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Windows 7: Fat32 formatter crashed and deleted windows 7 partition

08 Oct 2012   #1
skivar

Win 7 64-bit
 
 
Fat32 formatter crashed and deleted windows 7 partition

It all started when I was going to format a USB stick with fat32formatter. When I hit initialize drive, windows went to blue screen with lots of errors. Cant remember which. When the PC boots again its just blinking _.

I ran Seagate Seatools and checked the harddisk. It passed the short test. It shows up as it should in BIOS. I tried win startup repair and recovery, but its stuck at attempting to repair for hours without anything happening.

I ran win 7 installation from USB and the harddisk shows up, but only as Disk 0 Unallocated Space 1863 GB(usually a bit over 2TB).

I have lots of data that I want to keep. How can I save the data? And how can I repair the windows installation?

How in the world can this happen? How can windows 7 delete itself while in windows 7.

Computer:
Win 7 64-bit
i5 2.9GHz
ASUS P8H67
Seagate Barracuda green 2TB
8GB 1333mhz RAM
HD 6870


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09 Oct 2012   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Follow this to backup your data first:

http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...cy-backup.html

Why did you not just format to FAT32 using the Windows inbuilt format option???? It sounds to me as if you may have mistakenly formatted your C:

Use this to display your Disk Management screen, then take a photo of that and post it here. Do NOT do any other manipulation of the partitions yet.

Partition Wizard : Use the Bootable CD

Regards,
Golden
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09 Oct 2012   #3
skivar

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

I tried Peppermint, but no files shows up in its browser.
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09 Oct 2012   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

You used Peppermint. OK run Gparted in it. It will show you the hard disk. Take a screenshot and post it. ( Peppermint has a screenshot utility in it. I even made a screenshot with it yesterday.) Let us see whether we can make something out of it.
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09 Oct 2012   #5
skivar

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

It shows unallocated space 1.82GB. I didnt find the print screen app.
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09 Oct 2012   #6
edwar

7 x64
 
 

Yeah you selected the wrong drive to format.
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09 Oct 2012   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by skivar View Post
It shows unallocated space 1.82GB. I didnt find the print screen app.
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EDIT: Save the screenshot to an external device and post it.


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10 Oct 2012   #8
skivar

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

I dont have a external device to store on. Why cant I store it on the usb stick?

Gparted shows:
PARTITION - FILE SYSTEM--SIZE
/dev/sda1 (exclemation symbol)NTFS 100.00 MB --
unallocated unallocated 1.82 TB
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10 Oct 2012   #9
edwar

7 x64
 
 

A USB stick is an External Device.
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11 Oct 2012   #10
skivar

Win 7 64-bit
 
 

Well Im back up and running thanks to testdisk. Everythings back to where it was.

I ran testdisk in dos and fixed the boot partition.
I used this tutorial

Thanks for the guidance.
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