Quicken File Recovery - Bad Partition Table
Posted on 2003-12-08
I have a hard drive with 2 seperate partitions, E: and G:. The HD's Geometry is 9729 cyl, 255 heads, and 63 sectors per track.
On the E: drive, there is a file called Terr.qdf which is a Quicken Data File. I used Partition Magic 8 to Merge the two partitions together. The HD was slaved into another XP machine doing the operation. It took quite some time to perform so I walked away, when I came back, the computer was at the desktop and I looked in My Computer to see E: and G: still there.
The way PM8 works is that it will create a directory inside of one of the drives, in this case G:, and put all the files on the E: drive into the G:\OldEDrive directory(Or some other arbitrary directory) and then merge the two partitions. The G: was approx. 10 gigs, and the E: approx. 60-75 gigs.
After the computer was at the desktop, I could Open the G: drive and all the files were normal with the addition of one directory (OldEDrive) which was EMPTY! The E: drive was now unviewable and when I double clicked it, WindowsXP Pro said the drive was not formatted and asked to format....I of course said No.
I have tried to manually input some partition values into my partition table with no luck, so they are at the same state as they were after I restarted. If i right click the drive and go to Partition Magic, it gies me an error saying one of the partitions overlaps another (Error 113) and asks me if I would like it to fix the error. I say yes, and it repeats the same error to infinitiy. It gives some values for where the sectors overlap. If those are needed I can provide those. But, I want to recover the file located previously at E:\Quicken\Terr.qdf. The size of the first G: drive did not change from previously(which was approx. 10 gigs).
I have tried several recovery products such as Ontrack Easy Recovery Professional Edition 6. Runtime for the NTFS(Full professional). And several miscelaneous programs. I have experimented with ERD Commander to no luck(yet). But I can recover the files(which have approx. correct sizes but I cannot open them with Quicken. Quicken tells me it cannot open the file, blah blah, call Intuit support... What other solutions do I have? Are there any quicken file repair utilities? I had to input a File Signature into Ontrack to get it to find it, and it found the right files with the right names and the directory tree and about the same sizes but they never worked. I've recovered text files to find them with extra data. I've also used chkdsk and I've booted to the recovery consol and did bootfix or something close to that and numerous floppy utiilitiies. Still no luck...HELP ME! Also, 0 backups...