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By mrafrohead ·
Well, here's a lame one for ya... I am rather stumped.

I installed a program that will encrypt your hd in it's entirety. For it to work, it alters your partition tables. Before it does that though, the software creates a backup of your old tables.

Well for the first time, the software failed. My computer lost it's operating system (which is no big deal as it was a fresh install anyhow) and I lost ALL of my data files on my second hard disk. The second disk was partitioned into two drives. Both disks are now showing that they are missing their file system as their tables are no longer correct. The disk sizes are still correct and they are still showing their proper drive letters. I have run a utility so I CAN see that the datais intact in it's entirety, I just can not access it.

My question is this: Does anyone in here know how to fix this. I have tried to repair the MBR with Fdisk for both the master drive and the slave drive. That did not work. I have tried to use disk repair utilities and they are not able to read the disks as they say there's no file system. I am trying to prevent having to copy back over fifty CD's to the disk and then have to reorganize. I am just hoping that there's some last ditch type of thing that can be done to fix this. I backup everything, but I never thought to backup my boot records... ;\

If anyone can help me with this one, I would greatly appreciate it!!!

Mrafrohead

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by TheChas In reply to Corrupt partition tables

Does the firm that made the encryption software offer any recovery utilities?

Have you tried re-installing the encryption software and seeing if it will recover your second drive?

Of course, running fdisk /mbr may have changed the partition table enough to prevent the software from recovering.

Chas

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by mrafrohead In reply to Corrupt partition tables

Well I finished my project and got the data back. It was through a different way than the above. But your answer is right according to a normal situation. The recovery software should have worked. If it did, I would have definately checked Accepted!!! Thank you very much for the input, I truly appreciate it!

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by djent In reply to Corrupt partition tables

Youcould try Diskprobe from NT resource kit, it depends on how much damage was done. Backup or die!

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by mrafrohead In reply to Corrupt partition tables

I haven't found Diskprobe yet, but I did get a utiltiy that worked called R-Studio.

As for Backup or Die! I concur. Especially that blasted Boot Record!!! Never thought I'd need to back that up before

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by RCOM In reply to Corrupt partition tables

I recently went through a simular situation and lost all the data on my hard drive. The fat table became totally corrupt rendering the drive unable to see any partitions at all. Yikes! Anyway I got a recovery program called R-Studio that allowed me to see everything that's ever been on the drive. I could have restored it but decided to reload then restore files as needed. My computer had never been formatted since win 3.11 so it was about time to get a clean start. Anyway the demo version will allow you to see what's on the drive first before buying ($79.00 US). You'll need to put the drive into another computer with windows installed. View the contents of the drive in an explorer type of interface.

www.r-tt.com

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by mrafrohead In reply to Corrupt partition tables

I went ahead and got this program before I saw this post. It's amazing to me that this worked that well and that someone else had heard of it I used to use a program called Easy Data Recovery by Ontrack and it used to work great. This R-Studio puts it to shame. I'm checking accepted because this answer was the route I had chose and worked for me. I do still wish though that there was a program that could read what the MBR should be according to the data and then allow modifications from there...

Thank you for your input!!!!

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