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Old 12th January, 2008, 05:38 PM
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Exclamation Restore HDD

1 external hdd usb 160 gb.
2 accidentally 1 160 partition deleted from xp startup menu
3 accidentally 2 80 partition created
4 no format has taken place

Is there any chance to undo things?
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Old 12th January, 2008, 05:48 PM
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You should be able to recover 99% of the data, not sure about the directory structure though. There are some decent freeware tools out there but I am not sure which one to use so hold out for some better input..

Don't feel too bad though, I spent 7 hours reinstalling Gentoo last night because of typing error that caused my root partition to over fill..
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Dudes this really sucks for you. Sorry!
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Sorry I can't, accidentally, help you but don't give up.
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Old 13th January, 2008, 12:51 AM
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I have been able to get the data from a drive like that several times. As Cliff stated, no directory but there are some tools that will put them back into the folders they were in.

Do a Google. There are plenty of free ware out there.
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NTFS or FAT32? NTFS is more robust, and you stand a better chance of recovering data.
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The hdd was on NTFS. What program would you recommend for getting data back?

Thanks a lot !
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Well, Encase would be your best bet, and will recover far more than just about anything else. It's also horribly complex and out of your price range. Ontrack's EasyRecovery works well, but is expensive. RecoverMyFiles works, and I've used it to recover files on a memory card before. GetDataBack is something else that has been recommended to me.
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I have used File Scavenger and it is simple and cheap. About 40 bucks.

It scans the drive and then shows you what it finds. All you do then is check the files or folders you want to recover. Super easy...
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I use File Scavenger once and it works fine.
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Thanks a lot guys !!! I'll tell you the results.
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Let me know how this works out for you. I try to keep recent back up images but you know it goes. I waited a few weeks between images and lost quite a bit of my work.
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Every piece of important data was recovered. A total of 80GB with no problems. File Scavenger even recreated every DIR where the recovered files were before repartitioning and everything is where is suppose to be. The whole thing didnt last more than 2 and a half hours. Thanks again guys !!!
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Glad it worked for you. I need to upgrade to the newer version.
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Well done! ":O}
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Great job everyone.
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