I just had a major catastrophe and lost my backup while rebuilding my dual boot (Ubuntu 12.04 and XP) machine. This drive was a 3TB internal backup drive (only data, no boot, and no OS's). I formatted it NFTS and had to format as a 2TB drive (used Acronis). Anyways, I got all the data I needed then foolishly tried to format the missing remainder of the drive in Windows so it'd also be usable. Anyways, it messed with the partition information when I did this and bye bye drive folder.
I was able to go to TestDisk and after doing a "Deeper Search" found the data (saving it as we speak). But now I'd like to make the disk readable again. There's only one real partition (the NFTS partition) and a bunch of nonsense partitions or duplicates of the good one. Being unfamiliar with Testdisk, what would I do in order to restore the one real partition? Here's a screen capture of what I've got (see testdisk_goodpartition.JPG). The one with the arrow is the real partition and the rest show "Can't open filesystem" when I press 'p' to show files.
What would be done to get the real partition to become useable again? I'm guessing based on this tutorial thread link, I'd use the right arrow key until there's a P next to this for "primary partition" on that one and leave NO letter by the others, then hit "Write". But I don't know the program well enough to be confident that this is correct and to hit "Write". There are other options L=Logical, D=Deleted that I'm not sure about. Edit: reading more, it looks like maybe L is the correct option... I'm guessing here so any tips would be great!
Edited by 777funk, 06 June 2014 - 07:44 AM.