How can I rescue photos from a hard drive partition that just disappeared?

smallant456 January 11, 2011
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Yesterday, I found my E partition missing. I don’t know why and can’t find the partition in Disk Management either. There are many previous photos in the partition. Is there any way to get the partition back or if not, any way to get the photos back? Emergent!!!
Thank you in advance!

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    January 21, 2011 at 6:13 am

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    January 12, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    If you aren't confident you can do this yourself, send your drive to a lab. they can recover more files the sooner you stop using your computer.

  3. Anonymous
    January 12, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Try Partition Find & Mount

    1) Open C:testdisk-6.10win > double click the "testdisk_win" icon.

    The program runs in a command window and doesn't have to be installed.
    Each of the steps (A, B, C etc) below corresponds to a new TestDisk window.
    Use the keyboard's arrow keys to navigate

    A) At the first window, select “No Log” and press the key
    B) Select which drive to analyse, choose “Proceed” and <Enter
    C) Select partition type – Intel if it’s a PC then .
    D) Select “Analyse” then . The drive will be analysed.
    E) Select “Quick Search” at the next screen, then .
    F) Press “Y” if the partitions were created under Vista – “N” if not.
    G) TestDisk should say “Structure OK”. If so, press .
    H) Select “Write” and press .
    I) Press “Y” to confirm.
    J) Press .

    TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.11.3
    With Photorec you can retrieve files that have been deleted - I have got files back from a drive after it was formatted.
    The program detects and retrieves all kinds of files, not just photo formats.

    Open X:testdisk-6.9win (X is the drive where you placed the TestDisk folder) and click the photorec_win icon.

    The program runs in a command window and doesn't have to be installed.
    Each of the steps (A, B, C etc) below corresponds to a new PhotoRec window.
    Use the keyboard's arrow keys to navigate.

    A. At the first window you choose the drive you want to scan for lost files.
    Then select "Proceed" and press the key.

    B. Choose Intel if it's a PC, press .

    C. If you want to scan a single partition - highlight it.
    To scan all partitions - highlight [Whole Disk].

    (You can choose to exclude certain file types from the scan by selecting "File Opt" >> to exclude a file type: highlight it, then press "-". When finished - press to return to the previous window.)

    Select "Search", then press to confirm.

    D. For a Windows computer - choose "Other".
    If the drive/partition was formatted in Linux - choose EXT2/EXT3.
    Press to confirm.

    E. You can choose to scan the whole drive/partition or free space only.
    A free space scan might be enough if you deleted files by mistake and haven't used the drive/partition since.
    Press to confirm.

    F. To save the recovered files in the X:testdisk- 6.11.3win folder - press "Y".
    If you press "N" PhotoRec will jump back to screen C.

    G. The program will start recovering files.
    The progress is shown in the program window.
    When the "Estimated time for achievement" = 0h00m00, press and quit PhotoRec.

    All the retrieved files will (unfortunately) be renamed and saved in X:testdisk-6.9winrecup_dir.1 (2, 3 etc).
    An easy way to sort them is to use Windows search function.
    Using the search function you can find, for example, all jpeg files with a size less than 100 KB on drive I:
    Click Start >> Search >> For files or folders... >> New window - choose "All files and folders" >> Another window

    EASEUS Partition Recovery

    Remo Recover Windows Edition
    Remo data recovery software is a great, detailed program which enables you to recover lost partitions, and any sort of files you might have recently lost on your PC. This program will take you through about few simple steps to put you on the path to recovering your lost partitions or files. Basically you simply just select the hard drive you want searched, then it will search it, and as it finds the partitions you will select them and eventually it recovers them for you.