Partitioning Failed - Partition Magic/RTools Error #1117
November 17, 2004 8:50 PM   Subscribe

(Lost Data FIlter)
I attempted to partition my Maxtor 60 GB HDD earlier, while I had a 40 gb Maxtor external USB 2 drive plugged in. What I'm afraid happened is that when the computer rebooted, the drive letters change and Partition Magic 8 was going to work on the external drive.
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This is very bad news. Now when I have the USB drive plugged in, it doesn't show up in My Computer (windows xp pro box) and trying to read any drive becomes practically impossible. Clicking on my C: results in a long pause, and then My Computer stops responding. Explorer isn't helping. How can I get this drive back to normal, with the data I had before still intact? Is it possible using some data recovery software? This is the drive onto which important backups are stored, and I'm afraid I may have lost all of my Quicken data, business work, as well as 10 gigs of archived emails.

Please help.
posted by Evstar to Computers & Internet (6 answers total)
Further analysis reveals the drive is inflicted with PartitionMagic error #1117. Suspiciously not covered in the manual.
posted by Evstar at 10:10 PM on November 17, 2004

Damn. I don't have concrete advice for your particular problem, but perhaps my earlier data loss question might be helpful. R-Studio helped me retrieve a lot. I hope you recover your stuff.
posted by muckster at 10:27 PM on November 17, 2004

Can you pull the USB drive out of the enclosure and mount in on a regular IDE channel?
posted by krisjohn at 11:04 PM on November 17, 2004

That might be possible, but would probably involve dismantling and potentially breaking the drive. It's one of these:
posted by Evstar at 5:07 AM on November 18, 2004

Also, R-Tools is failing to scan the drive. Same error as in partition magic, 1117.
posted by Evstar at 5:28 AM on November 18, 2004

Evstar, this maybe more work to just try yet another tool, but there is also GNU parted: I recently re-partitioned a W2K laptop without a hitch: get Knoppix, burn it on a CD and boot from that CD. You should get QtParted under the System menu of Knoppix and from there you can try fixing the partition.
posted by costas at 3:14 PM on November 18, 2004

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