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opps  i wiped it out...

Posted on 2006-11-10
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Last Modified: 2010-04-03
i was helping a friend....reinstall windows...
when it asked me about a partition..... i acidentally deledeted the partition...
if i repartition the hard drive.... can the data be retained..

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lkeneston earned 400 total points
ID: 17919831
I would reboot with a BartPE like disk and possibly run filerecovery, or Getbackdata for ntfs, or fat32, these apps work, but cost money.
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PUNKY earned 400 total points
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nobus earned 400 total points
ID: 17920281
>>    can the data be retained..   <<  if the data is not overwritten, yes, so stop using the drive, or booting from it.
Connect it to a working PC, and use any of these recovery softwares; if they show your data, you can buy it to save the data. GetDataBack and Stellar are among the best :

  http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html                  Active undelete
http://www.handyrecovery.com/download.shtml                        Handy Recovery

otherwise, you'll have to use a data recovery Cy like Gillware
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ID: 17920803
in as you tell me there is a chance.... i am taking the drive to a professional.

on a 1-10... considering i immediately took the drive out... when i saw my error... what would you say my chances of recovery are?
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ID: 17920818
difficult to say; it depends on what has been overwritten, and what not.
inform for recovery here :  http://www.gillware.com/      
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yessirnosir earned 400 total points
ID: 17922670
You can download a trial version of EasyRecovery, which is a first class product used by many pros.  The free version will let you determine if recovery is possible, then if you like what you see, you pay the licence fee and proceed with the recovery.  It will be a lot cheaper than taking to a professional, with probably the same results.  I would only take to a pro if you think the drive is physically failing.   I'd give you 9 in 10 odds that you'll be successful if you took the drive out immediately after deleting the partition, and before continuing with Windows installation.

If the data on the drive is really, really important, I'd make an image of the disk using a tool like Norton Ghost before starting any recovery steps.  You need to make sure you use the parameters that force sector-by-sector copying, in order to make sure you get the data that is no longer listed in the disks' partition table and other directory structures.  This is also sometimes called "forensic imaging".  With Ghost, here are instructions:  http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ghost.nsf/docid/2001111413481325

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ID: 17922717
Another option is a specialized partition table recovery tool like http://www.ptdd.com/register.htm
It is a lot cheaper than the general purpose recovery programs and may be all you need in your case.  They also have a free downloadable version.  Instructions for how to use the product are here:  http://www.ptdd.com/do-partition-recovery.htm
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I meant "free downloadable TRIAL version"

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Disorganise earned 400 total points
ID: 17923078
To answer the first part of the question "if i repartition the hard drive.... can the data be retained" - the answer is no.  repartitioning destroys the 'map' to the data so the PC won't be able to see it anymore.  You have 2 main choices:  try and 'undelete' the partition record with software built for the purpose, or use a tool that can read the disk directly to recover the data.

For the first option: A few years ago, windows decided to hose itself and took the partition info with it.  I tried a few different softwares and found Acronis Disk Director to be the simplest to use and able to show me the partition info - so I bought it and successfully recovered the partition data.  Unfortunatley for me, the windows install hadn't survived on the 1st partition, but I was able to boot the 2nd partition.  Note the issues on the 1st partition were cause by the way windows crashed, not the result of the recover tool.  In your case I'd expect no such issues.  http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/diskdirectorsuite/

The other tool I highly recommend and has already been mentioned, is GetDataback http://runtime.org/gdb.htm
Note that this tool ignores partition data and won't repair it, but it will allow you to recover files.  I used it after a beta version of Vista corrupted sector 0 and made my disk totally unbootable and even diskdirector was unable to read it, let alone fix the issues.  GetDataBack allowed me to my docs and PST's etc off to another drive so I could then recreate the partitions and reformat etc.

Both have trial versions.  GDB WILL get you access to the data - you'll need a second drive to write the data to.  However, I'd try diskdirector first simply because its likely to be able to undelete the partition info and then everythings back to normal.

Author Comment

ID: 17946513

i brought it to a professional....
recovery was sucessfull...

although the support here was excellent... sometimes ou just need to know .. when your  in need of a true professional, for the result could have been disastorus....fortunately, it was just costly..

thanks to all...
i am splittin gpoints to all friends who commented.... cause all are usefull


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