Accidentally deleted parttions, need help to recover data

I went to perform a clean install of Windows last night. I deleted the partition that was present, and created two more, then installed Windows. The only catch is that I unwittingly did it on the wrong hard drive, and now have lost a lot of data that I need to get back. The original partition and those created after are all NTFS. What can I do to fix this?
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rindiConnect With a Mentor Commented:
First stop using that disk and install the OS to another. If you don't, you'll just loose more data.

Then use getdataback to recover whatever is recoverable (you have probably overwritten a lot with the new install). The trial version will scan the disk for whatever is recoverable, and if you then pay and register the software, you will be able to copy it off the drive to some other Place.
Dont worry

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Repairing a Damaged MBR

Your Windows XP setup CDROM has a tool called the Recovery Console, which is designed to help you repair a damaged master boot record or boot sector. To start the Recovery Console and fix your damaged MBR, follow these steps:

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   2. If you are prompted to press a key to start the computer from CDROM, do so quickly. Otherwise it may try to boot from the hard drive.
   3. After a few minutes, you'll see a prompt to press the R key to start the Recovery Console.
   4. When Recovery Console starts, it will prompt you to enter a number corresponding to the Windows XP installation that you need to repair. In most cases, you'll enter "1" (which will be the only choice). If you press ENTER without typing a number, Recovery Console will quit and restart your computer.
   5. Enter your Administrator password. If you don't enter the correct password, you cannot continue.
   6. At the Recovery Console command prompt, type fixmbr and then verify that you want to proceed.


You might also want to try this web site..

Recovering NTFS boot sector on NTFS partitions (Q153973);EN-US;q153973

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How to Recover From a Corrupt NTFS Boot Sector (Q121517);en-us;Q121517

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jonathan_schwartzConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Agree - Stop using the current OS and use BartPE to boot from a CD-ROM and run Partition / MBR recovery program off the BartPE CD-ROM

or Install OS on another drive and use the Partition / MBR Recovery program on you disk you need too.

psychodaveAuthor Commented:
im no longer running the install that was on the drive that i formatted, im back on the install i was originally trying to replace.
the microsoft link in the first post is no good as it only works if the partition has not been replaced, which unfortunately it has.
as for the rest of the information, i havent tried it yet, im in the middle of a scan with another program (recover my files). when the scans run, ill let you know the results, and then work my way back through the rest of the information you've given me and let you know. cheers for all your advice so far ^.^
psychodaveAuthor Commented:
also, have just investigated the first link given, to active partition recovery - if im reading the information correctly, it wont be able to touch my hdd - it only works with IDE/ATA/SCSI drives - mines a SATA drive. would it work with it?
ded9Connect With a Mentor Commented:
active partition recovery should work.

But i would give you a 200% resolution which i gave to my friend who had the same problem you are facing.

He had a sata drive and lost his partition so what i recommended was this "Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 Recovery Expert". The issue was resolved within minutes. So i am sure "Acronis Disk Director Suite 10.0 Recovery Expert" will work for sata drives

seehearConnect With a Mentor Commented:
You have received many good answers.  One more is Ontrack's EZ Recovery.  It will recover what ever you didn't already overwrite.

use ONLY a program that makes no changes to the disk.  Acronis will work for partition restore, but not after the format stage, I recall.  Also look at -- -- getdataback -- it makes NO changes to the disk, and you only pay IF you can recover the data.  It is worth a look, and dont run anything that will make further changes to the disk.  GOOD LUCK !!!
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