Quote: Originally Posted by HunterjWizzard
I might just loose the other 2 partitions then. I could even expand the main partition, the user has been inkling for a little extra space.
But as was alluded to, the fact that the third partition on the drive appears to be "lost/delete", and didn't actually even show up as "unallocated space", this strongly suggests some kind of inconsistent or overlapping boundary limits with the two partitions which are supposedly ok.
In other words the reason PW is warning you that something's gotta give in order for the lost/deleted partition to be recovered is that it obviously cannot just bring it back to life and still retain the other two partitions. Something is inconsistent about the three partitions together, and clearly something bad happened to this drive. Honestly no guarantee that the big Windows 7 partition is still in decent shape, but only some research will determine that.. after you bring it back to life.
Since one or both of these two partitions appear left-justified in PW's graphical representation of the drive, and yet the recovery wizard shows it as residing between the two partitions (which is a very reasonable geometry for how that drive originally looked) there's honestly a possibility that some corruption has occurred on the Windows 7 partition because of the partition boundary overlap as the other two appear now. Unknown just yet.
That's why I wanted you to double-click on the lost/deleted partition in PW to at least let it see if the file system was hopefully still intact and usable, although I suppose it could appear that way and yet there's still damage to the data area itself.
There certainly was some strange going's on with this disk.
Anyway, if you do want to just take a few minutes and preserve the "system reserved" and "recovery" partitions, just shrink your partition on the MyBook drive to produce some "unallocated" space. Then you can use PW to COPY the two partitions from Disk3 over to the unallocated space on MyBook. Then you've got them there, and don't have to worry at all about letting PW recover the lost/deleted partition and do whatever it wants in order to deliver it to you, including wiping them both out in order to give you back the large Windows 7 lost/deleted partition.
Once it's recovered, as I suggested earlier you can now move/re-size (if necessary) as you want to free up space for the two preserved partition. You can then recreate the "system reserved" partition and "recovery" partitions on this disk again by just COPY back from MyBook where you preserved them to their original home on Disk3.