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Unallocated 1TB External HDD Partition


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#1 Vcut

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 11:08 PM

My 1 TB External HDD suddenly became Unallocated. Whenever I plug the device onto a computer a prompt pop-ups for disk initialization. 
 

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What will happen if I choose MBR and click OK? I am worried that it might format the drive and I will no longer have the chance to recover my files.

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#2 Havachat

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Posted 18 May 2016 - 11:47 PM

This is from Windows 7Forums:

 

It may Help You Out.

 

 

Download and install Latest - MiniTools Partition Wizard    https://www.partitionwizard.com/free-partition-manager.html


Recovery with Partition Wizard: 
Run Partition Wizard . 

Your disk1 may be shown as “unallocated” and without a drive letter.

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Click on Partition Recovery Wizard and Next.

In the Partition Recovery Wizard screen, select the drive to be recovered and click on Next.

Select Full Disk, and then Next.

Select Quick Scan, Next

If the partition is found select and double click on it. Does the Partition Explorer show all the files? 
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Close the Partition Explorer and click on Finish. 

The Main Screen will show the restored Drive but may be without a drive letter.

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Right click on the drive, click on Change letter and give a drive letter.

Click on Apply to execute the two pending operations.

The partition is restored and your drive will be functional as before and you can access the files and folders.



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Posted 18 May 2016 - 11:54 PM

Vcut, is the external hard-drive is your backup drive?  Are you using Macrium Reflect or something similar?

Reason for asking:  I've been using both Macrium and Acronis and have never been asked that question by my Windows 7.

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#4 Vcut

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Posted 19 May 2016 - 08:50 PM

@RolandJS

Are you using Macrium Reflect or something similar?

 

No, I don't use any backup tool.


Edited by Vcut, 19 May 2016 - 09:06 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 09:06 PM

 @Havachat

 

 

Select Quick Scan, Next

The program freezes whenever the scan starts.

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I'm just curious, what will happen if I click Initialize or click Offline? I do not own the drive so I don't want to take any experiments on this.

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Edited by Vcut, 19 May 2016 - 09:06 PM.


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Posted 19 May 2016 - 11:44 PM

Your 1st Post - My 1 TB External HDD suddenly became  Unallocated. Whenever I plug the device onto a computer a prompt pop-ups for disk initialization. 

 

Your 5th post -  I do not own the drive so I don't want to take any experiments on this.

 

Im somewhat now confused , is it your drive ?  or someones elses ?

Either way im fairly sure a Drive that is not Initilized - cannot be accessed IMO.

 

So im not going to direct you in a possible fix   if any backups were not done previously on that drive.

In my view when the drive is Initilized this will give access , if then anything is lost ? then a recovery program eg: Recuva , may be able to recover them.

 

Best bet would be to wait for an Expert within BC on hardware issues to assist you in solving this , so be patient until then to get the best outcome.



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Posted 24 May 2016 - 05:19 AM

Im somewhat now confused , is it your drive ?  or someones elses ?

Sorry for the confusion, it's from a friend. Anyway, I've already returned the drive to him because I'm already out option in recovering the data,

Thank you very much for your assistance.


Edited by Vcut, 24 May 2016 - 05:19 AM.


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Posted 24 May 2016 - 07:36 AM

Then the last resort is if you and he have given up and not waited for further possibilities , then just initialize the disk , then you have an active disk to which you can then try and recover any possible data.






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