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Windows 7: Hdd gone-ish, trying to repair partitions.

24 May 2014   #1
Kalorvoe

Windows 7 64
 
 
Hdd gone-ish, trying to repair partitions.

Had a virus the other day. I cleaned it with avg, all seemed well.
A couple of days later my PC (win7 64) became completely unresponsive, I had to pull the plug. Now it won't start up. Win7 repair cant see the installation and says it can't automatically fix it. If I go into command prompt the c drive is not there, and if i do a diskpart it says there are no volumes. Fdisk endlessly says to restart so it can fix it, but never does. I'm thinking the partition table is corrupt.

So I heard about partition wizard, got its bootable cd and ran it. It can see the c drive with 2 partitions. If I do a full scan I can see about another 29 ones mark Lost/Deleted, including a few marked "Boot". If I tick these to restore them, the biggest partition (that can be seen without the full scan) is then marked "overlapped".

As You can see, I know just enough to be dangerous. I'm trying to at least get the drive viewable from the Windows 7 repair tools (no I don't have a restore point or image). This forum also says partition wizard is obsolete, but it can see things Win7 tools can't.

Can anyone give me some direction on how to repair the partitions so the drive can be accessed and repaired?


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24 May 2014   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Do you mean MiniTools Partition Wizard? ( I presume you are wrongly calling it as Partition Magic)

If you are running the Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1 from a bootable CD or pen drive and further running the Partition Recovery Wizard in it:

Can you upload snap shots of how your drive looks like a) first in Partition Wizard and then b)after a Quick Scan running Partition Recovery Wizard. ( Only if Quick Scan fails to show any partitions, we need to do a Full Scan.) So first only a after-a-Quick Scan snap.

You may have to use a camera or mobile phone camera to capture the shots but make sure those shots are readable.
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24 May 2014   #3
Kalorvoe

Windows 7 64
 
 

Yes, you're correct (renamed to wizard in above post).

Here's what it looks like now. Before I started scanning it only saw the top 2 ("existing") partitions:

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24 May 2014   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, good enough. ( Though I had to struggle to read it.)

Is yours a 1.5TB drive?

Select only the top two partitions which show as existing.

Now see the Preview Disk Map. If it shows your full drive with two partitions with no unallocated space , go ahead and click on Finish.

And then click on Apply in the tool bar for the changes to take effect.

I think you should be through.
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24 May 2014   #5
Kalorvoe

Windows 7 64
 
 

Thanks for replying. I did as you suggested (cancelling the rest of the scan), but after I clicked finish I couldn't apply, it said there were no pending operations??
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24 May 2014   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Do not cancel the scan.

The scan should complete.

Now do a Quick scan. Let it complete.( Remember, do a Full Scan only if Quick Scan does not show that two existing partitions)

If it shows the two existing partitions put a tick mark against them, check the preview disk map to confirm that your full drive is shown , click on Finish and then Apply.

Normally there should be no need to repair anything.
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24 May 2014   #7
Kalorvoe

Windows 7 64
 
 

Ok did a quick scan and it's just like before: I tick both partitions and finish, but Apply is disabled.
Maybe partitions is barking up the wrong tree? Could there be another reason that a diskpart list disk shows no drives?
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24 May 2014   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Can you post the screenshot of partitions shown by Quick Scan and after you tick both?

I know your bedtime is fast approaching and I shall come back after you wake up and subsequently I wake up..

I would also like you to run Full Scan, allow it complete, select the two existing partitions and try again.

Broadly my action plan next will be to rebuild MBR using the same Partition Wizard. (You can see Rebuild MBR, on the left Pane)

But that only after the Full Scan trial is completed and it proves ineffective.

( There can be two reasons for the HDD not booting. a corrupted MBR code in the first sector or a corrupted partition table again in the same first sector.)
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24 May 2014   #9
Kalorvoe

Windows 7 64
 
 

Wow, you're so considerate!

I added the quick scan screenshot:

It only takes a second to run, is that what you expect?

Now To run a full scan. Will update in 12+ hrs

Thanks again, I really appreciate it.
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24 May 2014   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, the Quick scan and the preview of the disk map looks alright. If with all that you can't Finish and then apply, then we sure have to do rebuild the MBR.

( You can double click on the large 1300MB partition and you should be able to see all the files in it. So not to worry.)

To rebuild MBR:

On the Partition Wizard Main Screen, click on the extreme left side over the drive Icon to select the full drive and then click on the Rebuild MBR on the left Pane and complete the process. ( If necessary that is if it shows under Pending Operations, click on Apply to complete the process.)

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Close Partition Wizard , reboot and check whether you are able to boot your PC.


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