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I accidently deleted the partition from my external hard drive

By sukhpreet1996
Aug 31, 2009
  1. i was on disk management on my computer and i right clicked on my portable harddrive and accidently clicked delete partition how do i fix this. my hardrive wont show up in my computer or disk management so i cant partition it. i dont need to recover the data i already have it all backed up.
     
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Unplug and re plug in the external drive while you are in Disk Management and see if an unknown device appears. You can also leave it plugged in and restart you computer. Do you get the "bing, Bong" USB connection sounds?
     
  3. tuant

    tuant TS Enthusiast Posts: 256

    Right click on the deleted partition within Disk Management and select 'create new partition'
     
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    "My hard drive wont show up in my computer or in disk management so I can't partition it..."



    So how does sukhpreet1996 right-click on something that is not there tuant?
     
  5. tuant

    tuant TS Enthusiast Posts: 256

    Ah, didn't see that part. Sure, he can do what you suggests then after that create a new partition.

    Thanks for pointing that out.
     
  6. sukhpreet1996

    sukhpreet1996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    so how do i fix this problem?
     
  7. wefixpcsny

    wefixpcsny TS Rookie

    What data was on the hard drive, and is it replaceable? If the data on the external is still on your computer then all you have to do is reformat the external drive, if the drive had a special mounting program like maxtors or seagates then you may need a boot recovery utility for some of the more advance external hard drives. They sometimes ship with recovery software.

    Hope this helps.

    wefixpcsnyc : )
     
  8. sukhpreet1996

    sukhpreet1996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i cant format it because it doesnt show up in my computer or disk management but it comes up in the safely remove hardware thing without a letter.
     
  9. wefixpcsny

    wefixpcsny TS Rookie

    Who makes the drive? Did it come with any data recovery software? Always check usb ports and cables and in some instances like with sata drives inside external enclosures you might have to reboot your system for the "raw drive" to be seen by the drive manager...

    Hope this helps
    wefixpcsnyc : )
     
  10. 04ihegba

    04ihegba TS Rookie Posts: 57

    If you actually want to get back the data from that partition you can grab a tool called REstorer, should be on google or something.

    As for finding the disk again, plug it in before you boot up, then go to ControlPanel>Admin Tools>Computer Management>Disk management

    At the bottom of the screen should be all the disks pluggged into your PC, just right click the empty space and make a partition, then grab that restorer tool and recover the files you deleted on that drive!

    EDIT: I just realised that Restorer is $30, there is a free alternative here;

    http://www.snapfiles.com/features/filescavenger-803-406688.php

    If disk management still doesn't work, get your hands on HP's Format Utility, google is your friend.
     
  11. LookinAround

    LookinAround TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 8,398   +169

     
  12. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    You haven't answered my question. Is there any noise from the computer when the external drive is attached?
     
  13. 04ihegba

    04ihegba TS Rookie Posts: 57

  14. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Several of the brands of Recovery Software will find and recover the partition with little problem.... But one big problem... they all cost money... from $30 to $130.... the good ones start at $50.
    You can find most of them with a Google Search for Disk Recovery Software or Partition Recovery software.
    Many will recover the partition and the Software easily if you have not overwritten that area of the drive.
    There are probably 50 diifferent software packages. We have used,www.datadoctor.com or www.datadoctor.org, www.diskdoctor.net/partition-recovery,www.ntfs.com/partition-recovery-concepts.htm, www.avanquest.com, www.pctools.com, wwww.partition-recovery.com, www.ptdd.com, and www.acronis.com
    Most will give you a free trial or test version... but you have to pay to use them.
    Good luck. Please let us know how it goes.
     
  15. sukhpreet1996

    sukhpreet1996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no there isnt any noise or any sign that the drive is plugged in
     
  16. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    as will be the case if there is no partition... thus no formatted drive space.
     
  17. sukhpreet1996

    sukhpreet1996 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well thanks for all the help but it didint work besides im only a 13 year old boy i dont understand all this computer stuff so i just asked my dad if we have a warranty.
     
  18. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Well sukhpreet1996,
    if it isn't under warranty you can remove the drive from the external enclosure and put it inside your computer as a second drive. Then you might be able to "see" it and partition and reformat it... Any data on it is gone
     
  19. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 10,716   +6

    Most people are geniuses at 13... I know I was. You must be.

    You will recover the partition with one of the recovery software tools... or since you are 13, get a teacher, or a friendly tech in your neighborhood or town to do it for you.

    Tmagic650 has a good idea, but you still probably need partition or file recover software to do it...

    A good repair shop will have the software to do it, and you might talk them into it... if you play your cards right.
     
  20. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 20,987   +168

    Yes sukhpreet1996,
    I was taking guitar lessons in Southern California when I was your age. My first computer experience was with a Digital PDP8... 1975. With experiences like this, i know you will learn quickly :D
     
  21. lwowl

    lwowl TS Rookie

    to recover lost Mac partition: AppleXsoft File Recovery for Mac.
     
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