I accidentally deleted a NTFS partition of 1600 GiB in a 2 TB hard disk. The partition had 355 GiB of data. I tried to recover it using several utilities but could not.

I know that the partition starts in sector 551585791. So to recover the partition, I want to manually specify the partition's location in the GPT partition table. Is there any way to do this?

  • Sorry, what is manually? Without using a utility? – Mr Lister Aug 19 '12 at 17:41
  • by utility you mean diskpart? knowing the utility will assist in a proper answer. – Moab Aug 19 '12 at 17:48

The standard tool for manipulating GPTs is gdisk.

(Edit for the updated question) Use gdisk's "create a new partition" command. When it asks you for "First sector", input "551585791".


Have you tried parted? (CLI) or gparted (graphical) -- http://gparted.sourceforge.net/livecd.php

  • Do try the gparted live CD. You can specify the partition size yourself. Since your deleted partition did not have any data, you can create new GPT partitions with as much sizes as you want. – Chida Aug 19 '12 at 20:52
  • So it had data before you deleted it? Are you trying to recover the data? – Chida Aug 19 '12 at 21:08
  • see this link -- hardforum.com/showthread.php?t=1632902 before you do anything with this drive, make an exact copy of this drive on another drive 2TB disk. The link has that detail as well. – Chida Aug 19 '12 at 21:18

Using parted:

parted $DEVICE
GNU Parted 3.1
Welcome to GNU Parted! Type 'help' to view a list of commands.
(parted) mktable
New disk label type? gpt

After this, you can create new partitions and the like using the various commands available; type “help” for more information; but for parted, this is the newpart command. It will prompt you for all of the information that it needs, just like the mktable command does.

Also, note that the creation of a GPT will also create a so-called “protective” MBR; see Wikipedia’s article on the GPT for more information.

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