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Due to a partition table error my partition table (GUID) has been rewritten.
It's partitioned the same as before.
Does someone know how to get back my partition on my external hdd?
The filesystem was hfs+
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This is very nearly impossible I am sorry to say. You may be able to get it back with an expensive disk maintenance program, or you may be able to take the disk to a data recovery firm, but once you have deleted the partition table, there are no easy answers any more.

I Googled around a bit, and found several partition table rebuilders for Windows and Linux, but none for Mac OS X.

I did find DiskWarrior, which claims that it can rebuild your system disk, but it seems a bit vague on the details. See:

http://www.alsoft.com/DiskWarrior/details6.html

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@mac57: thanks for the reply
Disk warrior isn't able to restore my partition.
There is a tool testdisk that finds my partition, but the mac support seems to be not so good.
It's an external disk, so It doesn't matter if I have to use windows or linux.
Does someone know testdisk-like programs?
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Well, I found this...

http://www.cauniversity.org/node/344

that uses some linux tools to recover a partition table. It sounds to be very manual, but it is the only thing I have seen so far.

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i use drive genius works great

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a scan from testdisk displays this:

Disk /dev/sdb - 80 GB / 74 GiB - CHS 156296386 1 1
Partition Start End Size in sectors
D HFS 409640 156039303 155629664
D HFS 414536 156044199 155629664
D HFS 415256 156044919 155629664
D HFS 415952 156045615 155629664
D HFS 416968 156046631 155629664
D HFS 417552 156047215 155629664
D HFS 418568 156048231 155629664
D HFS 754048 126583167 125829120
D HFS 756984 126586103 125829120
D HFS 760560 126589679 125829120
D HFS 761712 126590831 125829120
D HFS 762984 126592103 125829120
D HFS 763144 126592263 125829120
D HFS 766560 126595679 125829120
D HFS 34877932 34894905 16974 [P]
D HFS 34894896 34911865 16970 [H]
D HFS 34917692 34934665 16974 [P]
D HFS 34934656 34951625 16970 [H]
D HFS 35012292 35029265 16974 [P]
D HFS 35029256 35046225 16970 [H]
D HFS 39199804 39246913 47110
D HFS 39200580 39247689 47110
D HFS 46644644 46661617 16974 [P]
D HFS 46661608 46678577 16970 [H]
D HFS 96439946 126240489 29800544
D HFS 96440618 126241161 29800544
D HFS 96441346 126241889 29800544
D HFS 96442346 126242889 29800544
D HFS 96443122 126243665 29800544
D HFS 96718730 96743761 25032
D HFS 96718906 96743937 25032
D HFS 96719290 96744321 25032
D HFS 96719322 96744353 25032
D HFS 96719586 96744617 25032
D HFS 96720090 96745121 25032
D HFS 96721794 96746825 25032
D HFS 96722346 96747377 25032
D HFS 96722938 96747969 25032
D HFS 96723330 96748361 25032
D HFS 96723722 96748753 25032
D HFS 96724114 96749145 25032
D HFS 96724546 96749577 25032
D HFS 96724938 96749969 25032
D HFS 96725330 96750361 25032
D HFS 96725722 96750753 25032
D HFS 96726114 96751145 25032
D HFS 96726538 96751569 25032
D HFS 96743360 96768391 25032
D HFS 96743496 96771127 27632
D HFS 96743792 96768823 25032
D HFS 96744104 96769135 25032
D HFS 96744384 96769415 25032
D HFS 96744768 96769799 25032
D HFS 96745256 96770287 25032
D HFS 96746944 96771975 25032
D HFS 96747576 96772607 25032
D HFS 96748064 96773095 25032
D HFS 96748456 96773487 25032
D HFS 96748848 96773879 25032
D HFS 96749240 96774271 25032
D HFS 96749672 96774703 25032
D HFS 96750064 96775095 25032
D HFS 96750456 96775487 25032
D HFS 96750848 96775879 25032
D HFS 96751240 96776271 25032
D HFS 126238760 156039303 29800544
D HFS 126239816 156040359 29800544
D HFS 126240832 156041375 29800544
D HFS 126241368 156041911 29800544
D HFS 126242208 156042751 29800544
D HFS 126242952 156043495 29800544
D HFS 126243728 156044271 29800544

I tried to recreate the partition, but it doesn't work ...

A scan from StellarPhoenix (demo) displays correct partitions, but the demo can't restore the partition
does someone know similar programs for partition-recovery?
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I managed to "Split" my Valid Boot partion (LEOPARD), with the Tiger DVD.

I was thinking that TIGER's "non-destructive edits" meant that it would re-size my boot partition, but of course, it just deleted it, and made two new ones, (the resize option was greyed out, I should have left it well alone).

I did this because resized the disc incorrectly, and swallowed up my last 55 gig , ( leaving me no room for windows). Boot Camp would not restore the disc either.

Now I am searching for a partition recovery tool that will run on my emac 800Mhz, so i can Firewire Target mode the Macbook, and recover or repair my mistake.

Drive Genius does not run on 10.2.8, PDisk is looking like a long climb, wish me luck..

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If you comfortable with Linux programs then you could use TestDisk to recover the lost partition, however there might a OSX conversion as well that you could use. Otherwise you could use knoppix livecd now that mac is intel based.

Here is a link to some data recovery software on linux that might help:

http://www.datarecoveryadvice.org/da...ies_tools.html

Otherwise DataRescue 2 might find the data.
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Hey,
You are very gracious with your reply, and i think you are spot on!

I have been struggling with applications compatible with OSX 1.2.8.
I have been struggling with Target mode to my PC, SBP2 Errors on Firewire, or with HFS reading applications for windows.

Now I have squeezed Leopard onto my Hacintosh NC6320, and I am able to run Drive genius, Drive rescue II, and Steller Phoenix, etc etc,,

At last I have some decent tools and a chance of recovering some nice data.

Thanks again for your contribution.
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