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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 don't have recovery partition


follow this step and do it. God bless you

  • To create a partition from a new or newly formatted computer, make sure Windows is installed. Load any programs and drivers you would like to keep in case you need to back up to a previous version of your computer's settings.

  • 2

    Install your partition creation software; in this article we will use Norton Ghost. Before creating your partition, disable any anti virus and other scanning software.


  • 3

    Create your partition by going to your ms-dos prompt: from your Start menu, press "Run," and type "cmd" without quotations in the run dialog box. At the dos prompt, type "fdisk" without quotations, and choose option 1 (Create DOS partition or Logical DOS Drive). Set the partition size to 10 GB at press enter.

  • 4

    Open Norton Ghost and follow the instructions to create a recovery partition in the new partition you had just created. The process should take anywhere from one to three hours, depending on the size of the files you are going to back up.

  • 5

    Restart your computer. When done, open Norton Ghost to verify that the Recovery Partition was created.



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    How to recover data from formatted Partition?


    Hi,

    I have mistakenly formatted a partition so how can I recover my data onit?
    YesterdayI formatted the partition D: while I was to formatted E:. I lost all data onthe partition while formatting. So is it possible to restore the data? Seriouslyplease help me.

    Asked by Shree Kumar Sin YAHOO. Answers


    We all know that all our files in computers are saved inhard drives. And a typical hard drive is partitioned into at least two differentsections. So you can run two operating systems (such as Windows XP and Windows7) in your hard drive, although most hard drives are divided to createdifferent file systems within the drive itself. Generally, hard drivepartitions will be formatted using either the FAT or NTFS file system.

    However, when partitioning a hard drive or restoringsystem, one of partition is formatted by mistakes, which means all your fileswill be wiped out! Well, if you haven'tforgotten to make backup for all your data, you are luck! But wait, I have nobackup! What can I do? Is it possible to recover data from formatted partition?Don't worry! The answer is- Yes! You canrecover data from formatted partition by yourself! Here's how to retrievethe lost data.

    What'llhappen to my partition after I format it?
    Formattingyour partition does not make your data on it really erased. It only deletes theinformation about your files on the address table. And all your data are stillthere. They're just invisible or inaccessible. This means that the files areconsidered to have been erased permanently on the partition can still berecovered. However, just take note that once you save new files in theformatted partition, theses files will be written over the files you want torecover.

    There are ways to recover data from formatted partition.
    Recovering datafrom formatted partition is easy to do with partition recovery software. Thereare numbers of partition recovery tool available such as Tenorshare DataRecovery (for Windows), Recover Datafor Mac (for Mac). These partition recovery program can recover dataafter deeply scanning your hard drive to look for lost data from the formattedpartition and locate data found on it. Within a few clicks, you can recoverformatted partition.

    And you also cantake your hard drive to a recovery office where supply datarecovery service. But let's hope not because it will cost you a lot of money (usuallycost you $1000) and whether they can recover data is not guarantee.

    More Related Article here:

    Data Recovery Blog

    on Jun 07, 2011 | Computers & Internet

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    How to fix No Bootable Media Error Message


    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.

    on Jun 30, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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    INSTALLED ILLEGAL WINDOWS 7 AND WANT TO GET A LEGAL VERSION OF XP BACK


    Hope this would be helpful. Kindly follow the instructions.

    Prepare the hard disk according to the manufacturer's instructionsIf you are using a SATA hard disk, skip this step and go to the "Determine the type of file system that you want to use" section. If you are using an IDE hard disk, set the jumpers and the cabling according to the role of the hard disk (for example, master or subordinate) and make any required BIOS (or CMOS) changes. To set the jumpers and cabling, and make any required BIOS or CMOS changes, see the documentation that was included with your hard disk and motherboard, or contact the manufacturers.Determine the type of file system that you want to useYou can use either the NTFS or FAT file systems. NTFS is the preferred file system to format the hard disk unless you want to run an earlier version of Windows that cannot read NTFS partitions. For additional information about the differences between the FAT and NTFS file systems, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 100108 Overview of FAT, HPFS, and NTFS file systems 310525 Description of the FAT32 file system in Windows XP If the hard disk already contains data, back it upMake sure that you back up all your important data before you continue. When you partition and format a hard disk, all the data on that partition is permanently deleted. You can view current partition information without deleting your data. For additional information about how to use the backup utility or the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 320820 How to use the Backup utility to back up files and folders in Windows XP Home Edition 309340 How to use Backup to restore files and folders on your computer in Windows XP 293118 How to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard 306186 How to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard from CD-ROM 306187 How to use the Files and Settings Transfer Wizard Disk in Windows XP If the hard disk has a drive overlay or a disk management program, make sure that it is compatibleIf your computer uses drive overlay software for large hard disk support, do not use the Windows XP Setup program to partition or to format the drive until you have verified that Windows XP is compatible with the software. If you have drive overlay software installed, contact the software manufacturer to find out whether it is compatible with Windows XP. If you are not sure whether you have drive overlay software installed, contact the manufacturer of your hard disk drive or motherboard.If you have software that you want to reinstall, verify that you have the disksMake sure that you have the original CDs or floppy disks so that you can reinstall the software programs after you partition and format your drive. If you purchased an upgrade for a program, make sure that you have the full version of the original program. Many upgrades for programs require a compliance check before you can install the upgraded product. If you cannot find the original CDs or floppy disks, contact the software manufacturer before you continue.If you have updated device drivers for peripheral devices, back them upIf you have installed an updated device driver for your peripheral devices (for example, modems and printers), make sure that you back up the new driver for the device to a location other than the drive that you want to format and partition so that you can reinstall it after you install your operating system.Configure your computer to start from the CD or DVD drive To start your computer from the Windows XP CD, your computer must be configured to start from the CD or DVD drive. In some cases, you may have to modify your computer's BIOS settings to set this configuration. For information about how to configure your computer to start from the CD or DVD drive, see the documentation that is included with your computer, or contact the computer manufacturer.

    If you have a computer that cannot start from the CD or DVD drive and you need to start your computer from the startup disk, make sure that you have the floppy setup disks so that you can run the Setup program from the floppy disk drive.

    Note You can obtain Windows XP Setup boot disks from Microsoft, but only by download. We provide the Setup boot disks so that you can run the Setup program on computers that cannot use a bootable CD-ROM. If you can start your computer from a CD-ROM or from a network-based installation, we strongly recommend that you use those installation methods instead. Future products will no longer support installation by using the Setup boot disks.uparrow.gifBack to the topHow to partition and format the hard disk using the Windows XP Setup programYou can use the Windows XP Setup program to partition and format the hard disk. To do this, use the following steps:Step 1: Partition the hard disk
    1. Insert the Windows XP CD into your CD or DVD drive, or insert the first Windows XP Setup disk into the floppy disk drive, and then restart the computer to start the Windows XP Setup program.

      Note If you are using the Windows XP Setup disks, insert each additional disk when you are prompted, and then press ENTER to continue after you insert each disk.
    2. If you are prompted, select any options that are required to start the computer from the CD or DVD drive.
    3. If your hard disk controller requires a third-party original equipment manufacturer (OEM) driver, press F6 to specify the driver. For more information about how to use F6 to supply a third-party OEM device driver while the Windows Setup program is running, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 314859 Limited OEM driver support is available with F6 during Windows XP Setup
    4. At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER.

      Note If you are using the Setup disks (six bootable disks), the setup prompts you to insert the Windows XP CD.
    5. Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.
    6. If an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you are prompted to repair it. To bypass the repair, press ESC.
    7. All existing partitions and non-partitioned spaces are listed for each physical hard disk. Use the ARROW keys to select an existing partition, or create a new partition by selecting the non-partitioned space where you want to create a new partition. You can also press C to create a new partition using non-partitioned space.

      Note If you want to create a partition where one or more partitions already exist, you must first delete the existing partition or partitions, and then create the new partition. You can press D to delete an existing partition, and then press L (or press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System partition) to confirm that you want to delete the partition. Repeat this step for each existing partition that you want to include in the new partition. When all the partitions are deleted, select the remaining non-partitioned space, and then press C to create the new partition.
    8. To create the partition with the maximum size, press ENTER. To specify the partition size, type the size in megabytes (MB) for the new partition, and then press ENTER.
    9. If you want to create additional partitions, repeat steps g. and h.
    10. To format the partition and install Windows XP, go to step 2.

      If you do not want to install Windows XP, press F3 two times to exit the Windows Setup program, and then do not follow the remaining steps in this article.

      To format the partition without installing Windows XP, use a different utility.
    Step 2: Format the hard disk and install Windows XP
    1. Use the ARROW keys to select the partition where you want to install Windows XP, and then press ENTER.
    2. Select the format option that you want to use to format the partition. You can select from the following options:
      • Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick)
      • Format the partition by using the FAT file system (Quick)
      • Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
      • Format the partition by using the FAT file system
      • Leave the current file system intact (no changes)
      Notes
      • If the selected partition is a new partition, the option to leave the current file system intact is not available.
      • If the selected partition is larger than 32 gigabytes (GB), the FAT file system option is not available.
      • If the selected partition is larger than 2 GB, the Windows Setup program uses the FAT32 file system (you must press ENTER to confirm).
      • If the partition is smaller than 2 GB, the Windows Setup program uses the FAT16 file system.
      • If you deleted and created a new System partition, but you are installing Windows XP on a different partition, you are prompted to select a file system for both the System and Startup partitions.
    3. Press ENTER.
    4. After the Windows Setup program formats the partition, follow the instructions that appear on the screen to install Windows XP. After the Windows Setup program is finished and you have restarted the computer, you can use the Disk Management tools in Windows XP to create or format more partitions. For additional information about how to use the Windows XP Disk Management tools to partition and format your hard disk, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base: 309000 How to use Disk Management to configure basic disks in Windows XP
    uparrow.gifBack to the topAdditional notesBefore you can install an operating system such as Windows XP, you must first create a primary partition on the first physical hard disk (Disk 0) on your computer. Then, you can format a file system on that partition to create what is called the System partition.

    Or, you can create a separate partition for the operating system on any physical hard disk. This is known as the Startup partition. The System partition on Disk 0 can also be used as a Startup partition.

    Jun 19, 2011 | eMachines EZ1601-01 PC Desktop

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    I have a maxtor one touch 4 1 TB and I used it for a PC w windows 7. Now I have an apple computer and want to format it so I can read both pc and mac


    FAT 32 format can be accessed by both pc and mac. the drive should be already Fat 32 formatted, but still, the files stored from the mac will not be able to be read by windows and visa versa in most situations.

    you will run into trouble if you have to fat 32 format it yourself, as windows will only format up to 32 gigs of it in fat 32- you will have to make multiple 32 gig partitions to use the entire drive, and would be unable to keep more than 32 gigs of info per backup or folder, bacause of all the seperate partitions.

    Nov 30, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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    How To Change Your NTFS Hard Drive to Fat32


    For some applications or uses , It is necessary to change the formatting on a hard drive to Fat32. This tutorial will help guide you to achieving this. I will be showing you how to do this by creating a partion on my drive and then formatting it.

    If you would like to know how to create a partition , click on the following link to go to that tutorial. You do not need to format the drive after you have shrunk it , as you will only need to delete this partition again later.

    How to Partition a Hard Drive in Windows

    Before we get started , please read the following precautions and information.
    1. Fat32 cannot hold any continuous file over 4Gb.
    2. Security features available in NTFS format like permissions are not available in FAT32.
    3. Remember to remove/backup any data from the drive you wish to convert to fat32 as it will be lost when formatting.
    4. If the process is interrupted (power outage or system crash) just repeat all steps to complete the format.
    Okay , now let's get started.

    There are many ways this can be done. I prefer a little program called FAT32Formatter which is written by Tokiwa as this allows you to format a drive larger than 32Gb and because it's really easy to use.

    Download Fat32Formatter HERE.
    Original Release Page , click HERE

    This program works on XP , 2000 , Vista 32 and Win7 32. It may work on other operating systems , but I tested it on these.

    After you have downloaded fat32formatter , simply unzip it and run it. No installation is required.

    Now run the program.

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    This is fat32formatter. On the top there is a drop down menu on which you can select the drive you wish to format. Now select the drive from the list.

    Now on the graph , select the partition you want to format to fat32. It will turn green when selected.

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    The partition I created was very small (the green sliver on the far right of the bar). Double check that you have selected the correct drive and partition before continuing as all information on the drive or partition will be lost during this process.

    Now select delete partition while the correct partition or drive is selected in green. After you have deleted the partition , the area selected will turn from green back to gray. The formatting options will be available once the empty space from the deleted partition is selected.

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    1) Select the size of the partition you want to create. The Max is automatically selected and should be fine for most users.

    2) If required , select a name for the drive after it has been created. This step may be skipped.

    2b) Check the Quick Format option if required. Not checking the quick format will mean that Fat32formatter checks the disk for bad sectors. This is not necessary if you know that the drive is good and if you have formatted the drive in the past. For a full explanation , click HERE to go to Microsoft's support page.

    3) Click start to start the process.

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    This could take up to 10 hours depending on the size of the drive if "Quick Format" is not checked.

    In Quick format this process should not take more than 20min.

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    Once this process has completed , your FAT32 Drive / Partition is ready for use.
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    If you found this tip useful , please remember to rate it.

    Stephan Reichert

    on Feb 01, 2010 | Computers & Internet

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    Trying to restore XP back to Factory Status. Have Trojan Horse (placed in 'Chest)'. No Documentation CD but have all nec specs. What to do with Restore Disc? Have Operating System CD. Ta!


    If u want it to factory status then u need to reformat

    Insert the Windows XP CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive, or insert the first Windows XP Setup boot disk into the floppy drive disc if you are starting from Setup boot disks, and then restart the computer.
    NOTE: To start your computerfrom the Windows XP CD-ROM or from the Setup boot disk, your computer must be configured to start from the CD-ROM drive or DVD-ROM drive or the floppy disk drive.
    In some cases, you may have to modify your computer's BIOS settings to do this.
    (If you are starting from the Windows XP Setup boot disks, insert each of the additional disks when you are prompted, and then press ENTER to continue after inserting each disk.)
    At the Welcome to Setup page, press ENTER to continue.
    Press F8 to accept the Windows XP Licensing Agreement.

    If an existing Windows XP installation is detected, you are prompted to repair it. Press ESC (do not repair).
    All existing partitions and unpartitioned spaces are listed for each physical hard disk. Use the arrow keys to select the partition or space where you want to create a new partition, and then press D to delete an existing partition or press C to create a new partition using unpartitioned space.
    If you press D to delete an existing partition, you must then press L (or press ENTER, and then press L if it is the System partition) to confirm that you want to delete the partition. Repeat this process for each of the existing partitions that you want to use for the new partition.
    When all the partitions are deleted, you can then select the resulting unpartitioned space and then press C to create the new partition.
    Type the size (in megabytes, or MB) that you want to use for the new partition, and then press ENTER, or just press ENTER to create the partition using the maximum size.
    If you want to install Windows XP, use the arrow keys to select the partition you want to install Windows XP on, and then press ENTER.
    Select the format option that you want to use for the partition, and then press ENTER. The options are:
    • Format the partition by using the NTFS file system (Quick)
    • Format the partition by using the FAT file system (Quick)
    • Format the partition by using the NTFS file system
    • Format the partition by using the FAT file system
    You may also see:
    • Leave the current file system intact (no changes)
    Most people will want to choose: "Format the partition by using the NTFS file system".
    After Setup formats the partition, follow the on-screen instructions to continue Setup until Windows XP fully installs.

    Oct 18, 2008 | HP Computers & Internet

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    I have an Acer Aspire 5610z laptop. I bought it used so I did a system recovery & installed Vista on it. My built in webcam, the volume buttons on the keyboard, & several more features were lost or...


    The best step is take a backup on an external USB hardrive or burn it on DVDs . and then format the system.
    If you have created two partition on the harddrive , backup the data on one and format the second and restore xp on it

    Apr 15, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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    My acer laptop has 160 gig memory but i can only use 80 how do i make it all available


    Most likely, your partitions are simply sized wrong. If you have Windows Vista go to:
    Control Panel>System and Maintenance>Administrative Tools>Computer Management

    In Computer Management look at the list on the left and click on storage and go to Disk Management and look to see if the entire disk is partitioned. I will talk about what to do if there are two partitions in a moment, but for now, lets assume that you have an 80GB Windows partition and around 70GB of empty space.

    Right click on the Windows partition and click expand and simply follow the instructions in the Wizard.

    Now, lets say there is a partition sitting there. Most likely, if it's there, you're using it without noticing that you are. Make sure there is nothing on it. If the partition is empty, right click and delete it and follow the instructions I provided above.

    Now, if you have Windows XP... well I'll just wait for your feedback because this explanation is even longer.

    Apr 09, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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    Xp installation


    1st format u r c: drive carefully by xp cd....with fat 32 file system.

    and then try to install it again,,,
    sure u r problem will be solved man..

    hey .
    hope it is solved.......
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    pls vote for me man..
    best regards & best of luck..

    Nov 05, 2007 | Computers & Internet

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