restore lost partition ,Partition Table Doctor is gone , is there an alternative?

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  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    Hi

    i was looking for an alternative of Partition Table Doctor , yes ,i know there are many programs out there

    but Partition Table Doctor is able to save partition table and restore them quickly , it works great

    it doesn't support windows 7 or vista

    the last version is 3.5 but i could not be found


    is there a real great alternative?
    with the ability to save partitions tables and restore them as well as partition table doctor ?

    thanks
    cheers
     
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  3. mantra

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    thanks
    Easeus Partition Recovery free doesn't save partition table and restore them , it scans the whole disk

    seems that Partition Guru should do it

    thanks
     
  4. andyman35

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    It'll be interesting to hear how you get on with Partition Guru,it seems like a useful app.
     
  5. mantra

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    i have never used it
    but i will give it a try
    it's amaizng ugly by the way :D
     
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    Sometime's the beauty is within,hopefully because it isn't big on eye candy for sure.:p
     
  7. pinso

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    i too am getting my hands on this software, was looking for a software that could backup partitions, lets see.

    Are their any better programs in this category, certainly Partition guru could be something and Partition Saving is near to worthless for users not having a Floppy :\
     
  8. Brian K

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    BootIt BM. Not free but it can do "everything". I think it's the best paid app on my computer.
     
  9. mantra

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    can save partition table and restore ?

    does it run via floppy?

    thanks
     
  10. Brian K

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    Yes. And even better, you can save and restore your choice of any number of HD sectors.

    BootIt BM runs from a floppy, CD, HD or USB flash drive.
     
  11. mantra

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    thanks
    how can i restore mastertable , everything about my partitions , so after (without changing my partition ) can i restore?

    in the help pdf there is nothign

    thanks
     
  12. Brian K

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    There is a trial download, 30 days usage. It contains a userguide.

    Edit ... There are 3 userguides in the download. You need to look at the tbosdt one to read about Copy Sectors (copy/restore partition table).
     
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  13. mantra

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    i bought a full version
    i have the pdf
    i read it , but didn't find it
    but i made a floppy , can i use only running from floppy and no install on my hd mbr?
    thanks
     
  14. Brian K

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    Sure, you don't have to install. But I think you are limiting your ability by using a floppy as it is slow and it can't contain IFD (unless you have a 2.88 MB floppy) . I suggest using a CD with BootIt BM, IFD and Scripting. Again, installing BIBM isn't necessary unless you want to use the Boot Manager.

    Edit... you may have missed my edit in Post #12.

    To copy LBA-0 (contains the partition table) you would use...

    copy sectors 0 0 1 hd0.bin
     
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  15. mantra

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    thanks
    if i lost all my partitions on my hd0 , is enough
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    copy sectors 0 0 1 hd0.bin
    to restore all my partitions?

    did you have done some tests?

    yes i missed your edit at post ,by the way i don't want to use IFD i guess it's Image for DOS right
     
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  16. Brian K

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    mantra,

    I think we need to agree on terminology as I'm not sure I understand what you are doing. Do you mean "losing all your partitions on HD0" or losing your "partition table on HD0"? They are quite different issues. Can you explain how this could happen to you?
     
  17. mantra

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    Brian once i restored an image of w7 with acronis 2010 last built
    after the restore , on my drive i had 6 partitions , after the restore only 1
    i lost 5 partitions

    i know there many buggy image software out

    i don't want to live the same nightmare
    so i would love to save my partition data , to restore them quickly
    without make image of all my partitions

    hope you got it
    sorry for my poor english

    thanks
     
  18. Brian K

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    Your English is fine. Where are you from?

    I understand your thoughts now. Backing up and restoring the partition table would not have helped your previous situation. Let me give you an example. Let's say you have a HD with 4 partitions, A, B, C and D. Each partition is 100 GB and is 80% full of data. You create a backup of the partition table. Then you wipe the HD with zeroes. Now you have a blank HD. You restore the partition table and again you have 4 partitions each 100 GB in size. BUT, the partitions are empty. They contain no data.

    Personally, I don't backup the partition table. Well I do for tests but not for my main computer as I can recreate partitions so easily in BIBM if needed. I'm afraid you have to backup your OS and data.

    Forget the partition table backup.
     
  19. Brian K

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    I should have mentioned deleted partitions. They are a different matter. If the partition boot sector is still present these partitions can be "undeleted" in BIBM and other apps too.
     
  20. mantra

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    well thanks
    when i restored the 1 image about 1 partition , the others did disapear
    i did not wipe them
     
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    Same thing happened to me after using a partitioning tool (Parted Magic). The solution was to use TestDisk to scan and restore the "lost" partitions. You can find it here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
    Unfortunately it won't save the partition table to a format that can easily be restored (or I didn't find the option :) ), but it is very useful for recovery.
     
  22. Brian K

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    This is similar to "Undelete" in BIBM. The app scans for partition boot sectors in unallocated free space and when it finds one it recreates the partition structure in the partition table. It is an impressive feature.

    When you delete a partition you are just removing its entry in the partition table. Your data is still on the HD.
     
  23. Nebulus

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    Same goes for TestDisk. The reason I suggested it is that it's free/open source and I have a personal positive experience with it.
     
  24. Brian K

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    Thanks, that is very important.
     
  25. mantra

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    thanks
    but it's very slow
    i mean scan 1tetra or 2 tetra hard disk , is amazing slow
     
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