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WD Mybook 1TB drive -> Internal drive data recovery.


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#1 mncim

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 05:09 AM

Right, so I bought a WD Mybook 1TB USB drive, but after about 2 months or so the SATA -> USB module thing broke. I don't know how, but it did break before, and I had to resolder one of the USB socket pins.
I connected it to my computer using a SATA cable and a power jumper thing, and it did not appear as a hard drive. Then I looked in Disk Management and it was there, labelled as unpartitioned space. I clicked on the icon that said disk 1 and it prompted me to select a partition table type. This probably wasn't the best thing to do, but I selected the first option and it repartitioned it.
I then scanned the whole thing with testdisk as an intel partition. It found nothing. I would really like to recover the data, but I don't know whether it's recoverable anymore.

Should I just give up and reformat it?

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:02 AM

If you have not used the drive since...it's probably recoverable.

Many data-recovery programs overcome reformatting or, at least, claim to.

I suggest...taking the drive out of the enclosure it's currently in and attaching it directly to the motherboard. The reason I do this is that some recovery programs may experience the same problem you did...with your improvisation.

The enclosure...is not necessary or even convenient, at this time, IMO

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 11:17 AM

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 02:08 PM

If you have not used the drive since...it's probably recoverable.

Many data-recovery programs overcome reformatting or, at least, claim to.

I suggest...taking the drive out of the enclosure it's currently in and attaching it directly to the motherboard. The reason I do this is that some recovery programs may experience the same problem you did...with your improvisation.

The enclosure...is not necessary or even convenient, at this time, IMO

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I don't quite know what you mean... it is attached directly to the motherboard. I took the hard drive out of the enclosure and removed the USB module.
Anyway, I retried using test-disk, but this time I selected unpartitoned. It seems to have found two ex-partitions. I don't know weather the data is recoverable, so ill post back once it's finished.

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Posted 14 March 2010 - 04:55 PM

Test disk found a partition, but it said it could not write because the partition table was set to none. I am going to try again with the intel partition.
15/3/2010
Strangely, it could not find the partition when the table was set to intel. I am going to try those other tools.

Edited by mncim, 15 March 2010 - 11:29 AM.


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Posted 15 March 2010 - 11:53 AM

No, the other programs aren't working, anyone got any other ideas?
PC inspector cant find a 'logical drive' and Priform Recuva needs a formatted disk.

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 12:47 PM

You can try the demo version, GetDataBack - Data Recovery Software - http://runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm. Please read all instructions.

Recovery Software, Recover My Files - http://www.recovermyfiles.com/

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 04:04 PM

Most of these need a formatted drive. The partition table seems to have been deleted, so the drive is unformatted, but it was originally formatted as NTFS. Should I reformat it to NTFS, or would that lose the data?

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Posted 15 March 2010 - 05:38 PM

<<Most of these need a formatted drive.>>

If you are talking about a destination for files recovered...you are correct.

Generally, you cannot just have 1 drive in a system and use data-recovery software, IME. The program needs workspace to store data.

If that is not what you mean...I have no idea what you are trying to say.

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Posted 16 March 2010 - 02:13 AM

I meant that most of these recovery software need the target drive to be formatted in order to function.
I've got getdataback working on the drive, though.




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