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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:17 PM
Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:31 PM
Whatever you do, don't reformat the drive. Your chances as it stands right now are slim you will get your files back. Depending on how important they are and I assume from your Caps they are I would recommend you consult a professional data recovery service. DriveSavers is one of the better ones but it is not cheap.
Basically what Windows 10 did was format the drive with a different file system and wiped the previous partition. If there was any chance of recovering your files it would be to scan the drive with Testdisk to detect any partitions. Highlight the partitions found and press the "P" key. Does it show your files? You may need to do a deeper search to find any deleted partitions and this will take a long time.
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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:03 PM
I will add to John_C21's comments that the PhotoRec (which recovers far more than photos) utility that comes with TestDisk is also worth trying if the main utility does not find your partitions. The documentation describes how it works but it can often reconstruct files if the drive has not been wiped and can scan unallocated space, too.
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (my website address is in my profile) Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, Version 1709, Build 16299
Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:05 PM
Just to reiterate, sometimes things just go bad.
Once, I added new drivers for my keyboard & mouse.
They quit working even on reboot.
I had to use my factory recovery CDs to reinstall my OS.
I then downloaded Macrium Reflect & added the Boot Time Recovery Environment.
& used my saved system recovery image to install 8.1 Pro.
Since I had a Microsoft Account my account was automatically activated.
This could have been a lot worse.
I keep Macrium Reflect system images often.
They have never let me down.
Just something for you to think about.
Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:23 PM
Langson, how are recovery attempts going? I hope you were able to either clone or full image the entire problem HD before working on it. DR specialists almost always make a "carbon copy" or a full image, store that spare in a safe place, then work on the HD with the problem.
"Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." -- Ben Franklin revisited.
Backup, backup, backup! -- Lady Fitzgerald (w7forums)
Clone or Image often! Backup... -- RockE (WSL)
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