My hard disk is IBM 9.44GB, here’s the partition situation:
One day, my friend deleted all partitions completely with the disk management tool in Windows 2000, besides, after deletion, he did nothing else. As for the selection of recovery tool, as four partitions, three of them are FAT16, one is NTFS. So I decided to recovery the three FAT16 partitions with Norton Disk Doctor, however, as Norton Disk Doctor doesn’t support NTFS, so I use EasyRecovery supporting NTFS.
1. FAT partition recovery
Open Norton Disk Doctor in Norton Utility, NDD would auto check the partitions of your disk, when test that the partition table of disk 2 has problems, then a prompt window would jump, asking whether come to trouble during the process accessing disk 2, press “Yes” button.
Next prompted window says that Norton Disk Doctor hasn’t found any DOS partition on disk 2, whether let Norton Disk Doctor search and rebuild DOS partition. of course you choose “Yes”.
Quickly another “Partition Search” would prompt, saying one DOS partition of 2039MB is found, whether to recover it or not. Of course you choose “Yes”.
On the next window asking whether to search more DOS partitions, choose “Yes”, and another DOS partition is found, always answer “Yes” until Norton Disk Doctor finds 3 DOS partitions, as Norton Disk Doctor doesn’t support NTFS partition, so after finding the 3 partitions, if disk search application asks whether to search more DOS partitions, choose “No”, and then restart the computer. You will find the lost three FAT partitions are recovered completely, besides, WinMe could still start normally.
2. NTFS recovery
We use EasyRecovery to realize the recovery of NTFS partition, open EasyRecovery and press “Next” to enter disk choose window, select my IBM-DTTA-351010 “Unknown File System type (4.43GB)”, press “Next”button.
On the following window, you can se the Start Sector and the End Sector for the partition, just leave it alone, and press “Next” to move on.
Now come to the window to choose partition file format, choose “NTFS” in the dropdown menu of “File System Type” (here my partition format is NTFS, you should choose the one accorded with your condition, if you really don’t know the partition format, you can choose “RAW” to search the entire disk), choose “Typical Scan” as the search way and press “Next”.
After the disk makes big sounds, the search result would be displayed in front of you, hook the files you need to recover, and then enter the target path of the recovery file to the Destination downside, press “Next” to recover….
3. Recovery for partition formatting
After partition is formatting, as long as there’s no any file writing, theoretically we can still recover. As for tool, of course we still recommend EasyRecovery. However, one point should be explained clearly that as the formatting application would damage the root directory completely, so after recovering with EasyRecovery, you will see some directories like DIR0, DIR1… (However, the file name in the directory is still complete)!