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Old Aug 1st, 2005, 01:05 PM   #1
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AHHH!: NTFS Partition Mishap, please help!

Hey everyone,

One of the people I've been working with here for the past little bit just lost a ton of data. It was a pretty stupid flub, so I'm hoping that it is possible to fix. Here is what happened:
A 200Gb LaCie Ext. USB2 Drive, partitioned into approx. 140gb and 30gb. The drive was shared between a Mac and a PC and there was critical data on the 30gb partition, which resides at the end of the drive. They were both XP-Formatted NTFS partitions. Buddy decided to reinstall XP onto his local drive, but, got confused at the partition screen, and ended up deleting both partitions on the external and creating one massive partition. However, I caught him before he formatted it.

So, now we have a raw partition, which actually contains two partitions..... any ideas, folks?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as this is an very important matter! Thanks!
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Old Aug 1st, 2005, 01:10 PM   #2
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He will have to run data recovery on the Windows machine. ProSoft has some software DataRescueX, which I have used once successfully (so batting 1.000 so far...)
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CanadaRAM is right - DataRescueX should be able to help.

PS, don't let Mr. Flub near a computer while trying to recoup the files...
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Hey everyone,
So here is how far I was able to get... I did some DataRescue stuff and it looked like everything was still there. However, the programs work really slowly and are very expensive.... I came across a Windows program called Partition Table Doctor 3.0 that searched and found the old partitions and all the data after a "Rebuild Partition Table" command, however -- it was a demo version only - and it costs $ too.... does anyone know any close to free ways to rebuild a partition table?

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I did some DataRescue stuff and it looked like everything was still there. However, the programs work really slowly and are very expensive....
DataRescue is slow, it does work.
Expensive is relative - how much is your data worth to you?
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good, cheap, fast - pick 2 of 3 (applies to almost everything in life)

I find it a little disturbing that people still are not willing to spend money for software, even when in the middle of a crisis.

Everything can't be "freeware."

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Thanks for the advice so far everyone!

Oh, and MACSPECTRUM, sorry if I "disappointed" you. I didn't think it was a crime to want to find a open-source, or freeware solution to a problem for which THERE IS several open-source projects that are able to repair. Thanks to the people that recommended those, both from ehMac, and elsewhere. And MACSPECTRUM, you might want to think about the useless junk that you are typing before you click that post button, because when you really do think about it, your post didn't accomplish anything for me, nor did it for you.

Mods, this problem is solved thanks to the help of ArtistSeries and CanadaRAM among others -- this thread may be locked if necessary!

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Thanks for the advice so far everyone!

Oh, and MACSPECTRUM, sorry if I "disappointed" you. I didn't think it was a crime to want to find a open-source, or freeware solution to a problem for which THERE IS several open-source projects that are able to repair. Thanks to the people that recommended those, both from ehMac, and elsewhere. And MACSPECTRUM, you might want to think about the useless junk that you are typing before you click that post button, because when you really do think about it, your post didn't accomplish anything for me, nor did it for you.

Mods, this problem is solved thanks to the help of ArtistSeries and CanadaRAM among others -- this thread may be locked if necessary!

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I didn't say it was a crime.
I said I was "disturbed" by the thread, not disappointed.
Perhaps more attention to detail and less distortion may be a way to keep your computer problems to a minimum.
Or not.
My post let me vent, which did accomplish something for me.
I do give out lots of FREE advice on this board, but you don't or won't see that.
Keep looking for freeware to solve major problems.
Oh, and please feel free to complain when freeware doesn't do a good job.

You allow this thread to be locked? My, my, how big of you.
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Hey Macspectrum, I'll just send you a PM, there is no need to keep pushing this on the thread. And I didn't mean to be confrontational or anything, I'll hopefully be able to better explain it in the PM
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