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recovering files from my external harddrive


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#1 ImolAyrton

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 11:10 AM

When I plug in my harddrive it says I have to format it. I would like to recover files from it.

 

in disk management it says it is RAW. it is the G drive

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 02:31 PM

Download Partition Wizard. Run the Partition Recovery Wizard and do a Quick Scan. If it finds a partition highlight it and double click. Do you see if files and folder? If it does make sure you see all your files and folders on the drive. Place a check mark in the box next to the partition. Click Finish then Apply.

 

If a Quick Scan does not find your files/folders then do a Full Scan. This will take a long time.



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Posted 13 September 2016 - 05:23 PM

When I start a scan with partition wizard the program is not responding and it fails.

 

partition wizard recommends mini tools power data recovery. When I try to scan with that program it appears to be scanning, but time doesnt start en nothing happens like you scan see in the screenshot

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Posted 13 September 2016 - 07:10 PM

A professional data recovery service may be needed. DriveSavers is one of the better ones. But first try the following.

 

Download Testdisk. Download the 32bit version even if you have a 64bit computer. Unzip to a folder on your desktop and double click the exe file. Run Testdisk and at the screen that shows the Advanced Option select it and then Boot at the bottom of the screen. Does it say if the Boot Sector is okay? 

 

If it does back out and do a Quick Scan. If it finds any partitions highlight and press the "P" key. Do you see your files?

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step



#5 ImolAyrton

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 11:18 AM

it says no partition available when I choose advancedxmpd1d.jpg



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 11:29 AM

Does it detect any partition when selecting Analyze > Quick Search?

 

Edit: Do not select "G". Select the disk designated with a sdX. For the external it could be sdb or sdc?


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Posted 14 September 2016 - 12:41 PM

my mistake I booted the right one. than I get this:

 

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Posted 14 September 2016 - 01:18 PM

Do you remember if the drive was formatted as FAT16. That is strange as FAT16 can only recognize 2GB for a max partition size. I would be hesitant to repair FAT as that may cause your data to be lost. Rebuild BS is for a NTFS formatted partition.

 

Was this external drive a WD?



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 01:22 PM

I dont know if the drive was formatted as FAT16..

 

and what is a WD?



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 01:28 PM

WD = Western Digital. They usually use encryption on the drive. What make is the external? If the USB bridge card goes bad recovering data can be difficult. 



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 01:52 PM

my harddrive is a ADATA nobility NH92

 

 

So whats the best option to do now?



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Posted 14 September 2016 - 02:10 PM

Personally, I think your best option would be to scan the drive with software like Easeus Data Recovery. It will let you recover 2GB for free to see if it is even possible to  recover your data. After 2GB requires purchase. I know Minitools Data Recovery Failed but give Easeus a try. If that fails then I would recommend a professional data recovery service.

 

http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm

 

If Easeus fails and using a professional data recovery service is not possible then I would scan the drive again with TestDisk. Under Advanced highlight the partition found and click Type if available. Change the type to NTFS. Select Boot. Post a screenshot. 



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 10:46 AM

I tried easeus data recovery and after 24 hours it is still at 2% 



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Posted 15 September 2016 - 02:08 PM

That does not sound normal for a full scan. If the scan has not progressed more than 10% I would stop the scan and run a short test on the hard drive with Seatools for Windows. From the problem you had with Minitools doing the scan and Easues too I think the drive has failed but I may be wrong.

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=seatools+for+windows&btnI



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Posted 16 September 2016 - 05:32 AM

How chan I change my partition type to NFTS in testdisk??

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