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    partition recovery?

    Does anyone know how to recover a parition?
    It's been formatted once by me, and once by a windows installer, which refused to move past the key acceptance, so I want it back.
    I don't think I've written any data over it. Any ideas?

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    Re: partition recovery?

    What format was it?

    Anything written overwrote what was there. But if you were installing Windows to it that would have erased everything anyway. So was it not backed up?

    Test disk is in the repositories:
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
    repairs including testdisk info & links
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p21.html
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Da...st%20Partition

    Instructions
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Menu_Analyse
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestD..._file_for_NTFS
    For more info on UEFI boot install & repair - Regularly Updated :
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: partition recovery?

    It had windows 7 on it, so I'd imagine NTFS.

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    Re: partition recovery?

    In most of the cases, only some part of the data are overwritten but most of the them can be recovered using partition recovery software.

    It's doesn't matter whatever the file system is or weather any file are still left to recover or not, you just have to download & run the software. After which, it will gives you the preview of recoverable files and folders but won't let you recover it unless you buy the complete version.

    Majority of software are available on web, you should be careful while choosing them.

    So just check it out and let me know the results..

    Thanks
    Oliver

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    Re: partition recovery?

    In my experience, Windows filesystem utilities have been best at recovering data from former Windows partitions; Linux filesystem utilities have been best at recovering data from former Linux partitions.

    Since your data was on a Windows partition, based on my experience at doing this successfully, my suggestions are the following:
    [NOTE: If your PC has a working copy of MS Windows on it, skip to step 4]
    1) Find someone with a working MS Windows PC
    2) Remove your drive from this PC.
    3) Connect your old drive to the MS Windows PC.
    4) Download and install the trial version of GetDataBack for NTFS from Runtime Software in MS Windows.
    5) Run GetDataBack and select the option to find Deleted files.
    6) When done, browse the filesystem in the app to see if your directories and files were found. If so, view some to confirm the contents are intact.
    7) If they are, you will have to purchase GetDataBack to do the actual recovery. You won't have to reinstall it; instead, they will email you an activation code which you can use to turn on the recovery feature.

    And, last time I checked, GetDataBack for NTFS was $80, USD.

    There's also a FREE MS Windows file system recovery app known as Recuva. You could try that first -- but my experience in MS Windows is you get what you pay for.

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    Re: partition recovery?

    -_- nevermind, it turns out that the partition was wiped and someone tried reinstalling windows on it several times before I could fix it.

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    Re: partition recovery?

    It seems it is a little hard as you already formatted the partition twice. I had the issue before and i used partition recovery tool to get it back. you may take a try. or maybe you can use some data recovery tool to get your data back. i used EaseUS product. it helped me solve the problem.

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