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Undelete partition without buying software?

by lemonflavor / February 20, 2008 4:20 AM PST

I had three partitions on my hard drive. Using diskpart I deleted one partition not realizing it would also delete the space available on the drive. (Dumb) Is there a way to undelete this partition without having to buy software? I've tried a few demos but they only analyze. Thanks.

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by Jimmy Greystone / February 20, 2008 4:50 AM PST

No, you can't "undelete" a partition, but you can create a new partition in the space it occupied. Or you can use various programs, some free, some not, which will resize your existing partitions to utilize the free space.

If you use such a program, be sure to have a backup. While rare, it's possible for resizing of partitions to go titsup, and you lose all data.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 5:18 AM PST
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Thank you.
by lemonflavor / February 20, 2008 6:28 AM PST
In reply to: Yes.

Thank you. TestDisk did it.

Now if I could only find open source to merge partitions...

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If there is such, it's called GPARTED.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 7:03 AM PST
In reply to: Thank you.

But think carefully what that does. It's nothing more than moving files from one to another, shrinking one or growing the other.

The one big thing is that some might try that without a backup. It's like that hiwire circus act without a net. Could be fatal.


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Two partitions have nothing on them
by lemonflavor / February 20, 2008 7:23 AM PST

I have three partitions with two of them completely formatted so I would think merging the blank ones to the one with data which isn't very old and is not fragmented much at all wouldn't be much of a problem. Famous last words.

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