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help please i deleted my operation system by mistake

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  1. ggallin

    ggallin Thread Starter

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    hi i had some unallocated harddrive space on a external hdd and i went into disk management to release the unallocated space by deleting the partition but i ended up deleting the wrong partition i deleted the partition on my c drive which is running windows xp of course immediately after this happened my computer switched off and cant boot back into windows someone told me to get hold of the linux gloria 7 cd which i now have to boot back into windows,which i did successfully but i dont know what to do from here basically i want to back up the 20 odd gbs of data on the hdd before restoring the partition i deleted can someone help me please
     
  2. crjdriver

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    The very first thing I would do would be to pull the drive out and connect it to a working system. Copy whatever you want. When you are finished, reinstall the drive in the problem system and boot with your xp install CD. Choose to install; the next menu will show any xp installations and give you the option to repair them. Let setup do the repair. When you are finished, you will need to reapply the latest service pack, do all updates, etc.
     
  3. ggallin

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    hi that doesnt work cause i deleted the partition when i put the hdd in an ext case and plug in its not recognized by my computer,nothing shows up but i do see it in disk manager as unallocated gbs
     
  4. crjdriver

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    You posted that you were able to boot into windows
    If this is the case, then the partition is still there. If you were not able to boot into windows, then you are going to have to run data recovery software on the drive and hope for the best.

    This is why we stress backups so much. Data you do not have at least two copies of is data you do not care about.
     
  5. ggallin

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    no i booted into windows with the linux mint gloria 7 cd i cant boot into windows normally
     
  6. crjdriver

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    You did not boot into windows; you booted into linux. Linux is NOT windows. You need to be very specific in what you did AND what you are trying to accomplish. It is not possible to delete the windows partition from within windows. You could delete the windows partition from a boot disk, slaving the drive to another system, etc however you cannot delete the current windows partition from within windows.

    It is just like taking your car to a shop and saying "My car does not start what is the problem" You would save time AND money if you gave a detailed description such as the engine cranks and I smell a strong smell of gas however no light off or ignition.
     
  7. ggallin

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    your right i booted into linux but what dont u understand `about my problem.........i deleted the whole c drive partition through disk management in windows xp,im trying to restore it.let me know `what you are confused by please
     
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    Can you not access your information with the linux boot cd and then drag it onto a usb stick? I've done that with ubuntu. I've also used an external dvd drive with an ubuntu cd and burned the information onto a dvd disk. At least that way you would have all of your files if you need to format your computer. Etaf got me onto that and it worked like a charm. If you want to try it I will try to find his method for you. He gives good instructions on how to use it.
     
  9. ggallin

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    when i boot with the linux cd i see the hdd but when i click on it it says cant mount drive so i dont know how to get data off it.i dont know i may not understand what u are actually asking me
     
  10. crjdriver

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    OK, from your posts I think we can determine that you used linux to delete a windows partition. At this point, you only have a few options;
    1 Connect the drive to a working system and run data recovery software on the drive to see what you can recover.
    2 Take the drive to a shop that does data recovery.
    3 If the data on the drive is not important, then clean install of windows.

    If you really deleted the windows partition, then those are your only real options. Note the more you mess with the drive in question, the less likely you will be able to recover data.
     
  11. ggallin

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    hi no ive never used linux in my life,i deleted the the whole c drive partition in windows xp through disk manager.i booted into my computer with the linux mint gloria 7 disc but ive never used a linux computer
     
  12. crjdriver

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    You cannot delete the partition that windows is installed on from within windows. It is not going to let you do that. In any case, if you really deleted the system partition, your only options are what I outlined for you.

    Note taking the drive to a data recovery shop is NOT cheap. Where I live a basic data recovery ie using software only starts @ $100. It goes way up from there if they have to disassemble the drive, etc [which I doubt since it is still working]
     
  13. ggallin

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    well u can and i did its all explained in my first post how it happened ive posted this on a number of forums your solution is a last option ive been given other options to fix the program but just going over all my options before i attempt anything
     
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    Just thought you might want to know that Kurtis has started the same thread on quite a number of support forums eg http://www.trademe.co.nz/Community/MessageBoard/Messages.aspx?id=267156&p=1 and http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=90&t=46987&p=271276#p271276 where he's recieved and IGNORED a huge amount of perfectly good advice.

    If all you've done is delete the main windows partition on a fairly normal single-partition install then it is easy to just put it back with fdisk from any linux live CD. (Kurtis was even given a suitable Live CD by a local LUG member). This video may help others, but apparently it's too difficult for Kurtis to follow.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t971NWpprC4
     
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    zcat,

    I've edited your post to remove the name-calling which we do not allow. In the future, please just report such things to the moderators for handling.

    And since this user is receiving help elsewhere and it seems there's nothing more than can be suggested, I'm closing this thread.
     
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