How can I get my D: partition back?

April 3, 2012 at 18:54:58
Specs: Windows 7 64, Intel Duo Quad
I have a 650GB SATA drive which had been partitioned into two 325GB C: and D: drives. A virus destroyed the data. Using Paragon Boot CD, I was able to recognize the drive, but only the first 325GB, which I formatted and have been using. I also had to change the BIOS from RAID to ACHI. Is there any way to retrieve the other 325GB 9formerly D:)?

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#1
April 3, 2012 at 19:49:54
If the partition shows up in Disk Manager then you may be able to assign it a drive letter and you may be OK. You can partition and format it there also but that will loose any data you have in it. Many here recommend recurva as a free recovery program that may be able to recover your files if you do not have a back up. Once you recover all you can, then repartition and format it for best reliability and put back your files. For the future, always make sure you have a current back up of your files.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#2
April 4, 2012 at 06:51:02
Thanks for the advice, but Disk 0 only shows the C: partition, no other device. I was wondering whether disconnecting the cables to the drive and re-discovering it, or changing the BIOS would help.

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#3
April 4, 2012 at 08:23:20
You could try some partition recovery tools by googling.

I think in the past, I had some success with this

http://www.minitool-partitionrecove...

A thank you would be nice, if I have helped.


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#4
April 4, 2012 at 12:18:25
Thank you clive_pearce just for taking the time to respond. I will give it a try! Unfortunately, no success!

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#5
April 4, 2012 at 20:38:58
If your BIOS shows the full drive size, then it should show up in Disk Manager, at least as raw unformatted space. If it is there as raw space, try a few different recovery programs to see if you can recover any of your files, then create a new partition and format it. If it is not showing up as its full size in your BIOS and does not show up as unallocated space in Disk Manager, I doubt that unplugging it and replugging it will make a difference, but it cannot hurt if you try. I would then run the hard drive mfg's drive utility via a bootable CD and have it test the hard drive. There are some things that it may be able to repair for you, or at least it will tell you if you need to replace the drive and take the guessing out of this process.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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