Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in
Your question

Need help to recover data from deleted partition

Last response: in Storage
Share
October 28, 2012 11:30:34 AM

Help needed urgently.

I recently got fed up with my nvidia graphics driver on windows 7 so i decided to install xp. so i did. i chose to install windows xp on c drive. and i formatted that drive and installed xp. so after the installation i decided to install my graphics driver which i had copied to d drive earlier on windows 7 so i didnt have to download anything after. So i opened my computer in windows xp to navigate my way to d drive, only to realise it was not showing up. So i opened disk managment and noticed it wasnt showing up either. it did not even detect that had unallocated space or and empty drive or anything. it only showed c drive where i installed xp. So i wass a lil peed off about it. and i reinstalled windows 7 and now i can see the drive in disk managment. I then created a simply volume and now i have nothing on that drive. So my question is. Can i recover my data? Is there any program (free specifically) that can recover data from a deleted partition? if so can someone please provide a link. because i have photos i cannot loose and i have many games and many many music and i also have a lot of movies and all my documents on that partition that i cannot loose. I have not put any data on d drive. all i have done was format the drive so i could see it in exploere. i will not put anything on that drive just in case i overwrite anything. thanks for you help people :)  much appreciated
October 28, 2012 9:19:25 PM

Oh my gosh! Please don't listen to this guy! It is totally possible!
@mhtsgr9: Geez dude, this is someone's DATA we're talking about here. Please don't answer if you don't know what you're talking about. :( 

I deleted my entire MBR once and got every last file back by booting into Ubuntu from a flash disk (because you should minimize use of the drive you are trying to recover data/partitions from) and using a software like Testdisk. Here are a couple good tutorials you can check.
Recover Lost or Deleted Partitions in Linux Using TestDisk (article)
Recover deleted partitions using Testdisk in Ubuntu (video)

The one thing you have to be aware of however is that the more you mess with the drive by installing stuff, the less likely it becomes to recover lost data because it is being overwritten. Any time you delete data or a partition, it is not actually gone from the drive, but only the flags that reserve the hard drive sectors where those files live on the drive. You can use apps like the above for recovering deleted partitions, and apps like Recuva or Restoration, etc.

Important note!
Whenever you are trying to recover data from a formatted drive or partition where you deleted files, it's absolutely CRITICAL that you do not write ANYTHING to that partition. ALWAYS install your recovery software on a separate partition or thumb drive. Otherwise you could be overwriting the data you're trying to recover.
m
0
l
October 29, 2012 4:26:23 AM

Quote:
...At last, after you have restored your data, you should never store the recovered data on the same partition, for that will increase the rate of recovery failure.

That last statement is a good point, very true.

However, this is only the case if you are recovering deleted files (either from a format or via the recycle bin). On the other hand if you are restoring a deleted partition, the software will simply reinstate the partition boundaries. When you delete a partition, the data never actually goes anywhere. :) 
m
0
l
Related resources
a b G Storage
October 31, 2012 2:13:43 AM

You could try AOMEI Partition Assistant home edition it has the feature "Partition recovery wizard: http://www.pcworld.com/article/257248/aomei_partition_a...
And yes as others suggestion, you could use TestDisk I agree it is powerful data recovery software, if the partition recovery could not solve your problem.
m
0
l
October 19, 2013 5:26:34 AM

DevITIS said:
Quote:
...At last, after you have restored your data, you should never store the recovered data on the same partition, for that will increase the rate of recovery failure.

That last statement is a good point, very true.

However, this is only the case if you are recovering deleted files (either from a format or via the recycle bin). On the other hand if you are restoring a deleted partition, the software will simply reinstate the partition boundaries. When you delete a partition, the data never actually goes anywhere. :) 


I'm having the same problem, so I tried The Minitool's Lost Partition Recovery, but I can't store the data anywhere. I only have C partition, my Local Disk D partition got accidentally deleted. I have only one hard drive in my laptop, and no external drive. The software won't let me save the files on the existing hard drive, because I only have the C partition, which is too small. Please help :/ 

m
0
l
August 11, 2014 6:15:13 AM

Hi, as u know the file structure is written on the partition table. So for u to successfully get all ur files back u need a hard disk which is equal to what u have now. Unfortunately there is no other way to do this. Delete the 2tb of raw data, which cant be decoded because of fragmentation. Good luck.

I didn't mess around with it, I tried to repartition and it got screwed, then I reformatted it once and leave it alone, no files recorded there anymore. Everything else I did was to 'search' it's partition directories, but never committed any change they were supposed to make... But yeah, I think I was the one who got screwed in this one... :S
m
0
l
!