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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

"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.

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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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