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OK, just tried with a WIN98SE I have in a VirtualPC. As edfed says the partition table is also restored (I have a single partition).
Could you try with 2 or more partitions, please?
|23 Nov 2009, 10:44||
OK, I've tried this (and unfortunately in this order, otherwise I would concluded the tests earlier):
*Created a primary partition of ~4096MB
*Created a extended partition of 8192MB
*Set the extended partition as active
*Created two logical partitions of different sizes
*Formatted all partitions
*Recovered MBR with FDISK
What I get: A single primary partition ( C: ) active of 8025MB making 49% of disk usage.
If I do dir C: I get the correct size and scandisk detects no errors, but fdisk still says it is an 8GB partition.
I repeated what I did above but formatting only the first logical partition but again a I got the same table but this time with filesystem UNKNOWN.
Then I created only one partition of 12345MB without formatting it and then destroyed and recovered the MBR. Same as above.
I've also deleted all partitions and then destroyed and recovered the MBR. Same as above.
Tried deleting all partitions but recovered MBR without destroying it first. No partitions appeared this time. Creating a partition and then applying the recovery preserved it (i.e. only the MBC is fixed when the table integrity is found valid).
OK, I think it is evident already that the recovery is not one of the best around.
|23 Nov 2009, 18:20||
Thanks for taking the time and having the patience to go through this.
One should always have full backups of the data stored on their disks as well as backups of the MBRs. That's the best recovery plan.
Otherwise, use an application that actually *works*, like TestDisk.
|23 Nov 2009, 18:56||
while looking to the disassembly
it means windows will write on mbr frequentlly?
in that case, ssd & flash drives will not last a long time!!!
|23 Nov 2009, 22:46||
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