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Accidentally deleted my backup drive

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  1. Zerthimon

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    I was reinstalling Windows Vista today (fresh install), and during the drive selection I inadvertently clicked "delete" while the secondary drive was selected instead of the primary. This is my only backup drive. It is, of course, now not recognized as a drive. I tried booting up Ubuntu and using Gparted to fix the problem, but the only option it gives me is creating a new partition. I then downloaded PC Inspector File Recovery and ran it overnight; it found 16000+ files, but all of them are named cluster1013651.* and so forth, and all of them appear to be corrupted. Windows seems to know what type of file each is, as their extensions are intact, but they will not open properly. Another weird issue is that the vast majority of files are .xls, but I don't use Excel.

    Is there some utility that can repair the drive so that Windows detects it again? All the data is still there, the drive was never formatted or written to in any way.
     
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    welcome to TSG.
    Do you have your original files on the hard drive?
    Can't you reformat the backup drive and backup the files again?

    I am not an expert, but those are the things I would check first.
     
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    This is NOT Guaranteed, but should not do any more damage than already done.

    You nearly got there with using GParted.

    When you deleted the drive, all it did was overwrite the Partition information. It did not (as you have already noted) delete any data.
    SO......... if you can put the partition data back exactly as it was, you may be able to read the data. See if you can find (not on the drive in question) any confirmation of exactly what the partition was. If not, you will have to try setting the size to the whole drive and the file type MUST be what it was.

    Do NOT attempt to write anything to the drive. All tests MUST be read only.
     
  4. Zerthimon

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    Thanks for the quick response.

    How do I go about doing this?
     
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    What about using DiskPart? Is there a command in there to remount the drive and assign it a letter?
     
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    Excellent. Thank you Dave! Aside from deleting the partition table and attempting a file recovery, nothing has been done to the drive at all. I have high hopes!

    Thanks again.
     
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