Question about Symantec Norton Partition Magic-8.0 (10256717) for PC

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No boot, no drive letters

When I attempted to resize partitions using Partition Magic 7 something went wrong, and I now cannot boot the computer (Windows seems to start as usual, displaying the Win logo and the meter, but then I get a blue screen for a second and the safe mode page is displayed. There is no way it will boot in safe mode either). Using PM's rescue discs I can see that there are lots or errors on the partitions, mainly C, but there is no option to fix them (grayed out). Some of these are 'partition improperly dismounted' and 'too few clusters'. Also the drive letters are gone, so I cannot reinstall Windows or boot from CD. I have tested the hard discs (I have two mirrored RAID discs), and they are fine. Help?

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  • carina966 Jul 18, 2009

    Thank you so much for answering. I do have documents I would very much like to retrieve - I'm usually quite paranoid about backing upp and carry an external hard disc around with me att all times, but according to Murphy's law of course I don't have a full back up right now :-(.
    I've been looking at Acronis Disk Director Suite as you advice, but it seems very similar to Partition magic. Could this program restore the partitions better than PM?
    I've also read that it would be possible to copy the data using Linux live. Do you know anything about that?

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To be very frank with you, what you've just described here has happened to me twice.
That was why when I was about to read your post I first shouted...do you know why I shouted?...'Hope you don't have any documents on the system, because if you do, you might just start forgetting about them".
I understand the EXACT thing that happened to you, and the problem came from the point where you were trying to resize your partition.
That is why Symantec Always warn people that wants to use partition magic to be VERY careful.
Now, In case you have documents on the system that you wish to retrieve, you might just need some other third-party utility softwares like..Acronis Disk Director Suite, or any other good one.
But if you are just ready to get your system back in good working condition without considering the documents, then do this :
Get an Original WindowsOS Disk, and insert it, but first select that your system should boot from CDROM in the setup. Then, when you boot the OS CD, just continue till you reach the page where it tells you to repair the Windows on it, then press escape, i.e DONT REPAIR!...just let it re-install a new operating system for you. This is because it is better for you to allow the OS to re-format your system for you and return your hard-disks to its normal state.
When you get to the list of partitions seen on the system, just keep deleting ALL of them and let it create a new one for you afresh.
Then proceed with the remaining on screen instructions.
Sorry about the problem. I truly understand what the problem means.
Hope this helps.
Goodluck

Posted on Jul 18, 2009

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    Dammy Ezekiel Jul 22, 2009

    Sorry Carina, I've just got your message today. My best advice for you now, since you said you have documents on the system that you would like to retrieve, is that try to remove that hard drive and use it as a backup(Slave) on another system or even on your system (If you can get another hard drive though), then try to access this bad hard drive from the new one,and perform error checking, then there is a VERY good software that I would recommend that you try and get it is called NTFS DOS PROFESSIONAL. When I say perfect, this software is, infact it might even be able to repair your hard drive, because that is what is meant for, and it has even rescued me out of Partition problems times without numbers. The software works from DOS to correct partition errors.
    Now, concerning the Linux Live, it is very possible too, that it works for you, although I have never used the software before, but the reason why I said this is because I have working knowledge of Linux OS, and in linux, harddrives are seen and accessed as files. So it might be possible.
    The whole case is so painful to me and trust me I understand how you feel...how I wish I could just grab the harddisk and fix it for you in a jiffy!...lol but unfortunately I'm Miles away from you.
    Hope the new recommendation works for you. Take care and Goodluck!


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