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Hey,

When I installed XP, I left a Zip 100 disk in the zip drive. The OS displayed the partitions of the system and I thought I'd best delete this strange 100Mb partition. Of course, it was th Zip disk's partition.

Now I can't access any data on the disk. In fact, XP doesn't even recognise that there's a disk in the drive.

So, how can I write a new partition into this Zip disk without reformatting the entire disk and thus losing the data on it?

Thanks,

I.
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by:pratigan
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You could try using a secondary software pkg that recovers deleted partitions.  Here is are a few example discussions although for a harddrive, the principle is the same. http://www.partition-recovery.com/quest1.htm http://www.softandco.com/System/Files/c/a/3165/Active%20Partition%20Recovery.html
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by:LoganShopStar
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Thanks for your reply.

I've tried Partition Recovery and unfortunately it doesn't seem to detect the Zip drive.

I.
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Did you find the other link useful...
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by:LoganShopStar
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but both links reference the same piece of software.
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by:pratigan
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Yes they do...Here is another link that gives you some referecne points.  also, partition magic is a software package that is very dependable.  The problem with your situation is its a zip disk not a harddrive.  That makes it difficult to determine if it is possible.  Personally I do not think so.  Let me know if this helps... http://www.vogon-international.us/tape-recovery-home.htm 
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by:LoganShopStar
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Thanks again for your help.

I don't see why it should be impossible. I've seen tutorials on how to write a new partition into Zips so that they'll work with Linux. Isn't it just a matter writing a few bytes of data?
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It shouldn't be....
http://forums.storagereview.net/viewtopic.php?t=7011&highlight=zip+disk+partition

Hello Logan,  Have you tried other partition software.  I have heard of people using partition magic, however I haven't used that, I hear it works great.  The link above is another product called PC inspector which seems to have worked miracles and is free download...
Try that.

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by:LoganShopStar
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Hey pratigan,

PC inspector appears to have recovered all the files on the disk!

That's great though I'm a little disappointed that it didn't just write a new partition table.

Anyhow, thanks very much for your help.

L.
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Your Welcome !!
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