I have a Dell 5150 that I partitioned into 3 user partitions. There *MAY* be that special Dell utility partition, i honestly can not remember. I ran into some problems when installing Symantec Systemworks and GoBack that resulted in the partition tables getting wiped (i ended up with one large partition that spanned the entire drive).
I have removed the harddrive from the Dell and I am attempting partition recovery and data backup onto
a clean machine via a USB HD enclosure. TestDisk (as mentioned in a few of the articles here) has been able to
relocate 3 partitions (and has the correct partition names), and upon browsing the file system through TestDisk
seems to be correct. I have updated the partion table with Testdisk.
A few more data points:
1. The SIZE listed in TestDisk does not appear to be correct. Example, the C drive is being shown as 30Gig, but it is really 14 Gig. Testdisk seems to be showing each volume at about 2x the size expected.
2. The volume labels are all correct (3 volume labels) - System, Application, Data
3. Windows XP Pro Disk Management shows 3 partitions of CORRECT size (14G, 9G, 32G).
4. The MIDDLE Partition (APPLICATION) is 100% readable by Windows.
6. I do not believe the disk to by physically damaged.
7. I am able to perform data extraction via R-Studio.
8. My goal is to rebuild the partition table so that all 3 partitions are correctly identifiable by my other computer.
5. I have also used R-Studio (A Data recover program) to scan for partitions. Four partitions were found that R-Studio considers to be "good" .... It matches the 14G, 9G, 32G break down for the first two partitions, but shows the last partition as slighly smaller (hard to tell since its rounded to the nearest 10th of a gig), but shows 14G, 9G, 1.5MB, 32G. It is able to enumerate the file system for all partitions based on this brakedown.
Any suggestions how to restore my harddrive to a working state?