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#1 knollstudio

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 06:32 PM

I keep all of my images (I'm a photographer) on an external drive. I was in the process of checking some unlabed data discs, (CD's) and inserted one to try to identify what was one on the disc. It turned out to be a restore disc for this PC. The next thing I know, it no longer showing up as "transcend", the 1 terabyte model I use. It is suddenly no longer labeled Transcend, but recovery. It appears not of the data in present. leaving no trace of the thousands of file stored there.

 

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 27 February 2017 - 07:08 PM

I am not sure but it's possible the recovery disk formatted the 1TB drive. Is there any data on the drive currently?

 

How is the drive detected in Disk Management when attached? 



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Posted 27 February 2017 - 09:06 PM

Thank you for your reply. 

 

In case you didn't read it, I posted an intro, as follows;

 

https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/640937/hello-from-a-low-tech-new-guy/                                                                                                                                                                       

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am detecting no data that I recognizeon the external drive.

 

What appears when I open it are these folders,

 

boot contents, fonts, resources

efi boot, microsoft

sources part0001

 

along with bootmgr (cannot open)

 

Bootmgr.efi

 

Regent. when opened this is what i see,

 

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<WindowsRE version="2.0"><WinreBCD id="{6af68061-7d37-11e3-8b26-c81f6642427c}"/><WinreLocation id="0" guid="{358dd789-75cc-49e0-8838-f13ce236a2b0}" offset="701497344" path="\Recovery\WindowsRE"/><ImageLocation id="0" guid="{358dd789-75cc-49e0-8838-f13ce236a2b0}" offset="701497344" path="\recovery\windowsre"/><PBRImageLocation id="0" guid="{358dd789-75cc-49e0-8838-f13ce236a2b0}" offset="992109133824" path="\Dell\Image" index="1"/><PBRCustomImageLocation id="0" guid="{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}" offset="0" path="" index="0"/><InstallState state="1"/><OsInstallAvailable state="1"/><CustomImageAvailable state="0"/><IsAutoRepairOn state="1"/><WinREStaged state="0"/><OperationParam path=""/><OsBuildVersion path="9600.16404.amd64fre.winblue_gdr.130913-2141"/><OemTool state="1"/><IsServer state="0"/><DownlevelWinreLocation id="0" guid="{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}" offset="0" path=""/><ScheduledOperation state="5"/>

</WindowsRE>

 

I don't know if this helpful. It's way beyond me, and don't mean to clutter this post, only trying to provide any useful info you may use to give a hand.

 

Either way, thanks your help.

 

David


Edited by knollstudio, 27 February 2017 - 09:31 PM.


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Posted 27 February 2017 - 09:29 PM

This is bad. It looks as if the restore drive completely formatted and installed recovery files to your external drive. 

 

Please do the following. Download Partition Wizard. Using the Partition Recovery module scan the full hard drive for partitions. Do a Quick Scan. On any partitions found double click them. Do you see your files? If not then do a Full Scan and double click any partition found. If you see your files then only check the box next to the partition that shows your files. Do not check any other box except the one that is next to the partition with your photo files. Click Finish. Then click Apply.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:39 PM

Doesn't a recovery disk's program "ask for permission" before commencing its operations?


"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee."  -- Ben Franklin revisited.

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#6 knollstudio

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Posted 02 March 2017 - 02:27 PM

It did not give me that option when I opened it.

 

So here's what I did. I right clicked at it gave me the option to reformat. I did so, and it was wiped clean. Rather than Transcend, it now shows up (reads) as recovery. But, it appears to be able to store the files as it did before. Hopefully, end of story.



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Posted 02 March 2017 - 04:55 PM

The reason it reads Recovery is because the Recovery disk changed the volume name from Transcend. Did you have the files from the Transcend backed up? It was my understanding that you needed to recover the thousands of files on the disk.

 

You can change the name from Recovery to Transcend if you wish. After the external is attached right click the drive in Computer and select Rename.



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Posted 05 March 2017 - 11:22 AM

Recovery partitions are usually small, which means many of the files may not have been over written (if that indeed is what has happened), so why not use "Recuva" (free) or "Get Databack" (paid) and try to see what data you can recover before too much else happens.

https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

https://www.piriform.com/recuva


Edited by mylanta406, 05 March 2017 - 11:22 AM.





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