Gparted Live CD just erased my whole compy

Discussion in 'Wii - Backup Loaders' started by TheJorsh, Jul 24, 2009.

  1. TheJorsh

    TheJorsh Advanced Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    United States
    Hi everyone,
    I'm writing this from my dad's computer right now.
    I was trying to use the Gparted Live CD thing to add a partition to my external hard drive so I could use the USB loaders,
    but somehow I ended up doing something wrong (even though I had printed out instructions before I started)
    And now my (well, the family's. I don't actually have my own yet.) computer isn't working.
    It starts, but it's stuck in the DOS like mode thing and it won't start up Windows XP like usual.
    Since it said that when you use Gparted it erases everything on the drive, I guess it pretty much erased everything on the computer.
    I know there's a way to restore it all but I don't know how to.
    Can anyone tell me how to restore/fix it all?
    I'm freaking out right now.
    My dad's probably gonna be home soon and he'll be really mad and I don't know what to do.
    I'd also like to know what exactly I did wrong so I can fix it later and be able to use the USB loader but this is more important right now.
    Someone please help me! [​IMG]
  2. Dantarion

    Dantarion Advanced Member

    Jul 29, 2007
    United States
    It looks like you destroyed the partition table on your external drive and formatted it.

    You could recover the data, but it would require putting the drive in another PC and running software like GetDataBack on it
  3. Teh H4rRy

    Teh H4rRy GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 12, 2009
    You wanted to create a partition, selected the wrong drive, repartitioned the windows disk. Yup did you do a format and partition? or partition and move?

    Unless you're external hard drive and computer hard drive are the same size i cannot think how you confused the two

    Oh and tell your dad sorry
  4. Technik

    Technik GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    May 2, 2009
    United States
    They really need to make WBFS managers idiot proof so that you cant format C:
  5. TheJorsh

    TheJorsh Advanced Member

    Jan 17, 2009
    United States
    Actually, they are.
    So does this mean I'm pretty much screwed?
  6. SifJar

    SifJar Not a pirate

    Apr 4, 2009
    Well, if you formatted your C: drive, then yes pretty much.
  7. Arm the Homeless

    Arm the Homeless Custom Title

    May 26, 2008
    United States
    We're talking about GParted here. Which is Linux. So you mean /dev/sda1.

    And GParted won't magically erase anything. It has warning screens any time you format/delete/resize a partition.

    Linux drive names:
    /dev/sda1 = First partition (1) on first hard drive (sda).
    /dev/sdb3 = Third partition (3) on second hard drive (sdb).

    Windows drive names:
    C: = A partition
    J: = Another partition

    Linux is much more descriptive on drive names. [​IMG]
  8. jesterscourt

    jesterscourt Not Brad.

    Jan 3, 2007
    United States
    Basically you are hosed. A brilliant reminder to everyone:

    1. Back up regularly using an external hard drive and/or offsite backup
    2. Don't do anything on a computer if you are a noob. Even if you think you know what you are doing, take the precaution of step 1 so that at worst, you'd just have to re-install your OS and backup your data.
  9. Arm the Homeless

    Arm the Homeless Custom Title

    May 26, 2008
    United States
    Oh, and it wouldn't be in DOS mode.
    Really, command line is NOT DOS.

    Basically, your hard drive is (probably) wiped completely of data. So there is no Windows (or DOS) on that computer.

    And also, don't blame GParted because (as I mentioned before) it has warning screens before you do ANYTHING. The problem lies inbetween the keyboard and chair.
  10. Elritha

    Elritha GBAtemp Addict

    Jan 24, 2006
    I hope you didn't have any important data on that drive.

    If you did, you could do as Dantarion mentioned and run a recovery program on it. Just don't write anything to the drive, or format it further if you want to recover any data.

    Good luck whatever you do decide to do.
  11. casper_uk

    casper_uk Newbie

    Apr 22, 2007
    When ever you partition or format a drive etc it doesn't actually delete any data, it just tells the pc that the blocks on the hd can be written to. I would suggest from your description that you have deleted or corrupted the partition table on the hard drive that contains windows.

    I would suggest trying out some free software such as and attempting to repair the partition table. Make sure you don't save or write ANY files to the hard drive you are trying to recover from though. There is a guide on the above website, you will need to be able to get into dos using a boot disk etc. There are plenty of boot disks out there to download for free, a usb stick would be ideal, put the testdisk files and boot disk files on a usb stick and make your computer boot from usb and then follow the instructions on the website. Another root would possibly be using a bootable linux o/s that runs from a cd and doesn't install any files to the hard drive. I use slax when i have problems as it allows you to get into an o/s that supports usb pens by just inserting the cd!
  12. pepxl

    pepxl GFX W!Z4RD

    Jun 19, 2009
    simple answer is kids shoudnt play with grownup toys
  13. zidane_genome

    zidane_genome My sword has a +2 bleeding... wanna test it out?

    May 21, 2006
    United States
    so, when did wiping a hard drive on a computer have to deal with backup loaders? this is the wrong section...
  14. Arm the Homeless

    Arm the Homeless Custom Title

    May 26, 2008
    United States
    He said that this was to make another partition on a external HD.
    Yeah, wrong forum.
  15. r9delta

    r9delta Banned

    May 17, 2008
    United States
    No I'm pretty sure you erased your "whole compy". This is why children need not mess with things that they do not understand.
  16. ArchangelX

    ArchangelX Banned

    Jan 16, 2009
    United States
    The pits of hell.
    I lol'd

    Have fun with your beating.
  17. Pippin666

    Pippin666 SSF43DE Master

    Mar 30, 2009
    Montreal, Qc
    So funny, I hope it happens to more ppl, then less noobs in here !!
  18. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

    Oct 23, 2007
    PowerLevel: 9001
    Ok, here's what to do, if you want to recover ALL the data on the hard drive.

    Bear in mind that this isn't a easy process, and can be quite difficult. If you get some help you might be able to pull it thru.

    Be aware that after this you shouldn't haven't touched anything on the drive, something like a XP reinstall would destroy a lot of data and render the recovery more difficult.

    1) Remove the HD from your PC.
    2) Plug it in another (working) PC.
    3) Get a software called "GetDataBack" from Runtime Software. Select the appropriate version for your HD (if it was formatted in FAT, get the FAT version, if it was formatted in NTFS get the NTFS version. I'd probably go on the NTFS version, since it has XP on it, and it's probably quite recent) - Also, don't ask for it here. Use Google, or buy it.
    4) Install it on the PC you have plugged your HD in. DO NOT INSTALL IT on the HD you're trying to recovery.
    5) Run it, and select "use default settings", select the drive you need to recover from the "Physical Drives" list. There's no need to select a partition, just select the entire drive.
    6) Let it do its magic. It'll firstly do Phase 1, where it'll find "traces" of old partitions. Select the ones with the green dot. It should be only one, usually. Press Next again, and you'll be in the File Recovery part.
    7) I advise you to save your current progresses. Press "File" and select "Save Recovery". That will make you avoid doing Phase 1 and 2 all over again.
    8) Start saving dirs and files. Select one, and press "COPY". Then save them over to the PCs HD or a USB drive. The important thing is that you don't save them DIRECTLY on the HD you're trying to recover files from.

    After you have saved everything, you can plug the HD back in the PC it comes from and format it directly using the XP install CD.

    Good luck.
  19. jono@home

    jono@home GBAtemp Regular

    Apr 30, 2007
    is it saying NTLDR is missing on boot...

    if so computer is booting from non bootable source.. so is likely you have formatted your hard disk.. use recovery software as already mentioned to recover data from it...
    however if it isn't.. you could be in luck.. !!!

    boot up with a windows xp prof setup cd.. (retail)

    when loaded up, press R for recovery console..

    Press 1 then enter to logon onto windows... input admin password (if any), then type CHKDSK C: /p.

    Allow process to complete, then reboot..

    this can repair many disk problems and can solve many windows boot up problems..
  20. pinesal

    pinesal GBAtemp Regular

    Aug 3, 2006
    United States
    Did you get grounded? I want to know how you Dad reacted.

    You can definitely fix the computer but most likely all the personal data is gone.

    And don't feel too bad. I'm sure most of us have accidentally erased the wrong partition at one time or another. I know I have.