HDD Data Recovery

I need to recover data from my external HDD. It was plugged into a laptop when I was reinstalling XP. By accident I deleted the partition on it and not the one on the laptop. (That laptop is now fine, but my hard drive is not) From what understand, it didn't go around deleting every byte of data, it must have just deleted the bytes with the "partition" on it. (I'm guessing thats why F.B.I etc.. can recover people's erased data.) So- I'm hoping my data is recoverable. I'm good with computers, but this has never happened to me, so any help would be greatly appreciated. (on a whatever OS you prefer!)

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KorHsa39 months ago


Last time when my hard drive got formatted
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I had this problem before when partition goes deleted. I did recovered my files but had to go through data recovery software. It's strange how partition just take off. Well you better hard drive data recovery services.

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jaketeater7 years ago
Try this guide:
The Hard Drive Recovery Guide for Non-Geeks
It goes through different data recovery techniques. All of the tutorials are written in plain language and use free software.
zachninme10 years ago
I have a very similar problem. I had a linux partition erased and overwritten with a new partition, but the data should still be there. Is there any free linux app that can recover this? (Sorry for butting into your thread, sam!)
You need to determine the exact partition addresses for that partition. If it was reset with Apple's Disk Utility, you can find the addresses and lengths by running PDISK from Terminal. Once you know the addresses and lengths, you need to know the exact partition type that was originally used by Linux and use the information to reconstruct the PC partition table using FDISK. These are two separate partition tables that coexist but must agree with each other exactly or your going to totally hose your drive!
It was done with GParted, and its been re-paritioned, if that matters. And isnt FDISK windows?
FDISK supports the standard FDISK partition table in block 0-1 of the drive. This is the partition scheme used by DOS, Windows and Linux. Mac uses an entirely different partition table that can coexist with the FDISK partition table. If you're putting together a multi-boot drive on an Intel Mac, it's necessary that both tables be present and properly configured.
I have a similar problem in that I lost data and I need to recover it. It is not a Mac at all.
sam (author) 10 years ago
Thanks for all of your help guys. In the end I kind of cheated, I downloaded Partition Table Doctor 3.0 off BitTorrent, and ran it on my PC. It worked like a charm, and in a few seconds all of my files were back. What a relief!
MullenWeg10 years ago
Stellar Phoenix FAT & NTFS http://www.stellarinfo.comdata recovery software is partiton & file recovery utility. It recovers the deleted partition from FAT 16 FAT 32 NTFS & NTFS5 file system. It recoveres the data from formated hard drive, software malfunction, file/directory deletion, and even from sabotage.
You can downlod the demo version of the software from http://www.stellarinfo.com/partition-recovery.htm
Scan your hard drive and it will show you the recovered data.
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