windows xp formating partions

March 19, 2009 at 20:12:53
Specs: Windows XP
i just formatted my c: drive on the 250 gb hard drive that has 3 other partitions. the c drive is gone and is showing in a raw state. no problem. except the other 3 partitions are not showing up on the hard drive now.

is there anyway of getting to the other 3 partitions? i'd rather not have to sit up for the next few hours reloading backup disk if possible.

the c: drive was formatted to reload the OS.


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#1
March 19, 2009 at 22:00:15
How did you format C: ?


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#2
March 19, 2009 at 22:10:11
through a command prompt while xp was running on the secondary drive. the system was setup as a dual boot, the secondary separate drive works fine, the old drive (c:) the entire hard disk is showing raw.

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#3
March 19, 2009 at 22:16:34
So in Disk Management the whole first physical drive is raw?


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#4
March 19, 2009 at 22:19:13
yep

it is a 250 gd drive with approximately 135 full, or hopefully is...right now there is no volume information when you right click and show properties for it.


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#5
March 19, 2009 at 22:33:21
Have you rebooted since formatting? Dunno if that matters; I'm guessing.


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#6
March 19, 2009 at 22:41:01
yes it was rebooted. in hopes of actually being able to reinstall the failed os since repairing it didn't work. kinda just made it worse. basically the information that was on the c: drive was pulled off last week, the info on the other drives was not. so now, i'm trying to get access back to those drives through a partition that is showing as raw. i'm guessing the primary partition was the one on c: drive and since i formatted that one, it's lost and doesn't know were to go from there.

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#7
March 20, 2009 at 05:53:13
Essentially you’re into data recovery from what I trawled “out there”…

http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...

http://www./resource/resc...

http://www.recoveryourdata.com/raw-...

http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/


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#8
March 20, 2009 at 07:59:09
doesn't sound like you formatted but repartitioned. Or you were infected with a volume redirection virus which as long as it was resident gave you access to your volumes but now is gone as well as your access.

Disk recovery tools were made for this sort of thing. See the data recovery link to the right on this page? Its near the bottom of the General Forums list.


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#9
March 20, 2009 at 12:06:05
mmm - just noticed wot the forum formatting/posting dun to the text in some parts of my post above... - tres odd?

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#10
March 21, 2009 at 15:52:05
System Fix:

Thank you to all who responded, unfortunately the advice given did little except make it more frustrating, however I did find a fix to the problem and was able to recover 100% of the data.

The fix:
downloaded a linux live CD from Knoppix: http://www.knoppix.net/get.php

the version i downloaded has a copy of testdisk.
KNOPPIX_V6.0.1CD-2009-02-08-EN.iso

you put the live cd in and boot it from disk, your OS doesn't run at this point just the linux cd, and no you don't have to install anything for this to work.

i followed the information found at this website in regards to testdisk:
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

and ran the program within the linux terminal
to get to the root directory in linux start a terminal screen and type in sudo -s must have the space between sudo and - to take...

then you can start the step by step for test disk.

when you get to the part in test disk that it has scanned your hard drive and found the partitions, mine was listed with the * (this the one i formatted), as this was the main partition in the old system it makes since that since the bootable partition was formatted it wouldn't find the other 3 I had. Follow the screen prompts to change the selected bootable drive to some other type. write the changes in the program and exit testdisk.

close down live linux, kinda like windows, bottom left, go to shutdown, it will prompt you when to take the cd out.

reboot your system like normal and the hard drives that were lost are now back where they were. all in all if i didn't have to research all of this the process takes about 1 hour to get the downloads, burn them to cd and start playing.

one note, when you burn cd's from an ISO format you need to make sure the CD burner recognizes it. I used a vista laptop for my temp computer to complete all this mess and it had a program all ready installed that did it just fine.

good luck to anyone that this happens to, note of advice, don't format a partition if it is designated your boot partition unless you change it before hand..


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#11
March 21, 2009 at 23:50:20
Thanks for the followup. That knoppix looks like a buttsaver.


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#12
March 22, 2009 at 11:08:58
Echoing thanx for post/feed-back etc... Wasn't aware of that little gem within the Knoppix CD - even though I have O'Reilly's Knoppix hack book... (which comes with a uses Knoppix CD).

One to be ware of for the future; and perhaps I orta read the book again/more fully too..


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