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    File Allocation Table Recovery


    Help! I've lost my Windows FAT, and I don't know where it's gone!!! I might have overwritten the first few kilobytes of the partition with zeros, but it was some time ago, so I don't remember exactly what it was. When I look at the disk with a hex editor, I see zeros for a while, and then I see data. The partition table is fine, as the disk mounts, as do other partitions on that disk. The other partitions still have their files, but the first partition, in FAT32, displays no files. Is there a freeware/open-source program that anyone knows of that could possibly detect the files and rewrite the allocation table? I'm broke, so I can't really be paying for this.... I know it sounds like the data isn't worth $20 to me, which is true, but it'd be nice to have it back.

    Thanks in advance,
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    this is a windows program.... I don't know in your case, but it has helped me with fat 32 partitoins before http://downloads-zdnet.com.com/3000-2248-10118664.html
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    Meh...that won't really help, considering I can't get to Windows. This is my only computer, and so I can't really put the disk in a different one and try to recover it that way. Thanks anyway, though.
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    Have you checked here first?

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    Again, that's a Windows program. It looks like it'll help me recover linux files from windows, but i don't think it works the other way 'round.
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    Found this on google:
    http://www.ussg.iu.edu/hypermail/lin...09.2/0709.html

    Dunno which platform it runs on, but it sais recover fat32, ntfs, ext2 etc...

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