boot camp gone bad

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by chopstick2000, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. chopstick2000 macrumors newbie

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    so i recently upgraded to leopard, and decided to make a small windows partition on my macbook pro so i could play some games for windows on my mac. i had used the program a few times in beta without any hitches, so i didn't expect any this time...

    well, long story short, i installed windows just fine and everything was dandy, until i tried to restart into my mac partition by holding down the option button as i turned the computer on... and Windows was the only choice. this is when i started freaking out. i booted back into windows and checked My Computer, and C:\ is 111GB rather than the 15GB it was supposed to be. so, somehow my entire mac partition is gone, along with all my data.

    i've been searching for a data recovery program, but i'm having trouble finding a program that can actually find anything. i have some important files that were on my mac that i don't have backed up (i know, i know, i really shouldn't have tried boot camp without making sure everything was backed up - but there's nothing i can do about that now).

    any help of any sort would be -greatly- appreciated.

    and happy thanksgiving, if youre in the states (or somewhere else).
     
  2. TBi macrumors 68030

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    Sounds like you let windows format the whole hard drive instead of just the bootcamp partition. Don't know how to get your data back though.
     
  3. splashtech macrumors regular

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    I would be extemely surprised if there is any program out there capable of doing this, although I would imagine that it could technically be done. If the files are important enough, consider finding a pro data recovery firm to have a bash.
     
  4. TBi macrumors 68030

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    There are tonnes of programs to do this for windows based partitions/data. I have seen or never used one for a mac. But they are out there.
     
  5. monty77 macrumors 6502a

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    ...as Mac was the 1st parition on the disk, and Windows now resides there, it's likely the Windows OS will have already overwritten the bulk of the data that was there :(

    Data recovery software is generally only any good at recovering deleted data from a physical location on the disk that has not been written to since.

    Adam
     
  6. TBi macrumors 68030

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    If he's lucky it will only have over written the OSX install itself. However it takes a lot to actually make windows format more than the partition it supposed to format so he might have done a lot more damage that he thought.
     

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