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recover deleted partition please HELP!

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by rs2muell, Jan 20, 2004.

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  1. rs2muell

    rs2muell Thread Starter

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    Hi Guys,

    I have two HDs, 80 Gig primary and 120 gig secondary. I had win xp installed and running off the 80 gig and I backed up all my files onto the 120 gig. I then decided to format the 80 gig drive

    I used a win 98 boot disk and formatted the 80 gig hd. then I started the win xp cd and it asked which partition I would like to choose. I chose the partitioned 120 gig drive not realizing what I had done. I confirmed the partition removal and then realized what I did. So I start flipping out and I restart my comp

    I looked for my files and 120 gig drive but it was gone. I'm really going crazy. So I researched a little and I have two utilities on disk (mbrwork and testdisk) I started to run mbrwork and it has been searching for recoverable partitions for the past 2 hours. I don't know what to do and I really need the files on the 120 gig HD. I didn't install windows and I haven't done anything other than run the utility. Can someone please help me. I don't know what I'll do if I can't get my files back.

    Thanks
    -Rob
     
  2. zephyr

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    Rob, There are utilities that can rebuild a File Allocation Table. I have never used one but I understand that they work by installing the hosed drive as a slave to another bootable drive and running the software from the boot drive to fix the slave.

    I can't tell you any names but a Google search should get you plenty of hits.

    Good luck. There is hope.

    >>I checked with one of my favorite software producers, Acronis, and found this. If it works like the other software I use from them, it'll be all you need.
     
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