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#1 dellyz

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Posted 12 September 2017 - 10:42 PM

Hello,
I have a HD that was not accessible in windows. I installed Testdisk and determined the boot sector was bad.

Originally i had 2 partitions ( OS Partition / Data Partition ) with about 750gb/1tb used. When i ran testdisk i didn't do a deepsearch to locate the partitions but i repaired the boot sector by copying the backup boot sector. I'm not sure what i did wrong but now i have only one partition of 930gb, with 27gb used.. But the drive itself is empty when i access it. So my question is: where are all the files, and is there anyway of getting my 2 partitions back? When i ran testdisk again i was able to see both partitions after i selected the deeper search option, but unsure what to do at this point.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you


Edited by hamluis, 13 September 2017 - 05:03 AM.
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#2 technonymous

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 01:46 AM

You followed this?

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step



#3 JohnC_21

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Posted 13 September 2017 - 08:31 AM

If you can access the partitions using a deeper search then do the following to pull your data before attempting to restore the partition table.

 

Get another 1TB USB external drive. Copy the Testdisk folder to the USB external. Run Testdisk and do a deeper search. Highlight the DATA partition and press "P". If you see your files you can either press ":" to select individual files or lower case "a" to select all files. Press upper case "C" and then "C" again to confirm the location of the files to be copied which will be the Testdisk folder on the new external drive.

 

Please post an image of the Deeper Search. 



#4 SoniyaMax

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 02:24 AM

The Data backups have all of the data, but will not be usable. Why? because a lot of the things are letter drive reliant. I do not have access to change the letter drive from within windows. I do have a windows dvd install, but no rescue part. I have not been able to change the letter drivers at all. That's all i need. The backups of my bluetooth folder are direct partition copies to another drive but the letters also do not come up right



#5 RolandJS

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Posted 16 October 2017 - 05:38 PM

BC Guys, BC Gals, I thought most if not all backup / restore programs allow a user to specify any target partition desired in regards to any previous backup image being restored, no matter what the original drive letter was during the backup process.  The target partition's drive letter at the time of restore doesn't matter, correct?


Edited by RolandJS, 16 October 2017 - 05:39 PM.

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Posted 19 October 2017 - 09:17 PM

BC Guys, BC Gals, I thought most if not all backup / restore programs allow a user to specify any target partition desired in regards to any previous backup image being restored, no matter what the original drive letter was during the backup process.  The target partition's drive letter at the time of restore doesn't matter, correct?

Yes, correct. For the one I'm familiar with - old Acronis.

If the recovery disk is Linux based, all partition letters change. I think WinPE also named partitions differently, but can't recall.

The trick is is to name the partitions so that drive letters are irrelevant.

For instance, MyDataDrive-J or J-MyDataPartition will never show J, will show some other letter, but YOU know it's your data drive. And so you restore it there. Likewise if you dual boot, never rely on letter C, because during recovery you need to know whether it's Windows XP or Vista or 7 or 10 partition and the letters will never match. So just name them.

 

Did I answer your question?


Edited by tos226, 19 October 2017 - 09:18 PM.


#7 RolandJS

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 08:02 AM

tos226, yes!  I think like you do; I have named my partitions with unique names so that I instantly know from whence to whence during backups and during restores.  Drive letter shuffle is not a problem for us partition-namers  :)


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