4 years of files & no backup External HDD Data recovery

February 2, 2013 at 06:44:04
Specs: Windows 7
Here's what happened: My Hard Drive is a Transcend Storejet. 3 Days ago, when I plugged it in my laptop, my AVG anti-viruses detected a virus. It asked me whether I would like to be protected from the virus. I clicked yes. Then when I looked at my hard drive, all 266GB of my files were gone and all that remained was the 'System Volume Information' folder. My Thesis was in there. Turns out, the anti virus deleted all of its content. So, I installed several Recovery Softwares (Recuva, PC Inspector, Disk Digger, Restoration and, EaseUs) but they couldn't detect all of my files. I could only recover about 32GB. So I was kinda losing hope, but I noticed in that in 'my computer', my hard drive still have 266 GB inside. But I coudn't find my files. I opened the 'System Volume Information' and there was a folder named, "_restore{38EBB55D-35E8-4D06-AD62-32B9EC… I opened that too, and there was this aplication "A0009710" and I ran it but it was a storejet elite App. I read online that these 'System Volume Information' things were restore points? Is it still possible to completely recover my files? That hard drive contained 4 years worth of files. A large part of it were video and Microsoft word files and my THESIS!! Please Help!!!

It was in the AVG vault. I tried to do the restore thing and an additional file was added in my hard drive. It's named "~$WT.USBDrv" and it's labeled in the type as a USBDRV File. What do I do now?

Also tried to do the system restore thing but it couldn't detect my hard drive! But I looked ta device managers, it was there!


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#1
February 2, 2013 at 08:39:07
4 years of files and no backup - shakes head in amazement.

System Volume Information contains restore points as well as a lot of other things as well. It is NOT a backup system

System Restore is not going to help much. All it restores is system files and the registry, It does not touch programme files or data files.

If the data recovery software cannot recover the files then you have probably lost them. You could send the disk to a data recovery company and have them restore you files be be prepared t pay a lot of money for it.

When storing files on had disk, it is not a case if it fails, more when it fails, as it surely will sooner or later.

Stuart


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#2
February 2, 2013 at 10:39:02
Yes, I know I made a fatal mistake not backing things up. But when I was trying to scan the hard drive for remaining viruses in my AVG antivirus, I saw folders that didn't appear when I opened the hard drive in 'my computer' I opened that unknown folder using the antivirus and there were all my files! But the thing is, I can't access them even when I turned on the view hidden files thing! How do I proceed?

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#3
February 2, 2013 at 10:53:18
Ifr the files are in the AVG Vault you can use AVG to remove them from the vault and put them back where they came from.

AVG doesn't delete files unless you tell it to,

Stuart


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#4
February 2, 2013 at 18:11:19
try running "unhide" utility. Perhaps the virus hid your files but not delete them.

it is the blue download box not the green one that is above it.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/dow...


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#5
February 21, 2013 at 13:11:01

Hi..
If you are the person, who is hard drive has become raw due to any of the reasons. You can make use of the recovery software available online in order to recover files from raw hard drive.

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#6
March 5, 2013 at 07:21:16
AVG anti-viruses detected a virus. It asked me whether I would like to be protected from the virus. I clicked yes. Then when I looked at my hard drive, all 266GB of my files were gone...................

ROFLMAO!!

i am sorry i know this is not a laughing matter but WOW.. i mean it did do what you asked for...

But seriously all jokes aside.

How large is your system volume folder.


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#7
April 3, 2013 at 05:28:26
You learned a lesson. Always backup files you do not want to loose.

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#8
April 3, 2013 at 05:36:00
A suggestion, I use http://www.kls-soft.com/main/index.php for my backups. I do a full backup and differentials thereafter.
I backup to an external USB drive.
Yes I know, what if there was a fire, or something.

This backup utility is very good.
I like the face that it will backup the data into a ZIP file that can be opened anywhere, can be password protected. and configure the backup software to send emails after the job is completed so you know if the backup failed or not.


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