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Recovering from Accidental FDISK using Free Software

Like many of us I have accidentally used ‘fdisk’ to partition a drive that I had never intended to. Whether it be adding a new drive, repartitioning and formatting a USB device, or just trying to reload the operating system there has been more than one occasion where I have chosen the wrong drive and seemingly destroyed all my data on my drive.

In these next few installments I will reveal what actually happens when using the Windows XP fdisk to partition a disk. What data components get destroyed, how those components can be replaced, and what is really important to the operating system when trying to mount a file system.

The tool we will use is ‘Free Partition Recovery’ with a few enhancements for this particular problem. This tool is extremely powerful and can make matters worse if not used in a safe and proper manner. However, I will take you step by step on how to do the recovery of your fdisked drive.

Next installment I will discuss exactly what happens to a file system when ‘fdisk’ is used and the stop gaps Microsoft has put in to help us in the recovery of their file system. Hopefully with this knowledge we will be enlightened and begging to chant the mantra “Microsoft… Microsoft… Microsoft…”…

Until next time…


4 Responses to “Recovering from Accidental FDISK using Free Software”

  1. terry April 5, 2009 4:36 pm #

    I was installing Fedora 10 on a new hitachi 320gb drive in my laptop. In the middle of partitioning the new drive when we had power surge.power went off and came back on10 seconds later .But it was too late. I diud not have the battery
    in the laptop at the time. Can’t see or read the drive .Can you tell me what I can
    do to recover the drive.I wanted to duel boot the drive. But i’ll be happy just to save it.
    thank you
    Terry Howard

  2. Dick Correa April 6, 2009 12:21 pm #

    I am not sure I understand the question. Is this is a fresh install or is there data on the drive?

  3. terry April 6, 2009 8:57 pm #

    yes this was a fresh install. I was trying to partition the hd. when I had power outage.And i DIDN’T have the battery the laptop i can’t do anything with the drive.Have you got any words of wisdom about recoering the drive.brand new do i go about partitioning the drive.
    thanks again


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