Destination folder confusion

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Destination folder confusion

#1 Post by oblina » 27 Apr 2012, 09:50

Hi, please bear with me, I hope I explain myself properly. During a windows 7 update, something went horribly wrong.
The upshot is all my partitions except one has gone, including the entire OS partition. The one partition remaining has now expanded to the size of the HD. I have tried to save it using TestDisk, to no avail, so now Im trying to save my missing files using PhotoRec.
My problem is, I cant work out how to save the found files to my external HD. (as now the remaining partition is the entire HD, I cant save back to there).

I did read on this forum something about not being able to save to a NTFS and needing a different type of boot disc?
Could someone please explain, using very small words, how I save my files to my external HD? :?
Thank you.

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Re: Destination folder confusion

#2 Post by Fiona » 27 Apr 2012, 14:02

Do you use a boot disk?
If yes, what kind of?
It sounds like your external disk is NTFS formatted?

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Re: Destination folder confusion

#3 Post by oblina » 27 Apr 2012, 15:03

I used a TestDisk boot disc. Yes, I think the external HD is NTFS formatted.

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Re: Destination folder confusion

#4 Post by Fiona » 27 Apr 2012, 17:48

Do you use a boot disk?
Did you create a floppy?
As far as I know, TestDisk is available through distributions of Boot-CD's like here;
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Livecd
There is only one TestDisk Boot-CD available through a german news magazine computerbase.

TestDisk/PhotoRec for DOS doesn't copy data to NTFS because DOS doesn't support NTFS.
If you'd like to copy to NTFS you can test a Linux LivCD which has NTFS write support enabled.
I'm not as much a linux tech savvy either, but I assume Ubuntu should have write access to NTFS?
But also a possibility is, to create a windows live CD;
http://mintywhite.com/windows-7/7custom ... 7-live-cd/
So it would be possible to copy TestDisk for windows to your external disk and run PhotoRec from there.

I've no idea, why Testdisk doesn't find anything in your case.
If you'd like to get it diagnosed you can make some photos with your camera and upload it here?
Should be low resolution photo.
I'd need a photo from Analyse and Quick Search first.
Easily to have a try, why TestDisk doesn't find anything?

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Re: Destination folder confusion

#5 Post by oblina » 30 Apr 2012, 07:59

I have used a couple of different Live Boot disks from that list, but none have found the files I am looking for.
Thank you for trying to help, but I think Im going to have to admit defeat, accept the loss of the files,
and re-install windows. :cry:

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