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Windows 7: Drive became Unallocated and not having much luck recoverying

20 Jun 2015   #31
Louiscar

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Couple of things worth tying.

1) Partition recovery :
Thanks for all those suggestions they may come in useful if we fail to get anywhere, but for now I need to follow jumanji's methods to their conclusion.


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20 Jun 2015   #32
Louiscar

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 
Bootice Sector 0

Here is Sector 0 screenshot


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20 Jun 2015   #33
Louiscar

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

So just to be clear I have one file saved to a .bin file which represents sector 0 only. Is that ok?


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20 Jun 2015   #34
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Yep.

If examining the Sector 0 with bootice reveals that the partition table already exists, then we may skip any attempt to write Partition table with TestDisk and straightaway proceed with restoring the NTFS boot sector from the backup bootsector with TestDisk.

The loss/corruption of primary NTFS boot sector was responsible for PRW not finding any partition.PRW actually goes looking for the NTFS boot sectors and if it finds the NTFS boot sectors it marks them as the beginning of the partition to write the partition table that was lost.

Take your time to familiarise with bootice and if you have any doubts ask for clarifications. For the time being you will only be looking at Sector 0 and saving it. You are not going to write anything to the drive.

In bootice, select your external drive and click on Sector Edit to show the sector map.
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20 Jun 2015   #35
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Nope, I want the full screenshot. Partition Table will be at the end Sector 0. See the screenshot here.
Disk Mgmt ask to initialize a drive that isn't there.

The saved file will be .bin file with file size of 512bytes.Check.

You are too fast, I have difficulty catching with you.
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20 Jun 2015   #36
Louiscar

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Yes as per my last screenshot I have already saved the sector to my HD.
So following your previous post I am rescanning with testdisk - and as I understand this time you want me to select write - then post a screenshot of sector 0 with bootice.

Edit: ah ok - I'll back up a bit ... I got ahead a bit - sorry. So you need another screenshot - let me look at your link

The saved file is .bin but 512 bytes
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20 Jun 2015   #37
Louiscar

Windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Nope, I want the full screenshot. Partition Table will be at the end Sector 0. See the screenshot here.
I'm confused it looks like the same as I posted in #32.
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20 Jun 2015   #38
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, I saw your full screenshot which I missed. Just make sure you had selected the correct drive.

I see that no Partition Table exists. All fields are zero.

We shall go to Test Disk and restore the NTFS Boot sector.

Are you ready for it?

I am not. Will take sometime.
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20 Jun 2015   #39
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

In case it gets to that point:

Another tool (I guess it doesn't recover the partition but the individual files) free for another 30 hours.
MiniTool Power Data Recovery Personal 7 (100% Discount)
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20 Jun 2015   #40
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Yep file size 512 bytes. I corrected.

I think you are racing.

What exactly are you doing now with TestDisk? Have you stopped it or still scanning?
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