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# 140940 24-Feb-2014 23:26
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Did a cockup on my garage PC after installing a SSD in it.

Basically had cloned the partition off a 1TB drive onto the SSD, had it all booting and working, deleted that partition from the 1tb, expanded the second partition to take up the whole drive (it took ages so would have overwritten the 115 gig partition moving the stuff over it - so wont be recoverable off that)

Anyway, the SSD was working and I used it for a few days, then needed to clone a laptop HDD to another SSD that was exactly the same. No worries, will use the garage PC.

Anyway, I ended up puttign the 100 meg patition over the start of the system SSD in the garage PC before noticing I still have it plugged in and there were 2 SSDs plugged in and I had chosen the wrong one.

All the stuff is backed up as it should be, but if I can get the install back (even if its just to the point that I have to boot windows 7 installer and do an over the top install) it would save me from installing a hell of a lot of esoteric stuff that I have probably forgotten about.

So far I have tried easus and one called Active@ partition recovery, but they are just finding lots of weird boot and system reserved partitions, not the old OS partition at all so I am guessing that something to ID the partition has been overwritten, and trying to get files back in easus lists a whole lot of weird things.

Other tools to try before I throw in the towel and either restore a really old system image or just do a new install and restore all my stuff from crashplan?


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  # 993753 24-Feb-2014 23:35
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I've never used it, but this would be my first pick:

I'm sure you can while away a day or two with all the options that provides ; ).

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  # 993759 24-Feb-2014 23:39
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Yeah, I will be trying that soon, but the last time I tried it the partitions I wanted were lost in a sea of never exising ext2 ones it claimed to have found. As it will be writing to the drive I will wait till I have another drive to clone this over onto.

Really should see about borrowing a writeblocker incase I stuff up again....



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  # 994062 25-Feb-2014 12:45
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R-Studio is very good.

Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.

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  # 994076 25-Feb-2014 13:05
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TestDisk has saved my life time and time again!

Try that first

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  # 994088 25-Feb-2014 13:16
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I swear by Active@ Partition Recovery. Have recovered damaged bitlockered partitions (with the key obviously) by cloning and recovering.

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  # 1001683 9-Mar-2014 13:42
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stevenz: I swear by Active@ Partition Recovery. Have recovered damaged bitlockered partitions (with the key obviously) by cloning and recovering.

Ha, yes I used Active@ Partition Recovery too. Not sure if you will recover anything of an SSD tho...

Qualified in business, certified in fibre, stuck in copper, have to keep going  ^_^

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  # 1001685 9-Mar-2014 13:47
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They all seem to be seeing fragments of VHD's and other things on the drive and showing me files that were in the VHD as being recoverable and similar crazy things ontop of the files that I want. Most of the directory structure is gone so I am writing off the install and just imaging what is there so I can recover anything else out possibly that I may have forgotten about.

Almost everything I need was in the user profile which was backed up on crashplan so its just a matter of dealing with their not very good recovery software to get it back down as needed.


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