Solved How can I recover data from an accidentally wiped HDD?

November 25, 2012 at 08:39:40
Specs: Windows 7, 2.81 Core2Duo with 6GB

I've been storing data from old hard drives on my external TB. I recently used the Sata mount inside of the enclosure to access another drive of mine but once I plugged the TB back into the mount my computer is telling me that the drive is an unallocated space. To my knowledge, nothing has been wiped, per say, but I simply cannot access anything on the drive without formatting the drive and giving it a letter. What can I do?

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#1
November 25, 2012 at 09:09:49
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See if this works:
http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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#2
November 25, 2012 at 09:58:28


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#3
November 25, 2012 at 10:55:26

Well, The Recuva didn't work because I have to have the drive labeled and formatted in my Disk Management before I can access any deleted files, but I don't want to format it simply to avoid exacerbating things. I'm at a complete stand still right now because I have no idea what move to make. I can't take ownership of the drive because, yet again, it is not even a simple volume yet in my management.

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#4
November 25, 2012 at 14:30:59

Try Easeus Partition Recovery free, to repair the partition. Get it at the link below.

http://www.easeus.com/partition-rec...


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#5
November 25, 2012 at 17:29:39

Two things I would try:
First I would install the hard drive as an internal hard drive and see if it is recognized in Disk Manager, if it is and there is no drive letter assigned, try assigning a drive letter.
Second takes a little bit more faith and care. Partition the hard drive as close to the exact way it was and format it (also the same), BUT use Quick Format since it does not overwrite it. Then use recuva as you attempted. This has worked for me when my daughter's older external drive suddenly became unusable. Apparently recuva works best on common file types like Word, Excel, and standard music and picture formats. I was not however able to recover Photoshop and AutoCad files (though most of them had fairly recent versions elsewhere). This I did when all other options were exhausted.
Good luck.

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#6
November 25, 2012 at 18:09:14

This may work better than recuva for you if other methods fail. Also free and effective.

http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...


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#7
November 26, 2012 at 17:33:44

http://www.partition-tool.com/resou...

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#8
November 27, 2012 at 14:31:34

Okay, so I used Recuva after doing a quick format on the HDD. It took about 2 days to do the file recovery but now I can't open the images, and I presume the documents as well, because they are "damaged." Is there any way to fix this or am I screwed?

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#9
November 27, 2012 at 14:40:58

I advised you to use Easeus partition recovery. Still may work. Did you delete the old partition or just quick format?

Post the exact message you are getting when trying to access the files.


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#10
November 27, 2012 at 14:42:47

I have known IrfanView open damaged files at odd times. None too hopeful but I guess you could check it out. If you manage to open any they can then be re-saved from IrfanView so that they open again with any viewer.

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#11
November 27, 2012 at 15:34:53

IrfanView is my primary viewer and it tells me that there is something wrong with the header

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#12
November 27, 2012 at 15:56:07

Seems we're up a gum tree unless anyone else has some clever ideas.

It can often be tricky getting data back properly after any type of usage but it's weird that it went wrong in the very first place.

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#13
November 27, 2012 at 19:11:09

If the Documents that are damaged are Office type documents (many different document types), you can try to open them with Openoffice.org. If it opens them, they can be easily resaved in many office formats.
Otherwise, I am out of suggestions.

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#14
November 29, 2012 at 00:04:11

Did u bother to check my link?
It took me 2 days to post that link because the link was blacklisted.

Fingers told u he did that because all options were exhausted. If u ask me u didn't try hard enough to get your stuff back.

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#15
November 29, 2012 at 05:31:54

kuwese

Easeus is not blacklisted here. Only a direct link to a download.

I posted a link to Easeus in #4 above prior to you.

Now that the partition was formatted I am not as confident.


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#16
November 29, 2012 at 08:59:04

The link in my #7 response was blacklisted for spams and i had send PM to Justin so that i can post it.

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#17
November 29, 2012 at 21:05:15

kuwese

That link may be problematic because it has an imbedded link to the direct download. In the future, try the link I used above. I had also PMed Justin about Easeus and he OKed the link I am using. In the process, Justin explained that direct links to downloads were an issue.

At any rate Futs has already formatted the partition so I am not sure what would happen if that program were run now. My original thoughts were that the partition table was corrupted.

If the drive was removed while it was being written to, that would explain the corruption.

Futs, now that you have recovered all the files you can find you might want to try Easeus partition recovery or testdisk on the partition.

Both of these utilities rely on some input from the user. For instance, if you had several partitions originally you need to reconstruct them in the same order and size as before.

If your entire drive was one large partition then that makes it fairly simple. You still need to know if the drive was FAT32 or NTFS. Also, if NTFS were you using the default cluster size or something else.

You should always use the safely remove icon in the tray. If you don't have that option then you have the drive setup as if it were an internal drive. That makes for faster transfer but places the data at risk if a write cycle is interrupted.



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