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[SOLVED] Lost HDD Partition - Disaster

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by compuv, Dec 6, 2001.

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  1. compuv

    compuv Thread Starter

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    Hello all.

    I'm using Win 98 se and have an 8GB HDD partitioned into 4 x2GB drives. Today Windows suddenly shut down as I was working (no big deal - it's done it often enough before) but on rebooting I found I'd lost all partitions except the active one.

    I can't see them under DOS's FDISK either. How can they have just disappeared? Have they gone for good or is there anything I can do? I'm absolutely desperate and would be most grateful for any help.
     
  2. Rockn

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    Could be a virus has messed up your master boot record. I have never heard of extented partitions just going away after a reboot....something else is going on here. Were these partitions on another drive or were all partitions on one drive. Too weird!!
     
  3. Max19

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    There isn't a way to recover data on the lost partitions. You'll have to restore it from backup.
     
  4. compuv

    compuv Thread Starter

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    Got my hands on a fantastic piece of software by Ontrack called "Fix-It Utilities". It looked at the free space on my drive and found all my files - amazing! Best £40 I'll ever spend. So easy to use as well.

    I've still no idea why it happened though - very strange.
     
  5. Max19

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    That's great! I'm glad you found that software. It's still best to back up your data though. Even the best utilities can fail sometimes, but I'm happy it worked out this time.
     
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