retreiving a lost partition (not formatted)

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January 21, 2010 at 10:56:49
Specs: Windows XP, P4 / 2gb
I had a hard disk partitioned in 2; a smaller part for win xp, and the larger part for other files (mp3, games etc)

after reinstalled the window on the small partition (yes i chose the small partition during the xp installation/choice of drive), but somehow the larger part is now seen as 'unpartitioned'... (it wasnt formatted during the installation)

is there a way to make it working again as it was before? that is retreiving the previous partition data/files? as it hasnt been formated :/


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January 21, 2010 at 12:39:26
You said that the space in the other partition shows up as unpartitioned.

Bear in mind that there are two possible situations:

1. The remaining space on the hard drive can show up as "unallocated". This means it is not allocated to any existing partition and neither is it formatted. This can happen if the partition was deleted in some way.

2. The remaining space is allocated to a partition but not yet formatted. This is more likely due to a corruption of the partition table.

There is a difference between these two which may require different approaches. I hope I am not teaching granny to suck eggs here.

So what you are describing could be caused by corruption of the Partition table and / or an erroneous deletion of the partition.

There is a utility called test disk that might help recover the deleted / lost partition. Test Disk is available at:

Check it out. I hope this is the answer to your problem.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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January 22, 2010 at 00:56:56
thanks guys
got back most of my data (some of it unfortunately seems corrupted :( )

but its always better then nothing :)
thanks again

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January 22, 2010 at 07:17:44
It might help others in future if you tell us how as feedback.

When everything else fails, read the instructions.

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January 26, 2010 at 02:26:30

basically after browsing all those sites, and asking elsewhere + google I ended up trying some apps but the one that did the trick was "active boot disk"

It boots in its own OS and scans for partitions, with some (auto) fixing options; i have left all defaults options as I wasn't quite sure what to mess with

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January 26, 2010 at 05:22:18
Which version did you use and was the trial version a full version with a time limit, or a crippled version?

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January 27, 2010 at 01:26:38
ver 5.0.5

it comes with 10day trails and its a matter of minutes it wont make a difference if its full or not

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January 27, 2010 at 05:17:11

Full version means ALL the features work but only for a limited time. Many shareware programs allow you to install a free version that may identify a problem but not allow the fix until you pay. Those are crippled versions.

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January 27, 2010 at 05:26:03
oh i see

then it must have been full version, because once it identified the problem it asked whether to repair or not; havent shown any pop ups stating the option cant be chosen

hope it answers ur question

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January 27, 2010 at 05:46:50
I asked because it is always good to have current tools available to recommend to others and to use for yourself.

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