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Windows 7: I broke my windows 7 partition D:

23 Dec 2011   #1

Windows 7+Ubuntu
I broke my windows 7 partition D:

I'm getting an SSD, so I was trying to move all my files that I need to keep to another partition on my hard drive, then I was going to install windows 7 on my SSD and delete the windows partition (with all my files already on the other partition) off my HDD.
So, first I had to shrink my current windows partition. The windows 7 partition manager wasn't working for me so I put in my Xubuntu live CD to use GParted. I told it to shrink my windows partition(/dev/sda2 in the picture below) and move it to the left, and this happened -

I can't do anything with the partition except delete or format it. When I try to load windows I get an error about the disk not existing, and the windows startup repair finds nothing. Is there anything I can do to recover my data?

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23 Dec 2011   #2
Hipster Doofus

Windows 7 Pro x64 -- PCLinuxOS KDE4 FullMonty 2011

One possibility.

Leave it for now. Install the OS to the new SSD. Once loaded install Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download & see if that can get your files back.
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30 Dec 2011   #3

Windows 7+Ubuntu

Edit: Yay, I got it! I used Active@ Partition Recovery

Now I'm going to create 4 partitions. I wish I had another hdd for backups, but I can't afford one.
1. backup of my SSD boot drive
2. important stuff I want backed up
3. unimportant stuff that I could live without or re-download
4. backup of number 2

I don't want to have to go through this again.
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