Recovering A Lost Windows Partition

January 2, 2009

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A few months ago my home server lost all of my MP3’s from a share.  I was freaking out thinking some process had magically deleted them.  Then I noticed the partition was missing.   I spent a few days banging my head against the wall trying to recover the data and nothing helped.   Since I’m a listener of Security Now, I attempted to use Spin Rite on the drive, even this didn’t help it.   I was freaking out.

I set aside the drive and re-addressed it yesterday.  A friend of mine had a copy of Partition Doctor 3.5 and we ran it against my drive.   In a matter of minutes we managed to get the drive back up and all of the MP3’s were there.   Neither my wife and I were too anxious to go through the 2-3 week ripping process we did last time when we re-ripped at a higher bit rate.

This is not a promotion, I get no money from the links you click, if however you do have an issue with a lost windows partition, try Partition Doctor’s demo version and it will show you if it can be recovered.

4 thoughts on “Recovering A Lost Windows Partition

  1. Thanks for the heads up. I once had the same problem and used Get Data Back NTFS to help me out. However I copied all data on a bit-per-bit base to another disk and it took a few DAYS to copy around 500GB of data this way…

  2. mine was 150gb of data – I can image the pain. It's good to have another product listed here that can do the same thing (albeit it seems slower) – the drive was good according ot spin rite – just no data – though this weekend I'm making a mirror copy of the data just in case.

    I originally thought this would have been a lot easier to do then it was. I just thought I would get this into the Google search results to make it easier for people with the same stupid problem.

  3. Thanks for the heads up. I once had the same problem and used Get Data Back NTFS to help me out. However I copied all data on a bit-per-bit base to another disk and it took a few DAYS to copy around 500GB of data this way…

  4. mine was 150gb of data – I can image the pain. It's good to have another product listed here that can do the same thing (albeit it seems slower) – the drive was good according ot spin rite – just no data – though this weekend I'm making a mirror copy of the data just in case.

    I originally thought this would have been a lot easier to do then it was. I just thought I would get this into the Google search results to make it easier for people with the same stupid problem.

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