How much do you know about partition table? What if partition table is damaged or deleted due to certain reason? In this article, we would like to introduce the concept – partition table and how to recover damaged or lost partition table in Windows 2008 Server.
In essence, a partition table is a 64-byte data structure providing basic information for a computer’s operating system about the division of the hard disk drive into primary partitions. The term “partition table” is often associated with MBR partition table and GPT partition table. And the partition table is quite important in MBR, which is a small program that is executed when a computer boots so as to find available operating system and then load it into memory. Generally, partition table (MBR) is stored in the boot sector which is always the first physical sector of a hard disk drive.
There are many factors which may cause partition table to be lost or damaged.
1. Wrong Ghost: During the course of reinstalling operating system or restoring the system, users may choose “local-disk-from image” instead of “local-partition-from image”. Under this condition, the whole disk will become a partition, and original partitions will be gone.
2. Software conflicts: Since rights of using software and software’s exclusivity to hard disk drive vary, users may come across software conflicts and then partition table damage or loss.
3. Sudden power outage: Great damage will be brought to hard disk drive which is working and partition table may get damaged, if power supply is interrupted accidentally.
4. Hot-swap: Hot-swapping operations of USB drives or mobile drives are most likely to lead data structure to change. In such cases, partition table may be lost.
Well then, how to recover Windows Server 2008 partition table which is damaged or deleted? There are varying partition table recovery tools, but performance of them varies. Here, a highly competent server partition manager supporting partition table recovery is suggested. It is MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition.
Users need to firstly perform software downloading and installation. Then, follow the guidance below:
Step 1. Launch MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition to open its main interface.
Step 2. From the main interface of the software, choose the disk where lost partition once was and click “Partition Recovery” from left action panel.
Step 3. Choose a preferred scanning range from the listed ones and click “Next>” button to continue.
Step 4. Here, select a scanning mode according to practical demands. Here, we choose the first one to gain quick scanning and click “Next>” button.
Step 5. In this interface, check all partitions needing to be recovered and click “Finish” button to let the software perform partition recovery.
We are successful to recover partition table with the excellent MiniTool Partition Wizard Server Edition. For more information about this kind of operation, please visit the quick link here.