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Recover partition that was deleted on accident

I had my external HD connected to a computer I was fixing to format and reinstall Win XP on.  When it booted up to the Windows CD I went to delete the old partition on the drive getting reinstalled on.  Not thinking about my external drive being connected I selected it and deleted the partition.

No of of when it's connected to my pc I cannot see anything on the drive.  I have Partition Magic 8.0 but it doesn't show any partitions to undelete.  It does have an option to create a new partition but not sure if I will lose my data that was on the drive.

I have years worth of data/projects on this drive so don't want to try something that is unsafe.

Can someone please explain the proper way to use Partition Magic to recover this partition or a way I can go about this.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
What you might want to try is a utility called Handy Recovery. You can download a free 30 day tiral.
http://www.handyrecovery.com/

Hope this helps
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dwelxAuthor Commented:
Isn't it possible to just recreate the partition instead of having to recover the files.  Nothing has been deleted except the partition itself.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Actually yes you're right. I misread. Here is a way to recover a parition table. This process is a little advanced but should work for you.

http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/recovering.html
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dwelxAuthor Commented:
That seems to be for linux.
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Opps sorry about that. Off day :S
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dwelxAuthor Commented:
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
Hi,ùI'd recommend  you Restorer2000 Pro or Data recovery from easeus. I once did the mistake you did and recovered all my deleted data.

http://www.restorer2000.com/
http://www.easeus.com/product.htm

Good luck,
cheers
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