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Can I recover my partition table?

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I have an ipod on my Dell XP machine.  I have X-play installed, a utility to see the ipod as a regular disk.  I upgraded to the latest X-Play. I have my ipod connected via firewire and my external LaCie hard drive connected via firewire. When I originally installed the external drive I had reformatted it for Windows. After installing the X-Play upgrade, my system rebooted and an x-play message popped up saying that my external drive had both windows and mac partitions. It asked me which I wanted. I told it not to do anything. Well, now my partition table is gone on my external drive. I can't see any of my files!

I uninstalled X-Play, but that did not help! Someone please help, how do I get my partition back?!?!
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You can get any number of data recovery programs out there heres a couple,

Stellar Phoenix
  http://www.stellarinfo.com/

OnTrack Easyrecovery
  http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoverydatarecovery/

Download the trial and check to see if it can find the partition.  If it can then you can buy the program to get the data back.

Couple of free alternatives,

This is to undelete a partition,
  http://www.cgsecurity.org//index.html?testdisk.html

Recovery
  http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

I prefer to use tools that copy the data off the problem drive and do not write anything to the disk.  If anything is written to the disk it will potentially ruin 'hidden' data.  This would reduce the chances for future attempts at recovery.

If all else fails there are numerous professional services.

Hope this helps.
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