HELP! SOS! MAYDAY! I messeded up big time "I'm going to drawn myself, you can be just like me" (M'n'M) puke: Allright what happened: Reading around the board, this section particularly, and having recently converted gear and OS, I thought it was time to clean up my HDD's, and reschedule partitions. I've got 2 HDD's 1 Maxtor 40Gb IDE & 1 Maxtor 80Gb IDE In my former system I had only the 80Gb and there partitioning was as followed: - 5Gb for OS (2.1), also being the active (former system) partition of this HDD - 15Gb for program files & program files data (2.2) - 20Gb for Miscellaneous Data (2.3) - 40Gb for Media files (2.4) After convertion: the 40 Gb HDD went into 2x 20Gb, 1 for OS (1.1) & 1 for program files and program files data (1.2). After cleaning I had managed to get the 5Gig partition (2.1) empty which I wanted to join with the 15Gig (2.2). Leaving me with a simple, well looking, structure. I was so damn stupid to, after formatting this partition, DELETE it. Yes, I know, you get a warning message, and it was the moment I confirmed I felled the itch something was going to be wrong. A split second later I saw 2.3 & 2.4 coming free as "available space". These disks where practically 70% occupied and contain all my work and info of the last years. Backup, didn't make it yet, had it pipelined after sorting everything out and having all the junk removed. I already downloaded some demo's of recovery-soft (ex: iRecover, eData Unerase, Data Restore 2000, etc.) as well as Testdisk from CGSecurity. Now recently I red on this board about a warez-junk who got what he deserved 'cause he lost some partition structures caused by using one if his warezdownloaded programs, but I can't find this thread anymore. Has it been removed? With iRecover I managed to see my lost partition but even in scanning the program hangs several times due to not enough memory, this even in low-memory-usage mode. Now being a bit a fan of Linux, I'd like to go for the Testdisk program, as I think as some was explained in some posts following this missing thread. But does anyone have any experience in this? Can anyone give some advice in how-to actually execute this operation succesfully? I also went downloading the Powermax tools from Maxtor as where described in the sticky-thread covering this topic, http://www.techspot.com/vb/topic7602.html . I realy want my data back, but I'm a bit afraid of ruining my disk and lose it all because of goofing up again. This time because I never performed an operation like this before. Thank you guys upfront for your time and effort in helping me out solving this.