Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Data Recovery from missing partition

05 Sep 2012   #1
DeaconFrost

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"?


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
05 Sep 2012   #2
jumanji

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).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
05 Sep 2012   #3
gregrocker

 

My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
06 Sep 2012   #5
Kevin Ismail

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

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

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

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

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2012   #8
gregrocker

 

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2012   #9
DeaconFrost

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
07 Sep 2012   #10
gregrocker

 

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.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Data Recovery from missing partition




Thread Tools




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
Lost Partition - Now Unallocated - Data Recovery
I purchased a new Motherboard to upgrade my computer and new SSD drive. I installed Windows 7 again on my new SSD. I had a 3TB Seagate Drive that had 3 partitions. One partition had Windows 7 and system files. The other two had data. Now, one of my data partitions shows as Unallocated. The old...
General Discussion
Possible loss of data on Recovery Partition
Bought an ASUS UL30A laptop a few years ago with Windows 7 OEM. There is no drive for CD's or DVD's and I do not have an external optical drive. The default setup is 485GB worth of space on the SATA for the OS and a 15GB recovery partition. Over time I noticed that some programs (or portions of...
Installation & Setup
Dell Inspiron N5110 has missing recovery partition.
When going to update using Dells data safe it says missing recovery partition. Is there anyway I can create it without losing any data/files already on laptop. Thanks guys
Software
Missing recovery partition
Ok so: I reinstalled my win 7 from a reinitialization disk BUT Dell datasafe Local Backup says its gone but when i go into Computer management its there. I would like to make recovery disks using Dell DataSafe Local Backup but I can't because it doesn't think its there. Thanks,...
Installation & Setup
Missing boot menu and missing data partition
Hi there, I'm still very happy with my XP Pro, but I thought I'd set up a dual boot with Win7 ultima 64 and check it out. So I popped in another hdd that was sitting idly in a drawer and installed 7 on it. I fully expected that Win7 would be able to see there's an XP installation and create a...
Installation & Setup


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 18:35.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App