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#1 tans hat

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 08:51 PM

Hello,

 

I am trying to copy data from my previous laptop (windows does not work on that one) to a new computer.

I have removed the 2.5" harddisk, put it into an external sata enclosure, and connect it to my new laptop.

First it says  i need to format it to read it!

Then I see two drives, E: and G:, with G being as "system reserved" (71MB free of 99MB), and E is just 0 bytes.

My harrdisk is 500GB.

How can I read my files on it?

Can you please help me?

 

Thanks

 



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:09 PM

With the drive attached to your computer, open Disk Management. How does it list the partition with zero bytes? Does it list the partition as RAW?

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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:20 PM

Yes, it says RAW (Healthy primary partition) for E:, and NTFS (Healthy active primary partition) for G: (system reserved)



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:25 PM

It says 452.97GB RAW for E:. This harddisk is 500 GB and it is full almost to its capacity.

I don't understand how it says 100% free.



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:27 PM

Okay, See this link. Important. DO NOT WRITE THE PARTITION TABLE IF YOU DO NOT SEE YOUR FILES/FOLDERS as noted. If you do not see your files when searching partitions, we will have to go a different and more difficult route to obtaining your files.

 

Because the drive is external and attached to your bootable computer, you can use the Windows version of TestDisk. Install it to your computer. Edit: you do not need to create a bootable disk.

 

It shows 100% free because Windows is calling it RAW.


Edited by JohnC_21, 22 April 2014 - 09:28 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:46 PM

Hi JohnC_21

Thanks for your detailed answer!

Then, I am not going to download PartedMagic and created a bootle cd; I will directly install TestDisk and scan for files in RAW drive.

Let me do it, I will get back to you soon!

Thanks



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:50 PM

Yes, that is correct. Download the windows version of Testdisk and Scan for partiitons as outlined in the link I provided. As I said before, If you do not see any of your files/folders after using the P option, do not write a new partition table.

 

Edit: just make sure you are running the scan on the external drive. Linux gives a different naming convention to your hard drives.


Edited by JohnC_21, 22 April 2014 - 09:51 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 09:57 PM

John,

I have downloaded and started scanning.

It said 'reading error' as cause, and still scanning.

It has not asked me for Y yet.

I will let you know.

Thanks



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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:25 PM

Okay, I will be signing off until tomorrow. Reading error doesn't sound too promising.
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Edited by JohnC_21, 22 April 2014 - 10:26 PM.


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Posted 22 April 2014 - 10:26 PM

oh no!

It's currently 3%.

I will let you know tomorrow!

Thanks again!

Good night!



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 11:57 AM

Hi,

It's been scanning throughout the night and right now, after 12 hours, it is just at 85%.
What puzzles me is that the laptop i am scanning with the troubled hdd attached has run out of harddisk space.

Nothing is working other than the testdisk. Even the clock at the bottom of the screen is frozen.

Since after the quick search I need to do a detailed scan on testdisk, which will naturally take longer, I am not sure how my computer will cope with that.

I think I need to restart when the quick scan is over.

The question is do I need to repeat the quick scan again at that point?

Thanks again John!



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:22 PM

Wait for John if it is still running leave it alone do not stop it.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:24 PM

The Quick Scan should never take that long and I believe you have sector errors on the hard drive causing the problem withTestDisk. I never ran into a Scan taking this long but I am hesitant to have you cancel the scan. I would let it run out and then cancel out ot TestDisk. Is the Scan reporting any read errors?

 

Edit: If Testdisk scan is still running, then continue but if you notice TestDisk not responding cancel the scan.

 

Edit Edit: When the scan completes, do not reboot your computer. First make sure you clean out any temp files.

 

It would be in the following directory.

 

C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Local\Temp


Edited by JohnC_21, 23 April 2014 - 12:32 PM.


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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:30 PM

Hi again,

Testdisk is still running... I s the numbers on it keep changing.

It just says "read error at" (some numbers).

It is 89% now... I will wait it to finish the scan, then tell you what is going on!

thanks



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Posted 23 April 2014 - 12:35 PM

Hi again,

Testdisk is still running... I s the numbers on it keep changing.

It just says "read error at" (some numbers).

It is 89% now... I will wait it to finish the scan, then tell you what is going on!

thanks

ok, I will clean the temp files after the scan, before rebooting! Thanks!






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