While there are commercial programs to recover your lost partition table, there are also free alternatives. In this article we’ll cover how to recover your lost partition table with Ubuntu Live CD and gpart.

You’re advised to use the following method due to limitations of gpart (see below) and for being an easier alternative.

gpart is a fairly old program and is no longer supported by it’s original author. It can only detect the following type of partitions;

  • DOS/Windows FAT
  • Linux ext2/swap
  • OS/2 HPFS
  • NTFS
  • FreeBSD and Solaris/x86 disklabels
  • Minix FS
  • QNX 4 FS
  • ReiserFS
  • LVM physical volumes
  • BeOS
  • FS
  • SGI
  • XFS

Follow these detailed step-by-step guide to recover your partition