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 Windows XP, the program recognised the partition immediately during scan, so I chose to recover it. However, I got "error writing drive" with "access is denied" cause. The program is being run as an Administrator user.
After a bit of googling I figured out it might just be the BIOS' "Boot virus protection", so I started looking for the setting in CMOS setup, but couldn't find any. The motherboard is a Gigabyte M61SME-S2, with an Award BIOS; I searched the manual and there's no reference to boot sector protection whatsoever. I tried flashing the latest BIOS version (version 6 is installed, version 9 is current stable version) with no success (using QFlash my USB drive isn't recognised, and the windows utility exits with no error or success messages, but BIOS is not updated).
I need to recover files in that partition very badly. Is there anything I can do to stop the "access is denied" error, or any other way to recover the partition? Just in case it's useful, I know the start and end sectors, as well as the number of sectors in the partition, of course. Would it be possible to use GParted or a similar tool to re-create the partition with its original (and existing) content?