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WindowBreaker 07-03-2009 08:24 PM

Oops, I accidentally deleted my NTFS partition!!! How to recover?
 
I accidentally did a quick-format on my external HD.

Here's what happened.

I was reinstalling XP on a desktop and didn't notice my external HD was plugged in. From the setup program I deleted the external HD's partition adn did a quick format.

Now I have my external HD which appears empty as a result of the quick ntfs format I did.

How do I go about recovering my files from the external HD?

I figure since I did a quick format it didn't actually clear the sectors, just rewrote the partition table and the MFT.

I plugged the external HD into a system running gparted-live. It shows the current partition. How do I go about recovering the old partition?

* Both partitions consumed the entire disk. When I deleted it I didn't redefine the boundaries of the partition, just deleted the partition and recreated it using a quick format.

Any help is appreciated - I've got my second system standing by running gparted-live.

rbees 07-03-2009 08:28 PM

you might try 'Testdisk'

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk


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