Can TestDisk help me?

How to use TestDisk to recover lost partition
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Can TestDisk help me?

#1 Post by d55266 » 06 Mar 2018, 02:44

Hi. I recently lost my partition and am looking for a way to recover it. Here is my situation:

I have 2 hard drives that I sometimes swap in and out using a hotswap port.
- HD1: 3 GB, 1 partition
- HD2: 3 GB, 2 partitions, 1.5 GB each partitions.

I had been using HD1 for a couple week. Yesterday I hot swapped HD2 in, and made a mistake. When Windows (10, x64) asked me if I wanted to fix the hard drive, I said yes. So it did something with the drive, and now I ended up with only 1 partition, size 3GB, with a lot of free space (presumably due to expanding and taking over the space of the 2nd partition). I still have access to all the files on the 1st partition, but obviously not the 2nd partition.

I run TestDisk and it says something about the declared size is too small, 3GB as opposed to 6GB.

What do you think I should do? I'm thinking maybe I could resize the current partition to 1.5GB, then run TestDisk again, hopefully it will detect the 2nd partition. But I don't want to risk doing something that makes the situation even worse.

Appreciate your input.

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Re: Can TestDisk help me?

#2 Post by cgrenier » 06 Mar 2018, 09:11

After Quick Search, try Deeper Search.
You should also read "Recovering deleted partition using TestDisk" from https://www.cgsecurity.org/testdisk.pdf

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