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Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

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Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

I've had a slight mishap with a Windows 7 system drive. Embarrassed
There was the main partition and a small partition which I accidentally deleted.
I cannot now access the main partition and would like to recover this partition and make it accessible again.
There are loads of free applications but they tend to offer limited drive space recovery or file view only, The drive is 1TB.
Can anyone recommend a good one at a reasonable price...please Smiley

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Re: Partition Recovery

Are you adverse to Linux live CDs?
Something like http://www.sysresccd.org/SystemRescueCd_Homepage should be up your ally.
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Are you adverse to Linux live CDs?

Absolutely not, I've used them quite a lot.
I'll have a closer look at that package.

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Re: Partition Recovery

It's not one I've used myself, I tend to go for a generic Ubuntu / Debian Live CD and use the command line tools I'm familiar with.
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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

I imagine you have killed some files use in the boot process.  Booting from the Windows disc should enable you to fix the problem without needing to recover your deleted partition.  See http://support.microsoft.com/kb/927392 if the computer does not peform this operation spontaneously.
Conversely, I doubt that any recovery software would work accurately enough to help.
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There was the main partition and a small partition which I accidentally deleted.

Does that mean you accidentally deleted only the small partition, but after that you then couldn't access the main partition? What do you mean by "cannot now access the main partition"? Do you mean the computer doesn't boot from that disk, or that there's no trace of any partition on the disk if you connect the disk to another computer or boot a live CD?
The software on Live CDs for recovering deleted partition table entries is http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

I deleted the small partition. Now when I access the remaining partition on that drive it tells me the drive needs formatting.
it's not the drive I boot from but it is the previous windows boot drive.
I'm out just now and on my phone.

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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

so it appears that you deleted the MBR which Windows set up - of course I could be wrong
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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

Not sure about the partition you mean, is it the system reserve partition that a new install of win 7 creates ? If so you have deleted the boot manager.
This may help.......
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/71363-system-reserved-partition-delete.html
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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

I'll clarify when I get home.
Thanks for the interest so far, its much appreciated.

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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

Having read gtowen's link I believe I need to take the offending disc out of my PC and install it in a PC on it's own to work with.
Basically I had a PC with a standard hard drive on which Windows 7 was installed as the operating system.
I recently purchased an SSD and installed it into my PC.
I disconnected the old Windows drive, did a fresh install of Windows 7 on the SSD and made it the boot drive in BIOS.
I then reconnected the old drive in order to access anything that had not been backed up to my NAS drive.
The old Windows drive was now showing as 2 partitions, F and G, F being the System Reserved of the old Windows and G being the old 'C' drive.
I deleted the System Reserve partition in Disk Management and then found I could not read the G drive.
Sorry if I have not made myself clear. Sad
I'm a compulsive fiddler and should live by the motto "If it's not broken don't fix it" Embarrassed

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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

That link was only if you wanted to make the drive bootable again. If not, any linux live cd could be used to gain access to the drive and transfer any data you wish to keep to another drive....... then using gparted on the linux live cd I'd format the whole drive thus rebuilding the mbr Smiley
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Re: Partition Recovery Software advice needed.

Thanks everyone for your help Smiley

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That link was only if you wanted to make the drive bootable again.

But it would still almost certainly do the trick and render the missing partition visible again in Windows.
Strat, "System Reserved" means "Do Not Touch".
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RR I suppose I sort of knew that but as I said I'm a compulsive fiddler and can't leave things be if my curiosity is aroused Embarrassed
Thankfully it's not the end of my world.
I now have a folder on my NAS drive full of 1000's of anonymous files of different sorts.

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