Okay, then. Recovery it is.
This is going to get a little hairy, and it's not my area of expertise, but I think we can do it together!
You're going to need a program called TestDisk
. It's a free and open source disk recovery program.
Step 1: Download the TestDisk executable for Windows here: Download
Step 2: Extract the downloaded zip file using your favorite archive extractor.
Step 3: Double-click on the testdisk_win.exe
file (found in the win folder of the extracted archive)
Step 4: You will now be at a scary looking text-based command window:
here to create a new log file.
Step 5: TestDisk will now detect all local hard drives, and present them in a list like this:
You have indicated that there is only one hard drive attached to your computer, with two partitions. So, use the arrow (up and down) keys to highlight the disk called /dev/sda
. Note: If /dev/sda isn't listed or you have more than one hard drive, STOP and post back here.
selected, press Enter
Step 6: Now we need to specify the type of partitions that are on your disk. Select Intel
(even if you have an AMD processor).
Step 7: Select Analyse
and press Enter
Step 8: The next screen will list all found partitions. Press Enter to run a Quick Search
When asked, say No
to this screen:
Step 9: If your missing partition is found, it should show up in the list:
Highlight your partition and press P
This will give you a list of files and folders that were found in the partition. Use the Right
arrow key to enter a directory, the Left
arrow key to go back to the previous directory, up
to highlight a file or directory, and C
to copy the highlighted file or directory.
will copy the file or Direcotry into a new folder within the win folder (the one where TestDisk.exe is located.)
Copy your files and directories over, then press Q
a bunch of times until the TestDisk window closes.
Now you can use the Disk Management utility to create and format a new partition using the unallocated space.