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Deleted all the GPT Partitions by accident

Q: Deleted all the GPT Partitions by accident

Hello, I recently purchased Dell XPS 8700 that came with a 2tb harddive formatted with GPT. The computer came with Windows 8, and I wanted to downgrade to Windows 7. However the windows installer wouldn't install on any of the current partitions, so I deleted every partition with gParted and proceeded to install Windows 7 successfully onto the one giant partition. Since I deleted all the GPT partition information (Idiotically), I am unable to make more partitions and dual boot.

So my questions are: Is my harddrive as of right now in MBR or GPT? And how would I add the GPT partitions back, as in the primary and secondary GPT headers?

Edit: I am attempting to dual boot with Xubuntu 14.04 and Windows 7 Professional, both 64bit and the computer has the UEFI, I think. Am I better off using MBR or GPT to dual boot? I only want two OS's and a shared data partition.

A: Deleted all the GPT Partitions by accident

Since I deleted all the GPT partition information (Idiotically), I am unable to make more partitions and dual boot.

Deleting all GPT partitions is a recommended step to downgrade "Windows 8" as "Windows 7" is known to not much liking GPT based UEFI boot mode. Although "Win 7" 64 bit edition may boot from a GPT disk, i prefer MBR partitioning especially in case of dual booting with Linux.The only mistake you made here is not to partition the disk at the time of install. Fortunately you can split the single large "C" partition to two or three small partitions with the help of "Partition Wizard" free edition.
Download link : Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
What you need to do is first shrink/resize "C" and create one or more new partitions using the free space.
How to shrink partition : Shrink Windows partition with partition manager - MiniTool Partition Wizard.

Video guide : How to Move/Resize Partition with partition manager? Partition Wizard Move/Resize Partition Video Help.

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I have a 2TB external hard drive and a 1TB external hard drive.
I got a new 2TB internal hard drive and was installing Windows on it.
On the screen where it showed the connected drives, I stupidly forgot the 2 external drives were still connected. I thought somehow it was breaking up the new 2TB internal drive into 3 separate partitions. I clicked on the two external drives and deleted the partitions because I thought it would merge them. I DID NOT format luckily.
I am in the middle of running the Analyzer using TestDisk on the 2TB external. Since it is a 2TB hard drive, it is analyzing about 10% of the disk per day. So I guess it will take 10 days to finish. Small price to pay if I can recover all the data on these drives. One has all our home movies and photos and the other has all our scanned documents in PDF format. Sigh.
I am wondering if I am doing this the right way with TestDisk? Is there a faster way? When I deleted the partitions, the process took less than a second. The drives were partitioned to used 100% of the drive space. I read the page TestDisk Step By Step but still not sure if there isn't an easier way for my particular blunder. Nothing should be corrupted. Just deleted.
Thank you!

A:Deleted Partitions By Accident Please Help

Yes it should be faster. I thought there were two levels to the restore deleted partitions and only the deeper level involves scanning the surface for old deleted partitions.

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So, there was some unallocated space on my hard drive and I tried to create a new volume out of it using Windows' Disk Management, but I noticed that the color key for all the partitions suddenly changed from dark blue (primary partitions) to olive (simple volumes)... I canceled the action after that because it was asking me to format other drives. I wasn't trying to change those, and I've used Disk Management dozens of times before in the same way without something like this happening.

Anyway, now I can't change them back to primaries... I'm afraid of restarting because I don't know if Windows will be able to boot from this now. It also changed my Linux partition to a simple volume and I don't even know if that will boot properly now.

Is there any way I can change these back to primary partitions without formatting them and/or potentially losing all the data?

OS: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

A:Primary Partitions Changed to Simple on Accident?

You have to remove all data and delete each partition and recreate it

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Dont ask me how, but I ended up installing Windows7 twice on two seperate partitions. I now have two "Windows 7" options when my boot screen comes up. I obviously only ment to install it once so I want to get rid of the second Windows 7 option on the boot screen (and the bootscreen itself aswell actually).

How do I remove the Windows7 installation thats on partition "D"?


A:Installed Win7 twice by accident (two diff partitions)

Hello Rets, and welcome to Seven Forums.

While running the Windows 7 that is installed on the first C: partition, you can removed the second Windows 7 on the D: partition using this tutorial below.

Afterwards, you could format the D: partion from within the Computer window to use to place backups on, or delete the D: partition and extend C: back into it to have one larger drive again.

Hope this helps,

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Hi everyone,
1st of all I am sorry if this the wrong section to post this and, im BEGGING you to please help me. As the title says, i lost my partition table.

Here is what i did and help me please,

For past couple of weeks my hp g6(spec is filled on my profile. See below if it is necesory pleas) notebook was lagging and having one or two bsods everytime i turn it on. As I was having my semester exams, i kept it in sleep without shuting down regularly due to this errors.

And today, i decided to restore to a image whch i had saved just after clean win instalation and essential software like antivirus, firewall and office.

So I boot into winpe enviorenment with macrium rescue disk. And i did folowing things as usual. Bt except for one.

1. I formated my c: partition which i had windows installed.

2. I formated my 100mb reserved area and after formating, as usual it showed 86mb of free space.

3. Then, i wanted to clear wipe my c: completly becuz of I had once restored one of recent image but it didnt solve the problem.

4. I opened command prompt in WinPE and launched disk part console.

This is where i screwed up.

5. So I selected my notebook drive, which is disk 0 and then, I thought that I have selected my partition 1( i was reading some more commands in console and thatz why i got confuced i think).

6. I executed clean command ( without any parameters, not clean all. ONLY CLEAN) :'(

7. Then I saw my all partitions are gone and this is what i ... Read more

A:diskpart/clean by accident....need to recover partitions,begging :'(

Hello mate ... I just can suggest you only one thing, try the Partition Recovery Wizard . (there is a video link too, on how to do it) of the Partition Wizard Bootable CD . Download it using any computer , burn the downloaded iso in a blank disk, and boot your computer with that disk.

It might take a long time, so please have patience.

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Long story short I was removing a virus and deleted it by mistake.

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Appreciate any help.

A:Deleted userinit.exe by accident!

No help? Really need that back

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A:Ive deleted files on accident, HELP!

Hi friikenfreezin84

Welcome to Tech Support Guy Forums!

See post #4 here:

Let us know if that works for you or not.

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Thanks in advance.

A:Deleted Recycle Bin by Accident

Try this:

Right-Click desktop
Select Personalize
Select Change Desktop icon on the left hand side
Check Recycle Bin and hit apply

Does that work?

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Please any help??????
thank you


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A:deleted file by accident!!!!!

Try Recuva.

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A:deleted files on accident

This one gets high marks. Maybe worth a try.

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Take a look here:

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YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.

This is the site.

A:deleted files by accident HELP!! Please

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i have a floppy drive and a thumb drive

cannot get back to my desktop NOR can i get to a c:\ anymore in safe mode

believe i need to copy userinit.exe from somewhere back into c:\windows\system32 but do not know how with what i have to work with

please help


A:deleted userinit.exe by accident

There is a backup copy in C:\Windows\System32\dllcache

most of the time it is compressed in this folder.

Here is a copy of it from my XP installation (uncompressed)
See attached
You will need a XP install CD and use recovery environment to copy the file to the proper place, or use an Ubuntu boot CD to do it.

Here is an article on using a Ubuntu CD to copy data off an unbootable windows PC, one could also use it to copy a file to a Windows folder.

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A:Just deleted an email by accident, now I cant find it?

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thanks in advance

A:HELP. deleted music folder by accident, but its still there

Since this is a Windows 8.1 problem, we have a separate forum for Windows 8.
Windows 8 Forums

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A:deleted sims from c:drive by accident

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I've attached 2 screen shots because i'm sure my explanation is poor. Anyway, this is driving me crazy - can't figure it out. I've been messing around with it for hours - at one point i had 'desktop' with about 15 'desktop' subfolders......

help! please!

A:Deleted 'Desktop' folder by accident....

this my be overly obvious but, have you gone into the recycle bin and checked if the folder is still there? if it is, all you need to do is right click on it and select restore.

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A:Bluetooth deleted from my computer by accident.

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A:Deleted Graphics Drivers By Accident

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A:Bluetooth deleted from my computer by accident.

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Hi, this is my first posting. :)

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-> Empty Recycle Bins
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Once he clicked "OK" to CleanUp!All users, his computer lost all icon images, he cannot see any icon on task bar, I.E. and can't even start some applications. But he still have Spy Sheriff on his wall paper :(

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Please kindly help ASAP!

A:Deleted all Temp file for all users by accident

Try using XP System Restore.

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{Mod Edit:Move to more appropriate forum,Also made topic more descriptive.boopme}

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A:StyleXP not working & I deleted desktop.ini on accident

Hi toybird

Sorry for the delay in getting a reply to you (been busy). Any luck yet finding a solution?

If not, try these for a quick repair
1) System Restore
2) Uninstall StyleXP
3) Run a Registry Cleaner (CCleaner is effective).
4) Reinstall StypeXP

. . . and anytime you have unexpected system behavior, run some malware scans to rule out unexpected visitors causing havor with your system files.

To try System Restore:
1) Boot your computer into Safe Mode (start tapping the F8 key as the computer is starting up, and select "Safe Mode" from the Boot Menu).
2) Logon as "Administrator".
3) Click on Start/All Programs/Accessories/System Tools/System Restore, and select a restore point from before trouble started.

Try CCleaner to clean up
1) You can download CCleaner here ---
2) Run the "Cleaner" functions to clean up temp files & other accumulating unnecessary files. Then run the "Issues" functions to clear up problems in the Registry. Run the "Issues" functions until CCleaner reports "no issues found."
Best of luck
. . . Gary

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A:Advanced video/audio deleted by accident

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puter hater



A:deleted a page by accident can it be fixed using cached

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start->control panel
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A:Deleted the desktop start folder file by accident.

hi, go to start screen type in desktop ,you should get at least 3 desktop related apps as a result of the search ,right click on the one that says DESKTOP ,and choose pin to start ,should work did for me yesterday

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Hi everyone...

Thanks in advance for helping me out.

I have both an inspiron 700m and a xps laptop...both dells obv. After breaking my lcd screen in the 700m i sent my computer in to be serviced. When trying to reformat the inspiron I accidently used the xps recovery and reformat disk to try to reinstall everything on the insiron. The trouble now is, all of the drivers are for the xps but are installed to the inspiron resulting in no sound or recognition of the wireless card, etc. I am pretty sure I deleted my inspiron's partition and cannot partake in the Ctrl + F11 command. If anyone knows how to fix this or recover my old inspiron partition and make it to where the inspiron was like new again with all the right drivers it would be a HUUUUUUUUGE help.

Thank you.

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A:Deleted files by needed badly.

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Hy , you deleted the partitions withing windows ? or you deleted the hdd partitions with windows instalation dvd , or you where in msdos and used the "FSISK" command and deleted , i need to know , reply .

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I attached a print screen of gparted, which shows all of the partitions on the computer.

A:I deleted all of my partitions

However, I know that all of my partitions are messed up

Yes all your partitions are gone. Ubuntu is installed correctly including the efi partition and swap, Congratulations on a perfect Linux install.

need both Windows and Ubuntu on my pc,

You will need to start again, Make sure you install Windows first then Ubuntu . Please read the tutorial on how to dual boot windows 8 and Ubuntu.
Guide To Install Ubuntu 14.04 In Dual Boot Mode With Windows 8 Or 8.1 UEFI
If you have any other questions please feel free to ask
  to BC

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I deleted both my partitions using recovery console because nothing else worked.

Formatting would not be executed because autofmt.exe couldn't be found.
Re-installing returned setup cannot continue because EULA was not found.
Chkdsk didn't fix problem and so I just wanted a fresh start.

I want to reinstall windows xp but the installation CD I have wouldn't do it because of not locating EULA, what can be done at this point?

A:Partitions Deleted

did u choose "install new version" during installation?

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I attached a print screen of gparted, which shows all of the partitions on the computer.

A:I deleted all of my partitions

Do you have Windows on a bootable media, DVD or USB ?

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Hello Everyone,

I deleted all my partitions except the Windows os/system partition. Is there a way to recreate the EFI and system reserved partitions?
Now all I have is:
1.30GB unlocated
119GB ntfs (os)
178GB unlocated

Thanks in advance

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I've read loads of forums regarding rebooting/re-installing W7 but I still can't get anywhere.

I have a Windows 7 tablet 16gb IDE which worked fine but it was in Chinese language. I couldn't change the original installation as it was done in China. So I deleted the partitions with the intentions of installing W7 in English.
I deleted the C: drive (where the O/S was installed) with some third party software and now i'm well and truly stuck. I've changed the bios to boot from CD but I get the message operating system could not be found. I've tried it through a micro SD card, Windows 7 disc, windows xp disc, but no joy. Sometimes I just get the flashing white cursor in the top left corner but nothing else.

Is there some sort of boot disc (like win98 installation?) I built EPOS systems when I was younger but everything I knew I've tried and it doesn't work.

I have access to a win 7 laptop and a vista pc if this helps?

Please help as Im pulling my hair out here. Surely there is a simpler way?
I've tried the F8 method but that option isn't available.

A:Deleted partitions W7 tablet.

Have tried the one time boot menu to boot from DVD?
may be F12.

For better help with problems, Can you post your specs.
Filling out System Specs
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Dont Know What Hardware You Have..??
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Hi everyone,

at the beginning, sry for my english.

Now the problem. In Windows7's Disk Management I deleted one simple volume (10GB) and system deleted another two (totaly 800GB). Don't know why and how... Can I restore two or three of this volumes? I just downloaded Paragon Partition Manager 12 program and it found one deleted partition (only the smaller one - 10GB). I didn't restore it yet, I'm afraid if I do something wrong I will be permanently unable to restore my data.

I'm begging for help.

A:System deleted two partitions instead of one

Use Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

It will always restore the recovered partition selected as long as there is nothing that has been placed there since it was lost. If so it will ask you if you want to overwrite whatever's blocking the old partition's space now.

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Is there an easy way to remove partitions which are no longer recognized by Windows? I can see them with a program called, TestDisk. I want to partition my HD again, but I want to get rid of these deleted partitions which still exist on my HD.

I want to do this without erasing the whole parition table. And I would prefer not to use FDISK. I am on a laptop and do not have a 3.5. Floppy to make a boot disk with.



A:Removing Old, Deleted Partitions???

Unless I am mistaken you should be able to use fdisk to remove the partitions & create free space from just the partitions you want to remove what file system is on the partitions you want to remove? Check out this site for help with making a bootable CD

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Hello all.

To cut a long story short, some type of virus absolutely shredded my little sisters laptop, so I decided to nuke it and do a fresh install... (XP)

So I used my operating system cd with her laptop, which looking back now was a pretty bad idea, since mine is HP and hers is Advent, so her valid product key was showing as invalid, ugh.

So had a good read up on it and saw I needed her operating system cd, well, with Advent, it seems they don't actually send any out with the laptop, and all the partitions got deleted, at this point, I was banging my head against a wall.

Then I saw about programs which recover deleted partitions, I tried Find and Mount. And some of the lost files come up, Yippee! or so I thought.

It asks me for a operating recovering cd, and would just like to ask all the kind people here is anything can be done to revert my sisters laptop back to its factory settings? or any other ideas on what to do? Perhaps trying to recover lost partitions is the wrong way to go about it, however i'm fairly useless at things like this, and have absolutely no idea on how to go about things. I see you can buy the discs, but they are quite expensive and take a long time before it would reach me.

So, begging for help here.

Thanks in advances for all replys.

Edit: Forgot to mention a pretty vital part, with advent, instead of sending out discs, they have a recovery partition on the hard drive.

A:Recovering deleted partitions

If you contact them they may send you a restore CD. You will probably have to pay S&H at the least. Tried to find the Advent UK website with no luck. Are they still in business?

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was messing around on the computer and i deleted partitions i shouldnt have

i restarted and when it boots up it says error: no such partition grub rescue>

is there anything I can do to recover all of data, etc?

A:deleted wrong partitions


Judging by the presence of grub, I'm guessing you have had a Linux disto installed at some point. This might make the next steps easier. Grub rescue indicates that the partition that had grub installed onto it has been deleted.

Download a gparted .iso from here and burn it to a CD if you have a CD burner. By booting from the CD, you will be able to access the testdisk application. This will search for lost and deleted partitions.

Once it has done this, it will give you the option to write the partitions back to the drive. In a quick format/delete of a partition, none of the data is actually deleted, so the data should be fine.

Oh yeah, I probably should add, do not attempt to use the drive, otherwise you could end up overwriting the 'lost' data.

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Inside my XP GUI, (Use Partition Magic 7), I deleted the partitions on my extra drive where I have my backups, "Very stupid" but I did it.

I realized it right afterward (2 mins later) and tried to un-delete (still using PM7) BUT to no avail. It said unsuccessful.

After that I went ahead and shut down my PC and removed the drive.... it's just set here.!!!

What does the gang suggest I try to recover the partitions and files ?

I have another older PC running XP Home and can slave it to that if ness or suggested.

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hi guys,

it's a little complicated. i have win xp pro sp2 and suse 9.0 on my computer (PT4, 1.8 ghz) installed. now i wanted to uninstall suse 9.0 to test mandrake 10.0. i didn't know what to do ,so i asked a friend. he said you need only to delete this two partions and all is gone. the result: i couldn't boot up my computer anymore because the system was booted by the grub bootloader.
i needed to access win so i decided ( i had still some start up floppy disk ) to install win xp sp1 on my d-drive in order to access dive c. it worked. before i tried to boot and install from the installation disk but this didn't work. after " windows is inspecting your hardware" the screen went black.
now what can i do? on my d-drive are still this two partion from suse 9.0. the computer tells me, it's free space but i have no access. how can i recover this space to drive d?
what will happen when i delete win xp sp1 again? can i still boot up?

thanks a lot for your help.

A:2 partitions accidentally deleted

and boot then go to the recovery console and type "fixmbr". If you are going to play around with linux as a second os I suggest you learn more about dual booting. Of course, after you install MDK 10 you may not use anything else. I installed mandrake 9.2 and haven't used my xp box in quite some time.

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My second attempt to use the free Windows 10 upgrade was another bust. Having been burned by the first attempt, I thought I'd create a partition before I started so I could dual-boot in the event of a second failure. Second failure duly happened (not the issue for today - I've given up trying on Windows 10). So, as per the image, I now have a 50+GB unallocated space which I'd like to reincorporate back into the C drive. But there are now two recovery partitions, and (if I understand this rightly) the one between C and the unallocated space prevents me from expanding C to take the space in. Can I get rid of that recovery partition? I assume the one after the empty partition was created automatically at the same time as the partition, but I don't know if it will serve as a recovery partition for C should I ever need one.

Note: please speak slowly and carefully, as if addressing a small child. I can pick up heavy things, but I'm not very clever.

A:Two recovery partitions - can one be deleted?

I can't help you with the recovery partition questions because I do not use them.


You can add the 51.59 gb of unallocated space to C with Partition Wizard, a free download. You can't do it directly through Windows Disk Management because, as you state, one of the recovery partitions is in the way. That's a limitation of Windows Disk Management.

Partition Wizard does not have that limitation.

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In an attempt to restore my windows to factory settings I deleted all partitons because it said a certain partition was missing. I used Gparted to delete every partition but mistakenly didnt make a usb recovery drive. Now I cant get past the BIOS screen. How do I recover windows? Please Help!!
Mod Edit:  Merged topics - Hamluis.

A:Deleted ALL partitions. How do I recover windows 8?

After you've deleted your partitions, there's no other way but to reinstall Windows.

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Last night one of my friends was "guiding" me through an installation for Ubuntu to a flash drive. I was doing it on my current computer. I removed some partitions from the installation thinking it would just remove them from the list, I then tried to install it on the flash drive. (I also changed some of the NTFS FAT 32's around and stuff, But i don't know what that means)

It then brought me to a black screen with a blinking underscore.
After doing everything below, it now says Missing operating system.
So I might have made things worse.

I have tried the recovery Cd which I burned off of another windows7 computer, I tried bootrec.exe as well.

I'm not entirely sure what to do at this point. I am currently using the same computer, but on the trail version - "try ubuntu" of ubuntu. All of my files seem to be intact.

Also, when I ran one of the recovery options it had a box for listed OS's and none displayed, it also said select drivers to install to disk and brought me to system32. (I had no idea what to look at, at that point)

I also did

>slect disk 0
>list volume

and some other things...

Nothing seems to be working and I'm out of ideas and running short on time to get my work done.

Any help or additional information requests would be great.

A:No OS - blackscreen / possible partitions deleted / ubuntu

Hello GhostMuffin Welcome to the Seven Forums!

And into the world of despair since the flashing means a hard drive is not bootable not having any master boot record(mbr) entries or even an OS on it! When you "removed" some partitions apparently you removed C and any other partition on the host main drive not the flash drive!

Were you using GParted live for this?? or another partitioning program? In GParted Live the main drive would likely be seen as "sda" not Disk 0. If you were using the Disk Part tool and ran the clean or clean all command once you had run with the following commands here you wiped the main drive without a doubt!

Disk Part
List Disk
Select Disk 0
clean or clean all

and say good bye to whatever was on the drive!

If you had been using the version of GParted found in a distro like ubuntu that version wants to take charge and partition, format the entire drive in favor of the flavor of Linux that would going onto the flash drive. If you inadvertently selected sda when the flash drive as sdb and nuked partitions there when clicking the apply buttong the scrolling bar you watched was the main drive being wiped instead!

Since a linux install disk if not direct from iso image was there to boot from when running the distro's installer you can boot into that disk live again and view the main drive to see if anything still remains on the drive that would suggest a failed install of the Grub boot loader while the 7 mbr was wiped as well.... Read more

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While installing Fedora 12, it deleted all the 5 partitions i had... currently i have only 1 partition since fedora messed everything up...all the data has been lost... and m not even able to logon to Fedora... i have deleted fedora and m in the process of installing XP... during the installation of XP, i deleted the one partition i had and then formatted it using the NTFS system so that i cud install XP... is there any way i cud recover all the data i had? ... i had 5 partitions with c,d,e,f and z drive... total 500 GB... any help wud be appreciated... also m sorry if this doesn't belong to this section...

A:Recover data from deleted partitions

Features Partition Wizard

The free version includes partition recovery.


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I got a BSOD during a reformat after I deleted all partitions on my computers hard drive. I have retried to install Windows 7 but I keep getting the BSOD during the installation process. I will post the numbers it gives me as soon as it does it again. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

A:HELP! I got a BSOD during a reformat after I deleted all partitions...

BTW I am running Windows 7 Home Premium x64. Laptop is an Alienware M14x.

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My comp wont automatically start anymore because I deleted my old partition and now it makes me select before it starts. I try booting from the old ones to see what it says but it just gives me an error about it not being there. I am just wondering how to get rid of the choices..!

A:deleted old partitions but they still show up in choices

Hello senorpaco34

I`m not quite sure what you mean here. Are you saying that you are getting more that one operating system to choose from at bootup and one is not valid?

If so
Start/Run and type

On the boot.ini tab, click "Check all boot paths". You can set the timeout value to zero as well.

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Hi. I have just deleted all partitions on my laptop hard drive to install windows 7 and messed something up...I know cannot install windows 7 as it just sticks at the setup is starting screen.
Please help ...can I put the drive in my pc (running xp) and save it somehow ?
Please advise. I have nothing on the laptop to repair or anything as far as I can see ...please help
Thank you

A:deleted partitions and cant install windows 7

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I was creating a USB boot flash disk using diskpart and by mistake a run the command "clear" on a wrong disk. This deleted all partition information on my backup disk. Oups.

Is there a way to get the data back ?

A:Deleted partitions :( get data back ?

Hello TexTwill,

You might give the free program Recuva a try to see if you may be able to recover some of the files.

Hope this helps,

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Hi, I used Acronis to delete all partitions on my Surface Pro. So there is no recovery, C drive, nothing at all. Just a blank SSD drive without any partitions.
Now the Surface Pro refuses to boot to any of my USB sticks so I can clean install an OS like I wanted to do.

I've verified both of my USB sticks are bootable, as I'm able to boot my desktop computer to them in order to install an OS.
But when I try to boot the Surface Pro Gen1 to the USB stick, I get a quick squiggly screen and then I'm dumped right into the system BIOS.
I've made sure to power off the Surface Pro, then hold down volume- while pressing the power button, then releasing volume- after seeing the Surface splash screen. But it never goes to any sort of boot menu or anything. Just takes me right into the EFI BIOS.

Any suggestions?

A:Deleted ALL partitions on Surface Pro - Now I can't boot

Have you enabled Boot Menu in the BIOS ?

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Okay, so I go to do a fresh install of Windows 7 on my machine as I have sveral times. I booted from the Win 7 cd and it came to the hard drive selection page. Here's where the trouble started. I have two identical 2TB hard drives and a 3TB drive in my machine. My gut told me to unhook my 2TB drive that I use for photos and music, the other 2TB is my data (C) drive. I said to myself, "Self, you have done this so many times, no problem". Well, problem. It deleted the partitions on my data drive. It never formatted the drive though. After the first reboot, my (C) drive booted and I knew that I was in a heap of trouble. Can anyone help me fix this without data loss??? I have over 10,000 photos and 700GB's worth of music on this drive. Thank you!

A:Deleted partitions on hard drive, need help!

Download the free Partition Wizard Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

Then run the Partition Recovery Wizard. I prefer using the Partition Wizard boot CD. You must burn the .iso file to a disc.

When installing W7 disconnect all hard drives except the one your are installing to, this will insure the boot files are on the same drive as the OS.

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hey everyone!

i did a lot of research on this but have not found a solution to my problem so i hope you can help me out.

recently i had to assemble a new pc because my notebook died on me.
i put a new hdd and my notebook hdd into this system and installed win7 on the new hdd.
but when booting i was always prompted to choose between the freshly installed win7 and the win7 on my notebook hdd partition. which was kinda annoying because the notebook win7 partition did not work on my pc anyway. so i decided to format the notebook win7 partition, which windows did not allow. so i felt smart, booted up linux from dvd and formatted the drive in linux.
i expected my pc to simply boot the win7 installation that i installed for this pc but instead now he does not boot anything. i tried system repair with the win7 dvd but he does not even find my win7 partition. i'm kinda at a loss here. how can i make my pc boot my win7 partition again?

i really really dont want to install the whole system again.

A:deleted 1 of 2 win7 partitions -> now wont boot

Quote: Originally Posted by jaronimo

hey everyone!

i did a lot of research on this but have not found a solution to my problem so i hope you can help me out.

recently i had to assemble a new pc because my notebook died on me.
i put a new hdd and my notebook hdd into this system and installed win7 on the new hdd.
but when booting i was always prompted to choose between the freshly installed win7 and the win7 on my notebook hdd partition. which was kinda annoying because the notebook win7 partition did not work on my pc anyway. so i decided to format the notebook win7 partition, which windows did not allow. so i felt smart, booted up linux from dvd and formatted the drive in linux.
i expected my pc to simply boot the win7 installation that i installed for this pc but instead now he does not boot anything. i tried system repair with the win7 dvd but he does not even find my win7 partition. i'm kinda at a loss here. how can i make my pc boot my win7 partition again?

i really really dont want to install the whole system again.

this sounds like your boot manager was on your primary drive presumably C: ?

and you have wiped that with the format, the fact that repair install cannot find the second partition presumably D: ? might be because the partition needs to be set as primary and active ?

In your situation I would download and burn a Partition Wizard bootable CD (free for home users) then boot to that cd allow files t... Read more

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I'll try to give as much info as I can, but keep it as brief as I can. Also, I'm flippin' exhausted and can't see straight. Wish me luck...

Got a new Toshiba laptop at work today, with Win 8 pre-installed.
The laptop needed to be downgraded to 7, as that's what we are set up for at the office. So, finding it *much* less easy than I thought it would be, I turned to the internet for help. Buyer beware.

My issue: I followed the info I was given to prepare for a clean install of Win7. Before shutting down Windows 8, I changed these settings and booted from the Win7 disc:
Launch CSM
First boot to CD/DVD/ODD
Disable Secure Boot
The laptop booted from Win7 disc fine and I followed the steps until I got to "Where do you want to install Windows?" The instructions I had (from multiple places) said that if was going to do a clean, plow-over-everything install, I should delete existing partitions and start from scratch, disc-space wise.

So I started deleting...
Now, it seems, I have 3 partitions left with the following options:

Disk 0 Unallocated Space - 838.0 MB
Can not be installed to this disk...GPT style.
Refresh, New and Load Driver

Disk 0 Partition 1 - 688.5 GB
Can not be installed to this disk...GPT style.
Refresh, Delete, Format, Load Driver and Extend

Disk 0 Unallocated Space - 9.4 GB
Can not be installed to this disk...GPT style.
Refresh, New and Load Driver
So Plan B:
I removed the ... Read more

A:I've deleted partitions installing Win7 over 8 - How screwed am I?

Boot from win7 install disk. Select "repair your computer". Answer some questions like timezone/keyboard settings. Leave them default.

Now select "command prompt".

list disks
Only continue if you see 1 disk!
sel disk 0
Now disk 0 is totally empty... no partitions at all. Try to install win7

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I have been working on several different projects lately, as a result I have partitioned, and re-partitioned a USB external HDD (250G), I have a total of 5 active partitions, not including the system partitions. However I have a total of 18 partitions showing, although everything other than the active partitions show a Drive Letter, and a "Unknown" file system, even though it has been deleted. Also there are several copies of one partition, I created one partition, and when I was done I had that partition, (:O) and two empty, but unusable, and undeletable copies (:Q, :U). Even with the USB HDD unplugged from the PC, the window still shows all partitions, on the USB, even though they should have been released when the USB was unplugged.

If I go into Administrative Tools>Partition Manger, it only shows the current partitions, not the deleted. I am not able to click on the deleted partition "Place Holder's". It's like the File Explorer is still holding the Drive Letter in service, even though the rest of the system has released the letter. I have formatted the external HDD as one big partition, and then repartitioned trying to clear any memory there (I know it does not have memory, but maybe the partition table hasn't cleared??), just as I expected that didn't help, I have unplugged the external and restarted the pc several times trying to clear any rogue memory that should have cleared but didn't. I have done several other things I don't remember at the... Read more

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Windows FAT and NTFS partition recovery tool restores deleted, missing files from formatted, corrupted and damaged Windows FAT and NTFS partitions and can also recover data from external drives such as IDE, EIDE, SATA, SCSI, ATA, disk
drives and other storage media such as flash or USB drives, multimedia cards, floppy drive, memory cards, digital cards etc. The tool supports data recovery from Windows FAT16, FAT32, and NTFS & NTFS5 file system. 
Windows recovery tool gets back deleted hard disk data from formatted, deleted or corrupt partitions of Windows 98, XP, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10. For more detail about Windows data recovery tool, visit

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This morning my computer notified me that it had to reboot to install updates. (This was a routine Windows Update notification, nothing suspicious about it.) When the reboot finished, all of my hard disk's partitions except drive C were gone. In their place was a single unallocated space. This took out all of my data files and most of my applications' profiles.

I can restore most of this data, but the process will be time consuming and incomplete. Before I do it, is there any hope of recovering the partitions that Windows Update blew away?

A:Any way to recover partitions deleted by Windows Update gone bad?


But I'm not qualified to do it.

Jumanji is the guy who needs to help you. He's a member.

In the meantime---DON'T attempt to recover individual files. You first need to concentrate on recovering the partition proper. If you can recover it, the files will likely be unchanged.

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Hello all, I have an old Dell D410. I was trying to format my drive and install XP which I did but I also deleted the partitions I'm pretty sure. Now I'm getting the message "Error loading Operating system". On start up I do get the bios page and I'm able to select f12 and set the boot sequence to boot from CD first, but still I am getting the same error message after it attempts to boot. I have an iso OEM XP copy on a disk and I also have an original windows 7 disk which was installed on the computer before all of this happened. However, neither will boot. Can anyone help me. I've seen mentions of some fixboot and fixmbr programs which I have not tried as yet because I'm not sure if that will fix the issue. I have ran a diagnostic and everything passed so I believe there is nothing wrong with the HD either.

When I turn the computer on I get the dell splash screen then I will hear the CD spinning while the cursor blinks and then I get the error loading message

A:Help! Error loading Operating system /deleted partitions

Hi ChipsAtroy,

It appears the system is unable to boot from the CD you are using. You may try the CD on a different system to check if it is working properly or not. If it is working fine on alternate system, I would suggest you to make changes in BIOS for booting from CD drive :Power on the system
Press F2 when you see Dell logo
Under System highlight Boot Sequence and press Enter
Here you may select devices from which you wish to Boot
Press Spacebar key on keyboard after highlighting a device to enable/disable it for booting
Once you have enable CD drive for booting press the ESC button twice
Highlight the option Save/Exit option and press Enter
The system will restart and if a bootable media is present in CD drive, the system will display a message to press any key to boot from CD. You have to be quick and press one of the keys on keyboard to boot from CD. Once you are able to boot from CD, you may refer to article Here for step by step instructions on installing operating system. Once the OS is installed, you may install the drivers from Here -> Enter the service tag of your system -> Select the operating system -> Download/install the drivers in correct order as given Here .

Hope this helps.

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Here is the situation.

I have one internal hard drive (win 7, program files, etc.) and and external hard drive (storage) hooked up.

The external hard drive I was using as storage used to be in one of my other laptops.
So I was going to use the windows 7 dvd to delete all the partitions that Disk manager doesn't
seem to be able to delete (not sure why but Disk Manager was acting up).

However, the two drives (internal and external) are both exactly the same drives and the
partitions divided up the space exactly the same (100MB, 15.66GB, 450GB).

I made an idiotic mistake of deleting the partitions of my internal hard drive instead of the external one.
As you can guess, the laptop can't boot any more.

Now my laptop internal drive has the 3 partitions:
15.66GB Healthy RAW - deleted this one by mistake (housed Windows 7)
100MB System Recovery Healthy (Active) - didn't delete this one
450GB Healthy RAW - deleted this one by mistake (housed program files)

But I cannot access the 450GB (which housed all my programs) and the 15.66GB (which housed Windows)

Is there a way to simply undelete and revert the process so my laptop can boot and have back its functionality?

None of the partitions have been formatted, and I'm in the process of backing up the two
partitions (450GB and 15.66GB) onto another external hard drive.

Is restoring functionality as easy as backing up files in the RAW 450GB and RAW 15.66GB partitions
then formatting the RAW 450GB and RAW 15.66GB partitions,
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A:Deleted Windows & program housing partitions by mistake... Undelete?

Hello aimOs Welcome to the Seven Forums!

I think you partially answered your own question when stating the Disk Management tool wasn't able to delete the 7 C primary while booted in the same OS installed on it. When going to delete the partitions what method or program did you use?

As for data recovery there are a good number of partition as well as data recovery programs like Undelete both free and paid for to choose from. As far as the 7 installation ??? Hope you created a set of recovery disks or know someone with the exact edition in order to borrow their installation media. Windows will need to be reinstalled.

That's the facts to deal with. Hopefully the next time you go to nuke any partition you label the ones you plan to keep beforehand. Then for those you are planning to remove you can simply them "To be deleted" while the OS can be "Windows 7" or "Data". The labeling will be seen when displaying drives and partitions with the partitioning program(if using one) you use.

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I'm looking for a truly recovering deleted partitions and/or files program.
You can find by the net EASY RECOVER PRO, WINTERNALS DISK COMMANDER and other similar recovering programs. But I checked these programs cannot truly recover deleted partitions and files. They just appearance ($) recover programs. These weak programs cannot recover files/partition from a disk which were just the MBR sector erased!
Do u know a program really works on recovering?


A:Programs 2 recover deleted partitions/files [NTFS/FATx]

I have a utility called Lost and found that is the best I have found. I don't even know if it is still available or not. I'm sure you could find a copy somewhere though. I don't even remember if or what it costs. To use it, you run it in DOS from its floppies and point it to the disk to recover then point it to a place to save the files. It is easy to use.

As with all recovery software, it isn't going to recover everything and will possibly recover nothing. I have used it to recover much of the data from disks which have been formatted and repartitioned though I have also not been able to do the same.

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Hello, I have a very complicated problem.

A few months ago, I tried to dual boot but figured out that it had too many partitions and before I knew it, I converted my disk to dynamic on accident. So, I tried a lot of software to restore my HDD to basic and only paid options are available. The software provided here, Partition Wizard, only turns disks back to basic if it has 3 or less partitions, and I was sure that my recovery partitions made me had 5 partitions. I downloaded GParted and deleted 3 partitions labeled OEM Partition, Recovery Partition, and WINRETOOLS. On restart, I could not go into Windows 7. I had a BSOD in the seconds after the Windows 7 logo starts to form. So, I booted into my install disk, copied my important files, and reinstalled Windows. After the main install GUI, the first restart occurs and I get that BSOD! I can't help but think I ruined my computer's hard drive or boot scheme. I'm pretty sure I did not delete my UEFI/EFI Partition as it still appears. As of now, I'm desperate and I'm attempting to install Windows 8 and to see what happens from there. If you can help, it would be awesome. It's my best computer and I do not want it to go to waste.

Matthew (LCT01a)

A:BSOD on Reinstall Windows 7; Deleted OEM/Restore Partitions; Dynamic

Please do use the Blue Screen of Death (BSOD) Posting Instructions, it'll help us to diagnose this problem.



EDIT: I now see that you are unable to boot into windows, making the BSOD posting instructions useless. I will do some research on this BSOD, but without the proper information, I might not find a solution.

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Incredible forum and can't believe I've not found it sooner.
I'm looking for a little help with a frustrating problem which I'll try and keep to the basics.

My son downloaded a program which (I assume), deleted the administrator and my account (chris) from Windows vista. ie When I logged in the admin and my log in "icon" were still there but when I tried to log in, it informed me the user details/password weren't correct.

The details to fix this were on this forum - which were to go to the HKEY registry and delete a .BAK file. However the SID field was not there and no user account was shown. I assumed the account information had been wiped clean and therefore I was unable to log on. The files that were there were "S-1-5-18" 19 & 20

I tried System Recovery along with sf /scannow and numerous other ideas. I downloaded ultimatebootcd and tried a few things - still nothing.

I'm convinced the program must have had a virus which just deleted my accounts from the registry.
Therefore all "paths" from these accounts can't get accessed to.

I've fortunately backed up my data! ...atleast the main areas photos/videos/music.

I've now copied the 2 partitions from my laptop hard drive to an external drive (but not the boot info).

I can view all my photos etc on the external drive from my newly formatted laptop drive.

However, I can't find emails, documents etc which I would love to find - I didnt back these up prior to the e... Read more

A:Deleted user and admin account. Cant log in. Copied partitions but cant find files.

Try this software, but use the computer as little as possible until the recovery

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

If that does not work give this a try, but this one is less likely to work.

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I wanted to install a fresh installation of windows 7 on my computer so I decided to load up my boot disc.

1. I deleted my partitions until I had a maximum of 233gb of free space.
2. I created a new partition from the free space. Windows setup suggested to make a primary partition of 100 mb.
3. System created two new partitions. One is primary partition (233 gb), the other is the system partition (100 mb)
4. Proceeded to install windows on the new partition created.
5. Copying windows files went from 0% to 100% instantly
6. Stuck at Expanding windows files at 0%.
7. Restarted my computer to boot up windows to see what's wrong.
8. Windows boot manager is missing, only thing I can do is reinstall windows but I can't
9. Can't do a startup repair cause it fails.
10. Did a cmd command for bootrec.exe /FixMbr and bootrec.exe /Fixboot and both operations are successful. However, still can't load up windows desktop.

Problem: I deleted my partitions and created new ones but I can't install windows onto the partition because the screen is stuck at expanding windows files at 0%. I got an error: 0x80070017. Windows cannot install required files. The file may be corrupt or missing.

I also can't load into windows desktop because bootmanager is missing.

What should I do? I also can't do an upgrade installation because it requires me to load into windows desktop before I can load the disc for upgrade installation.

A:Solved: Deleted partitions, No bootmanager, Stuck at Expanding Windows files 0%

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I used MicroTool partition manager to delete the extra partitions on an OS drive with win10 (leaving just the main C partition on the drive), and now the laptop will not recognize the SSD with the OS on it, and obviously cannot boot. I also tried using the bootable partition recovery tool from MicroTool, but restoring the partitions also does not work, it will only allow one of the two partitions to be restored.
Any suggestions to recreate these necessary partitions?

A:Deleted recovery and boot partitions; can no longer boot

Install Macrium Reflect Free on an operating computer. Create a rescue USB/DVD with it. Boot the laptop with the Macrium rescue USB/DVD. Under the restore menu is an option to fix windows startup problems.
Macrium Reflect Free

Also, Kyhi's Bootable Windows PE might have EasyBCD on it. You can use EasyBCD to create boot files from scratch:
Windows 10 Recovery Tools - Bootable Rescue Disk - Windows 10 Forums

If you have an UEFI bios you are probably going to need to create a small (150mb) FAT32 partition to hold the boot files. But you can try just putting the boot files on C: drive first.

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I recently installed Ubuntu 10.04 on my HP Mini 110-1116NR, then deleted the partitions that had Ubuntu on them, not knowing that Ubuntu comes with GRUB2, and sets itself as the default boot for that system. Now that GRUB2 is not installed, since it was on my only HDD, it looks for the GRUB2 partition, which does not exist, so I get an error on a command script that shows as follows:

"GRUB -error:no such partition
"grub rescue>

I still have Ubuntu on a flash drive. And I have my sister's computer to use until I get mine fixed, so I need help. I downloaded the Win7 Recovery Disc, but I don't have a program that can write the ISO image file to a USB flash drive, so I need to know how to get the ISO on the USB Drive, or how to fix the boot for Win7. I'm willing to do anything. lol. I've already done a couple hours worth of 'Google-ing' for how to fix this error and have come empty-handed. Please help.

And if this information helps, I have a Volume (D:\) with the recovery files on my hard drive.

A:Help! Installed Ubuntu, deleted the Ubuntu Partitions. No boot!

USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create
YouTube - How to install Windows 7 from USB (WinToFlash)

First mark the WIn7 partition Active from the Repair CD command line: Partition - Mark as Active

Then click through to Recovery Tools list to run Startup Repair up to 3 separate times with reboots until WIn7 starts.

You may have to wipe the partition with GRUB first: Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

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The other day i deleted my EFI partition along with one other, the reason for this is because i was trying to get a Ubuntu dual boot to work. Before doing this i knew i was going to brick my windows installation. But now i really need to get my windows partition back up and running because i need to access some very important files. You might be thinking at this point 'oh that is stupid why would you do that?' and i will say because i thought i would be able to fix it relatively easily, obviously that is not the case.

some other side notes:

The only partition that remains is the windows partition that contains the operating system and files.

I appreciate any help you may be able to give.

A:Help with boot loader, deleted boot partitions.

Are the partitions gone or Just erased ? and now unallocated space? or did you just overwrite the Windows Boot loader ?

Need alot more details , I think before too many could help you...

Startup reapir for win10 USB?

If it won't boot try a MiniToolPartition Wizard Boot Disk (make on another PC) and see if it can find your Partitions and recover them.

No point really guessing anymore get the idea...

I don't know Ubuntu so can't really help as I don't know what you were doing or how far you got with that....

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hi i have 2 partitions on my pc C: OS D: DATA
however it used to have a recovery partition (as far as im aware hidden on c)
for system restore (acer system restore)
which leads me to my query as i have recently performed a format and clean install of vista from retail media and have no need for acer system restore would it be ok to delete this partition/hidden partition and reclaim the HDD space.. and how best to proceed to safely do so..

any help would be much appreciated.


A:partitions hidden partitions recovery partitions

i just found this

Delete and Remove to Unlock EISA Hidden Recovery or Diagnostic Partition in Vista ? My Digital Life

does anyone have any experience with this method or can anyone reccomend this method

or would you advise against using this method.


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Hello, I was redirected to start a new thread in this section of the forum.

Basically, I have 2 hard drives. One SSD for the primary and one 2TB drive for the secondary.

My secondary drive was partitioned into 4 parts.

In the last month the secondary had been disappearing.
I could see it in safe mode. And when I scanned for hardware via rapid storage technology, it would pop up in Windows Explorer during normal mode.

The only problem besides disappearing after shutting down/restarting was that it would freeze the computer if kept on.
Today I tried to do the old Rapid Storage trick. Everything was visible again, except one drive. It was saying access is denied when i tried to open it in windows explorer.

I tried swapping SATA cables for the current one. I also tried connecting it to other ports.

I read somewhere that flashing the BIOS would solve the problem. I flashed my BIOS with Gigabyte's @BIOS with the latest BIOS. The latest BIOS was for "Better SATA compatibility."
It didn't do much, all it did was cause Rapid Storage Technology to see less ports which I believe were the would be partitions on the secondary drive.
So I disconnected the secondary drive and tried connecting it to the PC with a SATA to USB adapter.
It saw the HDD, except 3/4 partitions were empty. And even in the 1 partition the folders housing the bigger files that took up most of the drive is empty.
Sorry for typing up so much, I just wanted to get everything out there.
If anyone c... Read more

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One of my friends has a windows 7 computer with an account for himself, his mother and his 2 sisters.
All the home directorys are stored in drive C.
Partition D is shared.
The question is, how to get a partition layout like this?
Partition 1: OS + programs
Partition 2: home partition for himself
Partition 3: home partition for his mother
Partition 4: home partition for his sister
Partition 5: home partition for his other sister
Partition 6: shared partition for some photos.
Has someone an idea how to do this?
Kind Regards,

A:How to create home partitions and partitions for the OS with programs?

This would be a long drawn out affair and there really is no need for it. All users have their own User Space on the C drive in the User folder.

Whether the Users folders and files are stored in the User folder or on some other partition doesn't really matter. As long as all the Users have Admin accounts all files will be accessible to all of them.

The real question is Why do you want to do it? If there is only one physical hard drive in the system all folders and files would still be on that one physical drive even if you have 100 partitions.

As to having a Shared space for photos just make a folder called Shared Photos in the ROOT of the C drive. All users will be able to access it.

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I accidently loaded Voodoo 3dfx on my computer and now my video is all messed up I can not read anything. How do I get this straighted out. I am not real computer savy so I really need help...please


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My son accidentally placed the operating disc for Windows XP Home Edition for a PC in his Sony Laptop Originally running Windows XP Professional. How can I remove Windows XP Home so that the computer will recognize everything?


and welcome to the Forum

What do you have now? . . Two operating systems or just Home?

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I am so sorry folks i should also tell you that i have been using ccleaner the following are my HJT and adsspy logs Logfile of HijackThis v1.99.0Scan saved at 3:52:51 PM, on 1/18/2005Platform: Windows XP SP1 (WinNT 5.01.2600)MSIE: Internet Explorer v6.00 SP1 (6.00.2800.1106)Running processes:C:\WINDOWS\System32\smss.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\winlogon.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\services.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\lsass.exeC:\WINDOWS\system32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\System32\svchost.exeC:\WINDOWS\Explorer.EXEC:\WINDOWS\system32\spoolsv.exeC:\WINDOWS\sdkyz32.exeC:\Program Files\WinZip\WZQKPICK.EXEC:\Program Files\Common Files\Lanovation\PrismXL\PRISMXL.SYSC:\WINDOWS\system32\sdkbi32.exeC:\Program Files\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exeC:\Documents and Settings\mike\My Documents\Unzipped\hijackthis\HijackThis.exeR1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Bar = res://C:\WINDOWS\rgxpf.dll/sp.html#14044R1 - HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Search Page = res://C:\WINDOWS\rgxpf.dll/sp.html#14044R1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Default_Page_URL = about:blankR1 - HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Main,Defaul... Read more

A:My new log since the accident

Please post this log in your thread where I am already helping you, otherwise we get confused.

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When I was reformatting my computer i deleted a part of my drive that i think was really important. It was drive E:. After the reformatting I tried to go on the internet. I tried to go on wireless but, I didn't have a wireless internet icon for my wireless card so I plugged it in. Still i could not go on the Internet. Then I tried to open some programs and half of them would load the others I would get error reports from.
I think the reason it doesn't work is because of the drive I accidently deleted. Is there any way that I could get the data back without taking it to a repair shop? Thanks for any help. Oh and I cant put my laptop on standby either.

A:Deleting accident

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I'm using windows XP and in network connections I accidently deleted my lan connection icon. (I know that sounds goofy) Then the recycle bin got emptied before I could restore it Since I am using DSL I obviously need this, but it will not even detect the hardware to make a new connection. I've spent hours trying to figure this out, and read everything about LAN in the microsoft help and support.
please help!

A:threw away my lan by accident

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Hi everyone.

I am having a very similar issue as OP, but I "accidentally" [STUPID ME.....] did diskpart/clean (only clean) on a remote HD (149Ghz size with no partition on it).

I am still reading through this thread and hopefully I will be able to recover my data on this remote HD. I have been using TestDisk, EaseUS partition recovery to scan (only quick scan so far) w/o any luck yet. At this moment I am running Partition Recovery quick scan now. Since I do not have any partition on this HD, I am not sure if I am doing the right thing.... I only store pictures (tons of them) and some docs on it. I am on Page 9 of this thread, I will keep reading and trying.

Thanks in advance for helping me,

A:Diskpart By Accident

Originally posted here diskpart/clean by accident....need to recover partitions,begging :'(

Moved to allow better help

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a few days ago, I went to the "safely remove hardware" icon and clicked "stop" on the USB Port option.

Today, when I tried to get photos onto my comp by inserting the memory chip into the SD/mini/MMC/RS and the computer wouldn't reconize it. I went to my computer and checked to see if the icons, and none were there.

I tried restarting my comp, but that didn't help.

How do I retrieve the hardware?

A:[SOLVED] Accident

Remove the SD/mini/MMC/RS docking bay and the reinsert it into your PC, this is assuming that the device you inserted the memory chip into is connected through USB.

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General Info

Windows 8 pro
Cant do anything on computer
using a different laptop right now

I was in regedit trying to delete an instant savings app that had found its way into my computer. I believe i was in Local_Users and i know i went to the software folder. I accidentally deleted the software folder and I couldnt use any programs. I couldnt use a system restore because it gave me an error so i decided to reboot and go into safe mode and do it there but it didnt work. I have been trying to figure all of this out with windows technicians and didnt get anywhere. I cant do anything on my broken computer because when i boot it up, it skips the boot menu and i cant get it into safe mode or anything. it goes straight to the lock screen and I cant read any texts and can only put in my password. After I put in the password, it gives me a black screen for a few seconds with a blue spinning wheel on my mouse and it goes back to the lock screen. My idea was to load the cd I have with the win8 pro back onto my computer and that would reset the registry but I dont know how to do this because I cant do any functions on my pc at the moment. any help would be great. Sorry for all the bad writing, I am trying to finish a lot of homework and figure out this problem at the same time.

Thank you,

A:Accident in regedit

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Hi all,

I'm not pc savvy at all so this message comes with a tad bit of panic!

My mother accidently hit "log off" instead of restart using windows XP. Now she gets a blue screen that says "Welcome" on the left and my family's name with a chess board icon on the right. There's a button on the bottom that says "turn off family computer". We cannot get to the desk top no matter what we try. We can only shut it down. We think she hit log off-- since it's a family computer we never use this function. Can anyone tell me how to get back to the desktop? (she's quite upset because we're not sure what happened exactly, and not sure what to do)

ANY help or suggests are welcome! Thanks much!

A:XP help-- logged off by accident!

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For the record: I am Win98 and ME certified and knowledgeable with DOS.
I am a 'shift-del' freak and was cleaning my desktop, 3 weeks ago and accidentally included my coin logs(I've been working on these for 3.5 years). Being an XP user and knowing XP doesn't use DOS, I thought there was no chance of getting them back; I just found out I was wrong and with the proper tools I can. I never did this before, but so need to. Please help.

UPDATE: A friend referred me to "recuva" yoake a recovery, of about 15 files(MSWord), I got back 2 and one was my buff(buffalo coin) logs. However later I discovered;both files will not open. Windows says, "word cannot find compressor for..." I'm clueless here. Plus after choosing to unhide all files and folders, I ran into 2 files that have the names I lost; but they begin with "~$", only have 1K and the icon is light colored. What is this? Any chance of recovery nof these 4 and others.?

A:'shift-del' by accident

there are quite a lot of recovery programs available

I have used a digital camera free recovery on the site and recovered 100 images off a CF card , so i know some of these work well

From a Elvandil Post
Here's a list. If the free ones don't see anything, forget the pay ones. I know Pandora is still around and has updated recovery software. And the other day, someone used the Disk Investigator at the bottom, which is meant to show you how much stuff is still on your drive after you thought you cleaned it, and they managed to get all their files back. Dr. Freeware is pretty new and updated not too long ago, with other useful tools, too.

Here's the list, anyway (I have more if you run out ):

Free recovery applications:

Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
DiskDigger & NTFSWalker
Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
Smart Data Recovery
Recover Files
Roadkil's Undelete
Free Undelete (NTFS only)
Softperfect File Recovery
ADRC Data Recovery Tools
Undelete Plus
Data Recovery
PCI File Recovery
Ultimate Data Recovery
Disk Investigator


O&O Disk Recovery
Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
File Scavenger
Recover My Files
RecoverPlus Pro
Zero Assumption Recovery
[email protected] File Recovery
Final Recovery
Recover4All Professional
Easeus Data Recove... Read more

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Hello-I have a windows xp (version 2002) Asus EeePC and I think I might have downloaded a virus accidentally whilst on a music radio website. I found that it messed up my internet browser and it would directly open to a website called "" Please advise what I should do to clean this up! I have changed the default from the wierd website to "" but it still will default to this website "partner12..." if the domain name does not exist. i used to have norton antivirus but the subscription ran out and i did not renew...I know I should probably get something to protect my computer as well from now on. Thank you

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I accidentally downloaded the incorrect student version from Digital River. I meant to go with the 64 bit but installed the 32 bit. I'd already done the install before I realized my error. I contacted Digital River and they are refunding my money for the 32 bit purchase. I have since purchased the 64 bit version but can't figure out how to install it. I'm getting an error message when I try to do the install. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I'm pretty confused right now.

A:Installed 32 Bit On Accident

Quote: Originally Posted by adam42381

I accidentally downloaded the incorrect student version from Digital River. I meant to go with the 64 bit but installed the 32 bit. I'd already done the install before I realized my error. I contacted Digital River and they are refunding my money for the 32 bit purchase. I have since purchased the 64 bit version but can't figure out how to install it. I'm getting an error message when I try to do the install. Is there something I'm doing wrong? I'm pretty confused right now.

Welcome to the forums...

What error message are you getting? And at what point are you getting it?

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hi guys im new to this software i didnt really no what this was all for really and me being one for downloading any thing and trying n e thing ive come across a kinda thing in which i have put my self into a lot of bother.
I kinda did the scan on the hijackthis software and kinda clicked every thing.
in doing so i have stopped them all.
in realising this i turned it all back on. thankfully i did a backup and it worked.
unforatuatly i deleted the back up and then scanned for things i didnt want.
i found a few things and then ticked them.
accidently ticked my firewall or some thing to do with my firewall and now it doesnt work.
ive reinstalled it 4 times and still it wont let n e traffic through.

is there any help i can get from some one so ui can turn it back on.

ps i have a log of wat i scanned just now if thts needed to help

A:accident prone please help

Welcome to TSF.

That's not good. That's the main reason we tell users not to use this program on their own since it can cause damage. Do you have an older log of what you had before you did the fixes? If not, tell us what you fixed if you can remember.

Post your new log you have now and we'll take a look at it. What firewall program are you using?

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So I formated my main partition on my toshiba and I know what your thinking already. That I know nothing of pc's but i learn from trial and error. But my problem is I made a boot disc for windows 7 with torrents, and I got some progress and I have know idea what to do. I boot the pc and it boots up with only freedos settings it says freedos 2006 1.0 and it gives me different ways to boot up but no matter which one I pic always gives me the same error message.
FreeDOS HIMEM64 3.26 [Aug 25 2006] (c) 1995, Till gerken 2001-2006 tom ehlert
himem - always on a20 method used
kernel: allocated 43 diskbuffers = 22876 bytes in hma
freecom version 0.84-pre2 xms_swap [Aug 28 2006 00:29:00]
can not redirect output to file 'temp.bat'
bad command or filename - "temp.bat"
file not found.- 'A:\temp.bat'
checking for cdrom driver or c:\fdbootcd.iso...
El-torito bootable cd-rom driver for dos v1.4,
(c)2000 by gary tong
(c)2001-2002 by bart lagerweij
no booted cd-rom found.
driver not installed
there is no cdrom, or the wrong cd-rom!

if any one has seen this please help.

A:formatting accident

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I noticed a slowdown on my computer this past week,
so i stupidly ran combofix thinking it would solve the problem.
i think it may have deleted something very important,
and now my computer wont load passed the:
"start windows normally; safe mode; safe mode w networking; etc" menu.
im afraid there's nothing i can do at this point.
i need help please!

A:ComboFix Accident!

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While I accomplished so much successfully setting up my computer in AHCI earlier, I now blew it all.

I had the SMART command failure error with my SSD, and received a new BIOS from my motherboard manufacturer. I applied it and "Loaded Optimized Defaults" in the BIOS as your supposed to. Stupid me, that means the motherboard activates IDE mode, but I installed Windows in AHCI mode.

So... I switched it back to AHCI after booting into IDE by accident and now I'm getting MBR Error. Is there any way to repair this? I have been trying to repair it through the Windows Install disk, using bootsec & command prompt to no avail.

Likely because where the screen pops up that says: "Use recovery tools that can help fix problems starting Windows. Select an operating system to repair" There's no option to select. So I elected to "Load Drivers" using iaAHCI.inf [Intel ICH10R] from the Intel RST installer (I extracted it on my Laptop). It still doesn't recognize it.
-->This is all pertaining to image 3. on the guide on the link HERE

If I HAVE to install Windows again, I have 2 storage drives installed as well, do I take them out to prevent them from being formatted? They are holding My Documents/My Pictures/My Music/My Videos etc.


A:MBR Error, After Booting in IDE (Accident)

Hello again.

You shouldn't have to reinstall, have a look at this tutorial at the link below, it shows how to enable AHCI after the OS has been installed and be sure to post back with any further questions you may have and to keep us informed.

AHCI : Enable in Windows 7 / Vista

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