Recover precious files from partition deleted

March 29, 2010 at 11:56:36
Specs: Windows 7 ultimate, UNKNOWN
Hello All, I am in dire need of help. I was testing converting my os drive to a dynamic disk through disk managment and shrunk it 7 gigs. I then added that 7 gigs to my e drive (disk 1) which was already dynamic. This drive has all my family photos, expense reports, my wedding vidoe, ect. I then right clicked on the 7 gigs and selected delete partition thinking it would only do that 7 gigs and it removed the partition from my disk 1 also. This data is now not reachable and show as unallocated. Please let me know who I can get the databack. In addition to spanning disk 1 with the 7 gigs from disk 0, disk 1 was already spand with disk 2 as each is only 75 gigs. Please help me out as all of my much needed documents are on disk 1 and 2. I konw I do not want to add them as a new volume as they will be formated. any advice is greatly appreciated

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#1
March 29, 2010 at 13:20:50
A program called testdisk or see one of the recovery software's for sale. Runtime.org's products might be at right of screen.

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#2
March 29, 2010 at 13:52:04
Thank you for this tool. I am looking at it and my only concern is when it finds my partition it sees it as 80 gigs and sees the drive is only 40 gigs and warns that I should check my jumpers.... Is this going to restore both drives under the partition or only the one where the partition table resides?

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#3
March 29, 2010 at 15:24:43
The data I need to recover is spanned accross 2 drives; disk 1 and 2. both drives shared the partition and I can only find record of the partition table on disk 1 (as expected). Below is the information printed by the tool. It states that the partition cannot be recovered.

The harddisk (40 GB / 37 GiB) seems too small! (( 88 GB / 82 GiB)
Check the harddisk size: HD jumpers settings, BIOS detection...

The following partition partition can't be recovered:
Partition start end Size in sectors
HPFS - NTFS 0 1 1 10776 135 47 173124929 [Personal Data]


I am assuming this is because i had 2 40s creating 1 80 gig partition....Is there anyway to retreive all the data with out loosing any?


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#4
March 29, 2010 at 17:24:53
Hello Everyone,

Here is an update to my situation. Being concerned about testdisk not being able to restore the partition I have reconverted the disks to dynamic disks (i researched and verified this cannot cause dataloss) and respanned the disks. I made sure to use the exact sizes as previously and ensured I selected the option to not format the volumes. I now seen my e drive however cannot access it. When I attempt to access it windows asks me to reformat it. I am running testdisk now to see if I can restore the previous partition....More to come but suggestions and ideas are always very welcome


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#5
March 29, 2010 at 23:41:56
i like "recovermyfiles" it can recover data from deleted partitions, takes quite a while to run but seems to get most of my stuff when ever i have required to use it..

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#6
March 30, 2010 at 07:37:07
looking at this tool everything is being displayed as lostfile_(file type)_(aparently a random number).(extension). Will this tool allow me to recover a spanned partion or only enable me to retreive the files? and if it can only restore the files, will the name be corrected when its restored and can I restore it to antoher external drive if I cannot restor the partion?

fyi I am still scanning the disk. I began scaning the disk in position 1, the total size of this physical disk is 40 gig and the display reads 'scanning block ,955,561 of 78,165,359 for lost files.'. This, to me, looks like if found the partion and is looking fof lost files on both 40 gig drives. My current concern is being able to restore the partion accross both drives and keep all data intact.


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#7
March 31, 2010 at 18:38:27
The scan for Recover My Files is still in progress however it appears to be splitting many of my files at the 512mb marker and some its not....I will probably try this scan once more this is finished....

with further research I found Partition Table Doctor. Has any one every used this product? This is there web site: http://www./rpt.htm.

I am continuing to scan with Recover My Files but am uncertian if it can rebuild the partition with out loosing data. I would not have the space needed to just recover the files off the disk and this is why I feel I need to rebuild the partion some how... after using testdisk my windows disk management now shows a spanned volume as missing, a simple volume missing, and a simple disk that can show in my computer. so it seams as if I need to overright the current partition table on the disk but do not know how to do this....


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#8
March 31, 2010 at 22:02:08
I have done many recoveries of pics & files. i use file scavenger. Try the demo and see what is recoverable on your HD. File Scavenger lets you recover the ACTUAL file names. It works great, but the price went up from $39.95 to I think $49.95, BUT, it does work great!

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#9
April 1, 2010 at 07:20:39
My problem with recovering the fils is that there is not eough space on my os drive for anything by the os... its an old 20 gig. This is why I would need to rebuild the partition to recover the data rather then just recovering the files. can file scavenger rebuild the table for me?

I an A+ certified so I know everything should be recoverable but I dont know if this can be done by rebuilding the partition table since the drives were spanned. Is recovering the files individually my only option? can the partion not be rebuilt?


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#10
April 1, 2010 at 07:47:33
no filescavenger can't do that.
There is a freeware:
http://www.partition-tool.com/
Easius partition manager that can alter your partitions and they also give you good free tech support.

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#11
April 1, 2010 at 08:22:46
I am still running the scan from Recover My Files. Once this is finished I will review this tool XPUser. It was actually the next one on my list to look at if for any reason I have doubts about recover my files.

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#12
April 1, 2010 at 10:38:43
I have used "Get Data Back" from Runtime.org to recover files after a format with great results but have never tried what you are doing.

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#13
April 1, 2010 at 11:01:48
Thank you. I will keep this option in mind should I need to reformat the disks to retreive the data but im really hoping it does not come to that....

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#14
April 1, 2010 at 12:31:06
should I need to reformat the disks to retreive the data
That doesn't make sense

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#15
April 1, 2010 at 12:50:50
I would need to format the disks, to add them to windows, to have the space to restore the lost files. That is why I was thinking I might have to format the disk to retreive the data.

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