Did I do something wrong ? Partition , Files and Folders

How to use TestDisk to recover lost partition
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cereyanli
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Did I do something wrong ? Partition , Files and Folders

#1 Postby cereyanli » 13 Jun 2012, 11:01

Hello

I have 500 GB HDD which is 2 partitions. ( First Partition is XP Installation , the other one is data )

I had to re-install the windows partition which I imaged via Partimage ( part of Systemrescuecd ) 2 years ago.
For re-install I used a systemrescue CD created June 2011.

1 - Used GParted and deleted the first partition ,
2 - Re-created partition and formated as NTFS
3 - Used Partimage and tried to restore image I created 2 years ago ( I did several restores with partimage on this PC and it never went wrong ) but got a message saying partition was smaller than image
4 - Checked with Gparted again; Everything was looking normal except I identified a third partition unallocated
then decided to change the partition sizes to restructure ( never seen this 3rd partition before when I used Gparted )
5 - Used Gparted to resize second partition to make it smaller and move to end of the disk.When Gparted finished its job got an error message saying "Disk is smaller than partition size"
6 - Then I became aware of your tool.
7 - Used testdisk to analyse and it found 2 deleted partition ( same size of windows partition of the disk ) and data partition so I listed files and folders on data partition ( was looking allright ) then wrote the structure.
8 - Now I can not access see when I use your tool and try to re-analyse and list files and folders. it just list one folder in it ( which I normally have several )
9 - I remove the HDD from PC and put it in an USB enclosure and plug it in on a differnt PC and I analyzed it with File Scavenger 4.0 and it founds all files and folders but most of them shows recovery chance statuses as poor or nothing :(
10 - I only need files from data partition. I have no problem the wipe HDD install it from scratch after I recovered the files. Does PhotoRec help me ? Will it better recover from File Scavenger ?

So I am helpless and looking for help and guidance. I could not attach any screenshot as I am at office but I can post screenshots and log if you could guide me through so I post the wright ones

Thanks in advance

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Re: Did I do something wrong ? Partition , Files and Folders

#2 Postby Fiona » 13 Jun 2012, 19:00

so I listed files and folders on data partition ( was looking allright ) then wrote the structure.
Did you see all data, because;
Now I can not access see when I use your tool and try to re-analyse and list files and folders. it just list one folder in it ( which I normally have several )

Can you have another try to list files?
If it would be the same result, it might be adviseable to repeat a boot sector diagnose, using Advanced / Boot and Rebuild BS.
Afterwards to have a try to list your data.
Your problem probably indicates a faulty file system.
But don't change or edit anythhing to your disk anymore.

Fiona

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Re: Did I do something wrong ? Partition , Files and Folders

#3 Postby cereyanli » 13 Jun 2012, 19:07

Yes in my first attempt to use testdisk I was able too see all directory structure and files

I now followed your instruction and gave another try by listing files which gave same result then tried Rebuild BS and result is still same

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Re: Did I do something wrong ? Partition , Files and Folders

#4 Postby Fiona » 13 Jun 2012, 21:55

Could you use TestDisk 6.14-32bit to check it?
Did you use repair MFT or Org BS?
Because its difficult to judge, what changed your file system?

Fiona

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Re: Did I do something wrong ? Partition , Files and Folders

#5 Postby cereyanli » 13 Jun 2012, 22:47

Hello

I tried TestDisk 6.14-32bit on a WinXP machine and HDD connected to via USB_SATA interface.
but results are same like in the screenshots.

What else can I do ?


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