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#1 bmcgirth


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 03:52 PM

Hoping someone can  help.


Trying to start my dad's computer. Nothing booting. Took drive out to test on my pc as peripheral. Only recognizes a small partition-99mb of 250gb. Is there anyway to recover the rest...praying there is.



Edited by hamluis, 28 November 2017 - 05:05 PM.
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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 28 November 2017 - 04:27 PM

Download Testdisk for Windows. Note: Do not download the 64bit version even if your OS is 64bit. Unzip to a folder on the computer the drive is attached to. Run Testdisk. Follow the step by step guide. Select Analyze > Quick Search. Highlight any partitions found. Press the "P" key. Do you see your files? If no partitions with the files are found do a Deeper Search. This will take some time.


Testdisk Step by Step


You external drive will probably labeled sdb or sdc. Select sdx instead of any drive letter offered.


If you do see your files you can copy them all to your internal hard drive if there is enough capacity.

#3 gazinbali


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Posted 04 December 2017 - 11:58 AM

A great FREE program for recovering lost partitons is here..

#4 JohnC_21


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 08:31 AM

Latest version of Partition Wizard has been deprecated. The Partition Recovery Wizard can scan for lost partitions but cannot recover.



#5 RolandJS


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 12:39 PM

+1 on the need to get MiniTool Partition Wizard version 9.x  :)

[Removed earlier question, school distractions gone after getting home

and BriTechGuy answered the question in the next post.]

Edited by RolandJS, 05 December 2017 - 08:08 PM.

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#6 britechguy


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Posted 05 December 2017 - 02:13 PM



           MiniTool Partition Wizard is its own thing and has been around for quite a while now.


           The branding, "PartitionMagic," was used by PowerQuest (purchased by Symantec), after which development was suspended and it has not been updated in years.  It looks like 2009 was the last update.  It doesn't seem to have been integrated into the Norton line of products owned by Symantec, either.

Edited by britechguy, 05 December 2017 - 02:13 PM.

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