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Windows 7: Data Recovery from missing partition

05 Sep 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 
Data Recovery from missing partition

I was given a laptop recently with the task of saving some files from the hard drive. The laptop won't boot, so I connected the drive to my computer via an eSATA dock. It shows up as RAW. When I run a partition repair tool, such as Partition Wizard, it correctly identifies the drive's capacity and amount of data. The drive is given a letter and shown that it is NTFS, however, when I try to access the drive from Explorer, I get the prompt to format it.

So, would something like Recuva work to access the files, or do I need something more "intense"?

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05 Sep 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi DeaconFrost,

Why not try TestDisk? It may be able to rewrite the partition table if it can find.
I have only run a mock trial here Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide ( deleting the partition table from a working drive and then successfully rewriting it with TestDisk).
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05 Sep 2012   #3
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05 Sep 2012   #4
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

The problem I have found is that most free RAW recovery software seems to limit your recovery to 1GB.
PhotoRec despite its name actually recovers over 300 file types from the RAW data. I have it BUT haven't used it but it may be worth a try.
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06 Sep 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Few years ago I was able to recover as much healthy data as possible from accidentally repartitioned HDD using GetDataBackNTFS.
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06 Sep 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Wow, plenty of suggestions! Thanks...I'm going to try some of them out and report back.
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07 Sep 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
I tried this method, and everything seems to go perfectly...but once I click the drive to open it after completion, I'm told it needs to be formatted. Recuva won't even detect the partition, either.
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07 Sep 2012   #8
Microsoft MVP

 

If PW wizard finds the missing partition, then it should allow you to recover it in the next step. Does it complete this step? I would try it with the installed program and boot disk.

If there is anything blocking it's recovery now, it should also prompt that it will be overwritten.
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07 Sep 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

It completed the steps and acted as if it fixed the issue, yet when I'd try to access the partition, I wouldn't have any luck. I was trying using the installed program, with the drive connected by eSATA in a dock.

So far, PhotoRec is pulling their photos off.
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07 Sep 2012   #10
Microsoft MVP

 

I wonder if Partition Recov Wizard might perform better if you plug the HD internally via SATA. It is normally very reliable.

If that fails I'd try the PW boot disk, also with HD plugged internally which is how we know it works best.
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