How to recover deleted partition.

March 13, 2009 at 05:41:15
Specs: Windows XP, 512K
Hello Everyone,

I would really appreciate any help on how to recover my deleted HDD partition.

Yesterday i was installing Windows XP on a new Hard Drive(Desktop). My computer was connected to 2 external Hard Drives and during the installation process it prompted me to enter the drive for installation. Without realizing i accidentally deleted the external Hard Drive's partition.

Now when i connect my External HDD to my Laptop, it just shows the drive and when i click on it, it asks me to format and i cancel it.

Is there any way i can restore my data and the partition of my External Hard Drives.

Any suggestions would be really helpful.



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March 13, 2009 at 06:31:19
TestDisk may be able to help. Download the correct version from here After downloading, unzip it, double-click testdisk_win.exe to run it and follow the prompts to repair the disk.

Before running it, make sure you read the guides here

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March 13, 2009 at 07:49:44
Thanks BurrWalnut for the information.

I forgot to mention that i had data in those External HDD. So if i use the application you mentioned, can i retrieve all my data as well as the partition.

I do not want to lose the data in the HDD stored from past 3-4 years. So i do not mind paying small amount in buying a application to recover the partition and the data as well. Do you know any reliable/effective paid application.

I'm going to try the tool you mentioned first before buying. In case if it doesn't work i'm thinking of buying a tool.

Thanks for your help.


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March 13, 2009 at 08:23:54

is another possible; read thru wot it says accordingly?

and if you trawl/google for:

partition recovery

you'll get a plethora of hits... to check out

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March 13, 2009 at 09:34:45

not sure if thats a small price for recovery but worth a look

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March 13, 2009 at 10:31:41
Here's some more:

PC Inspector (freeware)

Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs

Excellent, but not free.

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March 13, 2009 at 13:28:45
I hope you were finally able to recover the EUHD partition.

As you have learned the hard way, we always recommend to users to physically disconnect all peripheral hardware when performing OS installation. After installing and updating the OS, you may then reconnect it


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March 17, 2009 at 09:36:40
Hello All,

Thank you very much for all the information. I will try these applications and hope i'm able to recover my data.



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