Huge Problem - TestDisk used incorrectly

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Huge Problem - TestDisk used incorrectly

#1 Postby tnicholson » 10 May 2012, 19:32

Well, I made a mistake. I was using TestDisk to rewrite mymissing partition. It listed my three partitions, E:/DellUtility, C: and D. However, when I chose write, I accidently had the DellUtility partition highlighted. I rebooted the server an now everytime it boots it goes to the Dell Utility tools. Any idea how to revert back?

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Re: Huge Problem - TestDisk used incorrectly

#2 Postby remy » 10 May 2012, 22:55

Use again testdisk from another computer and change the Dellutility as primary (P) and your system partition as Primary bootable (*).

If your partition are all there and it's just the boot flag, you may also just change this flag with partition editing tools under linux, like Gparted.
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Re: Huge Problem - TestDisk used incorrectly

#3 Postby tnicholson » 10 May 2012, 23:10

I'm not sure I follow. How would using testdisk in a different computer help? But if it did, how would I use it in the server? When I boot the server, it automatically goes to the Utility mode after checking the NIC, RAID, PXE, etc... Even if I go to te boot menu and press enter on Primary Hard Disk, it still goes straight to the Utility.

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Re: Huge Problem - TestDisk used incorrectly

#4 Postby Fiona » 11 May 2012, 06:06

Run TestDisk Quick Search.
If your partitions appear as green, do the following;

Check your first partition Dell Utility.
Press t für Type to change the partition type!
TestDisk opens the Partition types.
Press enter to continue.
Now at the right you see your cursor blinking.
Type de (it's the partition ID for Dell Utility).
Press enter to leave the menu.
Use your left or right arrow key to set that partition to P for primary only (please know, it's your dell utility partition and you dont boot from, that's why it's only primary).
You can see it at the left side.
Select your OS-partition like remy suggested and set it to * (Star) for active and bootable.
Press enter to continue and check Write and write your partitions (structur) to your partition table.
Close TestDisk using Quit
Restart your PC that changes will take effect.

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Re: Huge Problem - TestDisk used incorrectly

#5 Postby remy » 11 May 2012, 10:05

You didn't mentionned it was a serveur so I thought you would have been able to laucnh testdisk from another computer and connect the disk through usb or sata.

What you can do then is to boot your server on a live linux CD and launch testdisk from it.
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