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Lost partition!

I've got a development server I've been working on for months.  My (SATA) drive is partitioned with a C: drive that is 19gig and holds all the program files & windows files, while the D: drive that is 156gig holds the database, website, OLAP cubes, etc...  basically, all my work.

I've been backing up "my work" regularly and one day... poof, the (#*($#@* won't boot up.  So, I go to my nice external drive, plug it into another box, re-install the C: drive (which is imaged) and everything looks great.  BUT, it seems that Analysis Server keeps all the configuration of the OLAP cubes in an Access Database on the C DRIVE!  

So, I slap this SATA drive into a drive enclosure and plug it into my new machine.  It sees the "D" drive AND the "C" drive, but it says the "C" drive is corrupted......  I need to get that file from it.

I've downloaded about 10 different programs that will scan that partition and find files here and there, some don't even find the external drive at all!  

I'd be perfectly happy paying for a recovery application if I could be certain it worked, but, based on my experience with these demos... it's just going to be a waste of time.

Before I go and take this thing down to get "Recovered" and kick up $1k, does anyone have any suggestions?

-dan
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I don't actually have an SATA port on the box I'm using to work on this thing with and the one at the office only has the one port.... which is being used by the new boot drive.

I didn't restore the image over the corrupted drive, I put it on a new drive.  The old one is going to be tossed.  I can't trust it anymore.  The image, however, is the blank-slate, prior to any work done on the machine and any additional programs installed on it.

I'll try GetDataBack this evening and see how that works.
Hey guys, sorry for not geting back very quickly.

Basically, neither solution worked.  The getback program seems mostly limited to getting back things that have been deleted.  There is a solution that is supposed to restore a partition, but that didn't work.

The database recovery people wanted at least 900, up to $6000, to do the recovery, since pricing is based upon the size of the disk (and it was a 500g disk), rather than the partition of 6 gig.  

It was cheaper for me to re-do the work that I was missing.  (and I get paid for it rather than a recovery agency).

Anyway, I supposed it was good to have the experience of having such a failure and recognizing the work it takes to recover.  I replaced their dev-machine with one of my own servers.  I stopped using their single SATA drive, my server has 3 150g SCSI drives in RAID 5 and I've got a backup storage array with 1T in a RAID 0+1

The real solution, I belive, is to be loaded up with so much recovery work that you learn to have solid machines AND redundant backups!

-dan
I agree the real solution is to have good backups !!   It continues to amaze me how many folks have ALL of their data on a single hard drive without backups.