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I made the silly mistake of formatting a partition by accident. I was installing a linux distribution called crunchbang on my netbook, so I don't have to bring my laptop to class every week. I was intending to format a USB flash drive for this purpose, when, to my dismay, I formatted an ext4 partition containing over 500gb of data to fat32. This is a ...


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One that comes to mind is PhotoRec, usually packaged with TestDisk : PhotoRec ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted. The name comes from Photograph Recovery but it recognises a lot more than picture files.


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Windows can shrink its partitions, too, so why not go with that? Simply open Disk Management, right-click on the partition you want to resize and fire away. Safety guaranteed. If you find the space you can gain to be too small, you could defragment the partition (even if it's on a SSD). Don't expect too much, though, there are many immovable elements on a ...


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You can resize the Windows partition, and it will still boot. Windows will give an error at start-up the first time saying the disk size doesn't match it's records, it will run checkdisk and update it's records, and then work fine. I've done this many times. You cannot move the Windows partition though or it won't boot. It's worth pointing out that if you ...


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You should have no issues with Gnome Partition Editor and resizing Windows partitions. I have used in countless times with no issues.


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I think I solved the problem. While the drive was in my laptop as a "secondary drive", I ran GParted and turned the boot flag of the drive's boot partition off and on again. No idea why this worked, but it seems to have done the trick!



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