HD Data recovery?

By huck_finn ยท 4 replies
Aug 12, 2005
  1. Ok, so I did something really stupid. While trying to partition my new SATA drive with FDISK, I didn't recognize the partitions on my backup drive and deleted 2 of them. Most of the data I had backed up to DVD's but I lost alot of my programs that I install on my pcs.

    All of my music is still there on the partition that I didn't delete... but is there a way to get the data from the deleted partitions? I didn't format them.

    I'm not opposed to buying software to recover the data as long as it's under $100... the data isn't that important, but it was very useful.

    I should add that it was on an NTFS partition
  2. zephead

    zephead TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,569

    i'd run a google search to find yourself something. just be careful with what you're doing, as with all downloaded software. your software should come from a trusted and established source, or you could be in for a world of hurt.
  3. Agent Ify

    Agent Ify TS Rookie Posts: 25

    Download.com meh friend

    I have used file recovery software before.... im not sure if it works if you fdisk it tho
  4. huck_finn

    huck_finn TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I borrowed this software from one of my friends co-workers.... it did the trick. Easy to use too!! It sort of takes the mystery out of data recovery.

    http://www.runtime.org/ (the ntfs one)

    If you're curious, it basically scans the hard drive (120g took about 1hr 15min) and then displays all the files/folders on it and allows you to copy them to your main disk. It has to be installed on a working Windows drive, and the damaged drive installed as a 2nd or slave drive.

    What a relief!!


    EDIT: I just learned something else... I was looking at the hard drive with Partition Magic and there's an option in the menu to "Undelete". This effectively restores the deleted partition.

    I learn something new every day and after this month, I should be Einstein!!
  5. lukeyu

    lukeyu TS Rookie

    partition recovery tool

    I suggest you use Partition Table Doctor to resolve your
    problem.The software provides very useful functions:
    Backup partition table, Restore partition table, Rebuild
    partition table, undelete partition, Fix boot sector,
    rebuild mbr,etc.

    First thing I recommend you download the demo version of
    Partition Table Doctor.( http://www.ptdd.com/download.htm )

    Run the program and select "Rebuild Partition Table",
    then choose "Interactive" mode.

    See more: http://www.ptdd.com/recoverylostpartition.htm
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