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Free Or Shareware Partition Recovery (urgent)


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#1 shawnvw

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:30 PM

My Windows XP hard drive is unbootable. I used Iolo's System Mechanic to create a bootable DriveMedic CD, and it diagnosed it as having a corrupt partition table. (This fits with all the other evidence I got over the last 2 days.)

For some reason, DriveMedic crashes when I try to fix the partition. I have a call in to Iolo for help, but a response could take days. Because time is of the essence I'd like to find an alternative.

Can anyone recommend a partition-recovery program that could work? I'd rather not pay for it because I already paid for System Mechanic/DriveMedic. (If Iolo can't get it working, THEN I'll consider paying for a new app.)

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 02:43 PM

Hey shawnvw, there are two methods that spring to mind. Both require you to have your original XP CD on hand.

The first is to use the XP Recovery Console on the install CD. Visit this Microsoft Article for instructions on how to access the recovery console (skip down to the "How To Use The Recovery Console" section).


Once in the recovery console, type:

fixmbr

and press enter. This should write a new master boot record and partition table. CAUTION: If you have an unusual partition table then you should consider using the next method first!

Reboot as normal.


Method 2:

Using a tool called TeskDisk.

(The below instructions require the use of the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows, a free boot CD. It takes a little work to build it but is really quite easy.)

We're going to try to repair the master file table and the boot sector on the misbehaving drive.

In UBCD4Win, launch the TestDisk program:

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I usually select No Log, but it's up to you.


Here we see the disk selection screen. It might look slightly different on your computer, drive X: is the temporary RAMdisk, just ignore it.

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Next, select your system type (Intel, even if it's AMD):
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Now select the Advanced option
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Now, select the boot partition, there's probably only one. Then, select Boot and press Enter.

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Now to rebuild the Master File Table. Select the Repair MFT option and press enter.
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Type "Y" for Yes
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OK

Now, back at this screen to repair the boot sector., select Rebuild BS and press enter.
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After completion, reboot back into the UBCD4Win and run CheckDisk. When done, boot normally and see if Windows works.

Edited by Amazing Andrew, 26 December 2007 - 02:52 PM.


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Posted 27 December 2007 - 03:49 AM

I followed your kind instructions. Everything seemed to be fine right through to the successful Chkdsk run. Unfortunately, now the computer freezes while booting, right after the Dell logo and before the Windows logo. I tried going to the Boot Device Menu (F12), and tried "Normal", "Primary Master Drive", and "Hard-Disk Drive C:". All of them freeze.

I tried booting from the Windows XP disk. I get a message "INF file txtsetup.sif is corrupt or missin, status 47872. Setup cannot continue. Press any key to exit."

Any ideas?

Edited by shawnvw, 27 December 2007 - 04:13 AM.


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Posted 27 December 2007 - 10:04 AM

Oh dear!

When booted from the UBCD4Win, are you able to access the file on the hard drive?

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Posted 30 December 2007 - 01:11 PM

The situation has changed somewhat, so I'm going to post a new topic called "Repair Windows from Other Drive.". Please meet me there. Thanks.




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