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    Partition Table

    I had managed to install a fresh copy of Windows XP this very morning, on a 160GB harddisk, partition into:

    PRIMARY partition, C:\
    EXTENDED with FAT32 E:\ (Where the Operating system was)
    EXTENDED with NTFS F:\ (Where my backup files were before the installation)

    I had moved the important files into F:\, and proceed by installating a fresh copy of windows xp home edition into e:\, reformatted through the setup.

    However, the F:\ partition was not there when the installation is completed.

    I urgently need some help. I attempted to recover the files via GetDataBack for NTFS, however it gave me this error:

    Error 65284 reading partition (sector 304592400) of drive 'HD128:'(FSIFC:343) 00490774

    Thanks in advance.

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    I believe you can access them either with partition magic, or through the XP disk management in the administrative tools.

    If not post back and someone should be able to offer a better solution.

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    I had tried Partitionmagic earlier, however the partition do no exist.

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    How large is the drive total? How large is the partition you reinstalled Xp on? Did you check the XP disk management tool?

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    160GB, partitioned 120GB to C:\, 30GB to E:\ and 10GB to F:\.

    I did check with the disk management tool, the partition is healthy however empty.

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    if your windows installation is fat32 you will not see the ntfs partitions

    convert drive c: to ntfs first and you will see the other partitions
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    For your information, C:\ is formatted as NTFS

    I had installed the operating system in a FAT32 drive previously before F:\ disappears, F:\ is formatted as NTFS.

    I reformatted E:\, and F:\ disappears.

    E:\ is currently formatted as FAT32, while the missing drive is unformatted.

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    ok,

    if your windows is using ntfs it will see all the partitions

    if your windows is formated as fat32 it will never see the ntfs partitions until you convert your windows file system to ntfs
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    Thank you so much, I had converted it and moving to restart now.

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    I had assumed he was using an NTFS partition.. oooppps.

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    The conversion was a disaster.

    Could that be of anything to do with the partition table or something?

    Im pretty sure the partition wouldn't pop up just by using some partition software or so; I attempted partition magic, the lost partition was displayed empty.

    I used the Windows Disk Management, again it was empty. I had attempted to recover the files with both getdataback for ntfs and fat, and it failed, with the error message:

    Error 65284 reading partition (sector 304592400) of drive 'HD128:'(FSIFC:343) 00490774
    I do really appreciate your patience and help, however the files are really important, and am totally no clue of what has gone wrong. Thanks again and in advance for your assistance.

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    Reinstall windows on the partition. This time use NTFS as your file system. That should allow you to view the contents of F:

    Could be that the F: partition somehow became corrupted. Have you tried running a disk scan on it? If that is the case, you can kiss your data goodbye, especially if you tried recovering it with a recovery software.

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    Anyway, the specs of the drive is here

    Maxtor 160GB
    BEFORE THE PROBLEM

    120GB to C:\ | NTFS | Common files

    30GB to E:\ | FAT32 | Operating system and Program files

    10GB to F:\ | NTFS | Created a day before the problem, to backup files for reformat of E:\


    I had reformatted E:\ while I am in Windows, using PartitionMagic. I was prompt to reboot, and so I did. The partitioning process went on in DOS, and when it says suceeded, I insert the Windows XP cd and went on to install the windows.

    When asked for the partition to install, F:\ was no longer there. I did not realised that was a problem, and went on to install in the reformated E:\.

    After boot-up, F:\ wasn't there. Thats where the panic began.

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    Current State

    120GB to C:\ | NTFS | Operating System
    30GB TO D:\ | NTFS | Common Files

    While the rest of 10gb is missing.

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    Just a question but have you tried to run fdisk from a dos prompt and see if the partition is recognized. If it is then you should be able to right click on my computer..select Manage..then under Storage Management select Disk Management. If it is just a drive letter missing you can assign one to the partition here by right clicking. At least you will know if the partition will exist in windows.

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