Lost Files But Did Not Delete Them (HELP!!)

Wd Western digital elements 500gb 3.5 ex...
November 22, 2009 at 07:50:31
Specs: Windows XP Pro , 1026GB
Hi Guys
Firstly i can't rewind time so no going back
what a shame, but i'll brief you all on my
previous situation, which led to this painful
moment. I messed about with my windows
registry and cache settings due to the
"Windows Delayed Write Failed" error
message, i kept having! so i couldn't access
my external USB HDD for some time,
But thats solved now got a new PC old one
couldn't handle a 1TB storage, it had hardware
issues k ;) but before the new PC, i installed a
fresh new OS on he old PC and i could finally
access the external USB HDDrive and
see/read my files, but i still couldn't write to
the disk because of the
"Delayed Write Failed" error message
Then silly me accidentally clicked and moved
the mouse which selected 2 folders a Pictures
folder(1GB) and a Videos folder(46GB) to move
them into a selected adjacent folder, but an
error message popped-up stating "Cannot
Move or Copy Pictures and Videos Folders"
but then a Progress Bar popped-up
I didn't want to move the files, so i panic'd and
clicked Cancel but the folders disappeared and
i couldn't access any folders on the USB HDD
my only option was to unplug the USB HDD
so i unplugged the USB HDD and re-plugged it
in then went into the adjacent folder and saw
the Pictures and Videos folders but the were
Inaccessible
but when the mouse cursor hovered over a pop
up stated "Empty" but thing is windows still
showed that (47GB) was still used by the two
folders until i made things worst and ran
Chkdsk E: /f and Chkdsk E: /r First Chkdsk on
/f Switch took 20mins And the /r switch took
hours i mean like nearly a day then ended on
stage 5 stating it encountered errors after i ran
Chkdsk windows now showed that (47GB) is
lost, gone, vanished i don't quite know if any
recovery software is going to pick up the files,
seeing as Chkdsk took a day to wipe them
clean of my HDD and leave the empty folders
behind (Microsoft at its best again LoL).

I need some advice and all the help i can get
people about what i can do and how to recover
the files in one piece, do i need to de-case the
external usb hdd and slave it to my pc also
whats the most effective recovery software i
can use. Thank You All In Advance. =]


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#1
November 22, 2009 at 08:06:03
"Delayed write failed" loosely translates into, "The drive is dying; get what you can before it's gone." Some sort of low-level recovery program like SpinRite might be able to recover some of the data, but you should consider anything and everything on that drive forfeit.

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#2
November 22, 2009 at 08:06:35
you should not use windows utility for this kind of problem
i think none of the recovery software help
do you tried to plug it in to another comp?
try to solve this problem with programms for partions
norton partion magic for example
if files you lost are extremely needed send your HDD to
recovery labs
seems like your hdd has seriosly damaged sectors

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#3
November 22, 2009 at 08:59:52
And don't double post!

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