Can I recover partitions & data after doing this:

Discussion in 'Computers, Hardware, and Operating Systems' started by VK2AKG, Sep 16, 2019.

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  1. VK2AKG

    VK2AKG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks to all, I appreciate the help and advice. Here is where I am up to at the moment:

    I have burned an iso image of Hiren's boot disk to a DVD and ordered a couple of 2TB hard drives from a computer shop - they expect to receive those drives from their supplier some time between 00:30 hrs and 06:30 hrs UTC Friday. My intent is to use one of these to become a clone / image of the problem drive and the other to receive the data I hope to recover from that clone.

    Hopefully the next time I report back to the group I will have an image / clone of the "departitioned" disk and be launching myself into the great adventure of data recovery.

    Thanks again.

    73 Frank vk2akg.
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  2. WA9SVD

    WA9SVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    One possibility: reinstall the OLD drive, and see if you can access partitions using the CD boot disk. IF so, copy the files in those partitions to an external drive , before doing ANYTHING else! Then, you can "play around"with a new drive installed internally.
  3. VK2AKG

    VK2AKG Ham Member QRZ Page


    Thanks to advice received both on and off list I have been able to extract my data from the old "departitioned" drive and save it on a mechanically albeit not electrically "external" drive (a 2TB hard drive placed on an adjacent toolbox and plugged into the motherboard).

    Readers will remember that I wanted to recover the data from a clone of the original "departitioned" disk. This didn't happen.

    I suspect, but don't know, that this was due to my not correctly preparing the disk onto which I sought to place a copy of the original. The new disk had no partitions and was not formatted - since it was going to receive a 1:1 image of the original disk I didn't think that would matter - maybe it does?

    Fortunately for me whilst trying to work out why making a 1:1 copy of the original "departitioned" disk wasn't working I noticed that the most important two of the four lost partitions on the original drive had become readable on my original drive - with the benefit of hindsight it looks like I should have tried W7UUU's suggestion first.

    Naturally I siezed on that opportunity and, over the last week have manually selected and copied the readable content of those partitions onto another external drive.


    Before I copy this data onto my newly installed disk zero I would like to shrink the huge (1.8TB) partition2 currently labelled as C: drive down to approximately 500GB which is more than sufficient to hold software and create a new circa 1.5TB partition to hold my data files.

    Win7pro has a "shrink" utility however this only wants to allow me to shrink that partition to 969GB which seems a real waste of space (see screenshot below).

    Is there a more efficient method of shrinking that partition and, if not, is there a method of transferring Win7pro to a 300GB partition on another disk (without reinstalling)? I have an old copy of Acronis True Image which I once used to transfer windows to a larger disk - will it, or another tool, allow me to transfer windows to a smaller partition?

    THANK YOU to all who gave advice it has been VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

    Regards, Frank vk2akg

  4. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I would not shrink the system drive. By default it is used for pagefile.sys, And its file size can vary.


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