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Windows 7: Lost my HDD partition after windows recovery.

29 Jan 2014   #1
kmanish75

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 
Lost my HDD partition after windows recovery.

I accidently deleted windows bootloader file. I Don't know how this happened but tried to recover my windows by DVD and its works But Now the problem is only Drive C is visible. Is there any way to recover other drives which are not visible now.??
I m attaching some Screenshots with this post..please help me..thanks




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29 Jan 2014   #2
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Try downloading and installing Minitool Partition Wizard Home Edition (free) along with the ISO for standalone bootable CD and burn it to CD.

Then boot to the CD and use its "partition recovery wizard" to see what it makes of your hard drive. If the original partitions can be discovered and recovered, let it do it.

In the future, taking regular periodic "system image" backups to say an external USB 3.0 drive with Macrium Reflect (free) for at least your "boot drives" (i.e. "system reserved" where Boot Manager lives, and C where Windows lives) is the minimum backup protection you should be running.

f course you should also be backing up your irreplaceable data on C and other partitions regularly, so as not to be exposed to ANY type of unexpected disaster.
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30 Jan 2014   #3
kmanish75

windows 7 ultimate x64
 
 

Thank You So Much dsperber Sir, You Solve my Problem. Now All Drives are visible. Thanks Again.


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30 Jan 2014   #4
Kaktussoft

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Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

What was the problem? How did you solve it?
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30 Jan 2014   #5
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Well, since he thanked me for my suggestion, I'm guessing that he did use Partition Wizard's "partition recovery wizard", which must have seen the breadcrumbs of the original partition boundaries and was able to successfully rebuild the MBR structure of the hard drive with all of its original partitions.

Certainly looks like all of his partitions are back, and their sizes seem to add up to what the earlier C-only structure was.
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30 Jan 2014   #6
Kaktussoft

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dsperber View Post
Well, since he thanked me for my suggestion, I'm guessing that he did use Partition Wizard's "partition recovery wizard", which must have seen the breadcrumbs of the original partition boundaries and was able to successfully rebuild the MBR structure of the hard drive with all of its original partitions.

Certainly looks like all of his partitions are back, and their sizes seem to add up to what the earlier C-only structure was.
Disk 0: Was C 465GB... totaly healthy booting win7. Was it actually 4 partitions(?) Very strange that C was working
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30 Jan 2014   #7
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kmanish75 View Post
Thank You So Much dsperber Sir, You Solve my Problem. Now All Drives are visible. Thanks Again.
Glad to help out. Of course it's Partition Wizard which is the real "wizard" here.

Word to the wise: invest in an external USB 3.0 drive and download Macrium Reflect (free version, or even better the reasonably priced non-free version with its additional features) and create a backup scheme that runs regularly.

Next time you might not be so lucky as to escape unscathed, unless you have been taking your own "secondary media backups" for both (a) data and (b) system images.
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30 Jan 2014   #8
dsperber

Windows 7 Pro x64 (1), Win7 Pro X64 (2)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Disk 0: Was C 465GB... totaly healthy booting win7. Was it actually 4 partitions(?) Very strange that C was working
Actually it was originally 5 partitions C-G it appears.

And yes, if the partition "boundary box" table for the drive was all that had somehow gotten reset to reflect just 1 partition on the drive (i.e. everything in C), then it's just a matter of recreating that table to show the low/high boundaries of each of the original partitions and it should be "good as new"... assuming no data loss in those other partitions caused by system use during the period of temporary 1-partition C-only appearance (when Windows assumed the rest of the drive was "available free space").

What's actually interesting is that there is seemingly no "system reserved" partition for Boot Manager. And yet, the system boots properly. So that suggests Boot Manager has been re-located into the C-partition (where it certainly can go, but it's a non-standard location for a true install-from-scratch).

We don't see an "after" output screenshot from DISKMGMT, but there was no "system reserved" even in his 1-partiton C-only appearance and yet I guess things were "working". Dunno.

Would be nice to see the final DISKMGMT output screenshot now, with the "status" column spread fully so we can see what it says.
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