Recovering deleted Partition table with Winternal's Disk Commander
Posted on 2004-04-26
Ok guys, get ready to laugh at my stupidity. Last night I was re-installing windows xp on a client's computer so I used an external USB HDD I have to back up all her files. This HDD also has all of the ISO's of my programs on it and I have no backup of it, because I haven't been able to buy another 200GB HDD to make a backup. Well, then I rebooted the computer into windows setup, with the USB drive still plugged in, and proceeded to delete all the partitions so I could re-install windows. You can probably guess what I just did. I deleted all the partitions, then started looking at the screen harder and realized it was showing 2 hard drives. I turned around and asked her, "Did you have 2 hard drives in this computer?". And then I hit me right upside the head in a very unpleasant way as I realized that I had just deleted the partition table in MY hard drive. So now I'm begging for help! I started up Disk Commander from Winternals and I can see the partition table, but when I click on the radio button to Create Entry to rebuild the partition table, it gives me an error saying I need to make a boot CD and do it from there. well, I've wasted 7 CDs trying to make this boot CD following their directions perfectly, but I either get an error saying can't find NTLDR or if I try to make it in Nero, it'll boot into windows setup, but then ask me for my windows installation disk, and once I put that in, it gets to were it says it can't find the dskcmmnd.sys file that's on the other disk, so setup aborts and I'm back at ground zero. Any help on getting my partition table back would be greatly greatly appreciated!! Thanks in advance! Oh, and It is a Maxtor 200GB HDD and it had only one FAT32 partition. THANKS!