Partition recovery is the process of recovering data from a hard drive partition that has been rendered unreadable by normal methods. A problem that is caused by drive failure, accidental formatting, corruption of data.

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How can I repair or install startup repair/system recovery after BCD corruption?

How should I go about repairing startup repair? Installing startup repair onto the hard drive, as if it was not originally there, would also fix this. In the hope that someone at a Windows-specific ...
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How to replace the laptop HDD but preserve the recovery partition?

I need to replace the HDD from one laptop, but the goal is to preserve the recovery partition, thus allowing me to re-install windows at any given time, just like if it was the original HDD. I've ...
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My hard disk does't get recognized

For a few days now I have a problem with my 500GB internal hard disk. I am on Linux Mint 13 but I have the same problem with my Windows installation. When running fdisk -l I can see my hard disk ...
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mdmda raid 1 - spare drive after SATA cable change

Yesterday my hoster changed a SATA cable of one of my hdds, when my server came back up again cat /proc/mdstat showed this Personalities : [raid1] md124 : active raid1 sda1[0] 4193268 blocks ...
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Creating a system deployment disk [duplicate]

Hi guys i want to create an image of a windows 7 system and use it as a deployment tool and when I want to setup up like more than 10 laptops, then i just connect them on a network and deploy the ...
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Drive Partitions not Extending [duplicate]

I have a USB stick which I made into a bootable USB stick for Ubuntu. I installed Ubuntu, and then I formatted the USB stick. However, it only has 2MB of space on it, however it is an 8GB USB. I ...
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Whole working Windows 7 partition (on SSD) suddenly became “Unallocated Disk Space”

I have an HP 2540p with Windows 7 installed on a Plextor M3 SSD that sits in the upgrade drive bay (that used to house a DVD drive). The system has been working fine for months until this morning when ...
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LVM volume with corrupt MBR: how to mount and recover data from it?

I am new to LVM and partitioning in general, and so, am in a situation here. The Situation: I accidentally overwrote MBR of a Fedora 16-created LVM disk. Now, everything else on this disk is ...
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Cannot access disk, partition table broken

I was so dumb, to turn of the power on my Readynas Ultra 4 when it was installing the disk (3TB WD Green), I had no time to wait for it as I was going to return it (It was to damn noisy) The disk ...
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Read data from old hard drive Seagate ST-1239A

I received an old hard drive from which I need to read the data. I connect it using an AT-Interface to USB connector. (I tried two different ones with the same results). I guess it is about 210-211 MB ...
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How do I copy the boot sector from one computer to another?

I have a pair of identical computers. One of them stopped booting the other day (it gets past the BIOS screen then goes black). Booting from a USB recovery stick I've verified that the partition is ...
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File structure corruption after installing ubuntu

I am using Windows 7. When I installed Ubuntu and ran it for the first time, everything was going fine. I booted Ubuntu and accessed my FAT32 and NTFS partitions. After restarting Ubuntu, I booted to ...
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Windows 7 system drive says it is raw, but System Recovery starts without issues

I have been running Windows 7 RC1 since it was available a couple of months ago and had no issues whatsoever until today. When I start my laptop, Windows does not boot but instead Windows System ...
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Restore deleted Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I selected the option to create a recovery drive in Windows and then deleted the recovery partition using the option provided (see screenshot). Now I want to restore the partition exactly as it was ...
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Can not copy files after installing windows

I am experiencing a weird problem. I was running Xubuntu on my laptop until yesterday that I had to delete Xubuntu and install Windows. I had a NTFS partition on my Xubuntu that I kept some files on ...
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Recover lost 5th primary partition

I recently decided to enable bitlocker on my Windows 7 computer. Little did I know that this meant the setup wizard would chop off a 300MB piece of my C: partition and create a primary partition from ...
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Lost all data after chkdsk on NTFS partition. How do I get it back?

I have a multiboot system with a shared NTFS partition (300gigs) across OS's (Windows7, Debian, Arch). Recently I booted into Windows and it prompted me to run CHKDSK and after that I can't see any of ...
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How to fix damaged NTFS partition?

I have an external HDD with one NTFS partition. I wanted to transfer some files between PCs, so I have copied some files from Debian PC to the drive. After then as usual I have chosen safety remove ...
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Correcting tree from messed up file tree in NTFS partition

It's a real messed situation, but I'm quite at the end of my options. It's my personal hardrive, so it's very important for me, and yes, I have no backup =( The short story: 1) I have two discs. ...
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Recovery Partition Healthy?

I tried to backup my recovery partition a couple of times on a CD and HDD but this process fails every time. I used "Dell Datasafe Local Backup-Basic Edition", but after 2 minutes of burning/writing ...
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Recovering multiple partitions with testdisk in a multiboot configuration

I'm facing this kind of problem for the first time. Two of my three partitons got corrupted. In searching for a solution, I found testdisk. I've read the tutorials and feel confortable to use it, ...
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Is there a way to backup the windows recovery partition or recreate it on a sony vaio laptop?

My friend got a Sony Vaio laptop. Soon, I will install him Linux. But I want to back up the Windows 7's recovery partition that came pre-installed. But on laptop, normally, when we boot up, they ask ...
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Recover partitions with both Windows 7 and Linux installed using TestDisk

I need to recover my partitions using TestDisk. I used deep search and the result is as follows: Disk /dev/sdc - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63 Partition Start End ...
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Recover files from corrupt filesystem

My situation: I have an older 80GB IDE internal hdd, with a few files on it that I would like very much to recover: some word documents some latex documents (text files) and pictures (png, jpg, eps ...
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Windows 7, disk partition disappeared

I have a Mac Book Pro with 320GB HDD, I had Mac OSX (139.70 GB) on one partition (using BOOTCAMP) and Windows 7 (157.59GB) on other partition (Bootcamp). And in Windows I divided that single partition ...
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Is it possible to restore a wiped MBR partition table on a machine that has not been rebooted?

While experimenting with how to fix this, I came across a suggestion to wipe the MBR, so I did. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bsize=512 count=1 Whoops. No partition table. Yes, I have backups, but ...
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Windows reporting less space on SSD. Is it the ex-linux partition?

I attempted a Windows 8.1/ LinuxMint dualboot on the same drive. After giving up on Mint, I would like to have my disk space back. I reserved about 20 GB for Mint when I installed it. As a result ...
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Everything on my NTFS partition disappeared. DESPERATE ASSISTANCE NEEDED

I just rebooted into Windows (I dual boot with Ubuntu), and everything in my D: partition is gone! First question: How do I best preserve the current state of the hard drive to maximize chances of ...
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renamed home partition volume in osx with diskutil and now cannot login

It's been a long day and I am pretty tired and that's the only reason I can figure that I thought I would rename one of the volumes on this old macbook (running osx 10.6) without worrying about ...
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What is the compaq diagnostic partition?

I have a very new Lenovo notebook but I see nowhere a compaq logo or something else. What is the compaq diagnostic partition and for what is this? Why do they use this in very new notebooks? Where ...
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Gray Progress Bar in Macbook Boot caused by Partition Fault

Here's my problem: When I try to load my Macbook it shows the gray progress bar. It takes a while to fill the whole progress and after it Macbook just shuts down. I tried to boot from a recovery ...
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Parted Magic filesystem went RAW of external HDD

Hi I have ran http://html5.litten.com/how-to-fix-external-disk-drive-suddenly-became-raw/ and got a small 100mb partition back of my external hdd, but the actual partition (500gb) is still raw. ...
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Turned off computer while using recovery partition

I was using the recovery partition on my ASUS computer to reinstall Windows XP and everything was going smoothly until the setup jammed. I waited for like 30 minutes and nothing happened so I pressed ...
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Recover NTFS partition GPT with TestDisk, gdisk, EasyRecovery

I have broken my hdd file struture. I will not go into details how that happened. I had several NTFS partitions which have some data I need, and it was in GPT. I tried several applications for ...
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Access denied to write boot record under Windows XP on Award BIOS

I've recently deleted a NTFS partition by mistake. I haven't created a new partition in its space (it's unallocated right now). I tried recovering it using Active@ Partition Recovery software under ...
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WD external Hard disk volumes are not recognizing by data recovery tools

It is regarding my WD 1TB external harddisk. The issue:- Accidently dropped from my hands(approx 1 feet height). It worked properly for one day, but since day 2, I realised that my laptop is only ...
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How add USB device to a VirtualBox snapshot?

I need to repair 1TB HDD I was restoring it sector by sector with the Disk Genius from thr Hirens iso file ( ofcourse in VM ) for about 24 hours. Than I need to turn off the notebook so, I paused the ...
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Unable to access external hard disk drive in Windows XP

Note: I can access a flash disk drive formatted as exFAT. Just not my external HDD. So, you can imagine I have installed the exFAT update for winXP. My external HDD was formatted in Mac OS X as ...
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Windows 8, moving recovery partition to a new USB drive

I bought a Surface Pro 3 and I moved the recovery partition to a USB flash drive, using the built-in Windows 8 tool. I would like to free up that USB drive and install the recovery partition on ...
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Accidental Windows to Linux Overwrite

I wanted to install Linux for my system and was expecting it to dual-boot and I would have double OS in my system. But I ended up pressing the "Use Entire Disk..." option thing (Not 100% sure if ...
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I cannot access my old C: drive after system crash

I am using an Acer Aspire E1-531 running on Windows 8 Pro x64. Previously I had Windows 8 Pro x86 installed and it worked perfectly for a few months. But yesterday the system crashed and I was not ...
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MicroSD Overlapped partitions

I have a SanDisk MicroSD HC card (16GB) and I'm facing some problems using it. It was installed on a Nolia E71 cellphone (wich can handle SD cards up to 8GB - I believe this is a clue to the answer to ...
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partition moving crashed mid-process - what damage have it done / what to do ? (AOMEI app used)

I used AOMEI Partition Assistant Pro (5.x) to "Align" an NTFS partition with about 170GB of data. (Cca 800GB partition on standard (non SSD) 1TB hard disk). The app started after reboot in "PreOS" ...
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Reinstall windows8 and install original Windows 8 laptop ASUS K55v From Hidden or Recovery Partition

One of my friends laptop the explorer.exe file is damaged and I could not fix it ,now i want to change or reinstall windows. now I 'm currently using the original Windows 8 ,I want to re-install ...
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Recovering HDD partition table using Testdisk

I have a total of 4 operating systems installed on my notebook. I use a WD Blue 1TB 2.5" internal HDD. The installed OSes are Win XP, Win 7, Win 8 and Ubuntu. Of these, Windows XP only boots when I ...
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Internal IDE HDD used as external w/ usb adapter and suddenly 2 partitions were gone

I was searching through the internet trying to solve this problem and saw an answer in this site and it looked you really now about this subject. Of all the other webs I checked, this one seemed that ...
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What is the difference of Recovery and Restore partitions?

I have an Asus U38N laptop. It is UEFI enabled and has Windows 8 as operating system. I noticed that it has both Recovery partition(900mb) and Restore Partition(20gb). I'm cloning the operating system ...
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How can I detect a linux swap partition on an image with no partition table?

I'm working on recovering an image that had the partition table blown away. For other filesystems, I've been able to use Sleuthkit's sigfind and the default templates or specified offset/signature to ...
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How to restore Vista from a corrupted install of Xubuntu?

On my laptop, I've decided to get Xubuntu. During the process, my laptop overheated and shutdown during the installation process. As I turn it back on, it has GRUB, not allowing me to go on Xubuntu or ...
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Merely chainloading an Acer Recovery Partition deleted all data

I was starting a backup of Acer's factory restore partition located inside of an extended partition to determine whether or not it still worked. I clicked "take no action" once I saw that it had, in ...