max bianco wrote:
If you don't want to remove the drive, you can try and recover the partition table using a bootable CD. I keep a copy of the System Rescue CD for tasks like this.On Jan 18, 2008 12:12 PM, max bianco <maximilianbianco gmail com <mailto:maximilianbianco gmail com>> wrote:On Jan 18, 2008 11:59 AM, William Case <billlinux rogers com <mailto:billlinux rogers com>> wrote: Hi; I have never been a tech support person. But I can see why some of them go crazy. My friend just told me that his drive 'broke' while he was trying to increase the size of his WindowXP partition while in Fedora using 'parted'. His description "Everything was working fine then 'parted' burped and didn't finish moving files and the disk hasn't worked since". It sounds like he has lost all his partitions. He can't re-install the Windows part. He bought his re-furbished computer that included WindowsXP Pro from a reputable dealer. He failed to get an installation disk. I assume the .cab files have been stored in the Windows partition. As unlikely as it seems, can anyone suggest a way to find a bootable partition, Fedora or Windows. If I can get to Fedora, there is a chance I can rescue his Fedora files, and perhaps mount the Windows partition to save some of his Windows files. If not, I will tell him to phone the dealer and see if they can help. Although the situation is not desperate, desperate (i.e. only personal and household data are on his files) I am regarding this as a learning challenge that contains some bragging rights. Any suggestions gratefully received. -- Assuming you can mount the drive . Try some of the data recovery tools in the repostestdisk has worked for me in the past, dd_rescue is another and there are more but my experience with data recovery is limited.Always read the man pages before you use the tools. -MaxI wasn't very clear. Hook the drive up to a working Linux box. Most of the data recovery tools are there for most of the distributions. There are some live cd's that contain such tools but i can't for the life of me think of one right now.-Max
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