Hard Drive Management Gone Haywire

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    If you have no partition then Rebuild MBR or other System Repairs are useless. You might as well try a data recovery boot disk since formatting the HD will make data unrecoverable.
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    gregrocker said:
    If you have no partition then Rebuild MBR or other System Repairs are useless. You might as well try a data recovery boot disk since formatting the HD will make data unrecoverable.
    What might have caused this RAW partition? I suspect the bootsect :P
    Can you help me try testdisk? If you know how?
    Also, can you give me a STEP-BY-STEP set of instructions on how to use Recuva?
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    I was helping you try to sort out your previous recklessness when you randomly ran commands you were not given which destroyed what was left. Someone else will have to help you clean up your mess. I'm not that familar with Test Disk and don't use Data Recovery software so haven't had the chance to research it and read the instructions.

    Do you have another HD you can swap in to Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7
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    No, I have no other HD accessible, and the only problem is that I urgently need certain files.
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    When I use Recuva in Windows Recovery Environment, it can't scan the disk because it says that it failed to determine the filesystem :P
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    TestDisk found my missing partition :P
    I'm not quite sure how to use it, so if somebody does, please help :P
    The missing partition:
    START: Cylinder 0, Head 0, Sector 1
    END: Cylinder 19581, Head 64, Sector 3
    Anybody know how to interpret this data? :P
    I had to interrupt this scan to retrieve this data, so I will do a COMPLETE scan overnight.
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  7.    #47

    I'll ask anyone who knows Test Disk to check in.
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       #48

    Recovery is very difficult remotely, the best thing I can do is offer the following:
    @Injust: Please read through the SF gudie by Jumanji and the step-by-step examples by Testdisk's author. Familiarize yourself with the program before trying to use it. I spent three weeks helping one member use Testdisk. The time difference, language, and other factors made it very strenuous.

    I'm not sure that I will be able to help much here, I'll read more of the thread and see what issue is trying to be solved, what was done, and what state your machine is in.

    You have to get up to speed on Testdisk and be meticulous in reporting steps you've taken (or not taken). Screen shots are extremely important for every step in the Testdisk process.

    Jumanji's guide is fairly straight forward, but it help if you understand the program.

    Other documentation on the author's site:
    TestDisk - CGSecurity
    Data Recovery Examples - CGSecurity
    Running TestDisk - CGSecurity

    Read....read....read
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  9.    #49

    Thanks for the valuable information, Bill.

    Partition Wizard does not find the lost partition, but I understand Test Disk is more powerful. Do you agree?
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    Greg, or whoever, do you know of ANY other way that I can get some of my files back?
    Mostly, the things I need to recover are all on the desktop and in My Documents.
    I'm trying PhotoRec, but if I just search for .txt files, it takes forever. After a few seconds, it'll spit out thousands of files :P
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