Solved 3tb backup (not the c:), files not reading in windows

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May 2, 2014 at 13:44:38
Specs: 7 ultimate 32bit, 2.9 GHz quad / 4gig
Hi,
Was having a hard drive failure, so I backed up everything to a brand new 3tb drive, which I had to convert to gpt. everything backed up, and worked fine when I checked.

So I do a clean install to a newish 1.5tb drive, all is ok. I switch off and fit the 3tb drive as d: and windows didn't recognise it. I didn't convert it again to gpt as it requires deleting everything.
So I placed it in an external enclosure and windows sees and accesses the drive, nothing works.
All my pictures are "not supported" (jpegs??). none of my application installers run at all, and most videos don't play, yet all the files are there and intact with all the correct extensions.
The program I found to convert to gpt without loss doesn't give me that option, I cant remember the name of it.
But how can I get these files off the drive, but working? Oh, I tried to copy some files to c: but they don't work from their either, yet running them from supplied disc does.

There is 9 years of my history on that drive, that I backed up, and checked, and I'm really annoyed it's done this to me when I checked everything I could.

Thanks for reading.


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May 6, 2014 at 06:37:21
There's some jankiness involved with installing Win7 to a 3 TB partition; you need to boot with UEFI and you need to manually configure the drive, but you didn't have to worry about that because you didn't install Windows to your 3TB drive.

If you connect the drive but don't see a drive letter, add one.

If you cannot access the files, then take ownership.

If you don't see anything on the partition and you're using drive encryption software, consult its documentation on recovery.

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#1
May 2, 2014 at 16:52:46
Check the file permissions. Make sure you have access.

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#2
May 2, 2014 at 21:00:25
Also, were these files manually backed up as in copy/paste, were they backed up with Windows Back Up, or another back up program?

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#3
May 3, 2014 at 01:22:59
Hi, these were backed up manually via copy and paste, yes. I ran a program "take ownership" on a file, but it made no difference.
Thank you for the help so far peeps, much appreciated.

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#4
May 3, 2014 at 04:08:10
Try booting to a Live Linux CD that you can burn like Puppy Linux and see if you have access to them there.

Look at some of these:
https://www.google.com/search?q=tak...
for a few ideas.

Have you tried the drive or files on another computer?

Did you try the right click and 'Open With..." to choose a program or two to see if it is misreading the file type (JPEG's can open with Paint. Windows Picture Viewer, and many others for example; Office files can open with the free program 'Open Office' as well as MS Office programs)?

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#5
May 3, 2014 at 11:14:48
hi,
I will be trying it on another pc soon yes. most of the backup was photos and home videos, all worked in vlc and wmp. the installer files are copies of my hardware installation cd's so I have them. just want to figure out why this happened, and hopefully retrieve my memories. Never buying a 3tb hdd again, until windows limits are solved.

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#6
May 3, 2014 at 13:28:31
But they are. I think the real lesson here is to not trust your only copy to random free programs.

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#7
May 3, 2014 at 15:03:11
Hi Razor2.3,
Could you elaborate please, I mearly use windows itself to gpt my drive and give me the full d: drive, but when I re-install windows, it tells me it's not gpt?
The only program that said it would convert without data loss, I never used because the option to do the conversion wasn't listed. Basically, I have not done anything to it except plug it in and find out nothing plays, views, or run.

Maybe I didn't give enough detail or was misinterpreted.


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May 6, 2014 at 06:37:21
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There's some jankiness involved with installing Win7 to a 3 TB partition; you need to boot with UEFI and you need to manually configure the drive, but you didn't have to worry about that because you didn't install Windows to your 3TB drive.

If you connect the drive but don't see a drive letter, add one.

If you cannot access the files, then take ownership.

If you don't see anything on the partition and you're using drive encryption software, consult its documentation on recovery.

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