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I have lost the partition with the backup of Vista Ultimate (laptop) on it. It used to show up as 6.8Gb of Fat 16 formatted space, but now says unallocated space (of 6.8Gb). How do I possibly get the files back please?

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  • magnalexx Jul 11, 2008

    Many thanks for your help Dageezer!!
    I'll have to try for a factory issue disc.
    Cheers.


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IF the partition has been deleted (as you post indicated) then you are not going to recover that partition without extraordinary measures, a lot of luck and likely more money than it is worth.

Since the partition was deleted, you would need software that can read the drive sector by sector to rebuild the partition table. This software would have to be quite advanced to both rebuild the partition and make it accessible again to image the drive.

I don't know of any application that can do that personally, but I'm sure it exists.

Recommendation: Forget the re-image partition.

You may be able to contact the system manufacturer, and get a disc that can re-image the system to the factory configuration (I know you can on a Dell that is less than a year old)

Otherwise, if you are having an issue with your OS that you cannot resolve, backup your data and do a clean install of Vista, then load drivers and applications. If the system is running normally, I wouldn't sweat it.


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I want to remove my patition


Perform the following steps which dddriver mentioned
But deleting partition means that your data will be lost from that volume.Its better take the backup of data otherwise your data get lost. To retrieved your data from deleted partition with the help of partition recovery tools. These tools are absolutely safe on the data in the drive and their only concern is to get back the lost data without altering the format.

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FAT (File Allocation Table) is one of the most widely used file systems used now-a-days with various versions of Windows operating systems and memory cards. Every logical partition contains a FAT that consists of file allocation information and the information of free allocation units that need to be assigned to files. Although the FAT file system is reliable, corruption still occurs due to various reasons. In such situations of FAT corruption, your system becomes unbootable, resulting into inaccessibility of data saved in FAT based hard drive. To access the data after FAT file system damage, an easy way is to restore the data from an updated backup. But, with inaccessibility of data backup or backup falling short to restore the required data, an ideal option left is to use an advanced FAT Data Recoveryapplication that can recover the lost data.

To illustrate the above scenario, consider a practical case the below error message pops up when you attempt to boot your system:

“No Bootable Media”

As the above error message appears at the time of booting the system, you wont be able to access the data saved in the hard drive.

Cause:

The above error message because the FAT file system has been corrupted. Few main causes for file system damage are improper system shutdown, human errors, and virus attack.

Resolution:

To isolate the above error message and to access the data after the above error message appears, you will need to follow the below steps:

Run CHKDSK utility to repair the FAT file system. If the problem persists, format the hard drive.

While the latter resolution resolves the above error message completely, it also deletes the data saved on your hard drive. In such cases, if the backup is not available, then you can only recover your formatted data by using an advanced third-party FAT Data Recovery software.

A FAT Partition Recovery utility thoroughly scans a FAT based hard drive and recovers almost all data, even after formatting. The data recovery utility can be downloaded from the Internet.

Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery is an efficient FAT Partition Recovery tool that recover lost, deleted, and formatted data from both FAT (FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, VFAT) and NTFS (NTFS, and NTFS5 ) based hard drives. The detailed help manual attached with the tool allows even a new user to perform recovery easily without any technical knowledge. It supports Windows 7, Vista, XP, 2003, and 2000.

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I have windows vista installed twice on my laptop and I want to start fresh. How do delete vista OS so I can reinstall?


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My kingston 8gb cards only show 1.87 gb and will


The 'FAT' file-system uses 16-bit arithmetic, and thus is limited to about 2GB in size.
The 'FAT32' file-system uses 32-bit arithmetic, and thus can easily format an 8GB device.

So, be sure to choose 'FAT32'.

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Click Start
Right-mouse click My Computer
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Click Disk Management (local)
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ABOUT VISTA


Hey there

When u had purchased ur laptop probably you would have got the OS dvd. If not, then it is definate that you must have been provided assistance for making a recovery disc from their own feasible partition.

And If you have had not made the backup DVD then you must be trying to go to ur dealer and convey ur problem, i think probably they will provide you OS Backup.

Secondly while formatting ur laptop, you must have had aware of not to format the partition unless you made all important data from the partition you are going to format.

Once you formatted the drive you wont be able to recover ur data.
From now beware of above mentioned thing while formatting ur HD drive(s) partition.

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Unformatted Space


if you have installed the linux in that space then it will not show some times ...
it will also not if it is not partioned correctly ...

you just go to

control panel >(classic view) >administrative tools >computer management >disk management (this is for windows XP)

see if there is any unpartioned space means then just format there by right clicking on it ....

if there is no unpartioned space then check how many drives you have .....
it will show all the partitions over here if you are not able to see some partition in your my computer then may be that partition may be in unsupported format so it is not showing you ... so delete that partition & reformat you will able to use it ...

if you still persist the problem then you can check the harddisk capacity first & then get on to the things ...

that s all your problem will be solved ...

any doubts you can reply me
i am always here to assist you
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well i think actually there should be four partitions, but correct me if not.

two should be in [NTFS] format, and two in [FAT] format

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