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Transferred files to new harddrive, shows "unallocated" at reboot


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#1 helpmrwizard

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 02:55 PM

Hello,
Concerned about the longevity of my main © harddrive, I shut the computer down and added a brand new never run 1tb WD sata drive to allow me to transfer my files. Was grateful to then successfully restart the system. I was very tired, it was late, and I dont recall just exactly what steps I then took to get the drive ready to accept data, sigh. I do recall being in "computer management" "storage" and, seeing the drive listed, was able to get it ready to accept data... somehow. So at that point I started to cut and paste 120 GB or so of  files
from the failing C drive over to the new D drive. Yes, I say "cut" because I was thinking to myself "what could possibly go wrong here?" I felt that I was on the right track because during the hours-long process of doing the transfer I was able to change the name of the drive from "local" to "1TBNEWWD". Upon re-boot however, "1TBNEWWD" was nowhere to be found, except in ""computer management" "storage" (once again) where it lists as "Unallocated 931.51 GB". Please advise?

 

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Edited by hamluis, 05 September 2017 - 04:51 AM.
Moved from XP to Disk Management - Hamluis.


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Posted 28 August 2017 - 03:48 PM

Please tell me you have Data partition backups onto some kind of external media.

Cut and Paste just might have operated under the assumption that the Windows Recycle Bin has the deleted files -- which I think is the default for Windows unless end-user changes it.

If you do not write anything to the source hard-drive, you might have a chance using:

-- a local data recovery company/specialist, not a computer technician, who will charge for recovery

-- DIY data recovery software installed on a USB or a DVD boot

We need to know exactly the full name of this WD target hard-drive.  Some WDs automatically have DriveLock engaged along with the automatically-engaged onboard/circuit level encryption.

If BC help reaches an impasse, you have one final shot:

sevenforums.com has a Jumanji who is very close to a grand-master level data recovery advisor.  Me? I'm just a beginner.
And, going forward, Copy and Paste is much safer, such allows end-user to check target before deleting source.


Edited by RolandJS, 28 August 2017 - 03:49 PM.

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Posted 28 August 2017 - 05:44 PM

In Disk Management is the drive listed as RAW or Not Initialized? The issue could also be due to the main drive failing thereby preventing the new drive from being detected as a normal healthy drive.

 

Normally on a clean drive one needs to first intialize it in Disk Management then partition and format the drive before Windows detects it. When you were cutting and pasting data I assume Windows assigned the added new drive a letter, correct?


Edited by JohnC_21, 28 August 2017 - 05:49 PM.


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Posted 28 August 2017 - 09:48 PM

Thank you two for your quick responses. No RolandJS, no external backups. The specific drive model # is WD10EZEX - 08WN4A0. It had been assigned as D drive when I transferred my files. Yes, I should have copied rather than cut.

JohnC_21, what I now see happening when I go back to "computer management" - "storage" is "Initialize and convert disc wizard",. This was not something that popped up when I first was attempting to get the drive ready for first use. It says "Select Discs to Initialize" "You must initialize a disc before Logical Disc Manager can access it" "Select one or more discs to initialize".

Disc shown next to a pre-checked box is "Disc 2". Yes, JohnC_21_, Windows had assigned the new drive a letter (D) designation prior to, and during the file transfer. And, as I mentioned, I had been able to give the drive a unique name as well.



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 08:02 AM

Download Aomei Partition Assistant. Use my link. Don't download from Cnet. Run the Partition Recovery Wizard. Do the Fast Search first. If it finds a partition then double click it. Do you see your files? If it does then click Finish and then Apply. If not do a Full Search which will take a long time. If no partitions are found then post back and we can try another software that may see the partition.

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Posted 29 August 2017 - 02:57 PM

JohnC_21,

Downloaded Aomei Partition Assistant using your link. Running the "partition recovery wizard"  "fast"  search. Looks as if it will take a little while. I'll report back with the results. Much obliged, helpmrwizard



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 04:39 PM

JohnC_21,

 

Update: Aomei Partition Assistant "fast" partition wizard search was unsuccessful. I'm going ahead with a full (slow) search. Hope this is recommendable. helpmrwizard



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 05:06 PM

Correct, go with the slow search which will take a long time. If that fails download Testdisk for Windows. Unzip the file to a folder on your desktop. Run the program per the step by step. Note: Before doing an Analyze > Quick Search select Advanced and use the arrow keys to select Boot. Does it say the disk has a valid boot sector?

 

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

 

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

 

Note: Disks in Testdisk are labeled differently. Your disk to scan will be something like sdb. 

 

Go ahead and download v7.1 as it is stable even though listed as Beta.


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Posted 29 August 2017 - 08:17 PM

John_C,

Full (slow) search using Aomei Partition Assistant was unsuccessful as well. Willl now try your next suggestion. I appreciate your dedication.



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Posted 29 August 2017 - 09:35 PM

"Concerned about the longevity of my main © hard-drive..."  I'm just now reading this again for the first time.  Tell us more: What was going on that raised a concern about the source hard-drive's longevity?  I'm beginning to wonder if there is an imminent physical failure slowly creeping upon this internal HD.  If so, we might be at an important fork in the road:

-- send this hard-drive to a data recovery company/specialist before physical failure, if true, prevents any recovery at all

or

-- make sure that any DIY data recovery scanning does not include multi-passes of HD's sectors, hopefully stiff-arming, delaying, any imminent physical failure, if such is true


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Posted 30 August 2017 - 02:25 PM

John_C,

Using Testdisc 7.1 it found the partition, listing it as I had named it (WDBLUE1TB), but states that it can not recover it.

 

options given:

Structure: Ok. use up/down arrow keys to select partition

Use left/right arrow keys to change partition characteristics:

*= primary bootable P=primary L=logical E=extended D= deleted

Keys A: add partition, L: load backup  T: change type P: list files

 

I was able to see a list of files which I successfully marked and copied over to the Testdisc7.1 folder on my C drive. However these listed files were but a small portion of what should have been shown. It was encouraging to see that the files were generally intact and not damaged - as I have seen happen when attempting to rescue files using "Recuva".



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Posted 30 August 2017 - 02:55 PM

You should have seen all files. Unfortunately I think you may have lost those. There is a program in the Testdisk folder called PhotoRec that can recover files. File recovery is in real time so you would need the required space on the recovery drive. You also have the option to pick what extensions you wish Recovered. Do not use Qphotorec as the recovery algorithm is not as robust as the command version.

 

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

 

All files will be recovered to the Testdisk folder but the names will be generic. You would need to open the files and rename them accordingly.

 

Did you do a deeper Search with Testdisk. That may give you more files. Also when you selected Advanced > Boot. Does it show both boot sectors as okay?



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Posted 01 September 2017 - 03:47 PM

JohnC_21,

Yes, the files that were located and saved, were found by running the deep (full) search using TestDisc 7.1.

I'll try PhotoRec next.

 

RolandJS,

Pardon the delay in response here. Though I appreciate the suggestion, hiring a recovery service would not be a practical venture in this case.

My C  hard drive that I was suspecting to be "on the way out", will be removed from my computer and recycled very soon. For now, I'm still able to access the data on it.



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Posted 01 September 2017 - 04:08 PM

If you are able to access the data on the drive that is failing I would attempt another copy what files are left to a dropbox account and Google drive if possible.



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Posted 04 September 2017 - 11:10 PM

Belated update:

Success!

I ran another full scan with TestDisk 7.1. This time around, all of my files were shown. At the same time TestDisk was able to locate the back-up MBR (or Boot file?) and restored the absent critical file into its proper position on the drive.

Rebooted at the prompt and there it was in Windows Explorer - "WDBLUE1TB" in all its glory.

 

 

The command line aspect of TestDisk didn't initially give me the warm fuzzies. but this program was actually quite intuitive - and ultimately successful, and cost $0.00 to download. Thanks so much, JohnC_21!






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