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#1 Brettlp88

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Posted 02 November 2014 - 06:57 AM

Mod Edit:  Split from http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/546228/recover-data-on-seagate-central-nas-drive/ - Hamluis.

 

I had this exact same problem with my 4TB central HD last week, tho it was my fault that i pulled it apart to put in my HTPC. I have tried various other recovery programs trying to restore my data to no success. Seems unable to recover videos and programs, and only recovers previews of images. I will give the R-Linux a try on my windows 8 machine as I don't know anyone with Linux. I tried having a look for this Ubuntu program but am quite confused as to what it is and how to get it. I will post back on here when the program has finished trying to get my data.


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Posted 02 November 2014 - 08:45 AM

Hello, and Welcome

 

Ubuntu is a linux OS distro that can be booted as a Live CD. It would run in RAM and off the CD drive, not touching your hard drive. You can download v14.04 here. For your issue I would recommend the 32 bit version. When first booting, Ubuntu will ask if you want to install or run it as a Live OS which is what you would do.

 

ubuntu-14.04-desktop-i386.iso 

 

You would need to navigate the hard drive. It should show up as a USB icon when attached.

 

You could also try FatDog64 which is a version of Puppy and a smaller download. 

 

Fatdog64-631.iso

 

With both distros if booting on Windows 8 you would need to disable Secureboot and change to Legacy Boot. If Fastboot is enabled you should disable that too.

 



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 07:04 PM

Still running R-Linux for a couple more hours and will give this a try after. I am using Win8 x64

 

Do I burn the ubunto.iso as a bootable disk? I then run it as a Live OS and select the hard drive which will show up as a USB. I'm not sure if my bios/motherboard has secureboot or legacy boot, will need to wait until my 1st scan has finished. I can turn fast boot off tho.

 

Cheers for the help.



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 08:28 PM

Yes, you would burn the iso as a bootable disk. After you get to the Ubuntu Desktop, attach the USB drive and a USB icon will appear in the side Unity Bar.

All Windows 8 computers if OEM have SecureBoot enabled. In BIOS it could be called either Legacy or CSM boot. After booting the linux disks and when done set the BIOS back to Secureboot.



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 09:33 PM

Does the drive have to be connected by USB or can it be connected like a usual hard drive.



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Posted 02 November 2014 - 09:43 PM

It can be connected like a regular drive. You should see a drive icon instead of a USB icon in the Unity bar on the left of the destop.



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 02:28 AM

All good JohnC_21, I managed to get everything back in its original folder from using R-Linux. I am just restoring them now. It found all the 1GB and 20MB partitions on it from seagate, aswell as my public folder where I stored everything. Cheers for the help guys, you have saved my bacon.



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Posted 03 November 2014 - 09:10 AM

Glad you got everything back and thanks for the update. I wonder how many other people are having this same problem and do not realize they need linux to sort it out.

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 06:02 AM

Well mine didn't die, I pulled the enclosure apart to install into a HTPC I'm building and found out that when it was installed, i had lost everything. I had actually given up trying to find a program that would restore all my data, until i finally looked at Google Page 2 and came across this forum. I'm not sure how it found it, but this is definitely a program I am keeping for the future.

 

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