Recover ntfs partition

How to use TestDisk to recover lost partition
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Joined: 23 Feb 2014, 18:12

Recover ntfs partition

#1 Post by jtillett »


I think a virus manipulated the partitions on my disk. As a result, the Windows XP installation disk can no longer "see" and ntfs file systems to use the "fixmbr" program on.

I ran across testdisk and explored the disk using it.

I attached the results of exploring the disk with testdisk as an attachment because I took seven screen grabs while I was looking at the disk with testdisk. Please see attached.

Is there any way for me to recover from this?

Please let me know if more information is needed.

Thanks much.

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Re: Recover ntfs partition

#2 Post by Alphonse68 »

I don't know what options you have available in TestDisk once it reads the partitions, but after a Deep Search I had these:

Keys A: add partition, L: load backup, T: change type, P: list files,
Enter: to continue _

where I tried "P" and was able to access my files. I then got myself a large HD, installed Win7 and TestDisk in it, and copied EveryThing into it. (It took a long time, but it was well worth it.)
Once I recovered everything, I simply re-installed the drive in the laptop and re-installed Win7, erasing ALL partitions first and then letting Win re-partition the drive as it needed. Now my old drive is back into action, and my new large capacity drive, with bare Win7 installed, is my backup drive.
Hope this works for you.