Recovering from an error in Partition Magic 8

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#1

Hi Guys,

I wanted to create a 12Gb partition with using NTFS for ripping VOB’s in one whole chunk.

I used PowerQuest Partition Magic 8 and all was going well and the new Partition was created but near the end it errored and I have lost my main Data storage drive and all that was on it.

Is there any way I can recover the data on this drive or is all lost and needs to be FDisked?

I have never had this problem with Partition Magic before and was shocked that this error occured.

Windows doesn’t see my G: drive any more and PM says it is unallocated.

Any ideas on how to recover the data if at all?

I found a recovery program that claims to be able to restore a FDISK or accientally partition delete caused by Partition Magic.

Partition Table Doctor 3.0

http://www.ptdd.com/index.htm

Do you think this software can cure my deleted Partition. :frowning:


#2

I’m guessing that you are going to have to use some sort of recovery software. I did something similar. I was able to recover most of the files but the file names were gone and all the directory structure was gone. As far as the software you gave a link to, It looks like the demo version doesn’t do much so its a 50$ gamble if it will work. If you are unable to recover the partition I would look for some file recovery software. Is this a data drive or a boot drive? If it is a boot drive I would install it in another computer as a data drive to work on it. Thier are lots of recovery porgrams that can read the drive without any directory structure or alocation tables and basically reassemble the files. This is the one I used
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/
It used to be substantially cheaper, now it is a ripoff. Still, the free trial version can tell you what can be recovered (but it wont recover it) so at least you know if thier is a chance. These kind of programs (the good ones at least) only read the drive. They do not write in any way so trying to recover it doesn’t alter anything, so it is safe to try diffrent ones to see what works. It might even be safer to do this first, before trying to repair the partition (if I’m not mistaken, the more of the structure that is intact, the beter chance it has at recovery with names and possibly even some of the directory structure). Unfortunatlly, I do not know which software is good and resonably prices but I do know that thier are several programs like this.
Hope that helps some and good luck.


#3

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#4

It looks like they are now bundeling it with a set of utilities. Thier site was a little bit hard to find things on but it seems they have free trials for at least some of thier software (if it is a full functioning trial, your set). The prices look resonable too.


#5

Partition Table Doctor may be help you.

First thing I recommend that you download the demo version of
Partition Table Doctor.( http://www.ptdd.com/download.htm )

Run the program and select “Rebuild Partition Table”,
then choose “Interactive” mode. If you can find the partition
you need, that is Partition Table Doctor can help you. Otherwise,
Partition Table Doctor cannot help you.

See more: http://www.ptdd.com/recoverylostpartition.htm
http://www.ptdd.com/recoverdeletedpartition.htm
http://www.ptdd.com/partition-recovery.htm
http://www.ptdd.com


#6

Hello,

DataRecoveryWizard utility can help. Speaking about me, it was
easily able to restore lost partition, so I think you will
also find it quite useful. Really recommended tool, give it a try.

http://www.easeus.com/


#7

Much the same thing happend to me once wich caused me to write my “Quick guide to avoid problems with computers” Had a backup of most of the stuff and used some file recovery app for the rest, the important thing when using an application like that is that you do not write the restored files to the disk with the lost data, well unless it has some unaffected partition.

check out ths thread for some free alternatives for file recovery.


#8

Just for the record…Partition Magic 8 has done that to me 2 times…and I lost everything. :a

Now I keep everything backed-up using Norton Ghost 9.


#9

Hello,

Possibly, Active@ partition recovery utility will be able to help. I once had a simillar situation, when one of my partition was lost, however that tool was able to restore it. You can try it out.
http://www.partition-recovery.com/


#10

Partition Magic 8 can itself repair partition table errors.