Acronis resize partition problem - system cannot recognized D partition

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I used Acronis Disk Director Server 10 to resize my web server.  I resized C from 4GB to 16GB and D will be resized from 63.75 GB to 51.75 GB.  The system rebot and went through the two operations very  well.  

I got problem.  My server now can not recognize the D partion.  It only shows the C partition with 16 GB.  How do I fix this problem.  I saw 67.75 GB was OK in the reboot process so I guess the D partition was not corrupted.  Please help.  
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Sudeep SharmaTechnical Designer

Commented:
What OS are you using? If it is Windows did you try Disk Management and see what it shows in there? Was there any data on Drive D:?

Author

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this is Windows 2003 server.  This is SQL database.  Please tell me how to try with Disk Management, please.
Sudeep SharmaTechnical Designer

Commented:
Right Click on My Computer --> Manage --> On Left Pane click on Disk Management. When you click on Disk Management it would show the Hard Disk status on Right side.

Or you could run diskmgmt.msc from Start --> Run
Do let us know what does it shows to you.

Sudeep

Author

Commented:
It shows
Local Disk C: 16.00 GB. Healthy system. Free space 66%
51.75 GB.  Healthy system.  Free space 100%.

My question:
The 51.75 GB have no letter assigned.  It must be D partition.  The D partition had  total 63.75 GB and more than 19GB left before I resized.  Why it shows 100% free now ? Can I recuse it ?


Sudeep SharmaTechnical Designer

Commented:
If your previous D Drive has no data in it then you could use the Free Space and make if D Drive, you might need to format it before using it.

Hope that helps.

Sudeep
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Best would be if you take screen shot of Windows Disk Management and post it here.
It is possible that partition simply lost its drive letter as Acronis did not assign it back during resize operation.
Again, before doing anything wrong let me see the screen capture.

Author

Commented:
My D partition had data before the resize and I need  it.  
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
We could restore the data but can you take the screen shot first? I need to see the current state before suggesting anything.

Author

Commented:
Disk Managerment shown in my system
partition-problem.GIF
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Wow, Acronis erased the partition!!!
Ok. Next steps we need to take. Download trial version from here and install it on server: http://www.paragon-software.com/business/db-server/
For our manipulations trial version must be enough. You even don't need to restart the server after installation. Start Drive Backup - check if it sees the D: drive as NTFS. If not - select Volume Explorer Tab in vertical tabs list and browse again the drive to see if it can read ex-D: content.
If not - in Drive Backup - right click on 51GB empty partition and select Delete partition. Apply changes.
Then right click on empty free space and select Recover Lost Partitions. Let is search for NTFS partition. check if any found and if yes take restore it. Note it could probably find several of them. So you need identify the one that is yours.

Author

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My question:
1/ you mean I need to resize the partition again ? ans what size I need to resize ? do the same size as i did earlier ?
2/ I bought the software.  I still need to use the down load version ?
3/ What you mean "Start Drive Backup" ?
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
No. You do not need to resize anything yet. Was your C: partition of 16GB before resize or smaller?
2)Which software did you bought? Download the trial one I referred to in my link. It is Paragon Drive Backup 10 Server Edition. Run it - delete the empty 55GB partition in Drive Backup 10 interface.
3)By start Drive Backup I mean starting installed copy of Drive Backup 10 Server.

Author

Commented:
1/ My C was resized from 4GB to 16 GB.  This is my goal since C has no space
2/ I bought Acronis Disk Director Server 10 from Nova Datacom
3/ After I install the "Drive Backup 10 server" the system will be recovered ?
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Not much hope that it will be recovered. But still you can try to browse the existing partition via Volume Explorer of the Drive Backup 10. Otherwise you could need to shrink C: back to 4GB and then use delete/undelete option.
Didn't you take backup of HDD before resize?

1/ My C was resized from 4GB to 16 GB.  This is my goal since C has no space - ok.
2/ I bought Acronis Disk Director Server 10 from Nova Datacom - ok.
3/ After I install the "Drive Backup 10 server" the system will be recovered ? - not itself. You will need to take some steps.If you let me connect your server via remote desktop I can give more precise answers.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
Also you can download this NTFS version recovery tool and try to get all data out of the partition: http://runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

Author

Commented:
1/ I copied the partition.  Then upgrade Windows from 2000 server to 2003 server.  Should I be able to use this copied partition to recover ?
2/ it is too bad.  The Navy DOD doesn't allow remote access from out side.  I regret your offer.

Author

Commented:
After installed it, I clicke  on it and see many features.  What feature should I run ?  
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Commented:
You do not clarify what software did you install and run cause I recommended both Drive Backup and GetDataBack.
Also, what do you mean by 1/ I copied the partition?

Author

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I installed the "Download trial version from here and install it on server: http://www.paragon-software.com/business/db-server/ "

hehehe you know what, last night I made the right mourse click on the 51.75 GB partition and assigned D letter to it. I then rebot the machine.  The reboot process took me more than one hour and not completed yet.  I let it ran and went home.  This morning I can see the D partition and its file.  My web server can connect to my DB server (this server) and the website is up now.  I am so HAPPY. Can enjoy the July 4th :-).

Thanks for your help so much.  The " Disk Management"   helped me.  

Author

Commented:
I have not played with the installation yet.  Just only assigned the D letter to the partition and rebot the machine and it works.
IT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009
Commented:
Wow. That's good. Take backup of it ASAP. And looks like my post  ID: 33119111 was correct.

Author

Commented:
I followed the insrtuction and could make it work from  "Disk Management"

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