Hard drive showing data that was deleted

September 15, 2011 at 12:40:48
Specs: Linux i686
Okay, here's the deal. I was using a program off Hiren's boot cd to delete unwanted ghost images, or old deleted files...basically erasing all the garbage that was unreadable, yet still taking up space.

The deletion went crazy and started to remove normal files. It started with all my picture back ups, then went into all my ripped movies. I caught it half way through my music collection.

I went through and was able to recover most of these things. Now this is where my problem lies...

I tried to move all the recovered items back to the external drive, and it stopped me about 1/3rd of the way through, claiming the drive was full. Now since the files were deleted, and I ran recovery on the items...my drive should have been pretty empty. Prior to the foul up with the deletion program, I had 233gb remaining out of a 1 TB external hdd.

I am at a loss on what to do from here. I have searched every folder, hidden and not. I can't seem to find the original files. I believe they are still somehow on this hard drive, but I can't find them. It seems they are still ghosting on the hard drive for some reason or another.

Optimally I would like to simply recover the drive...but I doubt that would happen...I want my space back so I can return to using the drive as a back up storage unit...It's not OS specific as I have used XP Ubuntu and Windows 7...and all three OS systems are telling me the same exact thing.

Any ideas?

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September 15, 2011 at 13:08:38
Try running recuva. If you only have one partition then writing to it will overwrite the files. Otherwise they are still there, just marked a removed. Get recuva at the link below.


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September 15, 2011 at 13:44:55
I will try that and post back...Also thought I should mention, My external is a samsung story station.

I have tried two different recovery programs already. One didn't find anything...the other CLB found everything and was able to recover a large majority of it. I just want to find what's bogging this hard drive and either recover it, if it was in fact the older files...or get rid of it, if it's something malicious or unintentional.

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September 15, 2011 at 13:58:30
I didn't notice you are running Linux. I don't think recuva will run under Linux.

Your external drive is USB 3.0 which is new. I don't know about Linux drivers but USB 3.0 standard isn't working perfectly with Windows.

I don't use Linux so I can only guess about the external issues. With most files systems there is a maximum number of files that can be written to the root directory. If your external is like that, moving files from the root to folders will help alleviate that issue.

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September 15, 2011 at 15:10:41
Okay, so somehow, someway...everything just magically reappeared...Have no idea what I did so differently this time, vs. all the other times. Not taking any chances though, backing it all up on my linux drive, just in case I go back tomorrow and it disappears again.

Thanks for all your help Onthehill, I really appreciate you taking the time to try and assist me. Have no idea what I did to fix the problem, or if there was one to begin with, lol...But thanks anyway.

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September 15, 2011 at 16:13:51
Sometimes a reboot is all it takes to make changes take hold.

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