drives
Drive Images
Zip/Jaz Drives

Norton Utilities/SystemWorks
The Norton Protected Recycle Bin helps you recover deleted and overwritten files.
The UnErase  wizard helps you retrieve files you've accidentally deleted.


Data Recovery
Fast File Undelete


File Recover 2000


Lost and Found
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File Restore
If you've deleted your data and you want to get it back, you need FileRestore.
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Disk Commander
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Tool to check and undelete partition
Works with the following partitions:
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- Linux
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As a tool to 'UNDELETE' files that have been accidentaly deleted.
This feature is implemented for HPFS and NTFS only, but on those filesystems it is a very powerfull tool. It works by finding all deleted files (DELFIND), and then letting the user make a selection based on a wild-card filespecification and a recoverability outlook percentage (DELSHOW). The actual recover operation will copy the matching files to a specified directory, if possible on another disk (RECOVER).


Emergency Undelete
I believe this is free
For Win2000 and NT may work on XP


Hard Drive Mechanic
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demo version:

Filerecovery for Windows
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File Scavenge
File Scavenge is the most comprehensive, award-winning file undelete and data recovery for NTFS volumes on Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Windows XP. With the simplicity it offers, you do not have to be an expert to recover files lost by accidental deletion, virus, corrupted hard drives, broken RAIDs, accidental reformatting, etc.

Active UNERASER is a compact and powerful undelete utility that can recover deleted files and folders on FAT12, FAT16, FAT32 and NTFS systems. It can even restore files from deleted and re-formatted partitions.

With this data recovery software NTFS drives can be recognized and deleted items can be recovered from Microsoft DOS. It is not necessary to install the utility on your system's hard drive, as it fits on a boot floppy disk, removing the possibility of overwriting data which you want to recover.


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EasyRecovery software solutions can solve your data loss needs safely and effectively in a matter of hours. If another company claims that there is no alternative to shipping your drive, it's because they don't offer an alternative. For situations in which the hardware is physically failing, our In-Lab services will utilize our Class 100 clean-rooms to retrieve your mission critical data.
Dave PuseyIT Support Specialist

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PAQ/Refund (He fixed it himself!)

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PAQed, with points refunded (500)

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