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How to recover the lost partition's data?

by jj16802 / September 1, 2008 6:43 AM PDT

My notebook has 3 drives: C, D, and E. Window Vista was installed in Drive C, Windows XP was installed in Drive D. I have recently used an program to divide the Drive D and formatted the new partition. After I restarted Windows, I found out that the new partition has become the new Drive E and the original Drive E has disappeared! I went to the computer management and then went to disk management, I can see the missing partition there and shown with a "Unallocated". Can anyone tell me how to recover my lost partition? I have stored important data in the original drive E and I need it back. Thank s a lot!

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The word.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 1, 2008 6:52 AM PDT

See TestDisk at http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

"Fix partition table, recover deleted partition" is the first entry of what it can do.

Be sure to clone that drive before working on this again. What I do is clone the drive, operate on the clone till I get the procedure correct. Some won't do that but for me, data is usually worth the effort.
Bob

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Thanks, Robert.
by Paul C / September 2, 2008 8:14 PM PDT
In reply to: The word.

I only wish I'd known about this software earlier; I probably wouldn't have had to recover from backups the data that my clumsy fingers and thoughtlessness made vanish during a bad experience with Acronis Disk Director... Devil

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