Accidentally deleted ext. partition

April 11, 2009 at 01:05:48
Specs: Windows XP

Hello everyone,

I accidentally deleted the only partition on my external hard drive. It has some valuable data on it so I'd like to be able to recover it. I know there's partition recovery programs but Windows doesn't even recognize the disk anymore! I never ever had problems like this before :(.

So does anyone have a solution on how to recover my external hard drive?

Thanks alot.


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April 11, 2009 at 06:46:34

It's impossible to delete a partition "accidentally" have to take several deliberate steps to do it.

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April 11, 2009 at 07:44:05

Try testdisk to possibly recover the partition. Read the tutorial thoroughly prior to use.

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April 11, 2009 at 08:06:32

Jam: I was installing windows, but forgot to detach the external hard drive. The external drive and internal drive are both same sizes and instead of the internal drive's partition I deleted the external one. Stupid mistake. Your response did not help at all.

OtheHill: I will try that, thank you.

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April 11, 2009 at 08:14:09

I downloaded TestDisk and it worked like a charm! Very easy and quick.

Thanks again OtheHill, really appreciated!

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April 11, 2009 at 08:55:00

You are welcome.

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