Not able to boot - Malformed Parti.

April 19, 2009 at 12:04:48
Specs: Windows XP, 2.4GHz Quad-Core
So here's the deal. I turned my computer off
last night, just as normally as I do every day.
But when I wake up in the morning, it says
(MISSING OPERATING SYSTEM).

So I used an MBR tool that I use a lot to see if
I could get it fixed. Nothing.

So I took the drive, plugged it into this
computer, and I am only able to access one of
the two partitions that I have had in the drive.

One opens just fine, the other says "Disk E is
not formatted, would you like to format it now?
".

So does this mean that the data on drive E is
still there? It better, because I have important
stuff on there that I need within the next day or
two.

Can you please tell me how to get it back?

Thanks


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#1
April 19, 2009 at 12:13:44
First of all, you have been hanging around CN long enough to have rea about BACKUPS. The fact that you have needed to use a program to fix mbr issues "that I use a lot" indicates possible mechanical issues or bad computing habits.

All that said, try running testdisk on that partition. Be sure to read how to use the program before proceeding. Get it at the link below.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...


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#2
April 19, 2009 at 12:20:54
The odds are pretty good that your data is still there. XP seems to have a
habit of causing that problem. I've had good luck restoring my files from drives that has happened to, either using a Linux live CD or with a file recovery program.

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#3
April 19, 2009 at 12:32:08
OTheHill: Funny you should mention backup, because I was
just about to purchase a 1TB backup hdd today, but guess
what....

I am running Spinrite on the disk now, and it kind of looks like
its finding data, so cross your fingers.

I have to go now, but I will let Spinrite run now and let you
know what happens later. I am pretty new to Spinrite, so I
can't really tell if what it is doing is good.

Thanks


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#4
April 19, 2009 at 13:14:44
It looks like Spinrite is seeing all of the data from what I am
seeing. So the question is, how to I recover the partition?

Thanks


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#5
April 19, 2009 at 13:29:14
I told you how up in #1.

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#6
April 19, 2009 at 13:36:42
Will TestDisk still work under these conditions? The
computer can see the partition, but just not the data.

Thanks


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#7
April 19, 2009 at 14:14:18
Why don't you go to the site and read what testdisk is capable of doing?

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#8
April 19, 2009 at 16:25:36
Ran TestDisk, but when I run the analyzer, it only shows one
partition...does that mean that it only found one partition?

What other programs can I use to recover the partition?

Thanks


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#9
April 19, 2009 at 16:51:33
Try one of the recovery programs below. They are couresy of member aegis 1.

PC Inspector (freeware)
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...
Zero assumption Recovery
http://www.z-a-recovery.com
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free
GetDataBack
http://www.runtime.org/


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#10
April 19, 2009 at 16:55:14
I will try those if TestDisk does not work. I ran the extensive
scan, and it looks like there's two partitions here. So after the
scan is through, I will see if I can write the partition data.

Thanks


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#11
April 19, 2009 at 18:02:15
Well, I ran a deep scan with TestDisk, and it found a partition
that kind of looks like the one I am trying to recover, but when
I try to list the files, it says "...seems to be corrupted..."

But, when I open the analyze option before it does its scan, I see three partitions, one small one, which is the one I can view on another computer, and the other two are identical in size, but it does not look like I can view the files.

Whats this mean for my situation?

Thanks


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#12
April 19, 2009 at 18:17:41
NTFS always makes an 8MB partition at the beginning of the drive. Maybe that is what you see as the third partition.

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#13
April 19, 2009 at 18:19:25
It looks like its a pretty large partition, like close to the size of
the one that is not coming up.

I am running the TestDisk scan once more, then I will plug the
drive into this computer to see if I can use data recovery
programs.

Thanks


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#14
April 19, 2009 at 19:59:04
Ok, good news, ran GetDataBack, and saw all of my data! So I am purchasing the program right now, as well as a new drive.

Any sort of configuration that you guys might recommend when I reinstall the OS? Sometime in the future, I would like to run my main OS in a virtual enviroment so that I can take "Screenshots" so that if something like this happened again, I could be back up in minutes.

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#15
April 19, 2009 at 21:56:19
"The fact that you have needed to use a program to fix mbr issues "that I use a lot" indicates possible mechanical issues or bad computing habits."

I just meant that I use it when I need it. I used it when I wanted to use my windows boot menu instead of my Linux boot menu.

Thanks, I just ordered the new drive, and have already backed up all of my important files with my newly purchased backup software.


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#16
April 24, 2009 at 18:44:50
You guys still there? Well, got the new hard drive yesterday, go the OS installed today, and I was almost done using my new data recovery program to get my stuff off when...someone knocked it off the table when I was copying data off of it, and it just rattles when you turn it on now.

All you hear is a rattling, and the drive does not come up in Computer at all.

Is it dead? I just had a few more files that I needed, kind of important ones too.


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