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Explorer shows 248GB free of 465 GB, but only 26 GB of files visible inside

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#1 hagbag69


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Posted 22 March 2011 - 03:58 PM

Hi all

My 2nd hard drive is going down the pan, making the occasional click and asking if I want to scan and repair whenever I boot. It's a Samsung 500 GB Sata, showing (in Windows Explorer) 248 GB free of 465 GB, making 223 GB of data on it, but all I can access amounts to 26 GB - is there anything I can do to access the other 197 GB and copy it to a healthy drive?

I've pulled off all the raw data with PhotoRec, but even that only saved 23.6 GB but of course I've lost all the file names. Any suggestions welcome!

Thanks in advance!

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#2 MrBruce1959


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Posted 22 March 2011 - 07:29 PM

There are several programs that give you access to files that are on a hard drive, as long as the sectors are not so badly damaged to recover them from.

You can use UBUNTU's live CD, you can boot to the disk if you need to, sometimes it is easier doing it that way, the Live CD does NOT have to be installed, it is like a portable operating system.


Another program I found useful is EASEUS Partition Master. The home user version is FREE and fully functional.

Here is the web site http://www.partition-tool.com/

The EASEUS Partition Master has a lot of useful tools and menus, you'll have to check it out.


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