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Old 04-15-2004, 02:40 AM   #1
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I have destroyed my second drive partition w/ FDISK

I was repartitioning my drive for re-installation of XP. Yes, I switched back to the XP the temptation became too strong for me. I still plan on installing Slack or another distro on the computer too.

My problem is, when I was partitioning the drives I accidently set the partitions on my second drive instead of the first drive. It is my understandning and my hope, that the data is still recoverable. I have been trying to reset the partition back into the original state it was in. I had it as all one 120gb drive in ext3 format. Paritition magic for XP and the Slackware and Gentoo CD Versions do not support ext3....only ext2. How am I able to recover the data on my HD. Please tell me there is some way to recover this. I have so much time invested into the work on it.

I really kicked myself for typing HDB instead of HDA....I could of sworn I never saved it when I realized it....but I later found out the partition was made when I didnt want it to.....

Enough of my rambleing.....please help me get the data from my drive.....
Old 04-15-2004, 02:47 AM   #2
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the latest version of partition magic certainly does support ext3 filesystems. ext3 support has been in since PM8. i don't know what you mean by set the state of your second hard drive. are you talking about it being the active partition? or did you mean that you formatted your second hard drive? if the latter, i don't think anything on there is recoverable.
Old 04-15-2004, 08:58 AM   #3
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AceTech747: To echo megaspaz’s comment, PM8 definitely does ext3 partitions. If you only deleted the ext3 partition, PM8 can undelete it. Just boot from the PM8 disk (from DOS) and select “undelete”. If you wrote an NTFS partition to the same space, you are screwed. The ext3 is gone.


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