> Does anyone know an effective way of recovering from an FDISK disaster -
> I "Fdisked" the wrong device !
> I know PC-Tools and the Norton Utilities will recover DELETED
> files but can they be used in my situation ?
> I need to restore 2/3 un-backed-up directories.
I usually consider myself much of an expert on PCs and DOS systems, but
here I am in unfamiliar territory, so proceed with caution.
I've never actually tried this, but I doubt it can hurt any worse than
what you already did. Basically, FDISK under most MS-DOS versions
doesn't actually do anything except rewrite the partition table on your
disk. While this is extremely dangerous, it _should_ leave the actual
disk contents alone. So, the first move would be to re-FDISK the disk
and reset the partitions back to where they were.
In case I'm wrong about how much actual damage FDISK does, even if the
FAT's of your partitions have been destroyed (which is what FORMAT does,
not FDISK, as far as I know), you should be able to recover most of your
small or contiguous files using either PC-TOOLS or Norton.
If you're using DR-DOS, I think you're lost because their FDISK also
formats the partition, clobbering the FAT and (I think) the file data as
well. Also, the Compaq version of FORMAT actually rewrites every sector
in the file system being formatted, thus also wiping out your data (now
_that_ I have done, much to my regret - lost two months of work because
my backup also failed to restore - different versions or something).
The only other way would be to go buy a book which talks about these
particular subjects (I don't know the names of any, sorry) and do it by
hand with a sector editor (a la PC Tools, among others).
Good luck! Make sure you check with a true expert on FDISK before doing
what I suggested - you may regret it if you don't.
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