Missing (non-system) Partition after windows reinstall attempts

By mike12da ยท 4 replies
Jun 9, 2006
  1. 200Gig HD, 3 Partitions.
    1st partition = 30Gig XP system partition
    2nd partition = data
    3rd partition = data

    Tried to do a repair installation of XP, repair was not an option, so I followed some little tutorial thing I found where I copied ntldr and ntdetect.com from the XP disk, then deleted the boot.ini (this may be incredibly stupid, I'm not sure).

    Anyways, repair then became an option so I tried it, but kept getting errors. While in the middle of a repair installation I was asked to find a driver using the windows explorer, and during that I copied some files form the system partition to the 2nd partition to save incase i had to reformat the system partition. Couldn't get XP fixed.

    So I stuck in a new 320Gig HD, created a partition, and installed XP on it. Got it up and running and then noticed that my 2nd and 3rd partitions of the original 200Gig drive were not showing up. I ran Partition Magic and it showed it as "free space". Then I ran Partition Table Doctor, which was able to detect and record the 3rd partition, but the 2nd partition area is still shown as "unallocated space". These are the only two HD utilities I've used, so if anyone knows of another that might work better, please let me know.

    So yeah, I'd like to get this 2nd partition back. It's most likely a logical problem, the hard drive isn't very old and has always run well (although it is a maxtor). A data recovery company told me they could do it for like $2000... I'm not quite that desperate yet.

    Any ideas would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks a lot!
  2. JMMD

    JMMD TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 854

    There are a couple of good products that can do data recovery if you can't recover the partition info for the ones you're missing. GetDataBackFAT and GetDataBackNTFS have always worked really well for me. As long as the data hasn't been overwritten you should have no issues getting it all copied to another drive/partition.
  3. mike12da

    mike12da TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Great, I will try it. Thanks!
  4. mike12da

    mike12da TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, that worked great, was able to copy all my stuff over. Only problem is many of the files are now corrupt. Can anyone recommend a program for fixing corrupt files? Or anything else I could do...
  5. korrupt

    korrupt TS Rookie Posts: 716

    A program called "restoration" should recover the data.


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