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After upgrading disks on our local server, I was using the "Parted Magic" boot disk along with gparted to move & resize an NTFS partition. I believe it uses the 'ntfsresize' tool internally.

However, somewhere around half way through, the power had a minor blip...and I had a heart attack.

I haven't touched or mounted the disk yet, is there any possible way to restart the operation where I left off? Failing that, what's the best way to recover my data?

Everyone always says "Oh yeah, ntfsresize is perfectly safe, as long as you don't have a power outage or something"...am I screwed?

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What about your backup? –  Zoredache Sep 29 '09 at 5:36
    
yes. yes you are screwed. have your resume ready. –  Nick Kavadias Oct 15 '09 at 12:02
    
haha...thanks for all the helpful comments everyone. Actually I lied...it was for a home server, with non-essential data, so I wasn't very rigorous about keeping backups. I eneded up using some random NTFS recovery tool and recovered most of the important stuff, good enough in the end. –  davr Oct 15 '09 at 21:58

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If you can't resume, then give this utility a shot: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

From their website:

* Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
* Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
* Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
* Fix FAT tables
* Rebuild NTFS boot sector
* Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
* Fix MFT using MFT mirror
* Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock
* Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
* Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3 partitions.
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If you have a recent backup, restore from backup. That is the safest option.

If not:

First, image the disk (dd will be fine, or PartitionMagic, Norton Ghost etc.). That way, you can always try again if you mess up something while fixing. Then try some recovery tool like TestDisk.

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