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Partition Lost - Unable To Restore


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#1 notsure

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 08:18 PM

Newbie here. Is this where I can post a tech support problem I have going on?

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#2 Joshuacat

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 08:21 PM

Yes. Please give us your computer specs, and details of your problem.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 08:29 PM

Cool. Thanks for the quick reply. To the point, I guess I accidentally deleted something or my kids got to it, but all of a sudden my system started running real slow. Tried doing a restore and my D: partition is gone.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 09:17 PM

notsure:

Still a bit lost with the details you have provided.

You were having an issue with your computer, and you decided to run an XP System restore, right?
After the XP System restore, you lost access to one of your partitions(drive D:)?
Or, did you, or your kids delete the partition by accident?

Also, what is the make and model of your computer?
Are you using Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional?
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Posted 09 January 2006 - 09:24 PM

Sorry, I wanted to be brief as I could at first. Didn't want to over do it.

You were having an issue with your computer, and you decided to run an XP System restore, right?
*** Yes, I tried system restore and went back more than a week just in case this was related to a recent installation/upgrade/etc.

After the XP System restore, you lost access to one of your partitions(drive D:)?
*** Yes. I have a small partition for the O/S and a second for the rest
Or, did you, or your kids delete the partition by accident?
*** Unlikely it was deleted.

Also, what is the make and model of your computer?
*** Custom
Are you using Windows XP Home or Windows XP Professional?
*** Pro


I don't remember in exact detail, but the system started running real slow. Clicking anywhere... an icon, start button, etc... would take several minutes, if at all to execute. I really can't pinpoint what started this because it has been about over a week since this started.

Thanks.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 10:16 PM

Thanks. The more details you provide the better...takes out the guessing. :thumbsup:

Go into Disk Management and see if you can find your d: drive.

To run Disk Management - Click Start, Run, at the Open prompt -type in Diskmgmt.msc
Click OK.

What do you see under Disk Management? Do you see your D: Partition? What does it say for Status - Heathy, Online, Online (Errors), Offline or Missing.

Edited by Joshuacat, 09 January 2006 - 10:17 PM.

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Posted 09 January 2006 - 10:54 PM

shows D there, nothing under partition (on the C: it says NTFS). No data though. 100% free. I had close to 100GB on there. If I could just get my pictures and music back I'd be happy. Wonder why it didn't restore.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 03:27 AM

Try running TestDisk it's freeware.

TestDisk

Tool to check and undelete partition
Works with the following partitions:
- BeFS ( BeOS )
- BSD disklabel ( FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD )
- CramFS (Compressed File System)
- DOS/Windows FAT12, FAT16 and FAT32
- HFS, Hierarchical File System
- JFS, IBM's Journaled File System
- Linux Ext2 and Ext3
- Linux Raid
- Linux Swap (versions 1 and 2)
- LVM and LVM2, Linux Logical Volume Manager
- Netware NSS
- NTFS ( Windows NT/2K/XP/2003 )
- ReiserFS 3.5 and 3.6
- UFS (Sun/BSD/...)
- XFS, SGI's Journaled File System


How to use testdisk

There's also MBR Wizard

Edited by stidyup, 10 January 2006 - 03:34 AM.


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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:06 PM

Excellent. I'll read up on these and let you know what I turn up. I appreciate your input Stidyup. I hope to work on it again tonight.

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Posted 10 January 2006 - 01:23 PM

notsure: Let us know how you make out with stidyup's suggestions, as I have never used the utilities and would like to see a result. At this point, I don't think you have anything to lose.

I have never seen XP lose a partition when running a XP system restore.
It was the XP System restore that you ran. Not a system recovery CD that brings your computer back to the original configuration? You did mention going back a couple of weeks...so it sounds like you did the XP system restore.

Anyways, I would hate to lose any of my family pictures, so I can understand your concern.

After you get this straightened out we could probably suggest some backup options so don't lose your files again.

Keep us posted.
JC




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