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I'm running WinXP Pro with NTFS partitions. I used PartitionMagic v8
to move and resize a partition. The process got hosed in the middle,
and left everything in a weird state. I can't access the partition via
Windows Explorer or a DOS command window. But I *can* see stuff there
with "Active File Recovery".

When I tried to actually recover some files, though, it didn't quite
work right. The "recovery" succeeded, but the file contents and
filenames didn't seem to match. For example, I had a lot of MP3 files
on the partition. A file got recovered called, let's say, "xyz.mp3".
But when I opened the file, I heard part of "abc.mp3".

So here's what I *think* happened...

PartitionMagic began moving the file data, so some stuff is physically
located in a different spot. But when it locked up, some files had
been moved but the file allocation tables, indicating where things
lived on the disk, hadn't been updated with the new information.

It's sort of like ripping out some pages of a book, relocating them,
renumbering the pages, but not updating the index with the new page
numbers. All the content is there, but if you look it up via the
index, you're going to land somewhere else.

So...my little question is, "Does this make sense as to what happened?"
And my *big* question is, "Is there any way to recover from this?"

I've got about 20G of mostly MP3 files. I'm 99% sure the data is fine.
I just need to figure out a way to sync up the files with their
correct names.

Anyone have any ideas?

Thanks in advance!
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  1. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    > It's sort of like ripping out some pages of a book, relocating them,
    > renumbering the pages, but not updating the index with the new page
    > numbers. All the content is there, but if you look it up via the
    > index, you're going to land somewhere else.

    It also could be that all pages were ripped off, their page numbers erased,
    pages dumped randomly on a pile. Try to find out how to read all
    paragraphes.
    And, by the way, it was not a book, but an unique manuscript.
  2. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    I suggest you use Partition Table Doctor to resolve your
    problem.The software provides very useful functions:
    Backup partition table, Restore partition table, Rebuild
    partition table, undelete partition, Fix boot sector,
    rebuild mbr,etc.

    First thing I recommend you download the demo version of
    Partition Table Doctor.( http://www.ptdd.com/download.htm )

    Run the program and select "Rebuild Partition Table",
    then choose "Interactive" mode. If you can find the partition
    you need, that is Partition Table Doctor can help you. Otherwise,
    Partition Table Doctor cannot help you.
  3. Archived from groups: comp.sys.ibm.pc.hardware.storage (More info?)

    See more: http://www.ptdd.com/recoverylostpartition.htm
    http://www.ptdd.com/partition-recovery.htm
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    On 26 Apr 2005 11:13:03 -0700, "prophead" <sbrenner@att.net> wrote:

    >I'm running WinXP Pro with NTFS partitions. I used PartitionMagic v8
    >to move and resize a partition. The process got hosed in the middle,
    >and left everything in a weird state. I can't access the partition via
    >Windows Explorer or a DOS command window. But I *can* see stuff there
    >with "Active File Recovery".

    >Anyone have any ideas?

    Get Findpart at

    http://www.partitionsupport.com/utilities.htm

    do:

    findpart all fp.txt

    and mail me the file fp.txt.
    --
    Svend Olaf
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    To me, yes - I'm wary of PM8 when it comes to NTFS, and am selective
    about NTFS in general. I prefer a smaller dedicated XP "C:\" and
    larger, linked program partition, both FAT32. Ghosting, in part a
    considering for the former, but with both FAT32s accessible within a SE
    dualboot or floppy routine. Large NTFS drives are peachy, but I prefer
    XP alone to handle them, manually moving aside data in order to resize
    or manipulate through the provided OS device interface only.

    >So...my little question is, "Does this make sense as to what
    happened?" And my *big* question is, "Is there any way to recover from
    this?"
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