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Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data

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  1. vandy013

    vandy013 Thread Starter

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    I just flew overseas to study abroad for a semester and brought my laptop and my external hard drive with me. Well, after I arrived, I hooked up my external hd and fired it up, but Windows wouldn't show it in My Computer, so I went into diskmanager and it shows that the drive is unpartitioned. It's a Maxtor 300gb disk and had 3 partitions on it, a FAT32 and two NTSF partitions. But non of them show up. I also tried accessing the disk through Knoppix, but no luck. I have files on their that I really don't want to loose, how can I recover the partitions or at least get the files off and then make new partitions. Also, why would the drive have done this? Maybe the x-ray at the airport? I have partition magic, would that be of any help? Note: I can't use Partition Magic right now, because my laptop isn't booting into Windows right now, but thats another problem, if you want to help me with that, search through my other posts, I'm about to start a thread for that too.

    Thanks.
     
  2. crjdriver

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    First of all I would pull the drive out of the enclosure and install it on the system you are using now. See what it says about the drive. Enclosures fail and the drive could be just fine.
    If that does not work, post back.
     
  3. vandy013

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    Right now I just have my laptop, but I know some guys who might have a computer I can put it in. I'll get back to you. Any other suggestions in the mean time would be great.
     
  4. parasolution

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    At least disk management is seeing the drive.

    After you install in another computer and the partition tables are still corrupted, the easiest way to recover would be Partition Magic.

    Had to do that a couple of times on a drive of mine.
     
  5. vandy013

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    What did you have to do to recover the partition? Is there a simple wizard to do it? Also, just for clarification, this "recovering" the partition means that all the data will be recovered just like it was, right?
     
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    There is never a guarantee when you do data recovery. That is why any data you care about is backed up. When there is a problem, you just restore from your backup.
     
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    This is against the rules of the forum. Consider this a friendly warning; obey the forum rules.
     
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    Partition Magic as an "Undelete" option. If Undelete sees a previous partition, it will give you a list of partitions it may or may not be able to recover.

    My partition table became corrupt and the drive showed as unallocated in Disk Management. I ran PM, there too it showed as an unallocated drive. But I ran undelete and it said I was able to recover a previous partition (not exactly sure on the steps, as I did this several months ago). Once the process was complete, I had all my data intact.
     
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    just an add on note before buying file scavenger $159.00 be fore warned it does a lousy job on songs (they tend to be scrambled) does a fair job on documents and a flawless job recovering pictures so assess your needs before BUYING the program and never neVER NEVER pirate software even if its over priced and buggy. (thas all i gotta say for now)
     
  11. crjdriver

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    Here is a link to a free trial of O&O disk recovery. This is the software I use and it works very well. I have never used the trial; most trials show you the files you could recover however they do not do the recovery until you pay for the app. It does not hurt to download it and see if you can recovery anything.
    O&O disk recovery trial
     
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