After accidentally deleting a 40 GB FAT 32 partition on a 200 GB removeable hard drive while installing XP, I attempted to recover by running MBRWork. It's hard to find step-by-step instructions to use, but it seems that the sequence of things to do is
1) back up Track 1
2) Zero out the MBR
3) Zero out the EMBR
4) Recover MS Dos Partitions
5) Install standard partition code
After doing the first three steps, I started step 4 at 9:00 PM last night and as of 9:24 AM it is still running. This is the same thing that happened when I tried to run gpart - a linux tool. It is hard to believe it is taking that long to find the first partition.
Anyway, the first question is: how do I stop MBRWork from running without losing the MBR? it is now all zeros. And then the next question is: what to do from there?
Using the linux fdisk tool showed that the parttition starts at cylinder 1 and goes through cylinder 5099. Is this enough information to recover the partition? There was a second partition on the removeable drive, but the data it contains is unimportant. It wouldn't matter if it is overwritten.
When the partition is deleted by the XP installation procedure, does that mean that the FATs in the partition are gone too? Since I don't care about the anything after the first partition can I just resize it to something longer than 40 GB just to make sure that the linux fdisk tool and what Windows sees are the same thing?
Anyway, I need my data back. I will definitely give an A grade to anyone who can help me recover.