Hard Drive Deletion?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by seabass069, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. seabass069 macrumors regular

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    I just accidently deleted a hard drive. When I was installing WinXp I accidently deleted a partition that was on a seperate drive. I did not format the drive though. Is there a way I can get that information back. Years of family pics are on that partition/drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. generik macrumors 601

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    When you deleted that partition did you create a new one in its place?

    If yes = kiss it good bye, at least most of it. If not = bring it to a data recovery specialist if your data is 1/2 as sentimental to you as you put it.
     
  3. seabass069 thread starter macrumors regular

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    NO. The only partition that got formatted was the "C:" drive, which is where I put Win XP on. Nothing got formated on any other drives.
     
  4. generik macrumors 601

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    To clarify what exactly did you do?

    Did you just delete the old partition, or did you delete it, create a new one, and reformatted the new one?

    If it is the later your chances are pretty slim.. even if you did not reformat it your odds are still very slim because the newly created partition would have destroyed some structures that are originally in the old one. If you merely just pressed 'L' when in Windows XP setup, and at that very point in time you get that sickening feeling in your gut about what you've done (and being a clever user you quickly turn off your PC) you have good chance of recovery.
     
  5. rhoydotp macrumors 6502

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    you can try booting-up with a linux-based livecd (knoppix is one). you might still be able to see it from there ... good luck.
     
  6. generik macrumors 601

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    Actually I'd recommend he not try to do anything with it at all, for what it is worth a novice might worsen the situation more... and decide at this moment if his screw up is worth the couple K it is going to cost to salvage the data off his disk.
     
  7. seabass069 thread starter macrumors regular

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    O.K. What I did is I purchased a program online called, "Imagerecall 3". $39.00 for the program. I was able to salvage 29GB worth of pics, mp3's, docs and .exe files that I have saved over many years. The only problem I had is I only had 30GB of free space left on my, "c:" drive. Just barely enough to save the entire thing. I am now going through each of my partitions to see what else is out there. I am seeing things that I don't remember saving.

    WARNING!! Do not use this program when the wife or significant other is nearby. They will be asking questions. like, "who are those girls you are having your picture with at Hooters?" Yes, I did delete those pictures 2 years ago!!!

    Here is the website, it's truley a great program. Great reviews on it too. Also supports Mac OS X.

    http://www.flashfixers.com/software/
     

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