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Lost Data On Western Digital Usb Drive Need Recovery!


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#1 julie_emm

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 11:08 AM

Hello. I have a Western Digital 70 GB USB drive, which I have been storing large amounts of PDF, word docs, and jpgs. The other day, while going to create a folder on it, I got the "blue screen of death" and then an error message saying windows was cleaning up partitions on the drive. Then the computer froze. The only thing I could do was to hold down the off button to shut it off. Then, when I turned it back on, one entire folder, containing the folder I had been working in and many others, with lots of files, was missing completely.

I am running Windows XP. I tried plugging the drive into my other computer, and the files were still missing. It has no problem recognizing the drive, and most of the other folders are still there and seem fine.

Does anyone know how to recover data off of one of these devices? The data was so important! I can't believe I've lost it. Please help!!

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 12:20 PM

Don't use the drive until you get a chance to recover the data.

There's lot's of ways to do this.

Freeware: http://www.pcinspector.de/

Payware: http://www.runtime.org/ (I use this)

Data recovery services: Will generally run you $600 to $1800 to recover this drive (when I researched it about 6 months ago).
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 12:49 PM

Thanks for the advice usasma. I'm trying to run a scan disk right now, on the advice of my tech guy at work. (taking forever). If that turns up nothing I will definitely try PC Inspector. I've heard others recommend it on this board too. Thanks for letting me know not to use the drive. Since the other folders seemed ok I was going to continue to work. Luckily I didn't! I'll let you know what happens. Thanks again.

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 01:42 PM

More freeware (from a friend on another forum - so I haven't used it yet):
http://www.smartpctools.com/fat_recovery/
http://www.smartpctools.com/ntfs_recovery/
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 03:11 PM

Hmmm. I'm trying to run a scan with the PC Inspector. It says it has found 3 lost files, but it has been running for about two hours now and it says - and I'm not making this up! - that it has 8893 minutes left to go!

I'm wondering if I should try running this on another computer, but that would require that I install the troubled Western Digital drive on another computer. Is there a risk the data would be further lost if I did this?

Frustrated!!
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 05:06 PM

Could be a problem.

Try running the software from http://www.runtime.org/ You don't have to pay for it until you want to recover stuff - but it will tell you what it can recover.

Also, you might give the other freeware that I mentioned a try.

Finally, it depends on how badly your disk is hosed. My last hard drive failure was due to static on the PCB (the control board on the hard drive). None of the programs would fix it - and it wasn't worth $600 to $1800 to recover it - so it's a paperweight on my desk now! :thumbsup:
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Posted 31 January 2006 - 03:38 AM

Testdisk

Try using testdisk and see if it finds anything. Testdisk is freeware.




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