Partition now showing as unformatted local disk?

  Qdiddy 17:40 18 Jun 2006
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Hi,

I have a Maxtor 160gb HDD with two equal(ish) partitions. My operating system is on a smaller HDD, so the Maxtor only holds files.

I have just noticed that one of the partitions (the one that rarely gets used) is not showing it's volume name and is instead listed as a local disk. When I click on it, I get a message that it is not formatted and ask's me if I want to format it?

I have a number of home videos on this partition and will be gutted if I lose it. Can anyone give me a clue what might be going on and how I might recover the partition?

Many thanks, Qdiddy

  woodchip 17:42 18 Jun 2006

You can get this back, using Testdisk click here you need to run from a floppy disc and start computer with it in the drive

  Qdiddy 20:34 18 Jun 2006

Cheers Woodchip. I don't run a floppy drive anymore though. Can I run it from a CD?

I did have a look at the exe programme, ran the analyse function and it can see the partition I'm trying to recover. I've read some of the instructions that came with the Zip file, but I'm still unsure what I need to do to recover the file. Do I use the "write the partition structure to disk" command? I want to be sure before I start overwriting anything.

Thanks

  woodchip 20:40 18 Jun 2006

Check the site for CD version or you may be able to creat bootable CD and add the program

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