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Windows 7: Need info on a program to fix Partition records

27 May 2013   #11

Windows 7 Professional x64

Here is a quick synapsis on the two partition recovery software links provided by VistaKing. (Thank you Sir.)
the first one Active@ Partition Recovery restores deleted & damaged volumes &amp disks. Freeware Data Recovery Software Toolkit
says it is free but the free version is a trial. I don't mind paying for good software however I take offence at trickery being used to drive sales. *Uninstalled after first use*

The second is the one I used before and is definitely free for home use, however should be used with CAUTION. Free Partition Recovery Software, Deleted Partition Recovery, Hard Disk Recovery, Free Disk Partition Recovery, Active Partition Recovery Software, NTFS Partition Recovery, Recovery Partition, Drive Partition Recovery, Hard Drive Partition Recovery T **USE WITH CAUTION**

I would recommend this one to anyone trying to recover a lost and or deleted partition. It does a good job of finding the lost/deleted partition tables. It does however require a little knowledge of hard drives and hard drive sectors in order to recover the partition tables correctly.

If the hard drive was formatted even once after initialization this program will indeed find it. Therefore knowledge of what Starting LBA and Ending LBA are is crucial to recovering deleted Boot partitions. In my case for example I found 5 boot partitions. I know that this drive had a recovery partition so there should be two. One requires an f11 key to be activated and to boot into the recovery partition. the other is a normal boot partition for windows 7 / vista.

In all I would say the Minitool Recovery is the better but should be used with caution and guidance. Most tools of this caliber are best used with guidance and a healthy dose of butt pucker (no offence intended) but work well to do exactly as they promise.

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27 May 2013   #12

Windows 7 Professional x64

I wanted to show what I was talking about as far as the thoroughness of this program and why caution is needed. in the screenshot you can clearly see quite a few partitions. This drive has been reset to factory a number of times.
This drive passes the s.m.a.r.t. and extended tests so I believe either malware, virus or user error caused the loss.
Now I just need to figure out which. Time for some deep scans once the partitions are recovered.

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