Path does not exist error - Recuva ext HD files try

January 3, 2012 at 08:37:21
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium(R) 4 3.00GHz
Recuva file recovery program gave me the error "path does not exist" on my unreadable external back-up hard drive, after I apparently accidentally reformatted it during a new install of Win XP. Now what?

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#1
January 3, 2012 at 09:13:11
Try using testdisk to repair (undo) the partition format. Get testdisk at the link below. Read the tutorial files before using.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...


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#2
January 3, 2012 at 13:29:12
WinXP sees the drive (H:), so why am I to repair or undo the partition? I used the RecoverMYFiles program to recover my lost files, and it did seemed to work. It took two days to finish the entire 1TB HD recovery (not totally full, but 3/4 full or so). I'm not sure the photos are there in their entirety though. The 'Find' feature revealed some partial pictures. Now they want me to pay for the program to Save the files to another drive. (I bought a WD 2TB external drive to save the recovered files, but I don't want to pay for files that are only partially there, or a program that didn't recover completely recoverable files. I was looking for a free version, and tried Recuva. Recuva is the one that said the path doesn't exist. Could that have been because I hadn't closed out the RecoverMyFiles program and it somehow blocked access to it from Recuva? Possible? I HATE to try closing RecoverMyFiles only to find that Recuva still can't see the HD. I don't want to lock up my computer waiting another two days if RecoverMyFiles is the only thing that works.

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#3
January 3, 2012 at 14:38:53
I didn't realize the drive was now functional. Path does not exist seems to indicate a problem with the drive.

How does the drive show in Windows Disk management?

Is the drive formatted using the same file system as before?


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#4
January 3, 2012 at 21:54:38
PC Files inspector is another good recovery program that is free.....I would try that.

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


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#5
January 3, 2012 at 21:58:51
I formatted over a drive by accident once, installed xp over it and lost a ton of pictures.....I used Get Data Back, which recovered everything.....but I paid for the program (which was no biggie for me as I was looking to purchase data recovery for my business anyway). If you don't wish to gamble spending money, I would try my suggestion above.

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#6
January 4, 2012 at 07:04:41
It reads as:
H: 931.51GB Healthy
I'll try PC Files inspector next, unless you have a better idea.

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#7
January 4, 2012 at 10:06:19
If #6 above is an answer to my #3 above you only supplied partial Disk Management information

What file system is in use?

Is the disk marked as Basic?

Is there also unallocated space shown there?

If I understand your situation you have a 2TB hard drive, yet Disk Management is reporting about 1TB.

I suggest you go to the drive manufacturers site and download their fitness test to determine what the issue is with the missing space.

What is the full brand and model of the external drive?


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#8
January 4, 2012 at 18:51:07
PC Files Inspector says:
On device Windows drive : (931.51GB)
bad parameter in boot sector; Bytes Per Sector (0) = 0 !
With an OK button at the bottom of the Information box.
Behind that Information box the program is saying, "Please wait...."
I'm waiting
Now what?

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#9
January 4, 2012 at 19:09:37
If #6 above is an answer to my #3 above you only supplied partial Disk Management information
What file system is in use? --- It says "RAW" in Windows Explorer. In Disk Management it says nothing about a file system.
Is the disk marked as Basic? --- Where?
Is there also unallocated space shown there? -- Don't know where I would see that info
If I understand your situation you have a 2TB hard drive, yet Disk Management is reporting about 1TB. -- No. I just bought a 2TB Western Digital ("Elements") P/N WDBAAU0020HBK-01 hard drive so I could recover the lost files on my SEAGATE 1TB STX-DesktopED (B) P/N:9SF2A4-500 external drive so everything recovered would be on a brand new drive and separate from the 1TB that' was overwritten.
Disk management says it's "Healthy", but PC Files Inspector says,
On device Windows drive : (931.51GB)
bad parameter in boot sector; Bytes Per Sector (0) = 0 !
(with an OK button at the bottom of the Information box.)
Behind that Information box, the program box says, "Please wait...."
That's where I left everything.
Still think I should download a fitness test from Seagate for the 1TB drive?

I suggest you go to the drive manufacturers site and download their fitness test to determine what the issue is with the missing space.
What is the full brand and model of the external drive?


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#10
January 4, 2012 at 19:24:55
OK then, in that case I would run testdisk after reading the tutorials. Excellent chance it can restore the partition back to the original condition. The RAW label indicates the file structure of the partition is pooched.

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#11
January 10, 2012 at 16:29:08
I bought File Scavenger, recovered and saved all the files to my new 2TB Western Dig HD and reformatted the old drive to NTFS. End of story. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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