Recover partition tables – TestDisk

Just another handy free utility designed to streamline recovery of lost partitions & or file systems. 

Link for all those interested… http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Capabilities:

  • Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
  • Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
  • Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
  • Fix FAT tables
  • Rebuild NTFS boot sector
  • Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
  • Fix MFT using MFT mirror
  • Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock
  • Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
  • Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3 partitions.
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    Expand NTFS Partitions

    Expansion of non-dynamic NTFS partitions can be accomplished by using the Microsoft Utility called DiskPart.exe.  DiskPart allows examination of disks, volumes, and partitions. Cloning of disk and also expansion on existing partitions.

    CAUTION! Use at your own risk – Disk corruption can occur if an application is using the partition while expansion is in progress.

    Link to Microsofts full description of DiskPart Util
    Download DiskPart Util from Microsoft

    1. Launch a command window Start -> Run
    2. type in diskpart, you will be placed at a DISKPART> prompt
    3. list disk to view all visible disks
    4. select disk <number>
    5. select volume <number>  Note you cannot expand a volume if the volume does not have extra unused space.
    6. extend volume <number> size=<number in MBs>
    7. exit exits the program…