We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Lost partition table on RAID-0 array. All data still there. All NTFS partitions. How do I rewrite?

894 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
I have two WD Caviar SE16 500Gb HDs in a RAID-0 array (onboard MB controller, MS is a Gigabyte GA-73PVM-S2H). There are NTFS partitions on it but the partition table is gone. I have attached another HD and installed XP on it to try DiskInternals Partition Recovery 2.9 but that seems to only allow me to recovery files from those paritions. What I want to do is simply rewrite the partition table.

I know I have the following partitions:
1) NTFS  97.65 GB  starting sector 63 (label BOOT)
2) Swap  5.00 GB  starting sector 204796620
3) NTFS  512.00 GB  starting sector 215287065 (label LARGE)
4) NTFS  316.86 GB  starting sector 1289023470 (label BACKUP)

Is there any further information I need to reconstruct the partition table, and what utility/utilities should I use to do that? Links to tutorials if available would be gratefully received.
Comment
Watch Question

noxchoIT Product Manager
CERTIFIED EXPERT
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION

Author

Commented:
Thank you noxcho! I will keep that in mind for the moment - I'm on a bit of a tight budget at the moment and I am wondering if there are any freeware utilities that might do the same thing?

In fact if someone can point me to a site with detailed info on how this can be done, I could even do it manually - especially since I know the locations, sizes and starting sectors of all the partitions I need to recover. Is it just a matter of repopulating the partition table? If so, is there a utility that will let me do that manually on a RAID-0 drive?

Author

Commented:
OK I just found the following link

www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/partitioneditors.shtml

which lists quite a few freeware utilities that help to restore deleted partitions. I had tried to search on this before but didn't know that the common terminology was "undeleting" a partition rather than restoring, recovering, reconstructing etc! Google search for [undelete partition freeware] should solve my problem. I am at work at the moment and will try these utilities this evening. Will keep this open until then just in case these don't work with RAID-0 drives!
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
UNLOCK SOLUTION

Gain unlimited access to on-demand training courses with an Experts Exchange subscription.

Get Access
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Empower Your Career
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

OR

Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.