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Windows 7: Partition help - lost - toshiba hard drive

25 Jun 2014   #1
cepboi

windows 7 home premium
 
 
Partition help - lost - toshiba hard drive

Hi I have lost 2nd partition of hard drive - when I scan with partition magic it shows but I can't access - I have loads of personal stuff in it from my brother that passed few weeks ago - I am so desperate to have it back and files restored could some please assist - I really appreciate any help




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25 Jun 2014   #2
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Try Partition Wizard 8.1.1 instead. It's preferable to Partition Magic.

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

Don't try to recover files first. You'll need to try to recover the partition.

I'm not an expert on it, so wait for more comments.

But you can at least try to do a scan with Partition Wizard while you wait.

Don't write anything else to that partition.

If you can't recover the partition, then you'll have to try to recover the files, but concentrate on the partition for now.
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25 Jun 2014   #3
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Do you remember how many partitions have had in that second disk ?.

"Partition Wizard" came with a function to search for lost partitions. Please read the guide from the below link and perform a "Quick Scan".

Recover files by partition recovery with partition magic - MiniTool Partition Wizard.

At the end of scanning, a list of found partitions will be displayed. Use "Windows Snipping Tool" to capture a screen shot and post with the next reply.

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25 Jun 2014   #4
Anshad Edavana

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Also it will be helpful if you can shred some light on how exactly the partition corruption happened ( Sudden power failure, removed the disk without safely ejecting, partition splitting failed etc ).
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25 Jun 2014   #5
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

You haven't lost the partition, it just doesn't have a drive letter. In Start type diskmgmt.msc and in the panel that opens right click the third partition, the yellow one in your pic, and click Change Drive Letter and Paths. Click Change and give the drive the next available letter, confirm and out. The drive should now be visible in My Computer.

@ ignatzatsonic - he used Partition Wizard 8.1.1 - look at the title bar
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25 Jun 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BJB View Post

@ ignatzatsonic - he used Partition Wizard 8.1.1 - look at the title bar

You might want to look to see if he edited his post after I posted the link to Partition Wizard.
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25 Jun 2014   #7
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

When I first read this thread I wasn't logged in and hadn't realised you can't see the edit note until you do log in. Sorry
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25 Jun 2014   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

This is a classic. People manipulate partitions with precious data without making any backup.

Partition Recovery with Partition Wizard may be an option.

How to perform Partition Recovery with partition magic? Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Video Help.
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25 Jun 2014   #9
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

BJB probably has the best solution to try first.
Add a drive letter to the partition.

Nice catch BJB - all of us missed the fact.

I struck my response in favor of BJB.

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Try Partition Wizard 8.1.1 instead. It's preferable to Partition Magic.

Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

Don't try to recover files first. You'll need to try to recover the partition.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Anshad Edavana View Post
Do you remember how many partitions have had in that second disk ?.

"Partition Wizard" came with a function to search for lost partitions. Please read the guide from the below link and perform a "Quick Scan".

Recover files by partition recovery with partition magic - MiniTool Partition Wizard.
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Seems unanimous Partition Wizard - Partition Recovery
Anshad has a question you might want to answer first.
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25 Jun 2014   #10
BJB

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Everyone else is obviously of the view that the missing 'partition' is actually the second hard disk showing as unallocated. It may be, or it may be the third 146GB partition on the first hard disk. As that partition has no drive letter it won't appear in Computer and might cause the OP to believe it has been lost. So before attempting to recover partitions, which is not without risk, I still advocate giving that partition a drive letter as a first step.
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