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Is my partition recoverable?

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Hi folks,
I recently ran a Norton Antivirus scan on my laptop and a prompt came up that my "master boot record had changed since last innoculation"...I selected the repair option.

Since doing so my partion on the hard drive is not present in explorer. When I boot with a Win98 floppy and run fdisk to examine the partitions I see the primary partition C: and a second unnamed extended partition which does not indicate any file system but does show 48% used.

I would rather keep the information on my former drive if possible, is it recoverable?

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by Stillatit In reply to Is my partition recoverab ...

It is probably recoverable IF you do nothing to destroy it (like fdisk to create a new partition).

Using Norton Disk Doctor or similar utility, you can edit the partition table, and put the missing drive back into the table.

Read the instructions several times before you do this, because if you mess it up too badly you lose it.

The partition table lives in physical block 0 of your disk, and describes each partition on the disk. This description contains, among other things, the starting point of the partition and the number of blocks (or cylinders) in the partition. For extended partitions there is also a record for each logical disk drive, including starting point and length.

The manual which comes with the utility describes the partition records and describes how to edit them. READ EVERYTHING BEFORE YOU TOUCH ANYTHING!

By the way, there are utilities which will back up a copy of your partition table onto a floppy disk. This might make it easier next time.


Good luck.

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by kgosnell In reply to Is my partition recoverab ...

No need for points , do a deep scan for a virus/worm that may have caused Norton to act in this manner, then resolve the lost material issue, because if it is still there , activating the extention will activate the nasty also. Luck

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by moncur_2000 In reply to Is my partition recoverab ...

Try booting with the WIN98 boot disk. At the prompt c type in fdisk /mbr the hit the enter key.Take the boot disk out and reboot the machine. This should restore your master boot record from a backup that is automatically made on the drive.

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