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By mizhaber ·
I just bought a new 20GB Seagate Medalist hd. I partitioned it in to 3 partitions, 1 gig for system, 19 gigs for data and 0.3 gig for swap file. My previous hd's had bad sectors so I moved all my data to the new hard drive. After moving, everything was fine, I could use the files and so. I shutted down the computer. Next morning when I powered it up, the 19 gig partition was gone! When tried to access, it tells me that it is not formatted. Win98 Fdisk tells it is in UNKNOWN fs. Linux fdisk shows that it is in fat32, but it cannot be mounted. Partition magic tells me that it is empty, and in unknown format, but when I click to partition info, it shows it as a fat32.

HOW could this happen by only rebooting the machine?

Is there ANY way to recover my data (including my c-sources from last 3 years... I must be total IDIOT to not have a backup anywhere!!! ...) ???

Is there any proggies to help me recover those files? (Norton Utilities UnErase nor MS Undelete(DOS/WIN) cannot even access the drive..

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by dmiles In reply to Partition died!

Odd that this happened,could be a bios problem that needed updating.Linux boot files could have been the problem,try using the system disk that you created during install,only chance of recovery.
You will need to contact a tecnical shop that does HD recovery to get the info back.

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by shane In reply to Partition died!

Are you sure that the old hard disk drive did not have a boot sector virus that got transferred to the new drive?
I would do a clean boot and virus scan first.
It sounds like a master boot record problem.
Did your new drive come with an overlay disk?
Many times these overlay disks save the master boot record which can be restored later without any data loss.
Hope this helps.

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by McKayTech In reply to Partition died!

It probably doesn't make a lot of difference at this point, but it would be help to know what OS you're running on this machine.

That having been said, my theory would be that the actual geometry of the drive is different than what is being auto-detected and set into the CMOS. This would be consistent with your report of normal operation up until you re-booted.

This is not uncommon when a drive is installed with a manufacturer's disk that installs BIOS extensions or various translation mechanisms to support large drives (e.g. Disk Manager or DriveWizard).

At this point, you have nothing to lose by trying any combination of drive settings that may possibly make sense.

If the machine is, in fact, Windows-based, I have had some success with Hard Drive Mechanic in recovering lost partitions but not anywhere near 100%.

paul

Paul M. Wright, Jr. MCSE, CNE
McKay Technologies

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by ilkopaunov In reply to Partition died!

well and I lost NTFS too before 2 weeks.
you need to go www.ontrack.de and get "Easy recovery" or "Tiramisu" program. It will scan whole HDD and will tell you what is inside, then you can copy files to another HDD.
About shutdown: I had Motherboard that did the same. I changed it.

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by robinarm In reply to Partition died!

Solution may depend on what format HDD was. Have you tried running fdisk with /mbr switch. This would rewrite the master boot record. Also try ontracks disk utils to recover partition. Sounds like problem is either dodgy physical disk or wrong configuration in CMOS.

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