Power outage while using Partition Magic 8.0 has left disc marked 'BAD'

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by M, Aug 19, 2007.

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    M Guest

    While I was extending a partition on my second hard drive there was a power
    outage. Now the drive no longer shows in Explorer and Disc Management shows
    the drive as Online but will not allow me to allocate a driver letter.
    Partition Magic shows the drive as bad and only offers the option to format
    it.

    The Partition Info Tool gives the report below. I will be really glad of
    some help on how to put his right and yes I know the data should have been
    backed up!

    Error #109: Partition ends after end of disk.
    ucEndCylinder (48641) must be less than 48641.


    Info: End C,H,S values were large drive placeholders.
    Actual values are:
    0 0 80 0 0 3 3C 48641 80 53 2 781422756
    Info: Partition didn't begin on head boundary.
    ucBeginSector expected to be 1, not 3.
    Error #109: Partition ends after end of disk.
    ucEndCylinder (48641) must be less than 48641.
    Info: Partition didn't end on cylinder boundary.
    ucEndHead expected to be 254, not 80.
    Info: Partition didn't end on cylinder boundary.
    ucEndSector expected to be 63, not 53.
     
    M, Aug 19, 2007
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    Pennywise Guest

    You have an option to create a boot disk with PM, at least the PM I've
    used.

    If you created that bootdisk, boot with that; it should provide a fix
    for the problem.
     
    Pennywise, Aug 19, 2007
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    thanatoid Guest

    As I have NO experience with PM, preferring to work with this
    stuff in DOS, I can not comment on Pennywise's suggestion.

    In any event, repartitioning or doing equally major operations
    without using an UPS is just reckless at best.
     
    thanatoid, Aug 19, 2007
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    why? Guest

    This is why I have min of 3 PCs, and 6 or 7 hardisks. Need more space,
    dump a disk in another PC and create partitions, copy data, leave
    original unused for 3 weeks. When it's all backed up from new disk, have
    another disk to reuse.
    The blurb in the FAQ says the PM8.0 CD is bootable, that should help,
    may get around any error while WIn is running.

    At this point, buy another HD and an image utility, try making an image
    of current disk, if possible with the error. At least if further
    problems you may be able to start again or throw a data recovery app
    like GetDataBack, see below, at the copy.
    http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPOR...9062?OpenDocument&lg=en&ct=us&seg=hho&src=hot
    How do I handle errors 100-199?

    If PartitionMagic does not automatically fix these errors, a sure way to
    resolve these errors it to do the following:

    1 Back up all the data that is in the defective partitions.
    2 Delete the defective partitions.
    3 Create new partitions.
    4 Restore all your data to the new partitions.

    <snip>

    Document ID: 2004061486839062
    Last Modified: 11/01/2006
    Date Created: 04/13/2004
    Operating System(s): Windows 95, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 98, Windows
    98SE, Windows Me, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Pro, Windows 2000, MS-DOS
    Product(s): Norton PartitionMagic 8.0, PartitionMagic 8.0


    Depending on OS, FAT or NTFS version of GetDataBack
    www.runtime.org

    Me
     
    why?, Aug 19, 2007
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    Mr. Arnold Guest

    You should be using an UPS solution and have your machine or machines
    plugged into it for the very reason of a power outage. The UPS would have
    kicked in with its battery and supplied the needed power for awhile when the
    power was lost or interrupted.
     
    Mr. Arnold, Aug 19, 2007
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    John Holmes Guest

    Mr. Arnold "contributed" in 24hoursupport.helpdesk:
    True, but that's too late for the poor sod now, eh?
     
    John Holmes, Aug 19, 2007
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    M Guest

    Can anyone recommend a data recovery specialist, this is a 400 GB drive with
    about 270 GB of data. I would also appreciate a guide to cost.
    Thank you.
     
    M, Aug 19, 2007
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    John Holmes Guest

    M "contributed" in 24hoursupport.helpdesk:
    1000 US$ per Gb of data. Shipping the drive back and forth will be
    accounted on you. Satisfaction not guaranteed.
     
    John Holmes, Aug 19, 2007
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    Mr. Arnold Guest

    Can anyone recommend a data recovery specialist, this is a 400 GB drive
    I recommend the phone book and the Yellow Pages.
     
    Mr. Arnold, Aug 19, 2007
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    elaich Guest

    I would say you are borked, having had exactly the same problem once. I had
    massive data corruption, and even though using a recovery program appeared
    to have saved most of it, it was all jumbled. For instance, an MP3 appeared
    intact, but when you played it, it was three or four different songs all
    jumbled together. Live and learn - never do partitioning operations without
    a UPS.
     
    elaich, Aug 19, 2007
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    M Guest

    Could you tell me which recovery program you used so that I don't use that
    one? I am probably going to use EASEUS Data Recovery.
     
    M, Aug 19, 2007
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    Meat Plow Guest

    If the data is corrupt then you will recover corrupt data no matter what
    tool you use.
     
    Meat Plow, Aug 19, 2007
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    why? Guest

    Most likely not the recovery program used, but the scrambled file
    allocation table.

    Going with the DIY method then and downloading wizard based tools?
    If the data is valuable get a recovery service to do it for you. Many
    appear to provide free quotes.

    Me
     
    why?, Aug 19, 2007
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  14. You may try testdisk from a bootable media such as hirens bootcd.
    However, when the resizing involved a cluster size change, you probably are
    lost.
     
    wisdomkiller & pain, Aug 19, 2007
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    philo Guest


    Before you use PM it's advisable to back up your data.
    Also...the machine *must* be on a UPS to avoid a shut down.

    That said...your best hope is to re-run partition magic
    from a boot disk and see if there is a recoverable partition.
    If not...it's time for data recovery software...
    If you google, you'll find many that have trail versions...
    so you can see if any find your data
     
    philo, Aug 19, 2007
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    Pennywise Guest

    This is most likely over your head but posted anyhow.

    I assume NTFS file system (cause FAT would be too easy)
    There are two boot sectors NTFS stores, it's possible to overwrite the
    corrupt one with the backup.

    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;EN-US;q153973

    Unless as part of your loss prevention you made a backup of your MBR?
    (That is what the PM boot disk holds.)
     
    Pennywise, Aug 20, 2007
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    M Guest

    Thank you for your post. This sounds like the fastest way to recover my
    data. Can you advise where I can obtain a copy of Norton Disk Probe and
    Norton Diskedit and can you be sure they will work with the XP version of
    NTFS which I understand is not exactly the same as the NT version?
     
    M, Aug 20, 2007
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    Mr. Arnold Guest

    Oh Lord, it's got the word Norton on it. You should make sure your back is
    up against the nearest wall so that you won't be stabbed in the back by
    Norton. You had better get an UPS for Norton.
     
    Mr. Arnold, Aug 20, 2007
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    Pennywise Guest

    Right here http://files.filefront.com//;8363717;;/

    While diskprobe is included I wouldn't use it, the only reason the
    file is mention in the link is MS produced it.

    Download and create a Win98 boot disk http://bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
    boot with it. use DiskEdit from there.

    I've thrown in diskmap, run that and keep the data on file, next time
    this happens you can use diskedit and plug in the numbers from
    diskmap.
     
    Pennywise, Aug 21, 2007
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    Pennywise Guest

    Norton Disk utilities was a must have running DOS and just a little
    into Windows - then it dropped it's dos support.

    Diskedit one of the better disk editors made. It defaults to read only
    and you can play around to find your way; when ready set it to write.
     
    Pennywise, Aug 21, 2007
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