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Used Acronis Disk Director to increase the free space on my "games" drive, and the damn thing crashed on me at "1 Second Remaining". The entire process only took about 5 seconds, as I was increasing the partition using un-partitioned space so I dont believe any files were moved. I was using the boot disk to do the disk editing, as I "usually" have fewer errors there, but it crashed, restarted the pc, and now...

back in windows, the G: drive is still there in explorer, but its detected as RAW file system, and keeps asking me to format it. Acronis still sees it as the old partition size, and it is showing up there as NTFS, but it has placed a little red X in front of the G:\\ showing an error. All it is telling me is Invalid Partition Size. It will not allow me to make any other adjustments to it, and I tried using partition recovery expert but it didnt detect it as a lost/deleted partition. Should I delete it and try to use Recovery Expert again?

Or do you guys have any other ideas? I had nearly 120gb of data on that drive, alot of my personal mods and what-nots from Fallout3/NV, all of my steam games/data, etc. If I can even find a way to pull the files from it, then reformat thats fine.

I'm at a loss here seriously if I dont get these back.
    
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This has happened to me in the past, and I did get the files back but I can't remember exactly how. I vaguely remember using linux to recover the partition, or something like that. Its been a few years, lol.

In the mean time, you can attempt to transfer the files using a VM, or if you have an old system with a Windows 9x OS on it. Windows 9x can open a RAW HDD so you can drag all your files to another drive, flash drive etc. Afterwords, just format G:\\ with NTFS and drop the copied files back on to G:\\
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Have you tried running chkdsk /f ?
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You can use windows or linux. What I personally would do is boot up to linux, use dd to back up the entire drive exactly as it is as your data is probably still there (dd if=/dev/sdx of =<another hard drive>/backup.img), and then delete the partition and use testdisk to see if it can recover the partition and data. Test disk works on windows too but I don't know how to back up your drive as it is on windows.

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Have you tried running chkdsk /f ?
yeah it tells me that checkdisk is not available for RAW format drive types. Would it make a difference if I ran it from dos boot disk?

I'm not familiar with linux either... and as far as using or even finding a win9x os/pc anywhere... well forget that.

I'm wondering... since Acronis managed to find the old partition I used to have on this drive, should I delete the partition using acronis, then let it do partition recovery? from all I've read, it only finds files on deleted partitions.

Any other suggestions?
    
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yeah it tells me that checkdisk is not available for RAW format drive types. Would it make a difference if I ran it from dos boot disk?

I'm not familiar with linux either... and as far as using or even finding a win9x os/pc anywhere... well forget that.

I'm wondering... since Acronis managed to find the old partition I used to have on this drive, should I delete the partition using acronis, then let it do partition recovery? from all I've read, it only finds files on deleted partitions.

Any other suggestions?

It won't make a difference where you run it from unfortunately, but sometimes the drive is recognised, even if it's showing as RAW, but obviously not in your case.

If the data is important, the first thing to do is make a backup of the RAW partition, then find a piece of software that will recover from a RAW partition. I've used Easus data recovery in the past, and it has worked fine, but it isn't free, although I'm sure there will be a free alternative... just google RAW data recovery free.
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yeah, I'm using something called "Zlon" backup rightnow to make a backup of the partition. It also notices that its a 175gb partition... not the full 465gb that I was attempting to create.

I have downloaded that Easeus program, and also another program that I found from the same company that made that Zlon, called Zero-Assumption Recovery. Its free and from all I saw, it looks to do the same thing as Easeus. I have not even run the Easeus program yet. It said its Trialware, so am I not going to be able to use it to actually recover the files? It will probably show me the files, tell me it knows they are there, and that it can fully recover the partition... then ask me for $50.00.
    
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ok well the program Zar found all my files, all in good shape it seems, thing is they want $59.99 for me to be able to copy them all at once.

For each scan it does, it can copy FOUR folders. That doesnt include subfolders. FORGET THAT.

Led me to find Testdisk... its copying right now Said that the partition cannot be saved due to incorrect partition size table info. But, as long as I can copy all the files, reformat the drive, then re-copy everything back... I'm good to go.

As long as all goes well here, I shouldnt require any more advice/help.

Thanks alot guys for the info, much-much-much appreciated!
    
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Nice one... glad you got sorted.
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Testdisk ftw Glad you dodged this bullet.
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