Solved Need to recover deleted partition!

September 13, 2014 at 22:35:13
Specs: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Intel Core i3 @ 3.10GHz | 8GB DDR3 1333MHz
I screwed up pretty badly.

I recently bought an SSD, and migrated my OS partition from my old HDD to it- leaving my HDD partitioned into a 200GB partition containing all my old OS files, and a 1.6TB partition containing everything I don't want on my SSD- programs, media, and the like.

I left that 200GB partition for a while to ensure my SSD didn't have any issues, and only just now tried to delete it using Disk Management. After deleting it, I tried to merge it with my 1.6TB partition through Disk Management, only to accidentally create a Dynamic Volume. I wanted to return it to normal so I could try again, and tried to delete the 200GB partition- *poof*, my entire 1.8TB partition disappeared.

I have a lot of important files on that partition, and only some of them are backed up onto another drive. I don't need to get anything from the 200GB partition, but the 1.6TB one is vital to recover.

What would be the best way to go about recovering that partition? I'm trying the EaseUS Partition Recovery Wizard at the moment, but when it comes to this kind of stuff, I'm a little in the dark.

Edit; the wizard has discovered multiple 200GB partitions that are flagged as Logical partitions, but the 1.6TB partition is nowhere in sight as of yet. Will it appear as multiple partitions, or as one partition in the full size?

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD

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#1
September 14, 2014 at 07:19:08
I managed to fully recover the partition using the Active@ Partition Recovery Tool.

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD


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#2
September 14, 2014 at 07:26:08
The first thing that I try is I mount the drive in an external USB HD enclosure & connect it to a Linux or Unix box.

If you don't know Linux commands try Uneraser.
http://www.uneraser.com/

At one time the freeware version wouldn't let you unerase the files but it would let you transfer them to another drive, which is really all you need. Either method requires an external USB HD enclosure. The last enclosure that I bought was from MIcro Center. It had adapters for all types of drives. They really come in handy.

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#3
September 14, 2014 at 13:55:21
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Oh, so you got it fixed already? Thanks for posting back how you did it.

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#4
September 14, 2014 at 15:57:51
@DAVEINCAPS

I did. The Active@ Partition Recovery Tool pulled up a large number of 200GB, 1.7TB, and system partitions, but I managed to easily locate the partition I needed to recover- as it was the only 1.6TB partition on the list. I recovered it in-place, and every single file was intact- thought that may be due to me refraining from using the drive at all once I realized what I had done.

All in all, the tool worked flawlessly.

MSI B75MA-P45 Motherboard
Intel Core i3-2100 3.10GHz
8GB DDR3 1333MHz RAM
SAPPHIRE AMD Radeon HD 5770 Vapor-X
Samsung 840 EVO 120GB SSD (Windows 7 Ultimate)
Toshiba 2TB HDD


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#5
September 14, 2014 at 19:31:24
Yeah it's always best to not use the drive you're trying to recover.

We're glad you got it fixed but we didn't really do anything here. Maybe we can get the moderator to change yours to the 'best answer'.


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