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FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby Skerrick » Mon Oct 28, 2013 6:11 am


hi guys, i recently opened up my ASUS laptop and was forced into re partitioning my HDD's.
after making the sacrifice and forfieting my last 13 months of production work/sample collecting etc etc, my pc crashed in the middle of re-partitioning my drives!!
now when i boot it up the recovery wizard stops at 16% of the re-partitioning process every time i try and run the wizard.

i think the second crash actually damaged the setup/recovery wizard and since i have zero experience with this sort of thing/it came at me out of the blue, im not sure what to do.

i know the data is lost because i began the re-partitioning, but now im afraid im stuck with 2kgs of useless plastic and metal components..

any pointers? im a sad, SAD man right now.

over a year of productions gone.
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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby ef37a » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:06 am

Good morning Skerrick,
I am sure others will ask why you had your only store of data on such a hairy device as a laptop so I won't!

H man! I just dabble in recording for a musical son but even so we have a 2TB NAS drive as a backup! (100quid CPC.co.uk).

My knowledge is very limited but I think you need to send the hard drive to a specialist data recovery firm. Going to cost and they might not get anything off it.

If you fit a new hard drive you should be able to get the machine working using the recovery discs you made on Day One.

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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby Skerrick » Mon Oct 28, 2013 7:23 am

thanks dave,

the laptop didnt come with recovery disks..
its an inbuilt thing that seems to have corrupted itself.
going to have to send it back to the manufacturer.

dont get me started on the backup, im kicking myself, was thinking about doing a backup the other day and forgot about it, 2 days later.. bam.

data recovery is out of my budget and probably a waste of time since i started the re-partitioning.

if the warranty doesnt cover it ill strip it for parts and start saving for a new one.
thanks anyway. if anyone has any recommended things i could do id be most stoked..

this fella at work said if i put the HDD's in a plastic bag in the freezer for a couple of hours they might function enough to be able to pull some data off there.. but i dont wanna be voiding any of the warranties or anything, so i might pass on that..

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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby ef37a » Mon Oct 28, 2013 8:08 am

You have to make the recovery discs yourself.

Did you have the laptop brand new and boxed? If so, when you first fired it up you should have been given a prompt to make a set of discs. If the machine was not pristine you probably could still have done this provided no one else had got there first.*

When I bought my HP desktop (W7/64 AMD 2X 2.7G) it flagged a boot error on a diagnostic test from new. I contacted HP and they sent me a new hard drive and a set of discs! So you might as well ask!

We had a usb hard drive fail (which is why I went NAS and put it behind a chair in another room!) and freezing it did in fact allow about a 10 minute window to get some data off it.

*Can anyone tell me if this "one shot event" can be hacked please? I had a bit of a hiccup when I did the discs for my HP laptop and I am not sure they are all ok. Love to do them again.

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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby Pete Kaine » Mon Oct 28, 2013 9:40 am

Get a screwdriver, pull the harddrive out. Get a desktop, pull the side off and hook the drive up to a spare sata header and apply power. Download Recuva install to desktop C:\ and run.

The data is still there, all you've done so far is move a few virtual drive markers in the index. Yes, the curruption may have taken out more data, but I recon most of it is there. Recuva is a fairly effective and very easy to use data recovery client. As long as you haven't continued to write data to the drive most of it should be there.

*Warning* when you recover the data, recover it to another drive in the host desktop. Do not recover it to the drive your recovering from, for obvious reasons.

The are forensic Linux live cd's too like Kali, DEFT, CAINE which will pull the data from the drive bit by bit if the data is really important, but being Linux live disks, the learning curve might be slightly steeper than using Recuva.

Anyhow once you've rinsed all the data you can, grab a legit windows installer from the MS download store partner. I'm guessing your on 7? If so check here : http://www.w7forums.com/threads/official-windows-7-sp1-iso-image-downloads.12325/

Your key should be attached somewhere on the laptop, you can use that with the relevent above image.
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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby ef37a » Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:38 am

Hey Pete!
For the benefit of this PC numpty. If the recovery discs for my HP lappy are indeed screwed does that link to Ms mean I could still recover the OS if it went west?

I do of course have a valid product key which I have photographed and put on the NAS!

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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby Pete Kaine » Mon Oct 28, 2013 3:00 pm

Hi Dave,

Not so much recover as conduct a whole new fresh install. Your recovery partition as it stands probably has the manufacturer "value added" software and other such useless junk on it, where as the images above are images of a normal windows installer disk so should be free of such things.

I dare say the images above might be better for doing an re-install off than the manufacturer image should you ever have the need. They should accept OEM and Retail codes, so you just need to select appropriate version and stick the key in when relevent.
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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby Skerrick » Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:07 am

thank you for the help kind sirs!!!

ill have to look into how to do all this properly! if i can get ANY of that data back ill be so so happy!!!
hnggg i just wanna go home from work and try now!!!

thank you!
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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby colinpaul » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:37 am

You should try RecoveryFix for Windows Data Recovery, the software has been developed to fullfill needs of recovering the database from hard drive. It's easy to use for users who lose their valuable data. More detail :- (Spam link removed) and download software demo version.



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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby ef37a » Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:59 am

colinpaul wrote:You should try RecoveryFix for Windows Data Recovery, the software has been developed to fullfill needs of recovering the database from hard drive. It's easy to use for users who lose their valuable data. More detail :- (Spam link removed) and download software demo version.



My personal experience is good....chk it yours.


Hi, can you assure us that this software is not one that takes ages to run, tells you have a gazzilion files ready for recovery then stiffs you for a nifty?
Can we also be sure we don't end up with a toolbar, a price checker and an installer we did not see coming please?

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Re: FORCED HDD PARTITION??!

Postby Pete Kaine » Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:05 pm

Given he works for a marketing company, I'm not sure if he'll be best placed to give the answer to that Dave.
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