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Lost all files/folders on a drive!!!


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#1 jwmghf

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 05:23 PM

Hey guys:

This is ugly. I came home and my drive had no info on it. I can only assume one of my kids did something. I don't know what. I went to Disk Management because the drive shows up missing. It's a raid0 array. The array is fine. But in Disk Management I can see the drive and it says it is "Unallocated Space"?? I know it should say healthy. I did allocate the space but did not do a quick format. I came here first to throw some ideas around. I would ideally like to be able to reverse whatever happened and have all the programs and files I had on there magically re-appear. Fat chance, right? I am using Windows XP Pro SP3.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:08 PM

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Read the documentation carefully.

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:28 PM

Thanks m8. I'm running cmd and analyzing now. I'll post back when it's done. Will this re-build the partition or simply save the files it finds?

And Thanks again.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 02:14 AM

I'm not sure as I've never had the need to use it myself.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 03:05 AM

Testdisk can write a new partition table based on what it finds.

If, when it's done analyzing, it finds your partitions you can tell it to write the partition table. Triple check that the partition structure has been correctly detected first, though.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 09:28 AM

After the Deep Search it says, "No partition". Does that mean I should just run recovery software?

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 10:26 AM

Yes, try PhotoRec from the same site.

You should consider purchasing more drives so you can back up your current data ones. I have 2 identical 1 GB internal drives and make sure the data partitions are mirrored daily using Beyond Compare's folder sync.

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Posted 31 July 2011 - 11:17 AM

I did, I bought it yesterday. I got a 2tb usb3 drive. Looking forward to trying it out. I'm downloading PhotoRec now.

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 02:28 PM

I made a copy of the entire partition. I used a little program called, "Find And Mount". It was the only software I could find that actually found and mounted it. Problem is it's read only. I can't add, change or delete anything. Not real useful for most operations. Once it's mounted can I use something else to revive the partition?

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