Any way to recover deleted partitions?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by Vuronev, Aug 25, 2006.

  1. Vuronev

    Vuronev n00b

    Apr 30, 2006
    My computer became infected with a virus, infostealer.banpaes that norton 2006 seemed unable to get rid of.

    I decided to simply reinstall XP pro, onto my 10gb C partition, while maintaining my files on the other two 50gb partitions (drive is 120gb sata). I'd done this countless times before just to clean out the system from time to time and didn't think too much of it.

    When I booted up into XP installer and got to the point where i would need to delete the C partition and reformat it, I didn't notice until too late that somehow my 3 separate partitions now looked like one 120gb partition to the windows installer (something that had never happend before).

    Before it fully dawned on me, I deleted my C partition, effectively deleting the entire drive.

    Not sure what to do, I made another 10gb partition, installed XP pro, and now am wondering how I can recover the files from my lost 50gb partitions.

    Is this possible without having to employ some expensive recovery software or recovery service?

    The files lost are not earth shatteringly essential, but quite a few of them are ones I will truly miss.

    Any ideas on anything I can do? Or should I just let go and move on?