Solved NTFS Partition kind of disappeared, RAW?

September 11, 2009 at 07:15:59
Specs: Windows 7
So, this is a bit odd, and I'm not entirely sure what happened, but I'll do my best to explain...
My Windows XP installation was shut down somewhat messily a few days ago, and when I tried to boot it up again, it loaded for a while, flashed a BSOD that I couldn't read (it was too quick), and the computer restarted. I went into my Windows 7 install (I have a triple boot system, XP, Vista and 7) and saw that the partition had somewhat, but not entirely, disappeared. When I try to click the drive letter, it tries to load for a while, then says that the drive is unformatted and asks me if I'd like to format it. However, when I go into a partition management program (I've been messing with Partition Table Doctor and Win7's disk manager), the partition is still there, but has "RAW" next to it (though I think it reads as NTFS still, too - I'm having trouble getting said partition managing programs to load at the moment).
Is there any way I can recover the partition and not lose any data? It's a ~500gb partition, and I don't exactly have room to just save everything and then move it back.
I'm afraid I must ask that if it gets too technical, to please be gentle... I'm very inexperienced when it comes to things like the Recovery Console!

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#1
September 11, 2009 at 07:26:39
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download winternals with a torrent and burn it to a CD...
then boot from it and try to copy your data to a working partititon...

-go to recovery console and enter the following commands:
-fixboot "bad drive letter"
-fixmbr "bad drive letter"

...sorry...you are unfamiliar with that...i`ll assist you to do it, but first find windows xp cd

Windows XP user

i would appreciate if everybody that has received help from me to say if my suggestions works


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#2
September 11, 2009 at 07:31:13
Unfortunately, like I said, there's just way too much data on the partition to just move it elsewhere while the hard drive gets reformatted. Is there any way to make the partition working again?

And on another note, does anyone know why this happened in the first place?


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#3
September 11, 2009 at 07:33:08
-go to recovery console and enter the following commands:
-fixboot "bad drive letter"
-fixmbr "bad drive letter"

...sorry...you are unfamiliar with that...i`ll assist you to do it, but first find windows xp cd

Windows XP user

i would appreciate if everybody that has received help from me to say if my suggestions works


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#4
September 11, 2009 at 07:40:07
Right! Sorry, I'll get on the winternals thing and find my XP cd. I'll return later today, I've got classes now (and I need to get that program...).
I'm guessing there's a chance this won't work though, from your suggestion to copy things to another partition?

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#5
September 11, 2009 at 07:50:42
ok...you have mo much space (i guess),but do you have to copy all data ???...copy the relevant things...

I'm guessing there's a chance this won't work though, from your suggestion to copy things to another partition?
don`t worry...we`ll do everything tthat we can to save your data...

Windows XP user

i would appreciate if everybody that has received help from me to say if my suggestions works


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#6
September 11, 2009 at 08:19:04
"It's a ~500gb partition, and I don't exactly have room to just save everything and then move it back"

A couple of dumb questions:

1. why is your partition so large?

2. why don't you have backups?

Once you get your problem sorted out, I suggest you read up on partitioning strategy:

http://partition.radified.com/


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#7
September 11, 2009 at 10:02:43
ok...you have mo much space (i guess),but do you have to copy all data ???...copy the relevant things...
A good plan. There are a few things on the drive that I'd very much like to save. The rest of the data is mostly replaceable, it would just be a bit of a pain to do it.

A couple of dumb questions:

1. why is your partition so large?

2. why don't you have backups?

1. At the time, I saw no need to divide the hard drive into multiple smaller partitions. It was for bulk file storage. I usually end up having to say this at least once when I get tech support on forums, but... My system is by no means reasonable or realistic. I have approximately 2TB of hard drive space (the vast majority of it filled) spread across 5 hard drives, which, with the exception of one, are filled up by one large NTFS partition.

2. Like I said above, the majority of the data *is* replaceable, it's just that I'd rather not have to go through the trouble of replacing ~500gb of data, understandably. There are only a few things that I can think of off the top of my head that I would really like not to lose on that hard drive.


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#8
September 11, 2009 at 10:05:34
how about refering to Response Number 3...have you found the windows xp cd ???...did you download winternals ???

Windows XP user

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#9
September 11, 2009 at 11:32:35
Purchase a new hard drive to copy your files to. You should have one for backups anyway.

My experience with drives turning to RAW or becoming inaccessible, tends to indicate an XP bug in hard disk error recovery. It has happened several times to drives on my systems.


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#10
September 11, 2009 at 12:03:57
I am currently acquiring Winternals and have *a* WinXP cd. I don't know if it's the one (although I know they're both XP Pro) I used to install the WinXP on that particular partition.

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#11
September 11, 2009 at 15:28:55
Normally when a partition starts showing as raw it is a corrupted Bios Parameter Block part of the Volume Boot Record (VBR). If that is the problem 'fixboot' nor 'fixmbr' will correct the error.

You need to replace the primary VBR with its backup. The best program I know is 'testdisk' to do it for you. If you use it be sure to read the How-To. I am not sure if it will run under Vista or Win7.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/index.htm...
testdisk-4.5.zip


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#12
September 14, 2009 at 18:57:07
Sorry for the silence. About a million little things have gone wrong with this system since I last posted, but I am now (for the most part) up and running. I tried the winternals boot disk, but my computer didn't seem to like it. I'm using EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard right now.
In the mean time, what do I need to do in order to fix the RAW partition? There seems to be some disagreement...

If it's the recovery console I need to do, you say "bad drive letter"... I'm assuming this will be the bad drive letter as Windows XP knows it? And since it is it's boot partition, that would be C?

If I need to use TestDisk, is there any harm in trying the Recovery Console first?

Sorry again, fixing this system has exhausted me...


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#13
September 15, 2009 at 04:18:39
boot from winternals cd and backup some data
then you can considerate about formatting the RAW partition to NTFS

Windows XP user

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#14
September 15, 2009 at 04:55:30
go here and follow the instructions to make a testdisk CD

boot from it and save as much as possible data on another partition

if completed succefully then POST back and we`ll give you instructions what to do next


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#15
September 15, 2009 at 12:59:33
I've used EASUES Data Recovery Wizard to save what data I need to. It's like an "undeleter" of sorts. Anyway, the point is, I've got what I need and have room for.
So just to be clear, which one of the two methods in this thread is the right one? The Testdisk software (which I'm making a cd of now) or the recovery console?
And finally, I know this probably isn't a very easy question to answer, but what are the chances of the partition being unrecoverable?

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#16
September 15, 2009 at 18:51:24
Running 'fixboot /fixmbr' only will rewrite the boot code. The boot code is not your problem.

Can not say for sure but the likely hood the Bios Parameter Block "BPB" data (Part of the Volume Boot Record) is corrupt. What 'testdisk' does is check the primary BPB with the backup one, and if different lets you choose to replace the primary one.

There are 2 reasons it might not work. If the partition was not formatted by XP or was resized. When MS program formats a partition the BPB 'very first sector' is made along with the backup at the very last sector on a NTFS drive. Some resizeing software does not rewrite the backup BPB.

Be sure to read the How-To use, paying attention to Repair XP's Boot Sector. The option you want will be under Advanced.


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#17
September 16, 2009 at 07:17:17
if you got your data on other partition, reformat it

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