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Windows 8 messed up two partitions


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#1 closedbob

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Posted 29 July 2014 - 02:23 PM

Hello to you all,
I am asking for advice or guidance in a difficult task, to retrieve some data from an Hard Disk with probably some parttions problems.
I'll describe what happened, and what I tried, thank you for your attention:)  

I had:
A windows 8.1 PC
One 500GB hard-disk, with two logical partitions, C: where windows is installed, and D:. Both of them were circa 250GB in size.

A black-out shut down the PC while booting, probably during windows updates installation (the screen was black).
When we started the PC again, it was trying a system restore, but another black-out shut down the PC.

I think now there is a problem with partitions:
- Windows won't boot, It display the recovery options screen.
- Running notepad.exe on the command prompt in the recovery option and choosing "open" let me see this:
  There is a logical drive with the name "System reserved" circa 130MB
  There is drive D, with its data (I am not sure if there is everything) but instead of 250GB its size is displayed as almost 500GB!
  Old drive C is lost, it seems it was merged with D.

Gparted show the same, plus an unallocated space of 1.1MB  

I want to recover some data from drive C, I have burned a knoppix CD, a Gparted live CD and a System Rescue CD
I was hoping that testdisk could help me, but I'm not good using it.

There is a possibility that knowing an approximation of the original partitions I can retrieve my data?
If you need some logs of other data ask me:)

Thank you for your help!
 



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Posted 29 July 2014 - 11:23 PM

You can try getting an image of your drive and then try doing the recovery procedures from the image you got. Alternatively, you can also try using Partition Wizard Minitool or Partition Find and Mount to do a partition recovery on your drive.


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Posted 30 July 2014 - 05:58 AM

Thank you very much! 

Can I create an image using EASEUS live CD? 

How much space do I need on the external hard-drive I'll put the image on?

Thank you:)



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Posted 30 July 2014 - 09:45 PM

Some paid data recovery applications have an option to get a RAW image of your drive. Typically the RAW image size would also be of the same size as the drive you want to recover.


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