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    I was fooling around with partitions on my Toshiba laptop, and the Windows Vista Disk Management applet trashed my data partition. I'm trying to find a reasonably priced program to recover my data files.

    I have tried several programs, but the only one that appears to find my data is DiskInternals NTFS Recovery. Their license for business use is $200, which seems a bit TOO dear!

    I've been trying the demo version of Paragon Partition Manager, but it hasn't found my data. I'd love to hear of any other suggestions ...
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    A few years ago, R-Studio gave me very satisfactory results for <50% of the price you're looking at.....

    Data Recovery is a slow & very long process - including sifting out the recoveries of moved and|or partly deleted items........
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    If 'Recuva' (freeware) won't do it, you're probably going to have to pay something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by unkamunka View Post
    A few years ago, R-Studio gave me very satisfactory results for <50% of the price you're looking at.....

    Data Recovery is a slow & very long process - including sifting out the recoveries of moved and|or partly deleted items........
    Thanks - this definitely looks like it can do the job.
    Rick Groszkiewicz
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    Hey Rick, fix it for free

    MBRWork should be able to do that for free and very fast .
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    Steps to recover lost partitions
    7> Change active hard drive. (ignore if you have only one hard drive)
    
    1> Backup first track
    
    4> Reset MBR to zero
    
    3> Reset EMBR area to zero.
    
    A> Recover MS Partitions (see fig 2)
    
    5> Install standard MBR code
    
    Reinstall your boot manager. (if used)
    
    See explanations below..
    
    Below view shows after 4> Reset MBR to zero. A> Recover MS Partitions has been
    added to the list of options, also notice MBR Partition Information <HDO> is
    now all zeros. There are no longer any partition boundaries, meaning the hard
    drive is unbootable and you can't read any data. If you now try to use fdisk
    or other utility to recreate the partitions, new file tables will mean all
    your data will be inaccessible, except for data rescue efforts. MBRWork finds
    the original partition boundaries and reconstructs them exactly as they were,
    meaning your computer works again and the data is intact.
    
    MBRWork Menu
    
    1) Backup First Track This is your safety valve to put things back as they were
    2) Restore First Track Appears as an option only after using 1)
    3) Reset EMBR Clear extended partition area
    4) Reset MBR Remove partitions
    5) Install Std MBR Same as fdisk /mbr (removes any boot manager)
    6) Set active partition Also can be done with fdisk
    7) Change active HD
    8) Only shows if DDO present Remove Dynamic Disk Overlay (i.e. EZDrive, Maxblast)
    9) Capability Check Runs tests on your BIOS, makes no changes.
    E) Exit
    A) Recover partitions Appears only after running 3) (and/or 4)
    TestDisk can also fix this but requires a lot more study, I think.

    Good luck .

    EDIT: I think that both of those utilities are on the Ultimate Boot CD.

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    Thanks for the various suggestions. Unfortunately, things went south in a big way. I tried to restore the Acronis Image for the C: drive, but the MBR (and other partition things) were messed up.

    I was unable to boot into Windows successfully - I kept getting a BSOD error, followed by an immediate reboot. I was unable to fix this using the utilities on the Ultimate Boot CD.

    I just wiped out the hard drive entirely and started again. When I restored the Acronis Image for the C: drive this time, it booted up properly. I have 99.9% of the data files duplicated on other PCs on the network. I'll just copy the files after I finish formatting the DATA partition.
    Rick Groszkiewicz
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