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Did I lose all my files?!


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#1 deskvor

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 03:32 PM

Hi all, I really need some help.

I have a 320 gb Transcend external HDD that's full of data and suddenly when I plug it in I get a "you need to format the disk" message in Windows 7. I used TestDisk and it found the partition with some files, but when I copied the main folder where everything was to another HDD there was nothing inside. I did a deeper search and it found nothing. Please help, I can't believe I've potentially lost everything. :o

 


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#2 deskvor

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Posted 02 August 2016 - 04:18 PM

I ran testdisk and selected "Write", rebooted and nothing happened AFAIK. I ran deeper search again and it then started to "Analyse cylinder" which is still ongoing. Where is the option to attach an image?



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Posted 02 August 2016 - 06:52 PM

It looks as if you cannot attach an image in this Forum. You will need to use a image hosting service and provide a link to the image.

 

I would stop your scan. Start TestDisk again and select Advanced. Post a screenshot. 

 

Is the drive listed as RAW in Disk Management or is it noted as not initialize.

 

Do not download the 64bit version of TestDisk. You should download the 32bit version.


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Posted 02 August 2016 - 07:13 PM

It looks as if you cannot attach an image in this Forum. You will need to use a image hosting service and provide a link to the image.

 

I would stop your scan. Start TestDisk again and select Advanced. Post a screenshot. 

 

Is the drive listed as RAW in Disk Management or is it noted as not initialize.

 

Do not download the 64bit version of TestDisk. You should download the 32bit version.

 

Hey my good man, it seems I was able to recover everything. :bananas:  I'm in the process of copying the stuff to another hard drive. Took me awhile to figure out how to operate testdisk but I got it. I'll try to repair the old disk as well after the copying is done, so if anyone can help I'd be grateful. The "write" command did nothing after reboot last time, as described in my previous post.



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Posted 02 August 2016 - 07:28 PM

Glad you are able to recovery your files. Always have your important files in two locations and if mission critical data the other location would preferably be offsite such as cloud storage. 






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