help recover partition table

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Hello all,

I've bought a 160gb samsung hdd. I partitioned it as follows:
primery
1. 6gb - ntfs
2. 1gb - fat32
extented
3. 32mb - ext2
4. 0.5gb - linuxswap
5. 10gb - reiserfs
6. 20gb - ntfs
7. 32gb - fat32
8. 25gb - ntfs
9. 53gb (rest) - ntfs

At first I didn't have time to install Windows OS on the new disk. But I moved a lot of data to the
new hdd. Today I decided to make fresh install of Windows XP. I downloaded SP2 and integrated it
with my Windows XP cd using AutoStreamer utility. I unhooked my old drive and left only new hdd. I
booted from just created Windows XP + SP2 instalation cd. Windows installer was doing something
without notifying me and then it rebooted. After reboot I was back in windows installer, but this
time it asked a standard question what to do next. I chose to install OS. Then there was the license
agreement and on the next screen installer asked where to install the OS. To my horror it showed my
new hdd as completely empty and unpartitioned. I rebooted computered, hooked up my old drive and
booted to my old Windows. Disk Manager confirmed that my new 160gb disk is empty. I tried to run a
Partition Magic but it failed saying as follows:
"EZ-Drive has been detected on drive 0. but EZ-Drive is corrupt. Run the EZ-Drive setup diskette to
correct the problem."
I don't have any EZ-Drive setup diskette but even if I did how I could be sure that running it would
actually recover partitions. Anyway I believe Winblows installer didn't actually erase the whole hdd
but probably did something bad to MBR. I've run Findpart.exe utility and 'FINDPART.EXE tables'
command shows following info about new hdd:

Findpart, version 4.45 - for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
Copyright Svend Olaf Mikkelsen, 1999-2004.

OS: Windows 5.1.2600 Dodatek Service Pack. 1 Partition tables:

Disk: 1 Cylinders: 310101 Heads: 16 Sectors: 63 MB: 152628

--PCyl N ID -----Rel -----Num ---MB --Start CHS- ---End CHS-- BS CHS
0 1 55 63 12288465 6000 0 1 1 12190* 15 63 OK
0 2 0C 12288528 2048256 1000 12191# 0 1 14222* 15 63 OK OK
0 3 0F 14336784298245024145627 14223# 0 1310100* 15 63 OK

14223 1*83 63 62433 30 14223# 1 1 14284* 15 63 OK OK
14223 2 05 62496 1023120 499 14285# 0 1 15299* 15 63 OK

14285 1 82 63 1023057 499 14285# 1 1 15299* 15 63 OK
14285 2 05 1085616 20480544 10000 15300# 0 1 35617* 15 63 OK

15300 1 83 63 20480481 10000 15300# 1 1 35617* 15 63 NB OK
15300 2 05 21566160 41942880 20479 35618# 0 1 77227* 15 63 OK

35618 1 07 63 41942817 20479 35618# 1 1 77227* 15 63 OK OK
35618 2 05 63509040 67093488 32760 77228# 0 1143788* 15 63 OK

77228 1 0B 63 67093425 32760 77228# 1 1143788* 15 63 R0 OK
77228 2 05130602528 52429104 25600143789# 0 1195801* 15 63 OK

143789 1 07 63 52429041 25600143789# 1 1195801* 15 63 OK OK
143789 2 05183031632115213392 56256195802# 0 1310100* 15 63 OK

195802 1 07 63115213329 56256195802# 1 1310100* 15 63 OK OK

EZ adjusted:

None.


I've just learnt about this utility so I don't know much. However as far as I understand everything
seems to be alright. What should I do next? Should I perform editpart commands. Or maybe there is a
better utilty? I'd rather back up current entries before writing anything to disk so I could always
revert the operations. How to back it up?

Sorry about the length of this post but I wanted to provide as much information as possible. Thank
you in advance.

martines
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    "martines" <martines@REMOVEacn.waw.pl> wrote in message news:cj7ekf$1p9a$1@mamut1.aster.pl
    > Hello all,
    >
    > I've bought a 160gb samsung hdd. I partitioned it as follows:
    > primary
    > 1. 6gb - ntfs
    > 2. 1gb - fat32
    > extented
    > 3. 32mb - ext2
    > 4. 0.5gb - linuxswap
    > 5. 10gb - reiserfs
    > 6. 20gb - ntfs
    > 7. 32gb - fat32
    > 8. 25gb - ntfs
    > 9. 53gb (rest) - ntfs
    >
    > At first I didn't have time to install Windows OS on the new disk. But I moved a lot of data to the
    > new hdd. Today I decided to make fresh install of Windows XP. I downloaded SP2 and integrated it
    > with my Windows XP cd using AutoStreamer utility. I unhooked my old drive and left only new hdd. I
    > booted from just created Windows XP + SP2 instalation cd. Windows installer was doing something
    > without notifying me and then it rebooted. After reboot I was back in windows installer, but this
    > time it asked a standard question what to do next. I chose to install OS. Then there was the license
    > agreement and on the next screen installer asked where to install the OS. To my horror it showed my
    > new hdd as completely empty and unpartitioned. I rebooted computered, hooked up my old drive and
    > booted to my old Windows. Disk Manager confirmed that my new 160gb disk is empty.

    > I tried to run Partition Magic but it failed saying as follows:
    > "EZ-Drive has been detected on drive 0. but EZ-Drive is corrupt.
    > Run the EZ-Drive setup diskette to correct the problem."

    > I don't have any EZ-Drive setup diskette but even if I did how I could be
    > sure that running it would actually recover partitions.

    Good question in respect to the response I got from "Frank Steinmetzger" in
    Re: Western Digital HDD: Problem with EZ-Bios.

    > Anyway I believe Winblows installer didn't actually erase the whole hdd
    > but probably did something bad to MBR.

    Or track 0, but yeah, probably the MBR.

    > I've run Findpart.exe utility and 'FINDPART.EXE tables'
    > command shows following info about new hdd:
    >
    > Findpart, version 4.45 - for Windows 95/98/ME/NT/2000/XP.
    > Copyright Svend Olaf Mikkelsen, 1999-2004.
    >
    > OS: Windows 5.1.2600 Dodatek Service Pack. 1 Partition tables:
    >
    > Disk: 1 Cylinders: 310101 Heads: 16 Sectors: 63 MB: 152628
    >
    > --PCyl N ID -----Rel -----Num ---MB --Start CHS- ---End CHS-- BS CHS
    > 0 1 55 63 12288465 6000 0 1 1 12190* 15 63 OK
    > 0 2 0C 12288528 2048256 1000 12191# 0 1 14222* 15 63 OK OK
    > 0 3 0F 14336784298245024145627 14223# 0 1310100* 15 63 OK
    >
    > 14223 1*83 63 62433 30 14223# 1 1 14284* 15 63 OK OK
    > 14223 2 05 62496 1023120 499 14285# 0 1 15299* 15 63 OK
    >
    > 14285 1 82 63 1023057 499 14285# 1 1 15299* 15 63 OK
    > 14285 2 05 1085616 20480544 10000 15300# 0 1 35617* 15 63 OK
    >
    > 15300 1 83 63 20480481 10000 15300# 1 1 35617* 15 63 NB OK
    > 15300 2 05 21566160 41942880 20479 35618# 0 1 77227* 15 63 OK
    >
    > 35618 1 07 63 41942817 20479 35618# 1 1 77227* 15 63 OK OK
    > 35618 2 05 63509040 67093488 32760 77228# 0 1143788* 15 63 OK
    >
    > 77228 1 0B 63 67093425 32760 77228# 1 1143788* 15 63 R0 OK
    > 77228 2 05130602528 52429104 25600143789# 0 1195801* 15 63 OK
    >
    > 143789 1 07 63 52429041 25600143789# 1 1195801* 15 63 OK OK
    > 143789 2 05183031632115213392 56256195802# 0 1310100* 15 63 OK
    >
    > 195802 1 07 63115213329 56256195802# 1 1310100* 15 63 OK OK
    >
    > EZ adjusted:
    >
    > None.
    >
    >
    > I've just learnt about this utility so I don't know much.

    Read the partition notes on the website, scroll to "Findpart output".

    > However as far as I understand everything seems to be alright.

    Except for that 55h (EZ-Bios) partition ID that appears to be
    crucial for not recognizing ANY partitions by Microsoft.
    The rest appears to be correct except for the NB in the table at
    15300 that indicates some problem with the partition bootsector(s).

    > What should I do next? Should I perform editpart commands. Or maybe
    > there is a better utilty? I'd rather back up current entries before writing
    > anything to disk so I could always revert the operations. How to back it up?
    >
    > Sorry about the length of this post but I wanted to provide as much information
    > as possible. Thank you in advance.
    >
    > martines
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