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Lost Partition - Help!


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#1 Marky_J

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Posted 26 January 2006 - 06:32 PM

Hi guys, I'm new here but I'm hoping someone out there can help me.

I'm not exactly the worlds best on computers, but i certainly have a good go if you know what i mean, but here's my problem....

My computer has been running fine, no sign of any problems until suddenly one day it doesn't boot, very very brief blue screen error on boot sequence (not on for long enough for me to read any of the message). I put the HDD in a friends computer & it says that the partition which had my O/S on needs formatting (which i didn't do!). There is some stuff on it which would be useful to me to get back, so i re-installed XP on another partition on a different HDD which was empty so i'm up and running with no great problems there.

.....However, i've now seen it as a challenge to get anything off the drive if at all possible!
I get the feeling from reading around that it may have something to do with the partition table (?) and/or MBR(?). I downloaded a trial version of EaseUS DataRecoveryWizard which actually did find all the data on the problem partition, but requires me to buy the software to do anything more (Price seems a little high for you average user, not like its for a my business or anything!). All i really want to know is, does anyone have any suggestions for anything for me to try??

Thanks,
Mark.

Computer Specs:
XP Pro
MSI K7N2Delta2 motherboard
XP2600+ CPU
1Gb RAM
Nvidia 6600GT Graphics Card
160Gb Maxtor HDD (with the problem partition!)
250 WD HDD
etc etc..........

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 03:10 AM

TestDisk

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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

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Posted 27 January 2006 - 03:31 PM

Are you getting Access Denied errors? This is very common with what you describe (it's happened to me several times).

There's several ways to do this depending on the file system that's being used.

You can use a Live Linux distro or a DOS boot disk (with NTFS reader if it's an NTFS disk) and copy the files to a FAT32 partition. This will strip all the security stuff off of it and make it all readable.

You can also read these links (which is how I did it last time), and change the permissions on the files so that you can access them. Be advised that it's a bit flakey - it doesn't always "take" and you may have to drill down further in the directory structure to get it to stick!

Here's the post that I made on the Microsoft XP Newsgroups:

This one's a problem that I'm seeing more and more. It's due to the
different security settings on the NTFS file system. There's several ways to
gain the necessary permissions on these files.

1) Use a free NTFS to DOS reader to copy the files to a FAT32 file system.
This will effectively strip the various permissions from the files.
2) Use a Live Linux distro - such as Knoppix - to copy the files elsewhere.
3) Take ownership of the files/folders in question - so that you can
manipulate them as yours. This method works, but it's very quirky at times -
it'll require different tactics on different folders and files.

Here's some articles on how to do it: Thes documents all deal with
permissions, ownership, and access denied errors.

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=811151
http://www.practicallynetworked.com/sharin...aring/index.htm
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...B;EN-US;q304040
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;281248
http://support.microsoft.com/?id=308418
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;308421

Again, please be aware that the changing of these settings is a bit flakey -
and
may reuire repeated attempts on the folder and sub-folders to get it to work.

Good luck - this can be frustrating!


Edited by usasma, 27 January 2006 - 03:31 PM.

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