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    Partition died!

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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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    • #3893942

      Partition died!

      by dmiles ·

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      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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        Partition died!

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    • #3893924

      Partition died!

      by shane ·

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      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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        Partition died!

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    • #3893895

      Partition died!

      by mckaytech ·

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      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

      • #3754037

        Partition died!

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    • #3893893

      Partition died!

      by ilkopaunov ·

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      well and I lost NTFS too before 2 weeks.
      you need to go http://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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    • #3894059

      Partition died!

      by robinarm ·

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      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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    • #3894889

      Partition died!

      by ec364 ·

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      Your BIOS does not support the large partition that you created. First things, first. If your data is more important to you at this moment, don’t do anything on your hard disk. Contact Ontrack.com. They’re one of the pioneers in data recovery. I said this because you could easily lose whatever is written on your drive if you fool around with different solutions. You have everything to lose when you said you need to recover 3 YEARS of code without backup!

      Contact Ontrack.

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    • #3894754

      Partition died!

      by eadwint ·

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      What file system was it meant to be ??
      The latest version of partion magic version 5.0 can convert to a variety of file system including NTFS back to FAT and FAT32 to FAT.
      The conversion to a different file system may mean that fdsk etc. will recognise it for you to back up you stuff.
      However it does sound like a problem with the HDisk of the BIOS setup, so tread v.carefully!

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      Partition died!

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