Great Svend (or Raiders of the Lost Part.)

October 10, 2006

What happens when you use Partition Magic to mess around with a partition and the operation is improperly interrupted by, let’s say, a power failure?

You get a PQrP partition instead of the old one, you do. And having many important documents stored in that partition such as, say, backups of your work, mp3 backups of all your CD’s (even the ones you’ve borrowed knowing that you may never see them again) or even pictures of your sweet little 2 year old niece, it looks like everything might have gone to Hell. To the very least you may have to buy some expensive recovery software – that may not do the trick at all or even make things worse – or resort to a professional data recovery service.

Being unable to leave problems unsolved or even partly solved using a less-than-optimal solution (yep, that’s me), I searched for information on PQrP partitions. That’s when I came across Svend Olaf Mikkelsen’s Partition Support page.

For those that have some knowledge about data storage and partitioning this page provides tools that analyse and access partitions without modifying them and even copy data from a partition into another disk. So ultimately – along with Svend’s precious help – you may be able to recover more or less files, depending on the mess the partition was left in as consequence of the original operation being interrupted. Be careful, however, for these tools aren’t intended for novices at all!

I am backing up the “lost” partition as I type. Once again, thank you very much Svend.

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2 Responses to “Great Svend (or Raiders of the Lost Part.)”

  1. […] I’ve been quite busy during my stay in Portugal and unfortunately I ended up not having time to do every single thing I wanted to do. This was mostly due to my trouble with a partition on my backup hard disk (see the previous post). […]

  2. Bruno Lucas said

    “What happens when you use Partition Magic to mess around with a partition and the operation is improperly interrupted by, let’s say, a power failure?”

    Sh!t happens!

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