I managed to run the
CLEAN command in DISKPART on the wrong disk (disk 1 instead of disk 3 in
LIST DISK). Now it shows up as a "Healthy (Primary Partition)". If I assign a drive letter to the partition Windows just tells me its not formatted.
I'm guessing the damage is not too great. I could use R-Studio to recover the MFT-tables and get some files out. But its not optimal, will produce some false data and will take a long time. I'd like to just recover the drive and get on with my day.
Anyone have a clue how? Can I copy some initial bytes from a working NTFS-partiton? For example using
dd if=/dev/hda1 of=/dev/hda2 bs=512 count=1 in Linux.
Exactly what did
CLEANdo to my partition? I know disk layouts/NTFS very well so more details = good. I don't mind HEX-editing the bootsector.
My disk has MBR.
From http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc766465(WS.10).aspx :
Removes any and all partition or volume formatting from the disk with focus. On master boot record (MBR) disks, only the MBR partitioning information and hidden sector information are overwritten. On GUID partition table (GPT) disks, the GPT partitioning information, including the Protective MBR, is overwritten; there is no hidden sector information.