Lost Partition

  laurie53 09:27 21 Jun 09

I had a problem resizing a partition on an external drive, and I've now lost the partition (it's there as unallocated, but unreadable).

Any way I can recover it (Win 7)?

Nothing really critical, but I'd like to get it back if I can.

  T I M B O 11:19 21 Jun 09

Not having used Vista/Win 7 much it's hard to advise, but i would imagine there is still a "Computer Management" where you could maybe start again from scratch, just a thought !

  ened 11:28 21 Jun 09

You might be able to get the data with some recovery software.

In the meantime don't write anything to it!

  rawprawn 11:31 21 Jun 09

Acronis Disc Director has a "Recovery Expert" in it which should get your partition back.
I think you can get a free trial which mihght do the trick.
click here

  ened 11:32 21 Jun 09

In a recent thread rawprawn recommended click here.

It might find your missing files then you can re-create the partition and pu them back.

  ened 11:33 21 Jun 09

Even better - I thought you were away!

  rdave13 11:33 21 Jun 09

I don't run Win 7 either but info for Vista; click here . Don't format the partition in step 12 maybe.

  rawprawn 11:58 21 Jun 09

Hi ened, back from my happy hols in France!

  laurie53 20:29 21 Jun 09

Thanks everybody.

Just to confirm, what you're suggesting is that I try to create a partition from the reported unallocated space, and see if the files turn up in it?

Would this also work if I simply increased the size of one of the remaining partitions using the unallocated space?

  rdave13 21:06 21 Jun 09

If the information in the partition is of no importance then try it. Personally I'd keep the partition and ,from my previous link, start at step2 but not format the partition so you hopefully wont lose the info.

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