Recovery an NTFS partition

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I have three large partitions on my hard drive. I was using one FAT32
partition as a legacy MS WinME OS with many applications and many years of
work. A second was an NTFS WinXP partition that I used more frequently. The
nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a degree of protection from
the devastation of viruses. I was using either the WinXP multiboot loader or
Partition Magic's multiboot program. I also have a small (78 MB) DOS
partition for DOS Partition Magic.

Recently the NTFS WinXP partition file system has become corrupted and
inconsistent. I've been unable to boot WinXP from that partition. Partition
Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has errors. Only
WinXP can fix the file system. I've installed a new version of WinXP on my
spare partition in a valiant effort to recovery some important legal
documents that reside on that partition. During installation of new WinXP
from CD the install program told me that the lost partition was an OS/2 file
system; it could identify it as NTFS because it was corrupted. Under my new
WinXP, the utility 'Disk Management' can see the lost partition file system,
it says the file system's healthy NTFS, but otherwise unknown and with no
drive letter. Using 'Command Prompt', I am see a partition for which I am
told 'The device is not ready'. Under 'Command Prompt' CHKDSK says it is
'Incorrect MS-DOS version'.

Can anyone suggest some approaches that I can take to recover the important
legal documents (scanned image files) that I have on the lost NTFS
partition?

Thanks.

Ian St. John
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.mshardware.product,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    In news:uyPD$MGdFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
    Ian St. John <istjohn@noemail.usa> typed:

    > The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a
    > degree of protection from the devastation of viruses.


    A very small degree of protection. Most viruses would have no
    trouble transcending partition boundaries.

    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.mshardware.product,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    >> The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a
    >> degree of protection from the devastation of viruses.
    > A very small degree of protection. Most viruses would have no trouble
    > transcending partition boundaries.

    What you say may be true in some instances. But I doubt any virus that
    infected a FAT32 partition could climb up into an NTFS partition. Many nasty
    viruses came before good anti-virus programs became cheap enough for my
    scholarly budget. In my experience with PC viral infection, there have been
    times when the capacity of a dual boot system has made virus removal quite
    simple and saved me from catastrophe. I have file continuity that goes back
    to 1995. Many people have lost everything due to a virus (or stupidity or
    hardware failure).

    There are other reasons to partition a disk, though. You really can't get
    the most out of a big disk unless it is partitioned. If you have a big disk
    and it is not partitioned, you might as well have a smaller disk. You would
    never know the difference.

    Having several partitions for different flavors of MS Windows may seem
    excessive. But some of us also need to be able to boot and use Linux. I have
    WinXP and Linux Fedora Core on separate partitions on my laptop and three
    partitions and two types of MS Windows on my home brew computer, currently.
    I could if I wished, access the WinXP NTFS file system from Linux but not
    vice versa.

    Not to be distracted, does anyone have any ideas related to my original
    query.

    Ian St. John" <istjohn@noemail.usa> wrote
    >I have three large partitions on my hard drive. I was using one FAT32
    >partition as a legacy MS WinME OS with many applications and many years of
    >work. A second was an NTFS WinXP partition that I used more frequently. The
    >nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a degree of protection
    >from the devastation of viruses. I was using either the WinXP multiboot
    >loader or Partition Magic's multiboot program. I also have a small (78 MB)
    >DOS partition for DOS Partition Magic.
    >
    > Recently the NTFS WinXP partition file system has become corrupted and
    > inconsistent. I've been unable to boot WinXP from that partition.
    > Partition Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has
    > errors. Only WinXP can fix the file system. I've installed a new version
    > of WinXP on my spare partition in a valiant effort to recovery some
    > important legal documents that reside on that partition. During
    > installation of new WinXP from CD the install program told me that the
    > lost partition was an OS/2 file system; it could identify it as NTFS
    > because it was corrupted. Under my new WinXP, the utility 'Disk
    > Management' can see the lost partition file system, it says the file
    > system's healthy NTFS, but otherwise unknown and with no drive letter.
    > Using 'Command Prompt', I am see a partition for which I am told 'The
    > device is not ready'. Under 'Command Prompt' CHKDSK says it is 'Incorrect
    > MS-DOS version'.
    >
    > Can anyone suggest some approaches that I can take to recover the
    > important legal documents (scanned image files) that I have on the lost
    > NTFS partition?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Ian St. John
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.mshardware.product,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    "Ian St. John" <istjohn@noemail.usa> wrote in message news:uyPD$MGdFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    >I have three large partitions on my hard drive. I was using one FAT32 partition as a legacy MS WinME OS with many applications and
    >many years of work. A second was an NTFS WinXP partition that I used more frequently.

    > Recently the NTFS WinXP partition file system has become corrupted and inconsistent. I've been unable to boot WinXP from that
    > partition. Partition Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has errors. Only WinXP can fix the file system.
    > I've installed a new version of WinXP on my spare partition in a valiant effort to recovery some important legal documents that
    > reside on that partition. During installation of new WinXP from CD the install program told me that the lost partition was an
    > OS/2 file system; it could identify it as NTFS because it was corrupted.

    > Can anyone suggest some approaches that I can take to recover the important legal documents (scanned image files) that I have on
    > the lost NTFS partition?

    I've had good luck with FindNTFS.
    http://www.partitionsupport.com/utilities.htm

    The basic steps are to first determine the starting Cylinder/Head/Sector
    of the volume, then with that information direct FindNTFS to make a listing
    of directories it finds. From there you can plug in the numbers (from the
    listing) of the dirs you want to recover.

    Definetly not user friendly, but if can can figure it out, it works wonders.
    If you need help, post back.

    Get the Win version and run it from the ME DOS prompt to retain long filenames.


    If you want to be reckless you could try fixboot.. but I would save that
    until after you retrieve your data.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.mshardware.product,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    Ian

    If you can access the NTFS partition with Linux, why don't you?.. the link
    below is to a free file recovery program that works..

    http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

    --
    Mike Hall
    MVP - Windows Shell/User

    "If hard work were such a wonderful thing, surely the rich would have kept
    it all to themselves." - Lane Kirkland


    "Ian St. John" <istjohn@noemail.usa> wrote in message
    news:Ob1%23xOHdFHA.1036@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>> The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a
    >>> degree of protection from the devastation of viruses.
    >> A very small degree of protection. Most viruses would have no trouble
    >> transcending partition boundaries.
    >
    > What you say may be true in some instances. But I doubt any virus that
    > infected a FAT32 partition could climb up into an NTFS partition. Many
    > nasty viruses came before good anti-virus programs became cheap enough for
    > my scholarly budget. In my experience with PC viral infection, there have
    > been times when the capacity of a dual boot system has made virus removal
    > quite simple and saved me from catastrophe. I have file continuity that
    > goes back to 1995. Many people have lost everything due to a virus (or
    > stupidity or hardware failure).
    >
    > There are other reasons to partition a disk, though. You really can't get
    > the most out of a big disk unless it is partitioned. If you have a big
    > disk and it is not partitioned, you might as well have a smaller disk. You
    > would never know the difference.
    >
    > Having several partitions for different flavors of MS Windows may seem
    > excessive. But some of us also need to be able to boot and use Linux. I
    > have WinXP and Linux Fedora Core on separate partitions on my laptop and
    > three partitions and two types of MS Windows on my home brew computer,
    > currently. I could if I wished, access the WinXP NTFS file system from
    > Linux but not vice versa.
    >
    > Not to be distracted, does anyone have any ideas related to my original
    > query.
    >
    > Ian St. John" <istjohn@noemail.usa> wrote
    >>I have three large partitions on my hard drive. I was using one FAT32
    >>partition as a legacy MS WinME OS with many applications and many years of
    >>work. A second was an NTFS WinXP partition that I used more frequently.
    >>The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a degree of
    >>protection from the devastation of viruses. I was using either the WinXP
    >>multiboot loader or Partition Magic's multiboot program. I also have a
    >>small (78 MB) DOS partition for DOS Partition Magic.
    >>
    >> Recently the NTFS WinXP partition file system has become corrupted and
    >> inconsistent. I've been unable to boot WinXP from that partition.
    >> Partition Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has
    >> errors. Only WinXP can fix the file system. I've installed a new version
    >> of WinXP on my spare partition in a valiant effort to recovery some
    >> important legal documents that reside on that partition. During
    >> installation of new WinXP from CD the install program told me that the
    >> lost partition was an OS/2 file system; it could identify it as NTFS
    >> because it was corrupted. Under my new WinXP, the utility 'Disk
    >> Management' can see the lost partition file system, it says the file
    >> system's healthy NTFS, but otherwise unknown and with no drive letter.
    >> Using 'Command Prompt', I am see a partition for which I am told 'The
    >> device is not ready'. Under 'Command Prompt' CHKDSK says it is 'Incorrect
    >> MS-DOS version'.
    >>
    >> Can anyone suggest some approaches that I can take to recover the
    >> important legal documents (scanned image files) that I have on the lost
    >> NTFS partition?
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>
    >> Ian St. John
    >
    >
    >
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.mshardware.product,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    You can have any number of partitions of any type. If the partitions are
    accessible from the operating system a virus can/may/will infect all
    partitions. If you get a virus that corrupts say .jpg files, pictures on all
    your partitions will be infected. Same with music files etc.

    Now, I have three operating systems on my computer - each in it's own
    primary DOS partition. Only one primary DOS partition is active at any given
    time. A virus, in my experience, can not jump this type of partition! Each
    O/S is safe from whatever may happen on another.

    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "Ian St. John" <istjohn@noemail.usa> wrote in message
    news:Ob1%23xOHdFHA.1036@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >>> The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a
    >>> degree of protection from the devastation of viruses.
    >> A very small degree of protection. Most viruses would have no trouble
    >> transcending partition boundaries.
    >
    > What you say may be true in some instances. But I doubt any virus that
    > infected a FAT32 partition could climb up into an NTFS partition. Many
    > nasty viruses came before good anti-virus programs became cheap enough for
    > my scholarly budget. In my experience with PC viral infection, there have
    > been times when the capacity of a dual boot system has made virus removal
    > quite simple and saved me from catastrophe. I have file continuity that
    > goes back to 1995. Many people have lost everything due to a virus (or
    > stupidity or hardware failure).
    >
    > There are other reasons to partition a disk, though. You really can't get
    > the most out of a big disk unless it is partitioned. If you have a big
    > disk and it is not partitioned, you might as well have a smaller disk. You
    > would never know the difference.
    >
    > Having several partitions for different flavors of MS Windows may seem
    > excessive. But some of us also need to be able to boot and use Linux. I
    > have WinXP and Linux Fedora Core on separate partitions on my laptop and
    > three partitions and two types of MS Windows on my home brew computer,
    > currently. I could if I wished, access the WinXP NTFS file system from
    > Linux but not vice versa.
    >
    > Not to be distracted, does anyone have any ideas related to my original
    > query.
    >
    > Ian St. John" <istjohn@noemail.usa> wrote
    >>I have three large partitions on my hard drive. I was using one FAT32
    >>partition as a legacy MS WinME OS with many applications and many years of
    >>work. A second was an NTFS WinXP partition that I used more frequently.
    >>The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a degree of
    >>protection from the devastation of viruses. I was using either the WinXP
    >>multiboot loader or Partition Magic's multiboot program. I also have a
    >>small (78 MB) DOS partition for DOS Partition Magic.
    >>
    >> Recently the NTFS WinXP partition file system has become corrupted and
    >> inconsistent. I've been unable to boot WinXP from that partition.
    >> Partition Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has
    >> errors. Only WinXP can fix the file system. I've installed a new version
    >> of WinXP on my spare partition in a valiant effort to recovery some
    >> important legal documents that reside on that partition. During
    >> installation of new WinXP from CD the install program told me that the
    >> lost partition was an OS/2 file system; it could identify it as NTFS
    >> because it was corrupted. Under my new WinXP, the utility 'Disk
    >> Management' can see the lost partition file system, it says the file
    >> system's healthy NTFS, but otherwise unknown and with no drive letter.
    >> Using 'Command Prompt', I am see a partition for which I am told 'The
    >> device is not ready'. Under 'Command Prompt' CHKDSK says it is 'Incorrect
    >> MS-DOS version'.
    >>
    >> Can anyone suggest some approaches that I can take to recover the
    >> important legal documents (scanned image files) that I have on the lost
    >> NTFS partition?
    >>
    >> Thanks.
    >>
    >> Ian St. John
    >
    >
    >
    >
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    On Sat, 18 Jun 2005 20:10:03 -0400, "Ian St. John"
    <istjohn@noemail.usa> wrote:

    | Partition
    |Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has errors.
    What errors?
    No REPAIR option?
    Can U run CHKDISK from PM(rt-clk on partition)?

    I like Image 4 Windows(hint) :)

    Larry
    Any advise is my attempt to contribute more than I have received but I can only assure you that it works on my PC. GOOD LUCK.
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    On Sat, 18 Jun 2005 23:33:42 -0400, "Richard Urban"
    <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote:

    | A virus, in my experience, can not jump this type of partition! Each
    |O/S is safe from whatever may happen on anothe
    I was told by NAV & CAssociates more than 3+ yrs ago
    that ANY hidden partition was with probability 1 safe
    from malware. Back then there was not the great variety
    of threats & XP wasnt around.
    I use a disconnected USB2 HD 4 Backups now to be
    absolutely sure.

    Just my 2¢ worth. Larry
    Any advise is my attempt to contribute more than I have received but I can only assure you that it works on my PC. GOOD LUCK.
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    In news:Ob1%23xOHdFHA.1036@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl,
    Ian St. John <istjohn@noemail.usa> typed:

    >>> The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a
    >>> degree of protection from the devastation of viruses.

    >> A very small degree of protection. Most viruses would have no
    >> trouble transcending partition boundaries.
    >
    > What you say may be true in some instances. But I doubt any
    > virus that
    > infected a FAT32 partition could climb up into an NTFS
    > partition.


    I don't agree at all.


    > There are other reasons to partition a disk, though.


    Yes, of course. My comment wasn't arguing for or against having
    multiple partitions. It was arguing only against the thought that
    having multiple partitions provided any significant protection
    against viruses.


    > You really can't
    > get the most out of a big disk unless it is partitioned. If you
    > have
    > a big disk and it is not partitioned, you might as well have a
    > smaller disk. You would never know the difference.


    You're saying that having a 250GB drive in a single partition is
    no better than having a 40GB drive, and you can't tell the
    difference between them? That's complete nonsense.

    --
    Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
    Please reply to the newsgroup
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    On Sat, 18 Jun 2005 18:18:28 -0700, "Ken Blake"
    >In news:uyPD$MGdFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
    >Ian St. John <istjohn@noemail.usa> typed:

    >> The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a
    >> degree of protection from the devastation of viruses.

    >A very small degree of protection. Most viruses would have no
    >trouble transcending partition boundaries.

    Some malware's written to act on "their" volume, and others always
    attack C:, but many do cruise drive letters, including those mapped to
    LAN shares. Ironically this is often easier when attacking from
    high-level scripting languages, which are easier to write in, travel
    in editable form, and thus get mutated easily.

    However, separate volumes protect against some other scenarios quite
    well - physical HD failure not being a good example, of course.
    ChkDsk and Defrag can be done separately, different file systems can
    be used, different SR settings, and when one volume gets barfed (as
    seems to be the case with this NTFS volume), other volumes are likely
    to be OK, as long as low-level HD addressing stays sane.

    It's also MUCH easier to do data recovery on, say, a 2G FAT16 volume
    with fat 32k clusters than find an arbitrary 2G stuff in a solid NTFS
    200G slab that's too big to image onto a spare 120G HD, etc.

    The question is; after so many years of NT, and even XP, what
    interactive file system repair tools are available for NTFS? That's
    not a rhetorical question, I'd love an equivalent to Norton Diskedit
    for NTFS, or even a Scandisk (interactive prompt-first repair) for
    that matter. ChkDsk can hardly be considered a data recovery tool.

    I found two that may help, if the problem's easy enough, here:

    http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/welcome.htm

    It didn't help in the case I downloaded them for, which was a USB
    stick with barfed FATxx file system that the OS sees as unformatted.
    The irony here is that I can't bring Diskedit to bear, even though I
    could eat this job with it, because Windows that sees the drive won't
    let it operate, and DOS mode that lets it operate won't show the
    drive. If I could only image the thing onto a UIDE HD... :-(


    >------------------------ ---- --- -- - - - -
    Forget http://cquirke.blogspot.com and check out a
    better one at http://topicdrift.blogspot.com instead!
    >------------------------ ---- --- -- - - - -
  10. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.mshardware.product,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    Try ptedit (must be run from pure DOS) on the USB stick. I have never done
    so, but I have had great success, under similar circumstances, on USB
    external drives that have lost their formatting.

    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)" <cquirkenews@nospam.mvps.org> wrote in
    message news:9d3cb11n2g05jvd3k9c0d5go7ril44vrom@4ax.com...
    > On Sat, 18 Jun 2005 18:18:28 -0700, "Ken Blake"
    >>In news:uyPD$MGdFHA.1384@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl,
    >>Ian St. John <istjohn@noemail.usa> typed:
    >
    >>> The nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a
    >>> degree of protection from the devastation of viruses.
    >
    >>A very small degree of protection. Most viruses would have no
    >>trouble transcending partition boundaries.
    >
    > Some malware's written to act on "their" volume, and others always
    > attack C:, but many do cruise drive letters, including those mapped to
    > LAN shares. Ironically this is often easier when attacking from
    > high-level scripting languages, which are easier to write in, travel
    > in editable form, and thus get mutated easily.
    >
    > However, separate volumes protect against some other scenarios quite
    > well - physical HD failure not being a good example, of course.
    > ChkDsk and Defrag can be done separately, different file systems can
    > be used, different SR settings, and when one volume gets barfed (as
    > seems to be the case with this NTFS volume), other volumes are likely
    > to be OK, as long as low-level HD addressing stays sane.
    >
    > It's also MUCH easier to do data recovery on, say, a 2G FAT16 volume
    > with fat 32k clusters than find an arbitrary 2G stuff in a solid NTFS
    > 200G slab that's too big to image onto a spare 120G HD, etc.
    >
    > The question is; after so many years of NT, and even XP, what
    > interactive file system repair tools are available for NTFS? That's
    > not a rhetorical question, I'd love an equivalent to Norton Diskedit
    > for NTFS, or even a Scandisk (interactive prompt-first repair) for
    > that matter. ChkDsk can hardly be considered a data recovery tool.
    >
    > I found two that may help, if the problem's easy enough, here:
    >
    > http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/uk/welcome.htm
    >
    > It didn't help in the case I downloaded them for, which was a USB
    > stick with barfed FATxx file system that the OS sees as unformatted.
    > The irony here is that I can't bring Diskedit to bear, even though I
    > could eat this job with it, because Windows that sees the drive won't
    > let it operate, and DOS mode that lets it operate won't show the
    > drive. If I could only image the thing onto a UIDE HD... :-(
    >
    >
    >
    >>------------------------ ---- --- -- - - - -
    > Forget http://cquirke.blogspot.com and check out a
    > better one at http://topicdrift.blogspot.com instead!
    >>------------------------ ---- --- -- - - - -
  11. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.general,microsoft.public.mshardware.product,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage (More info?)

    On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 21:48:49 -0400, "Richard Urban"

    >Try ptedit (must be run from pure DOS) on the USB stick.

    If I'm in pure DOS, I can't see the USB stick.

    If I could see the USB stick from pure DOS, I'd be able to bring
    DiskEdit to bear on it, and I'd be home and dry.

    Do you know of anything that would confer such low-level visibility
    for the USB stick to pure DOS?


    >-------------------- ----- ---- --- -- - - - -
    "If I'd known it was harmless, I'd have
    killed it myself" (PKD)
    >-------------------- ----- ---- --- -- - - - -
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    Try this one (even better) (-:

    Boot up the computer using the Ghost 9.01 CD. This installs, I believe, a
    version of Linux as the environment. It also loads USB drivers.

    Once you are at the initial screen (about 3 minutes), go to advanced tools |
    utilities | Edit Partition Table. It looks very much the same as ptedit but
    with more options. You can view/change the partition type from here.

    Choose your drive (careful now). Click in the first box in the lower pane
    for the drive/partition. This will "turn on" the option for "edit partition
    table".

    For my external Seagate USB drives it should be code 07 (fat32x). I have had
    an occasion, or two, where the drive is not seen by anything. When checking
    the partition type it was indicated as Type 00 (no partition). I don't know
    why the change occurs. If the drive comes up as RAW in Windows it will also
    be shown as Type 00. By just changing the partition type to what I know it
    to be, saving and rebooting, the drives have been usable once again (with no
    loss of information).


    --
    Regards,

    Richard Urban

    If you knew as much as you think you know,
    You would realize that you don't know what you thought you knew!


    "cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)" <cquirkenews@nospam.mvps.org> wrote in
    message news:4g1fb15iv8k66bmjt6apo4dco48nmiujr0@4ax.com...
    > On Sun, 19 Jun 2005 21:48:49 -0400, "Richard Urban"
    >
    >>Try ptedit (must be run from pure DOS) on the USB stick.
    >
    > If I'm in pure DOS, I can't see the USB stick.
    >
    > If I could see the USB stick from pure DOS, I'd be able to bring
    > DiskEdit to bear on it, and I'd be home and dry.
    >
    > Do you know of anything that would confer such low-level visibility
    > for the USB stick to pure DOS?
    >
    >
    >
    >>-------------------- ----- ---- --- -- - - - -
    > "If I'd known it was harmless, I'd have
    > killed it myself" (PKD)
    >>-------------------- ----- ---- --- -- - - - -
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    "Richard Urban" <richardurbanREMOVETHIS@hotmail.com> wrote in message news:uxCjm$kdFHA.3328@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
    > Try this one (even better) (-:
    >
    > Boot up the computer using the Ghost 9.01 CD. This installs, I believe, a version of Linux as the environment. It also loads USB
    > drivers.
    >
    > Once you are at the initial screen (about 3 minutes), go to advanced tools | utilities | Edit Partition Table. It looks very much
    > the same as ptedit but with more options. You can view/change the partition type from here.

    Or, you could use ptedit32 from within Windows.
    ftp://ftp.symantec.com/public/english_us_canada/tools/pq/utilities/


    > Choose your drive (careful now). Click in the first box in the lower pane for the drive/partition. This will "turn on" the option
    > for "edit partition table".
    >
    > For my external Seagate USB drives it should be code 07 (fat32x). I have had an occasion, or two, where the drive is not seen by
    > anything. When checking the partition type it was indicated as Type 00 (no partition). I don't know why the change occurs. If the
    > drive comes up as RAW in Windows it will also be shown as Type 00. By just changing the partition type to what I know it to be,
    > saving and rebooting, the drives have been usable once again (with no loss of information).

    AFAIK, most usb stick/flash drives don't have partition tables, but are set
    up like floppies with the volume boot sector in the first sector. That's how
    my 256mb/FAT16 memorex came formatted. The driver is presenting it that
    way anyway.. No telling what's really "on the drive".


    > "cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user)" <cquirkenews@nospam.mvps.org> wrote in message
    > news:4g1fb15iv8k66bmjt6apo4dco48nmiujr0@4ax.com...

    >> If I could see the USB stick from pure DOS, I'd be able to bring
    >> DiskEdit to bear on it, and I'd be home and dry.
    >>
    >> Do you know of anything that would confer such low-level visibility
    >> for the USB stick to pure DOS?

    I've never tried, but you might want to experiment with these drivers.
    http://www.bootdisk.com/usb.htm

    As an alternative to diskedit, you could use WinHex (disk editor). The trial
    version is read only, but you could at least determine the problem and if
    it's fixable.
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    I completely ruined a USB memory stick one time by accidentally partitioning
    it into an NTFS volume using the WindowsXP installation media. I have never
    been able to use it since.

    "Bill Blanton" <bblanton@REMOVEmagicnet.net> wrote in message
    news:%23f4j8xldFHA.3712@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    > AFAIK, most usb stick/flash drives don't have partition tables, but are
    > set
    > up like floppies with the volume boot sector in the first sector. That's
    > how
    > my 256mb/FAT16 memorex came formatted. The driver is presenting it that
    > way anyway.. No telling what's really "on the drive".
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    Ok, here is something that may be of use. I have done it this way before,
    but you may have a different case. Do a search for a free utility called
    NTFS4DOS. With it, you can make a floppy disk that will boot to a command
    prompt and be able to read/write NTFS partitions. I needed to use this to
    wipe some NTFS RAID disks without installing an OS. Sorry I can't provide a
    link to that, I don't remeber the site off the top of my head and it's about
    time for me to leave anyways, so I don't have time to find it for you. Good
    luck.

    "Ian St. John" wrote:

    > I have three large partitions on my hard drive. I was using one FAT32
    > partition as a legacy MS WinME OS with many applications and many years of
    > work. A second was an NTFS WinXP partition that I used more frequently. The
    > nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a degree of protection from
    > the devastation of viruses. I was using either the WinXP multiboot loader or
    > Partition Magic's multiboot program. I also have a small (78 MB) DOS
    > partition for DOS Partition Magic.
    >
    > Recently the NTFS WinXP partition file system has become corrupted and
    > inconsistent. I've been unable to boot WinXP from that partition. Partition
    > Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has errors. Only
    > WinXP can fix the file system. I've installed a new version of WinXP on my
    > spare partition in a valiant effort to recovery some important legal
    > documents that reside on that partition. During installation of new WinXP
    > from CD the install program told me that the lost partition was an OS/2 file
    > system; it could identify it as NTFS because it was corrupted. Under my new
    > WinXP, the utility 'Disk Management' can see the lost partition file system,
    > it says the file system's healthy NTFS, but otherwise unknown and with no
    > drive letter. Using 'Command Prompt', I am see a partition for which I am
    > told 'The device is not ready'. Under 'Command Prompt' CHKDSK says it is
    > 'Incorrect MS-DOS version'.
    >
    > Can anyone suggest some approaches that I can take to recover the important
    > legal documents (scanned image files) that I have on the lost NTFS
    > partition?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Ian St. John
    >
    >
    >
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    I'm surprised that could happen. I suppose you tried to format it.
    If it does ahve a table structure in the first sector, you might
    have luck zeroing out the first sector, and then format.


    "Russ (Oracle DBA)" <a@b.c> wrote in message news:uiHx6urdFHA.3452@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    >I completely ruined a USB memory stick one time by accidentally partitioning it into an NTFS volume using the WindowsXP
    >installation media. I have never been able to use it since.
    >
    > "Bill Blanton" <bblanton@REMOVEmagicnet.net> wrote in message news:%23f4j8xldFHA.3712@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl...
    >> AFAIK, most usb stick/flash drives don't have partition tables, but are set
    >> up like floppies with the volume boot sector in the first sector. That's how
    >> my 256mb/FAT16 memorex came formatted. The driver is presenting it that
    >> way anyway.. No telling what's really "on the drive".
    >
    >
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    I actually had a similar issue reciently. I was able to recover my
    files so I'll list the steps right here. This will only work if the
    computer that needs recovering is connected to a network with another
    computer that can backup the files. You'll also need a blank CD to
    create a live disk with.

    1. Burn a Knoppix 3.9 live CD. You should be able to fine an ISO image
    if you search for Knoppix through google.

    2. Boot with the Knoppix CD. The CD detected my partition as an OS/2
    partition however it let me see everything on the partition so this
    didn't seem to be an issue.

    3. Start the Samba server under Programs Menu -> Knoppix -> Start Samba
    Server. After doing this, set a password for the server and set the
    hard drives as remotely viewable.

    4. Using the Remote machine, go to the address \\knoppix\. When
    prompted for the username and password, use the username knoppix and
    the password you picked when starting up Samba.

    After backing up your files, it's as simple as reinstalling the OS to
    fix the issue.


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    Ian St. John Wrote:
    > I have three large partitions on my hard drive. I was using one FAT32
    > partition as a legacy MS WinME OS with many applications and many years
    > of
    > work. A second was an NTFS WinXP partition that I used more frequently.
    > The
    > nice thing about partitions is that it gives you a degree of protection
    > from
    > the devastation of viruses. I was using either the WinXP multiboot
    > loader or
    > Partition Magic's multiboot program. I also have a small (78 MB) DOS
    > partition for DOS Partition Magic.
    >
    > Recently the NTFS WinXP partition file system has become corrupted and
    > inconsistent. I've been unable to boot WinXP from that partition.
    > Partition
    > Magic can see the partition but it tells me the partition has errors.
    > Only
    > WinXP can fix the file system. I've installed a new version of WinXP on
    > my
    > spare partition in a valiant effort to recovery some important legal
    > documents that reside on that partition. During installation of new
    > WinXP
    > from CD the install program told me that the lost partition was an OS/2
    > file
    > system; it could identify it as NTFS because it was corrupted. Under my
    > new
    > WinXP, the utility 'Disk Management' can see the lost partition file
    > system,
    > it says the file system's healthy NTFS, but otherwise unknown and with
    > no
    > drive letter. Using 'Command Prompt', I am see a partition for which I
    > am
    > told 'The device is not ready'. Under 'Command Prompt' CHKDSK says it
    > is
    > 'Incorrect MS-DOS version'.
    >
    > Can anyone suggest some approaches that I can take to recover the
    > important
    > legal documents (scanned image files) that I have on the lost NTFS
    > partition?
    >
    > Thanks.
    >
    > Ian St. John

    May be the boot sector or FAT/ MFT are corrupt.
    You can use some tool to fix it.

    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 right click the partition and choose fixboot.

    For more detail:
    http://www.ptdd.com/fixboot.htm

    See more: http://www.ptdd.com/recoverylostpartition.htm
    http://www.ptdd.com/recoverdeletedpartition.htm
    http://www.ptdd.com/partition-recovery.htm
    http://www.ptdd.com


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