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Posted 13 July 2015 - 03:23 PM
Posted 13 July 2015 - 03:52 PM
Sounds like may have formatted the disk if there is absolutely nothing in it.
Posted 13 July 2015 - 04:05 PM
When looking at the drive in windows explorer I see the some of the usual folders that you might expect in your OS drive (Windows, Drivers, Program Files, Users) and sub-folders within those. But there's nothing at the very bottom level i.e. no .exe, .doc, .avi files. So I'm wondering if the <10 seconds that the system restore was running would have been enough to erase this data?
Posted 13 July 2015 - 04:24 PM
Depending on how far the install got you might have a chance retrieving the files using TestDisk for Windows. Download Testdisk and unzip the files to a folder on your laptop's desktop. WIth the drive attached to your laptop double click the TestDisk file. See this page on recovering files using testdisk. If testdisk finds the lost partition and you can list the files with the "p" key do not write a new partition table as shown in the link I posted. Your priority is to recover the files first. Only press the ":" key to select files/directories or press "a" to select all files on the lost partition. You would need as much space on the laptop as what you are going to recover. If you cannot find your partition with Quick Search do a deeper search.
If you cannot find the partiton using Deeper Search then you will need a scanning program like Easeus Data Recover. This will let you recover 1GB for free. After that you will need to purchase a key.
A solution that is not as user friendly is to use PhotoRec in the same directory as TestDisk. Make sure you pick the extensions you want recovered in file options or you will recover every single file. Read throught the whole step by step before trying to recover with PhotoRec. Do not use Qphotrec in the folder as that is not as powerful as photorec. Any file recovered with photorec will have a generic file name with the correct extension. You will have to open each and rename it.
Edit: The default location for recovery is the folder you unzipped TestDisk to. Never recover files back to the drive you are recovering from.
Edited by JohnC_21, 13 July 2015 - 04:27 PM.
Posted 13 July 2015 - 06:24 PM
Try GetDataBack from here: http://www.runtime.org
It's free to try (and it'll tell you what it can recover) - but it'll cost to actually recover the data.
I prefer this because it's easy to use (despite the cost)
There's also a program named Recuva that can recover data. It's free from here: https://www.piriform.com/recuva
Now, a final caution. Each time you access the drive it's possible that the OS is going to overwrite some of the space where the files are.
As such, minimize the amount of looking around that you do.
The recovery programs are designed to minimize this, but it never hurts to be extra cautious.
Posted 14 July 2015 - 10:09 AM
So it looks like I have created a second problem in trying to fix the first! Is there a way to make this drive accessible again without formatting?
Posted 14 July 2015 - 10:56 AM
The only other thing that I can think of is create a lubuntu thumb drive. Boot into lubuntu and move the files you want manually onto your external. For some reason linux seems to be able to see files and partitions when windows fails on a hard drive. Not sure if this would help your end goal or not, worth a try tho.
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