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#139444 9-Feb-2014 18:56
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Hi Folks,

  I'm just wondering if anyone knows of some free software that will recover a deleted partition (scan the files and recover them).   I deleted an NTFS partition on Win 8 messing around and need to pull some data back (it has not been formatted).

Most of the ones that come up in a google search seem to be of the kind - scan the files but pay us money to recover them.

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  #982875 9-Feb-2014 19:22
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I have used "Test Disk" with excellent results in the past.  Havent tried on Windows 8 though.  Successfully recovered partitions and files all intact




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  #982901 9-Feb-2014 20:00
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+1 Testdisk. Shouldn't need anything else.

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  #982949 9-Feb-2014 20:52
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Thanks - will give it a go tomorrow.




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  #983196 10-Feb-2014 10:20
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Have had success with Recuva from Piriform.com




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  #983611 10-Feb-2014 20:06
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I tried the free version of Recurva but it just appeared to only support undelete of files - not recovery of partitions.

Test Disk detected the issue and was able to find the partition but was unable to recover the files - I am unsure if I need to create a new partition record or not (doesn't say in the documentation).

The issue is that Windows (8) decided that for some reason there were 2 partitions on the drive - one marked D: contained 200MB free space and the other E: contained data. When I deleted the D partition so as to expand E, it removed both partitions.

When I scan the drive, Test Disk can see both partitions and lets me select the second, but it cannot get the files back.




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  #983614 10-Feb-2014 20:09
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You should be able to write a new partition structure.

The step by step might be useful: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

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  #983630 10-Feb-2014 20:21
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the partition I recovered with test disk I just chose write new partition record and all went well.  I wasnt too worried as it wasnt end of the world if it went wrong.




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  #983681 10-Feb-2014 21:17
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I am getting a warning - number of cylinder heads mismatches 240 (NTFS) != 255 (HD)

When it is finished the deep scan will see what creating a new partition. If I just press P at the end of the deeper scan with the partition I know the data is on, I just get an error - cant list files.





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  #987208 14-Feb-2014 12:07
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Just an update - I solved the issue using a product called EaseUS Data Recovery. It was a free download to do the scan but I had to pay for a license to get the data (the free version only allowed 2GB).

The app was simple to use - just pointed it at the drive, did a scan, selected all files, clicked recover and chose a destination for them to be saved.

It has appeared to have pulled back all of the data (I have only checked a bit) but I did need a drive with double the capacity of the target to save the data on.




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  #987258 14-Feb-2014 13:27
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FWIW I've had very good experiences with R-Studio (http://www.r-studio.com/)






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