Hard Drive Management Gone Haywire

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       #71

    Scan's done.
    Just like the first time I did the Deep Scan, I can see the partition "Hard Drive" DURING the scan, but in the results list, it's not there :P
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       #72

    ok, it will take me a while to decipher this. Essentially all partitions are marked Deleted

    The key is Cylinder | Head | Sector (CHS)
    There are start and end values
    For example:
    [Test] starts at cylinder 65093 | head 0 | sector 1

    The first 7 "partitions" all start at C 25, H 126, S 38 - but they end in different locations on the disk and are differnt sizes.

    Now all I have to do is work out the geometry. Sit tight, this might take a while - leave Testdisk where it is so you don't have to scan the disk again.
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       #73

    Yep, okay :)
    Thanks.
    The first time, I accidentally tapped quit, so I lost all the details :P
    Also, the partition I want is the partition with the label "Hard Drive", the one that starts with C 0, H 0, S 1.
    It appears on the screenshots before the final result, but not on the last result :P
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       #74

    use the up/down arrows to highlight each unamed "partition", then hit 'P'
    If your files are found, then that's the part we need to work on.
    if not hit 'Q' to return

    I think it's going to be the part just above [test], but start at the top and work down. post screen shots if anything is displayed.

    When (if) you find the files you're looking for - stop there and make sure I see what you see. If you don't find the files, we might have to change the type - don't do that yet - just look for now.
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    gregrocker said:
    While it's scanning I would mount the image found on the other PC to see if you can extract the data to external. If the imaging app or boot disk doesn't have the ability to do this, find out how it is done similar to this: Virtual Hard Disk - Create and Attach VHD. Having the data would take a lot of pressure off.

    I'd continue to work with Bill to see if you can recover the lost partitions and restore your HD, or at least determine with certainty its condition. You might be able to eventually reimage it with the image you've recovered, or if there is any doubt I would instead get a perfect Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7.

    Off on a bike ride for the rest of the day. Good luck!
    I successfully made the VHD, but it won't work because to extract the files, I'd either have to install Paragon B&D or use the boot disc. I tried using the boot disc, but it won't let me mount the VHD in that environment, so that's a dead end.
    I'll try installing Paragon's software now.
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       #76

    The TEstdisk screen shot also shows an NTFS found using backup sector 214 GB. This might be your partition [Hard Drive].

    I need to see what 'L' load backup does in Testdisk.

    The neat thing about Testdisk is you're in research mode until you tell it to write. Having said that, you still need to respect the utility. One slip (as you did with 'q'uit) will make further efforts either impossible or much more difficult.

    I'll read more on the Testdisk site and ask another member to jump in.

    Bill
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  7.    #77

    Paragon might not use VHD format but should have a mounting utility in its full program. I found more about it here: http://www.wilderssecurity.com/showthread.php?t=319531

    If not our colleague SIW2 will know how to manually mount the image if you tell it's file extension.
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    gregrocker said:
    Paragon might not use VHD format but should have a mounting utility in its full program. I found more about it here: Can you mount Paragon images? - Wilders Security Forums

    If not our colleague SIW2 will know how to manually mount the image if you tell it's file extension.
    The images are made up of multiple file extensions. PBF, PFI, 000, and PFM.
    I also have another image, I believe that it's corrupted but all the data is there. The extensions are PFI, PFP, and PFT.
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    Slartybart said:
    use the up/down arrows to highlight each unamed "partition", then hit 'P'
    If your files are found, then that's the part we need to work on.
    if not hit 'Q' to return

    I think it's going to be the part just above [test], but start at the top and work down. post screen shots if anything is displayed.

    When (if) you find the files you're looking for - stop there and make sure I see what you see. If you don't find the files, we might have to change the type - don't do that yet - just look for now.
    All the partitions with no label return a message, "Cannot open partition, filesystem seems damaged".
    The "Pagefile" and "Test" partitions have nothing by a "Recycle Bin" and a "System Volume Information" folder. The "Recovery" partition has more files, but not my files.
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    Here are screenshots of all the partitions, but I wasn't able to get a screenshot of the Recovery partition, sorry. My keyboard double-tapped quit and I exited the analysis results screen :P
    But I have everything else.
    In post 76, you said that you wondered what the L key did. Should I press it the next time the analysis is done?
    I'll do an analysis right now.
    As for mounting the image, I'm downloading the program now and will try later.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Hard Drive Management Gone Haywire-no-label-partitions.png   Hard Drive Management Gone Haywire-pagefile-partition.png   Hard Drive Management Gone Haywire-test-partition.png  
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