retore hd partition and other help

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  1. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    hi
    i 'm looking for a software able to store data about my partitions of my harddisks (and other stuff the more important --i'm a novice i don't know really what :) ) , and after a disaster be able to cure and restore partition and others part of my hardisk exaclty .

    could u help me?
     
  2. ErikAlbert

    ErikAlbert Registered Member

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    I guess you are talking about image backup.

    Acronis True Image v9.0 ($49.95)
    http://www.acronis.com/enterprise/products/choose-trueimage/

    Norton Ghost v10.0 ($69.99)
    http://www.symantec.com/home_homeoffice/products/backup_recovery/ghost10/

    Bootit Next Generation v1.75a ($34.95)
    http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/

    Some freewares :
    DriveImage XML v1.0 (freeware)
    http://www.runtime.org/dixml.htm

    DrvImagerXP v2.2 (freeware)
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/DrvImagerXP.shtml

    Partition Saving v3.01 (freeware)
    http://www.partition-saving.com/

    My advice :
    Read the website of each software thoroughly.
    Use the trial version of each software as long as possible.
    During that period backup and above all RESTORE as much as possible to test the reliability of the software.

    If you want to backup your harddisk, use another internal harddisk or external harddisk (more expensive) as backup media, not CD's or DVD's.

    Using CD/DVD's as backup media is only good for files that belong on CD/DVD, like movies, music, photo's, ...

    If you use CD/DVD's as backup media for harddisks, keep in mind that each CD/DVD is a possible risk and you need often more than one CD/DVD for harddisks of 80GB upto 300GB or even more.

    That's my personal opinion of course.

    Watch your post at least for one week, other members might give you other solutions.
    Tell us about your experiences, I'm interested :)
     
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  3. mantra

    mantra Registered Member

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    thanks ErikAlbert for the adwises :D


    i backup often my data , using now acronis , using an external hd

    my question is about partition , i did get some damage of my partitions
    i did not loose the data ,only get some damages of my partitions
    and i would like to know the best software to repair damage patitions
     
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    :D :D :D
    are they able to repair the partitions without loosing data?
     
  6. ErikAlbert

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    I'm not sure about that. I wouldn't even trust it myself.
    There is only way to find out, try it or wait for help of other members.
     
  7. isnogood

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    Partition Table Doctor is the one I would recommend. It saved me once in a similar situation, ie data was not deleted/lost, but simply partition table was damaged. It recovered my HD within minutes. It is safe, since it looks for the partition entries in your disk and does not make any change until you validate the result. If you want to be 100% sure, you need to make an image of the entire disk first. The program cost money (about 50$) but sometimes there is no choice ...
    I tried also Acronis product, but after 5 hours scan in "express" mode, it found nothing.

    isnogood
     
  8. ErikAlbert

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    isnogood,
    Thanks for the info, I will put Partition Table Doctor on my wish list.
    Nothing but the very best for partitioning :)
     
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    I wish you won't need it ;)
     
  10. Jaws

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    Hmm... more touting of aftermarket software.

    I'm not 100% sure of what you're trying to do, but ...

    Have you tried the error checking software tools available in your windows OS? Have you tried your HD makers diagnostic software, it's free?

    Of course, you should move any data as soon as possible if you have bad sectors on your HD.

    Regards,
    Jaws
     
  11. isnogood

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    You talk about touting o_O
    I have just responded to a simple question about a way to repare a damaged partition table. If the guy needs an advice, I have done him one, from my own experience. Any error checking, diagnostics of bad sectors etc have nothig to do with the problem he has, at least with the one he is talking about, so your suggestion is pointless.

    isnogood
     
  12. mantra

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    isnotgod
    can i do a question ?
    can i feel if my partitions start to damage or have some light damage ?
    does it slow down my machine?
     
  13. Jaws

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    Take it easy tiger, didn't mean to ruffle your fur. I was half joking seeing the list of software that Erik posted, so my comment wasn't even directed at you.

    While the original poster didn't specify whether he had a software problem or a hardware problem, in my opinion, it's best to start with the simplest solutions first. So unless you're absolutely certain what his problem is, which I'm not and I stated so, my suggestion is not pointless.

    But you seem to know exactly what he's talking about, so I'll defer to your knowledge.

    Regards,
    Jaws
     
  14. isnogood

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    Hi mantra,

    I am afraid I have not understood your problem well, and Jaws might be right. To answer your question, no, partitions can not be "lightly damaged". Partition table contains simply the info about your logical drives layout. Normally you cannot damage it, unless you fiddle with programs like Partition Magic and do some stupid error, or perhaps when your PC shuts down in the middle of heavy disk activity. In any case, it's white or black - you have problem or not, and it has nothing to do with a disk speed. If you have disk speed problem, do what Jaws has suggested, or simply defragment.
    Please describe us exactly what is your problem, if we understand what is really going on we could help you better.

    isnogood.
     
  15. isnogood

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    Jaws,

    I am afraid I was sure what the problem was, reading the second post of mantra, but I was too quick. Is seems that you hit the point. Untill we fully understand what happens, the basic check is effectively the first thing to do :)

    isnogood
     
  16. Jaws

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    Hi isnogood,

    It's all OK. No harm no foul.

    I don't take things personal on message boards. Just try to help out if I can.

    I'm still not sure exactly what the problem is for mantra. Wish I could help.

    Regards,
    Jaws
     
  17. nod32.9

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    If you have a good image file of a primary active partition containing the OS, then you should be able to overwrite the corruption by restoring this good image file.
     
  18. mantra

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    i hade this problem , now is ok!!
    i'm asking now what could i do in the future...
     
  19. isnogood

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    First of all check your disk from time to time. You can do a simple verification with windows integrated utility chkdisk, but better use a diagnostic software from your HD manufacturer. If you have Maxtor, download PowerMax program from their site. Other brands have similar applications. For speed, defragment your partitions frequently. Apart from accidents, this should be sufficient to avoid problems. And of course backup your data.

    isnogood
     
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