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Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data

Q: Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data

I data Need - lost partitions Hard to Drive recover just flew overseas to study abroad for a semester and brought my laptop and Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data my external hard drive with me Well after I arrived I hooked up my external Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data hd and fired it up but Windows wouldn t show it in My Computer so I went into diskmanager and it shows that the drive is unpartitioned It s a Maxtor gb disk and had partitions on it a FAT and two NTSF partitions But non of them show up I also tried accessing the disk through Knoppix but no luck I have files on their that I really don t want to loose how can I recover the partitions or at least get the files off and then make new partitions Also why would the drive have done this Maybe the x-ray at the airport I have partition magic would that be of any help Note I can t use Partition Magic right now because my laptop isn t booting into Windows right now but thats another problem if you want to help me with that search through my other posts I m about to start a thread for that too Thanks nbsp

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I accidentally reformatted the wrong hard drive, I lost all my information on D. I was wondering if there was any solid method of recovering some if not all of the lost files on that drive. Thank you.

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I appreciate the help with this issue I did something stupid I freely admit that Now I need help to fix the problem My laptop running Windows updated to the latest build and would not boot I kept getting Missing boot manager missing Eventually I removed the drive and replaced it with my backup clone but that backup is missing a week of a lot of work so I was hooked the original and partitions lost data Recover laptop drive to my pc Short story I confused the laptop drive with another disc I a working on and went into admin tools storage and deleted the three partitions on the laptop drive Since I have tried to recover the partitions with Acronis Disc Manager but the volumes it identifies do not fit Recover lost partitions and data There are three partitions The primary the HP recovery and the HP Tools Total disc is GB The primary partition is The results I get have seven or eight partitions sizing various sizes between - GB They all seem to intersect i them tried the free EaseUS app which lists multiple versions of every file ever deleted Is there any easy way to do this I still would need to fix Recover lost partitions and data the original problem regardless Thank you for any input

A:Recover lost partitions and data

Hello MountainDoc Welcome to the Ten Forums!

What you may well be seeing there is often referred to as "Phantoms" or falsely positive ghosting type volumes when try to scanning for missing volumes. boot sectors, etc. Some information about that is provided by a recovery program called ZAR you can look over at Partition recovery - understanding and recovering partitions.

EaseUS however is a much more familiar program that offers a free version as well as the usual paid for you can download from Free Data Recovery Software Download to Recover Deleted Files - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition

Many on the forums here as well as the sibling forums at EightForums, SevenForms, VistaForums, and the PC Help Forums will recommend that one quite often. Personally I have been looking at the Paragon Backup & Recovery 14 Free Edition here as well as their other programs. Sometimes it might take more then one in order to see a full recovery as far as the data you are trying to rescue. At other times especially with a drive failing you might take the drive to to a data recovery service or repair shop with that option.

Lately when going to use a 4yr. old 7 laptop upgraded to 10 the first thought of the integrated graphics chip on the board going was a thought and not finding the information on how to clear the bios I ordered a larger replacement hard drive and put that in in case the original drive stuffed which apparently it did! When putting in a usb enclosure the led lights up to show power coming in from the usb port but no device connect sound heard as you would with an external hard drive enclosure when turning the ac power on/off switch on and the drive inside is detected indicating the drive went!

Besides a possible flaky upgrade that went bad on you the likelihood of the drive failing on you can't be ruled out either! That seems to be a more commonly seen problem with laptop drives due to how frail those tend to be in comparison to the larger 3.5" drives you see in desktops. The fact that a 500gb drive is seeing 8 partitions out of the blue does seem to point that way as a failing drive loaded with bad sectors will act strangely until it goes doa on you!
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Hello I was redirected to start a new thread in this section of the forum Basically I have hard drives One SSD for the primary and one TB drive for the secondary My secondary drive was partitioned into parts In the last month the secondary had of recover do RAW 3 4 partitions to partitions/data I gone How status. been disappearing I could see it in safe mode And when I scanned 3 of 4 partitions gone to RAW status. How do I recover partitions/data for hardware via rapid storage technology it would pop up in Windows Explorer during normal mode The only problem besides disappearing after shutting down restarting was that it would freeze the computer if kept on Today I tried to do the old Rapid Storage trick Everything was visible again except one drive It was saying access is denied when i tried to open it in windows explorer I tried swapping SATA cables for the current one I also tried connecting it to other ports I read somewhere that flashing the BIOS would solve the problem I flashed my BIOS with Gigabyte's BIOS with the latest BIOS The latest BIOS was for quot Better SATA compatibility quot It didn't do much all it did was cause Rapid Storage Technology to see less ports which I believe were the would be partitions on the secondary drive So I disconnected the secondary drive and tried connecting it to the PC with a SATA to USB adapter It saw the HDD except partitions were empty And even in the 3 of 4 partitions gone to RAW status. How do I recover partitions/data partition the folders housing the bigger files that took up most of the drive is empty Sorry for typing up so much I just wanted to get everything out there If anyone can help me that would be 3 of 4 partitions gone to RAW status. How do I recover partitions/data much appreciated
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Have XP home w/SP2 and all current updates.

Thanks for any help.

A:Lost partitions from hard drive

What lead up to the lost partitions.
You may need to resort to a data recovery program to retrieve any files from the partitions.
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My year old was playing with my computer s mouse and when Hard and Lost partitions files drive I got her away from the computer I noticed that my hard Lost Hard drive partitions and files drive partitions were gone I have a gb drive Western Digital drive that I set up to have equal partitions C D E when I installed it As of right now when I view the drive I only have drive C Drive D shows in windows explorer however when Lost Hard drive partitions and files I click on it or try to access any files that are on it I get a device not ready message My E drive does not appear anywhere I went to DOS and tried to browse the files in DOS but the same thing I got a Drive not ready message with the dreaded retry abort fail option I am not a happy camper as you would guess I am glad my C drive is working because I can still use the PC and beg you for help Please let me know asap because I have some valuable stuff on those drive letters that I would hate to lose Thank you in advance nbsp

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NAV completely remove all viruses from my backup hard disk. After one restart I cant read from the VERY important partition!!!

I HAVE LOT LOT LOT of important stuff on it and win2000 ask me to format it!!!

What can I do???
I need 2 folders max. 1Gb.
it is a 13.9G HD - (4G & 9G)



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Do you want to format it now?"

If i proceed with this, all the data on that hard drive will be wiped out.

Is there any possible way to recover the date from the hard drive?

A:Is there any way to recover data from this hard drive?!

what File System are you using? ie: Fat32 or NTFS?
Make sure that both hd's have the same file system, otherwise you're going to have to reinstall on the same fs.
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Do you want to format it now?"

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A:Help!! Must recover data on hard drive

Do a "recovery" search on the forum, this subject came up recently.
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The hard drive makes no ticking or scratching noises, other than the normal noise it should make.

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A:Hard Drive Partitions (Activating without deleting data) ?

The one partition is marked RAW which indicates the file partition table is corrupted. Did the drive originally have one partition and not three?
Try the following. Download and install Partition Wizard. Select Partition Recovery and do a Full Disk/Quick Scan. On every partition if finds double click the partition. Do you see your files? If doing a Quick Scan does not find a partition with files then do a Full Scan. On a 4TB drive this will take a long time.
You need to make sure all your files are listed any partition found. If the drive originally had one partition and one partition is detected with all of your files check the box next to the partition and only that partition. Then Finish, then Apply. If you do not see all of your files then do not click apply. Back out of the program. 
If no partitions are detected on either Quick or Full that shows your files on a double click post back.
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HI everyone

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The hard drive is a 4TB, and so far it has 3.7TB of data that I have been keeping all my stuff backed up on, which I am nervous about loosing (as you can imagine).

Is there a way of activating the unallocated partitions (see image) without loosing the data on the hard drive, or converting the disk back to something that's recognised by the pc again (perhaps, Basic back to Dynamic?)

Any help, suggestions or links to software fixes would be hugely appreciated


A:Hard Drive Partitions (Activating without deleting data) ?

Hi and welcome SevenForums,
You might see if either of these see's anything on the disk
Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS
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A:Noisy Hard drive: Need to recover data

Welcome to TechSpot

Have you tried the IBM utilities in the Sticky at the top of this forum?

Surf to and check out their utils. They also have a TuffTest-Lite for free to try. It creates a bootup-floppy which will then disect your system and its components.

Do a search in this forum on IBM Deskstar (or rather Deathstar), to see what others have come up with.
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I've heard of people buying the exact same drive (needs to be exact so the PCB is the same) and then swapping those out. I've never heard of people removing the platters and putting in a new drive - I think that would be highly risky if not impossible. Try to find a working drive with the same PCB on ebay, then swap the boards.
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Please help me by telling how to recover my data on my hard drive.

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A:Want to recover data from crashed hard drive

Hi Bobby and welcome to TSG.

If the hard drive is not getting detected by the computer BIOS at power up, then it is probably beyond any kind of inexpensive do-it-yourself solution.

If the hard drive is detected by the BIOS but Windows cannot access it, you may have a possibility of recovering all or some of its contents. You connect it as a slave drive in a working computer and then use commercial recovery software. Some recovery software that you can download has a free test mode that will test the drive's contents and gives you a report of what it can recover. You then have to pay for the program before it will actually recover the data.

You say your data is valuable but do not want to spend $2000 to get it back. How much are you willing to spend?
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A:Recover data on unpartitioned hard drive

"I can see that all the data is physicly still on the drive"
How do you see this?

Try some partition recovery programs:

Partition Repair:

<--(Bootable floppy image)

or file recovery:
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A:Help: Repair hard drive and recover data.

It sounds like you're done with that drive. I guess you will need to use your backups.

Recovery services can almost certainly get the data back, but they can cost into the $1000's.

The hard drive in your computer is in one of two states right now. It's
either going to fail or it already failed. Hard drives are inherently
fragile things with no built in redundancy.
-Chris PirilloClick to expand...
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A:Recover data from hard drive (win 7) using desktop with XP?

Hi speedracer993,
Welcome to Seven Forums.

There should be no issues in slaving the drive in an XP machine, you will then be able to access your data.
What do you mean by "The laptop also has security passwords set"??

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A:Move hard drive to recover data

No problems.. If there are multiple partitions on the system drive, then the drive letters may get shifted around, but otherwise everything should Just Work.

Mind you, he could just attach a serial mouse to the broken system..
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A:Recover data from external hard drive?

No guarantee that you'll be able to recover your data. Depends on the size of the HDD, it might take a while for the programs to scan it. Be patient.

Found some posts that might be of help. Good luck.
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A:Trying to recover data from crashed hard drive

Hi techmichellenot. When you say it stopped working,is there anything on the screen when you power up, or any indication that the system passed it's POST procedure (Power On Self Test), usually indicated by a beep before Windows itself tries to boot up?. Any error messages seen?. Sounds like you put the drive in an external case that can connect via USB. If there is indeed a problem with the disk drive and it's not a physical problem with the drive (maybe a corrupted Windows boot file,etc),your system may have a Recovery procedure that will reinstall your OS without erasing your data files (called a non destructive OS reinstall) as opposed to a destructive which erases everything and reinstalls the OS. I would check your documentation to see if your laptop has such a procedure.
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A:Reading Hard Drive to recover data

From reading your post, it appears that you are trying to recover the stuff that is on the HD, documents, pics etc.
I think you may want to start with this software. Download and look around. Your stuff may be able to be viewed.
I think going into doucments and settings will lead to a dead end.
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A:Recover Crashed Hard Drive Data???

Well it depends on what went wrong with it. IF the drive is totally dead - ie does not spin up then there is no software to recover the data - you would need to replace the circuit board or electronics in the drive. If the heads are continually crashing then the same thing goes. If it just has bad sectors or Windows is messed up then you may be able to just copy the data off or use Spinrite.

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I purchased a SATA to USB adapter kit, but of course it isn't that easy. The drive is not showing up in My Computer.

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A:how do I recover data from a non responsive hard drive?

Here's the rule of thumb I've seen.

If the partition is seen and appears to be intact, try to recover the files with a file recovery application such as Recuva.

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I'm no expert on either application.

In any case, don't write anything new to the drive.

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Based on your picture, it looks like the partition is not seen.

You say this is an internal drive, so I'm not clear why you are using that cable instead of just connecting the drive internally.
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With that amount of problems
Also, showed that I had tons of bad blocks or sectors, somewhere near 20,000.Click to expand...

recovery of anything is unlikely
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Are you positive that it was "formatting"? There isn't usually a format when using the recovery partition for recovery, or the recovery disks. Did it actually say "formatting"?

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You sure it's not just a permission issue? Try How to take ownership of a file or a folder in Windows XP.  7 is pretty much the same. Just takes a lot more clicks.
Oh, and in the future, backup your data to a second physical disk or the cloud. This will avoid the inevitable.
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Features Partition Wizard

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You may be able recover some of the data with this apps.
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Hi and welcome to the forums.

There is a small chance that your files and folders have just hidden themselves. To view hidden folders follow the tutorial at Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide.

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A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Data lost ??

They aren't gone but something may have been corrupted

-press the windows key
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That's an excellent program but do you have a desktop or laptop? You're going to need another drive to retrieve the data
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A:Lost all data on Asus, tried to recover and won't boot

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I have used Stellar Phoenix with success several times before, and it is reasonably priced. Never used it to recover an external drive though. You can download a free trail that will show you what data the software can find(but not recover) before you buy, Partition Recovery Software - Windows Data Recovery for lost partition
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A:Lost access to data on hard drive in Windows - how to get access back?

You will probably have to do the "transfer" dance, and reformat the drive. Chances are good that the drive is ok. The Master Boot Record (MBR) may be corrupted. There are utilities out there that can repair the MBR without destroying data
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You've not exactly explained the situation very well.
are you saying the laptop is broken or the hard drive itself. "hard discs chip" doesn't mean anything in any lingo lol.

if its the laptop at fault you can buy a usb 2.5" caddy place the hard drive in it and use another computer to recover all of your data and files.

if the hard drive has failed and no longer works, theres little you can do. you could try a caddy like above, placing it in the freezer is an old trick to gain a small amount of life from a dying drive.

I dont mean to go on.. but this is why EVERYONE should back up their data regularly. harddrive failures shouldnt result in manic.. it should be "oh well its all safe on another drive/disc/flash drive" ect
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A:recover hard disk data

Yes, assuming it is not password protected
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A:Need to recover data from a Bad Sata Hard Disk

Partition Wizard Bootable CD allows user to manage partition directly with partition manager bootable CD.
Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online (last one "bootable CD"). Download it and burn it. Boot from DVD. Does it see the SATA-disk? Does it see all partitions?