12-04-2010 09:02 PM
Here's what happened
1. I attempted to merge two partitions on a one gig drive into one partition on Windows XP using patrition magic 8
2. Everything looked good until the end, when it gave me an error message and wouldn't allow me to undo the applied changes. Now when I use partition magic to scan for errors, it gives the following message: "error 1520: external attribute header mismatch"
3. Now, the information on the first partition is present, but the 2nd partition which was supposed to go into a new folder (called "olddrive") is innaccessable. the folder is present, but It shows as zero bytes, and cannot be opened (it gives an access denied message)
4. If I view the drive in windows disk manager or partition magic, the disk usage indicator indicates the full use of the drive (as if the information in "olddrive" has been accounted for) even though I can't access it, and windows explorer shows the folder as "empty"
5. How can I get this information back again? This is critical information, as it contains a great deal of client information for my business. Thanks for your help!
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12-05-2010 09:11 PM - edited 12-05-2010 09:18 PM
I have three pieces of advice regarding Partition Magic....
Never use the Merge function
Always use PM from boot disks. Not from Windows.
Never use PM with 2048 sector aligned partitions
12-05-2010 10:26 PM
How can I get this information back again? This is critical information, as it contains a great deal of client information for my business. Thanks for your help!
I got a question and one piece of advice.
How much was that data worth to you, would you have paid a hundred dollars to save everything at that point?
Please go out and get yourself a nice hard drive and an external USB case to put it in. Keep recent backups of your data in a second location. Never rely on just one copy of important data.
I'm very glad you got everything back.