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Problem From Reformatting.


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#1 Astoth

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 07:19 PM

Hello. I have a 200GB hard drive partitioned with 150GB and 50GB (roughly). I decided it was about time for a reformat to fix some problems but didn't want to lose some things. (Game Saves, Documents, Graphics, etc.) So i moved everything I wanted to my second partition (50GB). I popped in the Windows XP install CD and went through until I noticed it had a "keep current File system..." option. I chose this option hoping that it would keep all my games and everything. Instead what I get is a new install of Windows XP with all my C:\ files but my partition F (now relabled as D somehow?) is not working and says it is corrupted and unreadable. So I lost all of my backups but the normal stuff is still on C: but my documents I needed are now unavailable, but there. In Documents and Settings I see the folder they would be in, but says "Access Denied" when I click on it. My new Document folder is now like this: Name.PCNAME... My same old All Users folder is tehre with everything it had originall though.

Please any help at all would be appreciated. I have been trying to get a bootdisk program to open DOS and copy the folder to another place to try it, but havn't been able to find one. If anyone knows a read/write program that gooes on to a CDR, please let me know what it is. Thank you in advance!

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 07:42 PM

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Posted 22 November 2005 - 08:15 PM

Wow, worked perfectly! Thanks!

Now I have one problem left, is there anyway I can regain control of my partition? I want some of the stuff on it but if not, then I guess it's alright. Again, thankyou for your help.

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Posted 23 November 2005 - 09:40 PM

Try Digitl Dolly 1.0. You will need to download and unzip it to a folder on your hard drive first. Then burn an .iso image to a cd. This will make it bootable. It will boot to a Linux GUI so it does not matter which OS you are using. It is very straight forward.
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Posted 23 November 2005 - 10:02 PM

Here is an update on my situation.

I reformatted my C:\ drive/partition using the Windows XP CD. I selected "...keep current file system option" thinking that maybe I wouldn't have to reload all my back-ups and all. Upon reformatting my C: partition, I lost control of my F:\ partition that had all my back-ups and important data on it. I also lost control of my old My Documents folder which I now have taken control over again (Thanks tg1991!).

Currently I wish to get my F:\ (renamed to D) partition back to control so I can salvage some files on it. If anyone knows a way to do this, please let me know.

Acklan, thanks I will try that out right now. I'll edit my post in about 20 minutes or so and let you know how it works. Thanks for the help!

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Posted 24 November 2005 - 11:02 PM

Had some problems last night, but I got to try that program you suggested Acklan. It didn't work for me, or I wasn't using it correctly.

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 02:06 AM

Were you able to make a .iso image with the burning software?
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Posted 25 November 2005 - 11:03 AM

Yes, I made the ISO using NERO. I booted with it and the program did come on. When I tried to use it to get in to the partition that is not working, I couldn't. I don't remember exactly why, but I'll try again.

I have tried software like GetDataBack for NTFS 2.31 and it came up with all errors when checking that partition. Every other Recovery software I used came up with errors, or couldn't find anything. Sometimes it is showed as FULL sometimes as Empty.

I'll retry the Digitl Dolly again. Get back to you later!

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Posted 25 November 2005 - 03:57 PM

I tried Digital Dolly and got the following information from it:

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I couldn't get the backup partition to work, I mounted both partitions, then tried to backup HDA2 ,partition 2, to hda1/Backups (would be C:/Backups) but didn't work. It came up with Error executing command.

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Posted 26 November 2005 - 08:04 PM

After finally getting it working with all the files backed up and usable, i started to back it all up, but then the computer crashed. Digital Dolly wasn't reading the hard drive. I finally decided it was time to let it go, and just reformatted the drive. Thanks for your help though!

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