Repair overloaded Drive C partition

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December 12, 2009 at 23:52:48
Specs: Windowsxp, AMD 2ghz 1gigram

My C partition is either hidden or corrupted I believe because I was working with some intensive stuff with only 6-7 gb free on a 100 gb partition.

Now I cannot boot the machine (even to safe mode) or access the partition.

I would like to know what steps I can take to repair the partition in a way that I do not lose data.


When using a boot cd it displays the C partition as unknown.

It also will not mount in Knoppix (my "rescue" disk) when I have tried to back up files.

My d partition is still accessible. Though it has no OS on it.



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December 12, 2009 at 23:56:52
You need to look at data recovery tools. See the orange box at lower right side of the page

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December 13, 2009 at 09:40:39
Also could look at ultimate boot cd and see if ranish can fix partition if it is bad.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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December 13, 2009 at 10:17:00
You can try file recovery software as mentioned by Richard59, which is the safe and tedious method. Or you can try repairing the partition using testdisk.

Testdisk has good success rates but can make things worse if used improperly. Be sure to read the tutorials prior to using. Look below for both.

BTW, there is no reason with the price of hard drives and USB external drives that you should be running a partition with only 6 or 7% free. You need to keep at least 15% free for Windows to work correctly.

PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs

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December 13, 2009 at 21:16:50
Thank you very much for the useful response.

I am going to take my time going through all the software options and make sure I know what I am doing so I don't wreck anything more then I have.

The info. above should put me in a good position to do that.


PS OTheHill, you are exactly, right, I was a bit wreck less in not backing up enough stuff quickly

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