You can distinguish deleted partitions from existing ones by the icons:
Grey icon shows an existing partition or drive visible in Windows Explorer
Green icon shows live drive in SuperScan results (having drive letter)
Grey icon with Green part shows a deleted partition that can be recovered
Grey icon with Red box shows a deleted partition that can be recovered, however this partition might have been formatted before deletion or has some other damage and may not be recoverable
To restore a deleted, damaged or reformatted partition:
- In Active@ Partition Recovery, use QuickScan or SuperScan to detect a deleted partition, verify its content and select the deleted partition node.
- To open the Recovery Options dialog box, use one of the following methods:
- Click Recover on the
- Right-click the partition, and then choose Recover from the context menu
- Execute the Recover command from Tools menu
- Press Ctrl+R key combination
- Click Recover on the toolbar:
- To assign a partition to be recovered and assigned a non-default disk letter, you may choose one of available letters from the drop-down box
- To mark a partition to be recovered as Active, you may check the related check box. Be careful! If you mark a partition as active, and it does not contain system files on it for the booting process, your computer might not boot properly. So mark it as an Active partition only when you are 100% percent certain that the partition being recovered had an Active status before deletion
- In some cases partition being recovered seems to be not a Primary type, but the Logical Disk in an Extended partition. In this case Create Extended Partition First option will be available (if no Extended partition exists on the disk). Keep it turned on if you want to create Extended partition container first, and then place your recovered partition inside. If the option use ALL Unallocated area is turned off - the Extended partition (container) will have the same size as partition being recovered. Otherwise the Extended partition (container) will occupy all of the unallocated space on the disk
- You have an option to perform either Automatic or Manual check and fix of the Volume Boot Sector. If you are not familiar with low-level disk structures, use the Automatic mode. If you know a lot about sectors, clusters, FAT, MFT, etc.. you can choose the Manual mode to check the parameters manually and to select the most appropriate action
- Click Recover
After the recovery process is complete, a confirmation message pops up. Make sure that the results are correct by verifying the contents of the recovered partition in the Windows Explorer. Recovered partition should appear there after you refresh its content.
Manual mode for Volume Boot Sector Recovery
If you've chosen Manual mode for the Boot Sector Check & Fix, a dialog similar to the one above appears.
- Verify the parameters of the Primary and Copy of Boot Sector located on the disk. Parameters that appear to be invalid are marked with a red mark. Boot Sector Template column is formed programmatically and contains the most appropriate parameters for the partition found
- You can Save the raw data from the Primary Boot Sector or Copy of Boot Sector to a file in order to be able to analyze these raw values in Hex Editor or third party software, or restore them back if recovery is unsuccessful
- You can Load raw data from the Primary Boot Sector or Copy of Boot Sector from a file to restore them back after unsuccessful recovery
- See the Overall Status of both Partition Boot Sectors (their validity and if they match)
- Choose an Action to execute for the Boot Sectors while the partition is being recovered:
- Duplicate the Primary Boot Sector into a Copy of Boot Sector - if you are sure that Primary Boot Sector is valid, but Copy is not
- Duplicate a Copy of the Boot Sector into a Primary Boot Sector - if you are sure that the Copy of Boot Sector is valid, but Primary is not
- Copy the Boot Sector Template into both Boot Sectors - if both Primary and Copy of Boot Sector look invalid
- Do NOT fix Boot Sectors - if both Boot Sectors look valid and match each other and the Boot Sector Template values.
In the example above, even you are not a specialist - you can notice that Copy of Boot Sector contains some garbage (i.e. damaged) data. Red marks appear next to the corrupted fields, so the most appropriate action is to Duplicate the Primary Boot Sector into the Boot Sector Copy.
The Recover and the Fix Boot Sector commands automatically log the old information to the partition backup file, and you can always rollback the changes later on.
Recover Deleted Partition function is available in commercial (purchased) version only.