Unreadable files after resize PLUS more...

May 16, 2011 at 19:53:40
Specs: Windows XP, r3r3r3
So, let's see if I can explain the sequence of events that lead to this issue:

I had 2 partitions on my C drive. Partition 1 contained Windows and 2 Linux (including GRUB, the bootloaded)

Using a partition manager (EASEUS), I deleted partition 2 and increased partition 1's size.

I completely forgot that by deleting partition 1, I'd have problems booting up windows XP, since I erased GRUB.

When the computer boots up, I get the missing NTLDR error. I have my windows XP CD, so I ran the repair utility that gets me to the prompt.

I checked all the possibilities and found that it might have been an error in the MBR.

So I ran FIXMBR, and I remember getting a warning along the lines of "if you select yes, this may cause the disk/partition to be unreadable". I selected yes.

I also ran FIXBOOT. Rebooted the disc, but had same issue.

Tried to copy the ntldr and ntdetect.com to my C:, AND that's when I noticed that when I do a "dir" I only saw the two files I copied and a "third one" that has the infinite symbol as filename. Also, I noticed that the size of it is 0 bytes.

I booted the system using a linux live cd to see if linux could see the drive.
Linux DOES see the drive but everything has unreadable characters. I can check the properties of every file and can see their file type (such as "text file",etc..).

Now, what do you guys think about this?
Is there a way to boot up the windows XP partition that is there?

THank you all,



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May 16, 2011 at 23:26:35
Boot with the Linux Live CD again. Try to open one of the text files with the more command.

more file.txt or cat file.txt

The unreadable characters make me think that the file system is corrupt. If you can't open the file & read it, do a clean install.

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May 17, 2011 at 10:04:34
I tried this but when I do "ls" nothing is listed, I guess because of the strange characters.

Now, one good thing is that I have a spare drive where I plan to install xp. I'd there a way I can recover these files from the hard disk once I install xp on a new hard drive


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May 17, 2011 at 11:57:30
I don't think so. It sounds like the drive is totally gone.

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May 19, 2011 at 12:01:50
Thanks for the help.

I was able to recover the files by:

Installing a second HDD running windows.
Attaching this HDD as a second drive.

Using partition Doctor and using the fixboot command within the application.


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May 19, 2011 at 12:35:48
That's good news. I'm glad to hear it.

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