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Windows 7: system image doesnt restore 2nd partition

23 May 2016   #11

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

Yep, unfortunately if you see that message it will reformat all the partitions. Badly worded I'm afraid. Windows backup doesn't handle partition changes very well.
Firstly, DO NOT write anything to the D: Drive, the partition isn't lost unless you start writing to it, this will overwrite data. I think minitool partition wizard free has a partition recovery option but I'm not an expert on that. All is not lost though, there will be other users who are experts on this. Just don't touch the D partition for now.

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23 May 2016   #12

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

Pcbtmr, have a look here, this might help:

This could also help if the partition is showing up as usual but just no files:
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24 May 2016   #13

7 pro

Thanks for the suggestions. Recuva didn't find anything except a couple of txt files that were over 10MB each. Nothing as far as an original folder structure. After that, I gave up and started writing to the drive/partition.
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25 May 2016   #14

Windows 7 Pro & Ultimate (64-Bit) Retail, Windows 8.1 Pro (64-Bit) Retail

Sorry to hear that. Did you have your stuff backed up?
The Windows utility works okay but if you change partitions it just doesn't handle it well. It's probably because it just assumes you have all your data in the default C Drive.
Switch to Macrium and you can safely restore your partitions. You can choose to restore the OS partitions and exclude the D drive from the restore, so it will never get wiped if any of the other partitions get altered.
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