formatted wrong drive

September 10, 2009 at 16:19:25
Specs: Windows XP
Hi I have an Acre Netbook, went to format an external drive, but accidentally choose the internal.

The USB drive seems to work, just bought a USB key but can`t seem to find an utility that will both boot and repair my partition.

(It is possible right)

The computer won`t boot, but BIOS seems fine.

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September 10, 2009 at 16:40:23
You could try using testdisk to recover the partition. I think you will need to remove the hard drive and connect to a different computer in order to use testdisk on it. I don't know if testdisk can be run off of a flash drive or not. Read the tutorials thoroughly before attempting to use.

If you have data that you MUST recover from that drive then you may want to recover it first, before using testdisk. There are a few methods to copy files from the drive.

Do you know if you used full format or fast format? How long did the format take?

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September 10, 2009 at 17:43:19
Well all of about 10 secs. Don`t think it was the in-depth format

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September 10, 2009 at 21:38:10
Then in that case there is a good chance testdisk can reconstruct the partition. You need to read all tutorials and understand them.

At this point file recovery software should be able to recover all your personal files. If you have anything on there that you must recover then the prudent thing would be to recover first and then attempt to fix using testdisk.

Fast format simply erases the file structure, not the actual files. Any thing that writes to that hard drive at this point risks overwriting those old files. That is why you need to remove the drive and slave to another computer. Unless testdisk can be installed to and run from a flash drive.

You should still recover first in case you somehow make things worse than they currently are.

There are multiple methods to connect the laptop drive to another computer. You need to decide how you want to proceed.

You could ALSO recover files by booting to a live version of Linux that is installed to a CDR. You would still need a place to copy any files recovered but the flash drive (key) you bought might work for that. If that method appeals to you post back saying so.

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September 10, 2009 at 23:18:16
cool, thank you I don't really have anything of importance on the computer, just my itunes setup for my ipod.

I looked at the testdisk and looks like it needs to be run off of cd or via another computer.

I also was looking at Active@Boot disc Suite. I was able to run it off of the USB key but couldn't really understand well enough to fix it with any re-assurance. It's not very straight up, first it took awhile to realize which was the usb key and which was the HD. There were a few different programs, but nothing with simple idiot buttons like "restore old partitions" "or restore window's boot".

I was able to confirm that indeed my files were there, just that there were a number of other drives (and partitions) other then C:

All I did with that program was see if turning the drives to active would allow me to boot again (which it didn't).

I think I will take a look at the Linux repair.

If worse comes to worst, I'll use my computer to test out the Ubuntu Netbook re-mix :)

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September 11, 2009 at 05:07:39
Testdisk isn't that bad to use once you read the instructions.

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