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Roll-back Hard Disk Partition

By jtpaderes ·
Hi guys..

badly need your help. I would like to ask if, is there's other way to "roll-back" the partition of my Maxtor hard disk because it is accidentally formatted (partitoned i guess?) and install a fresh copy of Windows XP without a back-up of my data.

Thanks in advance guys.

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Roll-back Hard Disk Parti ...

First remove the drive and don't use it!

Then fir another drive that is big enough to save your data to and slave your old HDD.

There are several Software Packages you can use the Best is On Tracks but it isn't cheap but on the other hand it's way cheaper than sending your HDD away for a Data Recovery Session so you need to decide how valuable you data actually is.

The second and far more important thing is that you should never consider saving your data on a partition of the same drive as HDD do fail, get overwritten and the like so it is a lousy DR Plan and fraught with problems and potential risks.

For Data Recovery you can try the following software but alway remember that you NEVER use the HDD with the data on it to write to as you'll loose your data very quickly and it will be very expensive to recover at least 15K US for a smallish size drive if you manage to overwrite your data.

http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/

http://www.iolo.com/sr/3/

http://www.stellarinfo.com/

http://www.x-ways.net/winhex/

http://www.getdata.com/

I haven't tried them all but the On Track EasyRecovery? Professional is very fast and recovers most of your data.

X Ways Davory is much slower as you have to recover by file type but it does a reasonable job for non critical Data Recovery.

I've been told that the Stellar Phoenix works fairly well and I've no experience with either the Iolo or Get Data programs but if the advertising about the Get Data is anything part way good it may be what you are looking for.

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