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I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Question: I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Hi, I accidentally deleted the volume on my 3rd hard drive and now my Windows Vista PC won't even recognize the drive. How can I fix this?

The problem started when I put my old Barracuda 160 gig drive in a usb external case and couldn't get it to work until I put the jumpers on 7-8. The problem was, it was asking me to format the drive which was full of files which I wanted to retrieve. Through a series of now obvious mistakes, I first shrunk the volume backwards, I meant to shrink only 50 MB but deleted all but 50 MB and then stupidly deleted the entire volume.

What I need now is to at least be able to have my PC recognize the drive again and to be able to restore the full volume but would ideally like to still be able to retrieve the data, if that's even possible at this point. Also, why does, or did my computer only recognize this drive in the 7-8 jumper configuration? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Tony

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Answer: I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Hello Tony, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if the method in the tutorial below may be able to work for this as well to recover it.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Misread the drive label and deleted the partition on an USB external 80GB SATA drive. Nothing else has been done to the drive.

I did this when using Macrium Reflect Rescue disc.

I know I've seen mention of a program that can recover the partition table but I've not found it yet.

I tried EASUS Data Recovery Wizard but that didn't do it. I thought maybe Paragon had something but I've not had any luck so far. Any help appreciated. Thanks

Answer:Accidentally deleted partition on external drive

Hey Rich,

You might see if either one of the options in the tutorial below may be able to recover the deleted partition for you.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

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Honestly don't know y I deleted it but, I was cleaning files from my drives while in Linux and I deleted the system volume folder from one of my hdds and now all my data is inaccessible. Haven't touched the drive since, would like a surefire way to get it back. Here is my set up64gb ssd Windows 7
1tb hdd internal (deleted system volume folder)
1tb external hdd 50gb Linux partition 950gb ntfs partition
Thanks in advance

Answer:recover deleted system volume information on external drive

Have you had a look at the current version of the HIRENS boot CD. this has lots of free recovery tools on it. I have used it a few times for exactly the purpose you need it for...

Go here: Download Hiren

And scroll down about 3/4 of the way and you will a download link.

hth
Tanya

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The volume utitliy is gone from the computer, how do I get it back? could it be found on any of my computer cds or on the internet? I use xp.

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Hi,

Today I was in Disk Management and accidentally removed Volume K: which was my external Seagate Hard Drive. I meant to re format and delete the files but not delete the acutal volume.

I now cannot see my drive K: when I go into My Computer, but it is their in device manager, when I plug it in an out, i get the noise, but I just cant access it, so I did a system restore to a few days ago, but no look its still gone, i actually am not worried about the files on it, I just wanted to be able to use it again.

I am using Vista Home.

Rgds

Valerie
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted volume under disk management

You should be able to go back into Disk Management to re-initialize and reformat the drive. With the Disk Management window open, look down at the list where the individual drives are listed in bold print (it should list Disk 0, Disk 1, the CD drives, etc). The drive in question should be listed; right click on the bold print for the drive and choose initialize. Once that is done, you should be able to partition and format as usual.
 

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Hi guys,

I accidentally deleted a whole external drive using the DiskPart.
I did not use clean, i used the "Delete" itself.
Please tell me I can recover it.

A little more info:

I used Select Disk
Select Partition
Delete Disk #
Is there any way I can recover it?
MiniTools isn't working for me...

Thank you

Answer:Accidentally Deleted External HDD using DiskPart

Hello soulcryst, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to use an option in the tutorial below to recover the deleted drive.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

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I am new, and joined.
You guys look like a good place for some advice. Hope I can give back.
So, was messing with "Disk Part" for the first time and thought I was looking at my internal drive. Turns out, I was pointed at my external. I had about 600 GB of data on that drive.

Using "Disk Part" i activated the drive and typed "clean".
Then typed "format fs=NTFS" and it stated
It took me til about 6% before I realized what was going on and I unplugged the drive.

It is now listed as unallocated space. I attempted to use Pandora Recovery, but it says, the drive is not ready. I now the info is still there, but it is not mapped. Can I get my data back?

Thanks

Answer:External HDD accidentally deleted partition

Partition table is most likely lost. My lone suggestion would be to start trying any software you can to get your data back, here's a list of ones you can try:
Download Data Recovery Tools for Windows - MajorGeeks

Good luck.

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I was trying to use my D: Drive to store some data because it was 900+ GB free and my C drive was already full
So I decided to try to listen to the guy in this post and it has now deleted my D Drive???
I got to step 7 and clicked yes and now my 919 GB D Drive is gone? Thanks Dell
en.community.dell.com/.../19467205
EDIT: SOLVED
I must have blind because there was a box at the bottom that was "unallocated" that I didn't see. I set it up as a simple drive and voila, I can now put files on it. I would delete the post but I didn't see how to. Sorry!

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Hi. First time poster, I looked around for an answer and can't find one, apologies in advance if this question has come up before on the forum or if I am posting in the wrong place.In a stupid move on my part I accidentally deleted a folder from my D: Drive. It is not the drivers folder as that is still there. The message said do you want to permanently delete folder, I hit yes before I realized I had clicked on the wrong area. I am fairly sure that the name of it had the word application or applications in it. Not the most computer savvy person, but I checked the recycle bin, nothing there, went into system restore but just discovered that I never turned it on for D drive, so there are no previous restore points to use for D drive.My questions are does anyone know what that folder was (I have never gone into the D drive to modify on my own so whatever it was named originally is what I'm assuming it still was named). And also, is it anything I need to worry about getting back and if so, how would I do that?I have a Lenovo Yoga 13, i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD. Currently, the screen says 2.71GB free of 3.99 GB for drive D. Not sure what it was before.Thanks for any help.

Answer:Accidentally deleted folder on D Drive

It is probably your onekey recovery image. Turn off your computer and press the 1keyrecovery button to see what happens. Obviously, don't follow through with the recovery.

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Any suggestions?

Answer:Accidentally deleted my backup drive

There are a few free recovery programs out there listed in the sticky area of windows.

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I was reinstalling Windows Vista today (fresh install), and during the drive selection I inadvertently clicked "delete" while the secondary drive was selected instead of the primary. This is my only backup drive. It is, of course, now not recognized as a drive. I tried booting up Ubuntu and using Gparted to fix the problem, but the only option it gives me is creating a new partition. I then downloaded PC Inspector File Recovery and ran it overnight; it found 16000+ files, but all of them are named cluster1013651.* and so forth, and all of them appear to be corrupted. Windows seems to know what type of file each is, as their extensions are intact, but they will not open properly. Another weird issue is that the vast majority of files are .xls, but I don't use Excel.

Is there some utility that can repair the drive so that Windows detects it again? All the data is still there, the drive was never formatted or written to in any way.
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted my backup drive

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As title statesI did not have any backup, my laptop model is Y50-70. Is there any way for me to recover the drive? or will the deletion of it affect anything at all?

Answer:Accidentally deleted "D: LENOVO" drive

If its not used for system files you may be ok. But you should always have an image backup of the entire HD. Its a given in this day and age.PS its no accident as its not that easy to do accidentally. System_drv is normally the boot.If you run diskmanager it will show all the partitions. you have and which is bootable.





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I am pretty freaked out about what happened and really hope that there is an answer to this problem.I was helping a friend out and was in the process of wiping a hard drive to reinstall the OSI had the friends hard drive in a hard drive bay connected to my computer through USBI was using a software that I really like called easeUS partition masterIn the software, I selected his hard drive to delete the partition... the mistake I made was that I selected C: drive and D: drive. I was tired and failed to recognize that C: drive was my computer!!So the software carried out the task of deleting the partition... and I realized upon rebooting the computer, that the C: drive I selected was my own computer.I have since connected my own hard drive to the hard drive dock and connected it to the USB on another computer. I ran the same software, easeUS Partition Master, and one of the selections was to "recover a partition".I ran the recover a partition on my C: drive that I accidentally deleted.I can now see all of my data when the hard drive is in the dock, but the hard drive will not boot the computer that it came out of.Please Please tell me that there is a way to just return this hard drive back to normal... where it boots the computer it came from and where all of the settings and data are intact and functioning.

Answer:accidentally deleted the partition on my hard drive

The invisible but very essential MBR (Master Boot Record) on your hard drive has probably been damaged or is missing, and the hard drive can't boot without it.You can repair or rebuild the MBR with your EaseUS Partition Master.Instructions here: http://www.partition-tool.com/easeu...

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Answer:Accidentally Deleted needed folders in Drive D!

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Please help me. Iwas trying to format a USB flash drive but I accidentally deleted the partition. It shows in Windows Disk Management as "online" but does not give me any options for formatting it. I am now not sue what to do PLEASE HELP!
 

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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3220T CPU @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8062 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 941450 MB, Free - 900404 MB; D: Total - 10450 MB, Free - 10344 MB; E: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 456384 MB; F: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 105234 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 2AFB
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

How can I restore my D: drive recovery contents? I accidentally deleted the contents since it had become over capacity and was in the red-colored status continually.
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted my recovery drive contents.

You can't. Recovery partitions are generally full and that is not a problem. It won't cause you any problems that you deleted it but you just won't be able to restore your computer back to factory state without ordering a set of recovery discs from HP.
 

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Hi.
I'm not sure this is the right forum to post this, if not let me know.

The Problem: I accidentally deleted some important data from a hard drive. I desperately want to rescue at least some of it. It is a folder containing a large number of digital photos.

This is what I've done:
1. accidentally deleted files
2. deleted the three partitions that were on the drive and made the drive into one partition
3. formatted the drive using Windows Disk Management tool in Administrative Tools (Windows XP). I used the "Quick Format" option rather than the "Full Format". The file system of the drive (also before formatting) is: NTFS
4. Currently there is new data on the drive. I'm using it as a backup drive now.

This all happened a few days ago. Only now I have realized the goof up.

Please, if there is any way you know of that I might best be able to salvage any of the lost data, I'd REALLY appreciate it.

Thanks!
 

Answer:Please Help... I've accidentally deleted important data from drive

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Answer:Solved: I'm an idiot that accidentally deleted my CD/DVD ROM Drive drivers

Go to device Mgr. & uninstall your drives, re boot and windows will recognise the drives
 

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.

EDIT:

I don't think I was clear enough in my explanation.... I don't require a program to copy/read/burn. The problem is the laptop itself. It does not recognize any disk I inset. Nothing pops up on my E: drive....
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted important drive software.. can't figure out how to recover? Help

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.
 

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.
 

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted important drive software.. can't figure out how to recover? Hel

Now this is just a guess that may save you a full re-install.
Install a CD/DVD burning program and it may correct the fault. Also Windows builtin burning is not the cleverest of tools.
Here are a few suggestions:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-dvd-burning-software.htm
 

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I took a screenshot of my disk manager to show it's current state, but when I try to attach it, the website flags it as spam.
I didn't do a back up of D, if anyone asked. Mostly because it was completely empty.
If anyone could help me, that would be wonderful. I have Windows 10

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Answer:Accidentally deleted 129mb System Reserve on second hard drive

Hello Borne, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might be able to pick up at step 7 in OPTION FOUR of the tutorial below to hopefully restore the System Reserve partition. Just do not format or delete it again. If you do, you may not be able to restore it.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Transferred all files to the D drive & windows 10 operating system included! Deleted it from my hard drive thinking that I was just clearing space on my hard drive. Now the computers control panel & everything is on the d drive. Tried to reinstall windows 10 with the disk but computer won't install it because it's saying it's already installed. Help!!!!

Answer:Accidentally deleted Windows 10 operating system from my hard drive, I can't get it to reinstall?

Originally Posted by Windows Central Question Transferred all files to the D drive & windows 10 operating system included! Deleted it from my hard drive thinking that I was just clearing space on my hard drive. Now the computers control panel & everything is on the d drive. Tried to reinstall windows 10 with the disk but computer won't install it because it's saying it's already installed. Help!!!! .
How do you know everything is on D? You can access normally your pc?
If yes, swap drive letters in Control Panel -> Administrative -> Manage Computer -> Disk management

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I had 960/970GB full on it, and I accidentally overwrote it, trying to format my SD card, accidentally did my HDD..
Is there a way to 100% recover it? :\
 

Answer:Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

http://www.piriform.com/recuva
 

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Answer:Accidentally Dropped External Hard Drive

It is probably corrupted, does it have a warranty? This happen to one of mine a couple months ago, it's pretty annoying. You have to keep these things in a safe spot lol.

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Hi guys, first time poster here so hopefully this will be at least somewhat bearable.

OK, so here is what I wanted to do, I was looking around the net and stumbled on to some videos about software RAID with USB drives. I know it isn't a very elegant or practical solution but I thought it would just be cool to see it working. So I found this article How to Create a Software RAID Array in Windows 7 and figured that since disk management in both 7/8 are essentially the same it wouldn't be a problem. I then went to delete the volumes on the flash drives and saw the option was grayed out. So in that state the drives cannot be used for what I wanted them to be used for. I did notice that on his tutorial his drives were described as "Basic" and my drives are described as "Removable" I think that somewhere along the line I saw something about removable drives being hard to work with in disk management so that may be it.
So if anyone knows how to do this all help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:USB Drive Volume Not cannot be Deleted.

Minitool partition wizard free edition should be able to set up your USB drives anyway you want them. Unless they are encrypted.

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Hello,

I'm not new to these forums, they've been very helpful to me just browsing through when I have problems. I am new however to signing up. What happened to my computer is, I kept getting the BSOD, I went into safe mode, removed the most recent programs I had installed, and it stopped happening. I then proceeded to plug in my external hard drive. It was not recognizing it for some reason, so I went to disk management. It was listed there, just without a drive letter. I tried to assign it a drive letter, and it gave me an error message saying something about refreshing the list, (this is the error message I should have researched), I tried refreshing the drive list, and tried reassigning the drive letter, same message. I right clicked on the drive again, and I saw mark as active. For some stupid reason, I clicked on this. Then seeing that it didn't do anything, I thought maybe restarting the computer would maybe do the trick. Now my computer won't boot. It gets to the windows logo, and boom, restarts all over again. I tried many things like, startup repair, system restore, marking partition as active CMD, with diskpart, I also tried some of the commands in bootrec.exe. By the way, if this helps at all, my hard drive is a solid state drive, I also have a slave drive in there which does also have a copy of windows installed on it, (it was my old hard drive), I tried setting that as my primary boot and it boots into my old install of windows, before i got my... Read more

Answer:Had BSOD, fixed that, accidentally set external hard drive as active

Unplug external, boot into System Recovery Options Command Line to Mark Partition Active on the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C partition. If it won't start run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to repair or rewrite the System boot files.

Once it boots, plug in the external to Mark Partition as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.
Then run a Disk Check. If it fails run Partition Wizard Check File System and Partition Wizard Partition surface test.

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Ok folks I accidentally reformatted my 3 TB drive with the USB drive formatter(dont ask how I did that)
I used EASUS recovery program, I utilized the middle setting but the files came up as lost files in no particular order. Is the any program out there where I can just reverse the format that I did and recover my files in their original file structure?
I now have the EASUS Partition recovery doing a scan,,,,,maybe it wil set my file structure back up the way it was.
I however have all my image files recovered but they are in a "lost files" folder and are just listed willy nilly. and there is 400 gigabytes of those to peruse through......it sux
I have yet to write any data on that HD and I refuse to until I can get this straightened up....too bad there isn't a program that just reverses the reformat mistake I made

Answer:Help! accidentally reformatted external drive!Need good file recovery!

No, no such program exists. Give Recuva a try. I've had good success with it.

If that doesn't do it then you would need to contact a professional data recovery firm which is not cheap.

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Hi Everybody

Here is the scenario:

I was trying to remove the pre-installed Windows 8. I figured I should create a backup in case I ever have to go back to the piece of junk software. Anyway, I plugged-in my external hard drive to make the backup...

Here's the mess up:

It said 'formatting drive'. Within two seconds, I cancelled the operation and removed the hard drive.
Now, when I try to access it (tried on 3 other laptops), it just shows the Hard Drive as Recovery Disk with some 20MB data and total 30 GB space.
Disk management shows 890 GB unallocated space.
It's a seagate 1TB backup drive. There was nearly 500 GB of data on it.

Do I need to use some data recovery program or is there another way. I don't think an entire hard drive can be formatted in 2 seconds.

Can someone please help. I can't stress enough how important the data on the drive is to me.

Regards

Stished
 

Answer:Accidentally made my External Hard Drive a Recovery Disk

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Hi, I had memory issues, as have many on these boards. Following the advice I first updated my lenovo system and then pointed the rescue and recovery to an external hard drive and saved a new base backup. At some point I was asked if I wanted the existing backups deleted and I said yes, however, I don't think they can have been deleted as their has been no increase in memory available. I also ran the SpaceMonger program recommended on the boards and it was unable to scan 60% of the hard drive. So, can you please let me know how to get to, and delete the original backups? thank you 

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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?

Thanks,

PaveFE
 

Answer:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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hello i was in the process of formating my external drive and i deleted it threw disk managment, now i cannot get it back. it is still there in the add hardware. anyway i can get this drive back to use it again thanks
 

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Hi

I have W8.1 x64, I have a 1TB drive attached on USB 3.0 port, the disk has four partitions, two are not allocated, I am trying to extend the volume on one of the active partitions, a Healthy, Primary partition but I get a message
"The operation you selected will turn the selected disk(s) to Dynamic disk(s).

I'm not sure what it means but how do I get the extended volume to be a Basic volume?

Thanks

Daniel

Answer:Cannot extend volume on External Drive

There's no such thing as an "unallocated partition". There is allocated space (partitions) and unallocated space. The latter is OUTSIDE any partitions.

Since you already have 4 partitions, any attempt to create another is going to force the conversion of ALL the partitions into Dynamic Disks.

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drive letters all deleted. recently reset w xp. placed all my files on lacie ext hd. its all on drive J but there is no J on my computer. How to replace the seleted drives.

Answer:drive deleted. external lacie

Look for the drive in Windows Disk Management. Post everything you see listed there for the external drive.

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I THINK ITS A SEAGATE

is there a way to get them back?
 

Answer:Files all deleted from external drive

my vista computer was slow so i did reinstall

i copyed i think 3 gigs onto the external and i dont know where or what was taking up other space

i had 20 gig free

now i have 34 or 44 gigs free

i copied the 3 gigs onto another computer

then i deleted the 3 gig file off the external

so either i hit delete all or some weird file ate up all my files-is that possible?
 

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Hi, I really need your help and step by step instructions.. this is a real frustrating situation as i am losing around 700 GB of important data,,,
...... this is how it went with me,
The problem happenend when i created a factory default backup drive for my new laptop in my 1TB external hard disk

Now the drive has two partitions, showing the following,
Primary 32GB (max capacity) and Unallocated space of 899.48GB(the second one can only be seen by using computer management)

Only the Primary partition is recognized, which means my 1TB USB Drive is now only 32GB.

Is there any way I can re-use the drive without losing my data(WITHIN WINDOWS OS and without a third party software)?

I tried to do that through (administrative tools/disk management/partition) however it keeps asking me to format the drive before being able to use it,are my data still there or did they get LOST?
i appreciate your help

thanks
mon

Answer:1TB External Drive shows 32GB of volume available

Did you check the external drive to make sure windows could see/access and had a drive letter assigned to it before you used it?

If this were my problem; I would go ahead and delete the backup you made (you can make another one), then right click the drive and make sure windows can give it a driver letter. You might have to go through the process of creating a new simple volume, which will give it a drive letter. Once that is done and you can see it in "file explorer" and in "disk management" with a drive letter. Then format the drive and then go ahead and re-create your backup of your laptop and save it to the external HDD.

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when i plug my external hard drive in it comes upfound new hardware then the wizard searches but takes ages and ages.is there a driver or something i can download to solve this.

Answer:generic volume help (external hard drive usb)

Check the manufacturer's website or search google, if it is taking a very long time it may be that the driver is being installed, but getting stuck, if you are using vista you may find that the drive is incompatible at the moment.

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I have an LG external hard drive which I accidentally unplugged one day without doing the safe eject. Disk Management says the drive is healthy but that the file system was RAW. I could not reformat it. So I deleted the volume and tried to reformat from scratch into NTFS as I had seen in one of your posts. It has now been 12 hours and only 41% has been formatted. This can't be right.
 

Answer:External Hard Drive does not work RAW volume

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Anyone any ideas on how to successfully format the RAW volume of an exgternal hard drive that was accidentally unplugged with proper eject?
 

Answer:How to format Raw volume in external hard drive

You can right click on the drive and choose Format or use Disk Management: http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm
 

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What is the best and fastest free method of recovering about 300 GB of data?
Data is movies, music and pics.
I have not written ANY other files to the drive, I realized my mistake 10 seconds AFTER the delete.
Any help greatly appreciated.

External drive is connected by e-sata.

Answer:Accidentaly deleted folder from external drive

Suggest this free software that I tend to use:

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Free, Free Windows System Recovery, Free Data Recovery, Free Windows Password Recovery, Free Disk Clone

Install and run the data recovery wizard.

Perhaps wait for more suggestions before downloading and installing.

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I just brought home a new computer with Windows 10 and have been transferring files from my old Windows 7 computer. In addition, I have an external drive that I've used to keep some tax records and many personal photos etc.

I plugged it into my new computer and was organizing files on the external drive, moving some onto the new computer and at some point I noticed in File Explorer that the F drive that I had it on was showing up twice. I don't know why but I actually hit delete for one of the two f drives that was showing up and now the external drive is not showing up at all. I tried plugging it back into my old computer and it doesn't show up. I went into Disk Management and it's not showing up in there either. Have I completely lost everything on there? And even if I have, how do I get the drive to show up again? My worry though is that I've lost everything.

Answer:I seem to have deleted an external drive, can data be recovered?

loclhero said:

I just brought home a new computer with Windows 10 and have been transferring files from my old Windows 7 computer. In addition, I have an external drive that I've used to keep some tax records and many personal photos etc.

I plugged it into my new computer and was organizing files on the external drive, moving some onto the new computer and at some point I noticed in File Explorer that the F drive that I had it on was showing up twice. I don't know why but I actually hit delete for one of the two f drives that was showing up and now the external drive is not showing up at all. I tried plugging it back into my old computer and it doesn't show up. I went into Disk Management and it's not showing up in there either. Have I completely lost everything on there? And even if I have, how do I get the drive to show up again? My worry though is that I've lost everything.



Hi loclhero and welcome to the forum. I doubt you've lost your external drive. Try shutting down the Win 10 PC then unplug the external drive. Reboot the PC and then shut it down again. Next plug your external drive in and then turn the PC on again and see if you can access the external drive. If not does it show up in Disk Management?

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I am having a weird problem with lots of jpg files that I deleted months ago and emptied the recycle bin dozens of times since deleting the files, those are mysteriously reinstated into their original folders on the external drive!! all they are are jpg files that after I print them, I delete them permanently. but after about 3 - 6 months those files are back into the folders!! running Windows 7 Ultimate

Answer:Deleted files come back all my themselves on External Drive

Run a full scan with Malwarebytes on all drives, followed by SuperAntiSpyware - decline the trial versions to just use the scanners.

Then move the data off the external and wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command, repartition in Disk Mgmt.

If these fail work through the Troubleshooting Steps linked in my signature pic below, reporting back results.

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I've just deleted every file off my external hard drive... i have no back up disc.. am on a macbook air... are they lost forever ... please help

Answer:deleted files off external hard drive

Google "Recuva" and give that a try, sorry but no link.

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I accidentally deleted a folder on my external usb drive that had ~250 Gb of movies in it. It's been a while and I've emptied my recycle bin since then. Is there any way to get that file back now?Thanks for any help!Mike

Answer:Salvage items deleted from external usb drive?

First, don't do anything. The files are still there.Please look over this search.http://www.computerhope.com/search2.htm?cx=partner-pub-3999293766533555%3Aelr5q296e0z&cof=FORID%3A9&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=RECOVER%20LOST%20FILESPlease get familiar with the ideas in the first few posts. Then when you are ready, try this:http://www.piriform.com/recuva  It is a free programBear in mind that neither the forum of myself can take responsibility if it fails.That is about the best I can do for you.

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After about a year of use, this window came up on my screen with a tab in it Perform System Maintenance.I decided to click on the perform tab. It subsequently said that DISK VOLUME ERRORS WERE DETECTED.

I was advised to run CHKDSK and I did so twice over a 2 week period. CHKDSK took ages to finish its 5 stages. It then restarted my computer automatically. When windows fully booted, I ran System Maintenance program again and disk volume errors were still detected.
I subsequently realized that when I disconnected my USB 1 terabyte external hard drive and then booted my computer, no disk volume errors were reported when I ran the Perform System Maintenance program.


Suppose I copy and paste all the files I have on my external hard drive onto my C drive and then reformat my external hard drive. Will this fix these disk volume errors?

Can you please tell me how to best fix these errors in my external hard drive ?

Answer:Disk Volume Errors on my USB external hard drive

I recommend scanning the hard drive using UBCD with the diagnostic tools for your brand of hard drive. It may have bad sectors. I would copy all the data off, if you could before testing just in case the drive is bad. That way, if were to die during test, you won't lose anything.

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Hi,

Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else, but I cannot find a suitable answer anywhere. I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .

I do not want to format the whole drive as I've got an older version of Windows that might not recognise the files (am I correct in thinking this?).

Any advice really appreciated

Thanks,

Lucia

Answer:External Hard drive cannot shrink volume to partition

  
Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace


Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else,


Well, this probably belongs in the "hardware" forum where disk drive and partition questions normally go, but I'll respond here. An admin may move this thread to the "hardware" forum later.





Quote:
I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .


Can you please post a screenshot from Diskmgmt.msc, maximized and with columns spread so the text contents in each column are readable in the screenshot.

Once you post this screenshot, we can recommend a proper course of action or suggest a possible "recipe" that might work, or maybe ask more questions.
As an excellent alternative to Windows Disk Management, I suggest you try Partition Wizard... either standalone boot CD or using the installed program under Win7. PW should have no problem dealing with this drive, and being able to resize partitions, format partitions to NTFS, or if necessary being able to "delete all partitions" and then you can "create partition" and format to NTFS, etc.

Partition Wizard can be used to do anything Diskmgmt can do, an... Read more

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If an anti-virus software such as Avira tells you that it has detected Trojans in the System Volume Information of an external USB hard drive and gives you the opportunity to quarantine them - if you agree to do that will you still be able to open the drive and access your data properly ? I don't want to take a rash decision and lose access to my information.Please advise.

Answer:Trojans in External Drive System Volume Information

Quarantining the infections shouldn't affect your ability to access the drive. Why is there a System Volume on that drive?

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I have an external hard drive where I keep things like drive images, backup files (CrashPlan), offline data, etc.

I'm beginning to get concerned about available space. I ran a report using an application called TreeSize and noticed that I have a considerable amount of space being consumed by System Volume Information, which I understand are Restore Points.



But I also have the same folder on my Drive C, so do I really need the information contained on the external HDD? I know I will not be able to delete the folder. If I do, Windows will automatically replace it. But do I need to keep this restore point information on the external HDD?

Cheers

Answer:System Volume Information on an external hard drive

There will be a "System Volume Information" folder on each drive for which system protection is enabled. It will contain data relevant only to that drive.

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Hi
Windows XP PC is extremely sluggish and makes a loud whirring noise, so bought a Seagate external hard drive. I inadvertantly moved the "my documents" folder on to it and now cannot open the folder without the hard drive plugged in. how do I move it back to its original home? It hasn't exactly stopped the extremely slow way the PC opens any file or even surfing the net. Please help!
 

Answer:Solved: accidentally moved "my documents" folder to external hard drive

Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default Location
To restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
Click Restore Default, and then click OK.
In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.
Let me know if that works.
 

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I recently download a backup program that deleted everything off my external hard drive. There is now basically nothing on my external, so I doubt any data was overwritten. I have a Western Digital 800BB External USB 2 with FAT32. I've tried almost every program I can get a freeware/trial version of and haven't had any luck. A few of them have shown me some of the files I am interested in but are missing quite a few I want. I've also tried restoring a few .avi files that did show up and all I get is a bunch of my mp3 files oddly strung together. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory? If so, can someone explain how this is possible? I thought that once you had deleted a file, that was it..?

Answer:Can i recover deleted files from an external hard drive?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Double


Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory


Not with certainty. It's hit and miss. Don't count on it.

"Deleting" in effect removes the file from the drive's "index" so it can't be found by standard means.

Specialized software may still be able to locate and recover the file if that space on the hard drive has not actually been overwritten and occupied by another file.

Recuva and GetDataBack are two such programs.

Some free software will tell you if the file can be recovered, but may make you pay to actually recover it.

The original file name may be lost.

Then there are professional data recovery services that examine the drive in a laboratory for a high fee--$1000 or more. Such services may have a higher degree of success.

I've fiddled with the free software a few times, but never had much luck.

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I have Toshiba Satellite, in case that matters. I have drive C, D, E of course. I also have 2 external hard drives. G is for movies only. F is for backup. Anyway, yesterday I noticed that the letter F wasn't showing when I clicked on Computer. I went into Disk Management and tried to assign a letter but I saw 3 G letters. One was fine but the other two confused me. I tried to change each one but the letter F was missing. In frustration I deleted that drive. Well, now I can't get it back. What do I do? BTW, I see the two externals in Device Manager and I think I see one in MiniTool Partition but the drive in question is marked as Unallocated.
Can you help me? All my important backups are on there.

Answer:I Foolishly Deleted External Hard Drive Letter

Check this article.
 
http://superuser.com/questions/651755/recover-deleted-drive

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while organizing my pictures, i hit upon the idea of deleting all photos under 100k since i was having trouble with way to many pictures and was trying to organize them.

Seems i deleted in those images the Icon of my external hard drive (Western digital 500gb). The drive SEEMS to me to be much slowwwer since then- but i see no way to change the icon under properties (as you can for a folder.)

so, my question is:

how do i fix this slowness issue? and do you think that the icon deletion is in fact what caused it? i now get a slow, haning external (although it comes around eventually...)

(i don't care so much for the fact that my icon is gone if that's not causing the problem.)

Thanks!
 

Answer:I Deleted my External Hard Drive Icon- and now it's slow!

I don't see deleting the icon as the cause.

I'd be more worried it has an error, right click on the drive and go to Properties and Tools to run a Disk Scan on it, make sure to check the box to scan and fix errors too.

You can also check the drive for a hardware failure with the WD diagnostics: http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=999&swid=3

And try something as simple as plugging it into a different USB port.
 

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installing a new hard drive, i wanted to wipe my old drive clean and deleted my external
hard drive. I assume all that was deleted was the boot. I have already given it a letter so the system sees the hard drive but nothing else. PC inspector is running in the background trying to find the lost files, but i was wondering if theres anything else i can do.
 

Answer:Solved: Deleted external hard drive accidently

Might depend on how you deleted it. What type of wipe was it?
Probably the only thing you can try at this time is recovery programs but some are a little better at recovery depending on how the files were deleted or lost, but if the files were deleted in any sort of secure manner they may be gone for good.

GetDataBack (http://www.runtime.org/) would be another good one to try, and only need to pay for it if it can recover the data.
 

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Deleted the wrong files from an external hard drive when plugged into a tablet. When I plugged the hard drive back into the tablet to restore the file, I am getting the following error message: :L/ is unavailable, the location is unavailable and it advises to make sure the drive is connected / plugged in....which it is. Is there anyway to restore the files???!!
 

Answer:Restoring deleted files to external hard drive!!!

use this recovery software called recuva. free and small. can also be used from a usb.
http://filehippo.com/download_recuva/

read the info on the side of the download page about recovery options.
also, its important not to use the external drive.. until running a scan with recuva, as the data may be lost.
 

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I had deleted a folder of important files by mistake and I really need them back.
is there any program to recover them or something? Please help!:cry
 

Answer:Can I Recover Files Deleted On a External Hard Drive?

Hi

You should be able too, so long as you have not been saving more files to that exHDD as the more files you save the less likely it is that you will recover what you want, as you delete a file its flagged up as an empty block to the OS but the data is still their (caveat to this is if you use secure deletion apps) so can be recovered, that is until the data block is needed.


So try the following apps

Recuva
PC Inspector File Recovery

Do remember not to save the recovered filed to your external drive during recovery, save them to your C Drive.

If you are using the likes of Vista or Windows 7 then try right clicking the folder or drive the deleted folder was in and choose Properties > Previous Versions tab and look to see for a backup of before the folder was deleted and then double click that date to open then navigate to the folder you need and rigth click copy and paste to your desktop.

Pervious Versions is good tool but doesnt always work in XP or for external drives but worth a try.
 

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i was on disk management on my computer and i right clicked on my portable harddrive and accidently clicked delete partition how do i fix this. my hardrive wont show up in my computer or disk management so i cant partition it. i dont need to recover the data i already have it all backed up.
 

Answer:I accidently deleted the partition from my external hard drive

Unplug and re plug in the external drive while you are in Disk Management and see if an unknown device appears. You can also leave it plugged in and restart you computer. Do you get the "bing, Bong" USB connection sounds?
 

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Hello there,
I had windows 10 backup on my 1TB WD external hard drive. My 1TB external hard drive was also having all my important files along with pictures and videos. I was using following the step given in this video : How to Install Windows 10 from a USB Flash Drive - YouTube.
After reboot, all my data/files/pics/videos on 1TB got deleted/formatted. When I plug in this hard drive again, it is showing only FAT 32 GB storage instead of showing 1TB. I went to manage and disk management, it is showing below info, which is showing 899.48 GB unallocated.
Can someone please help me how to get back all my deleted/formatted data/files/ics/videos ???
Thanks

Answer:External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10

Have you tried checking your primary drive for the windows.old folder? Assuming you chose either the "Keep my files" or the"Remove Everything" options instead of the "Restore Factory Settings" entry, then all of your old files should be stored there.

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Hello!

I work on a laptop and a desktop. I use an external 320 GB hard disk to save my files.
The laptop is running windows 7 home basic 64 bit (more than 2 years old) and The desktop is running windows 7 ultimate 64 bit (recently installed with formatting new pc).
The problem is..
If the HDD connected to the desktop and I delete any file from the HDD, the file appears in the recycle bin of the desktop but as I connect the HDD in laptop the files are not appear under recycle bin of the laptop. Likewise any file deleted from HDD appears in recycle bin of the laptop when the HDD connected to the laptop but not appears in the recycle bin when connected to the desktop.
Is it normal? I do not think so. If it is a problem then how can I correct it. I have tried windows troubleshooting -- performance check , HDD error check but no error can be find out in both computers.

Wish for your helpful suggestions.

Answer:Recycle bin not showing deleted files for an external hard drive

I think this is quite normal if I have read your post correctly. When you delete a file from your external HD the deleted file get transferred to the Recycle Bin of the computer you are using. When you change the external HD to your laptop then there is no record of those files as they have already been deleted & would still be the Recycle Bin of desktop, unless you have deleted them from there.

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Hello there,
I had windows 10 backup on my 1TB WD external hard drive. My 1TB external hard drive was also having all my important files along with pictures and videos. I was using following the step given in this video : How to Install Windows 10 from a USB Flash Drive - YouTube.
After reboot, all my data/files/pics/videos on 1TB got deleted/formatted. When I plug in this hard drive again, it is showing only FAT 32 GB storage instead of showing 1TB. I went to manage and disk management, it is showing below info, which is showing 899.48 GB unallocated.
Can someone please help me how to get back all my deleted/formatted data/files/ics/videos ???
Thanks

Answer:External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10

Have you tried checking your primary drive for the windows.old folder? Assuming you chose either the "Keep my files" or the"Remove Everything" options instead of the "Restore Factory Settings" entry, then all of your old files should be stored there.

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Hi All,

My brother accidently deleted all of my photos which were stored on an external hard drive when syncing the drive to the computer. Don't ask how!

I was wondering what is the best software program or method to retrieve the deleted files. I appreciate I probably won't be able to get them all but there were 100s so I'm hopeful.

If anyone knows any free software out there that could do the job can you please recommend one that will work?

Thanks

Gavin
 

Answer:Retrieving deleted picture files from external hard drive

No guarantee, but if its plugged into the pc, you might try going to Start>search>Click where it says Pictures, music or video click it & put a tic in the pictures box



& click search. It might even find pictures on your harddrive. Good luck.
 

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A client of mine lost all of her data on her external hard drive. It happened while she was away from the computer, and as far as I know, no one else touched her computer. I asked her if her computer were acting abnormally, like she had a virus or something, and she said, "No. It's acting fine."

She can access the drive, but it has nothing on it now.

Any ideas?
 

Answer:All data from external hard drive got deleted! No humans involved.

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The System Volume Information folder is taking up about 18% of one of my 2 external hard drives. (I can't remember if I have actively programmed anything to be stored in that file.) In any event, is it safe to delete some of all of the files in that SVI folder?

Thanks much!

Answer:Is it Safe to Delete Contents of System Volume Info in External Drive

Basically the system volume folder is restore points. I wouldn't really recommened deleting it. It does a lot to keep your links in order. Also is you delete it you probable wouldn't be able to open some applications on it. You can turn off system restore under system settings in control panel. But this will stop restore for you computer also.

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Hi All

My external HDD has quite a lot of data contained in the system volume information folder. As system restore is not activate on this drive & the drive is used specifically for imaging purposes I take it the data relates to the Win indexing service.

As I am now using a third party search application can I now disable the windows search system & if the system is disabled will this by default empty the SVI folder.

Any relevant advice would be appreciated.

Cheers.

Ich

Answer:Disable & empty System Volume Info folder on external drive.

Windows Search stores nothing in System Volume Information.

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Okay, I'm new to Linux and I'm having problems getting onto my external hard drive. Before, I've been able to access it but now I'm getting the error message "Cannot mount volume".




I can't access Windows at the moment due to other problems, but I'm guessing there's some sort of way to fix this without using Windows, right?

Any help is greatly appreciated!
 

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I have an external 15gb drive I'm trying to get some old files off of and I only have my laptop so I'm using an external enclosure. I can use it with other drives perfectly but I can't access the volumes from within my OS (Windows) on this drive.
 

Answer:External drive shows up in disk management but doesn't moutn a volume

Are you getting any error messages??
 

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Hello,

In working with a laptop with Windows 98SE and trying to clean some items out, a tab was inadvertently left checked instead of unchecking it (the Windows cache). It went on to delete the whole hard drive and now when trying to boot up all that appears is the "C:" prompt. Guess it has gone into DOS mode?

Since there is no emergency reboot disk and the system is not presently accepting the factory CD with all of the programs at this time, perhaps because it only defaults to the "C" prompt, those cannot be used.

Tried going to START --> RUN and then input "Win" there but that did not work to try to get Windows back. Would appreciate any suggestions to see if it is possible to get going again where I could start to rebuild the programs that it lost. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
 

Answer:HD Accidentally Deleted

I'm a little confused. You say you



Tried going to START --> RUN and then input "Win" thereClick to expand...

but you also say



when trying to boot up all that appears is the "C:" promptClick to expand...

If the Start button appears then you are in Windows.

If you are only getting the C:> prompt try typing:
CD C:\Windows

If the prompt then changes to C:\Windows>

Then type

Win

If it doesn't change type DIR and see what is listed if anything.
 

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So while i was going through my Zune media player software, i was deleting music that i just dont listen to anymore.
i have an 80g zune, and i had to free up space to sync up my library. Quite a bit of music.
So in about the 3rd hour of deleting music...i get delirious, and just start clicking at things and deleting.

Somehow, I (while holding ctrl to select music) hit ctrl+A and hit delete. Yep I deleted my entire library. I'm awesome...
I deleted the music, not only from my library, but from the music folder on my computer.

The recycle bin only has room for so much and has only a fraction of the music I had originally.

Please...HELP ME RETRIEVE IT!

I have heard legend tell of a mysterious place known as MS-DOS...and by harnessing its powers, you are able to retrieve any old files that you accidentally deleted?...
Are there any wise wizards who can tell me about this legendary mysterious place? (sorry just had to)

Thank you in advance!

(I run Vista 32-bit)

Answer:I accidentally deleted something...

There is no DOS with XP or Vista.The important thing is to quit using the computer until you have decided on a plan to reclaim the files so you don't overwrite the files beyond recognition.I've heard positive things about PC Inspectorhttp://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_recov....htm?language=1

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I recently kept getting messages that I had low space on my disc...I went to the program list, and removed numerous things I thought were not used...I accidentally deleted drivers, or network card or something and now can get online at all....I contacted Dell Online Support, but since I couldn't remember who we got the computer from, they wouldn't help. Can anyone help me figure out what i did and how to fix it??? please
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted

Please do not double-post. Please read the rules.

http://forums.techguy.org/networking/1030689-solved-accidentally-deleted.html
 

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I recently kept getting messages that I had low space on my disc...I went to the program list, and removed numerous things I thought were not used...I accidentally deleted drivers, or network card or something and now can get online at all....I contacted Dell Online Support, but since I couldn't remember who we got the computer from, they wouldn't help. Can anyone help me figure out what i did and how to fix it??? please????
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted

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Im sorry but i really need help with an issue! So last night i was goin through my cpu and gettin rid of unused files , apps etc when i came across the option to uninstall my soundmax it had a vuze icon so I thought it was for vuze and since i dont watch video there i felt i should just uninstall. but low and behold as soon as i did that im screwed because i have no clue how to get it back so please if you can give me pointers on how to re install my sounds thanks in advance guys! yes i went to dell and got the driver updates and reinstalls and it seems because im running vista that everything offered is either out of date or not supported??!!.. o yea by the way my cpu is a desktop dell dimension 4700 with ultimate vista as my os ser. tag B350271
 

Answer:Please help!!?? Accidentally deleted..

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I accidentally deleted NOS from Program files (yes, I am an idiot), and now I don't know what to do. So far there haven't been any problems except that windows report some kind of an error every time they start (but then they continue), but I would like to know what exactly NOS does and how do I reinstall it. Please help.

Answer:I accidentally deleted NOS, help

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&...earch&meta=I don't think it is a Windows File? Maybe someone else has a better idea?

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i try to backup my laptop data using system image recovery.. In the process, the system told me that 'the backup could take up to 16 GB of disc space.' So, i just create another partition (17 GB) on my external hard disc as a backup location. The process went smoothly. But unfortunately, all my external hard disc partition has been deleted and there is only one partition (RECOVERY 31.9GB ) that include recovery data is created.. Is it any way that i can apply to get back my deleted partition?

Answer:System image recovery has deleted my external hard drive partition

Hi Fuadansari

Can you please tell us the manufacturer and the model of the hard drive that was overwritten.

I've done that process so I think that I understand what happened. Is it an Acer laptop?

The most important thing at this point is that you DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING TO THE AFFECTED DRIVE. That means do not format it or do anything that may alter the data that is currently on it.

James

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Hi there,
 
Usually any computer problems I can fix myself but this one has me stumped. The virus scanner I am using is Avast and the firewall I'm using is Windows Firewall. My operating system is XP Service Pack 3. Yesterday with breakfast I clicked into my "Downloaded" folder on my external hard drive to find the folder was empty except for a file called "myfile.exe." Where this has come from and how it was not picked up or recognised as a virus is unknown. I used these forums to try and solve the problem trying everything from "unhide.exe" to the recommended malware programs and followed pretty much every procedure but to no avail. The space from the files has still be taken up on the harddrive and show hidden files is checked etc. It only seems to be that folder that has been effected. The contents of the folder itself are all video files, tv shows and movies. If anyone can help it will be much appreciated!
 
 
RegardsEdit: Moved topic from Windows XP to the more appropriate forum. ~ Animal

Answer:myfile.exe virus deleted files in only one folder on external hard drive?

I seem to have found the files, they were moved from the original folder into a neibouring folder. It still doesn't explain the myfile.exe however. *edit* I have however also noticed that the computer is taking longer on start up along with the general speed of the computer and firefox is hanging regularly.

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Was doing a disk cleanup and deleting thumbnails was one of the options in order to save space, and I accidentally checked the box.
Does anyone know how I can retrieve it so they can show up for my movie files, etc.
thx

Answer:Accidentally deleted thumbnails

Clearing the thumbnail cache will only empty the cache and not delete it. The cache will rebuild itself as Vista reloads the thumbnail images for the icons back into the cache as you navigate through Windows Explorer.
For further info:Thumbnail Cache

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i'm having a bit of a nightmare with my dell latitude d600. I think i may have the sasser worm as when i try to get on the welcome screen, it says lsass.exe password value incorrect whilst processing getting onto the welcome screen and then goes on a cycle of restarting the laptop. I managed to get onto cmd and my files through a disc and stupidly deleted lsass.exe off windows/system32 thinking it would get rid of the virus when it made it worse as now you just see the curser and a black screen! I think that i should just format and have backed up my data but i don't have a windows xp installation disc!
Please help
nathan

Answer:lsass.exe accidentally deleted

Boot off of the XP CD Or download the Recovery Console ISO. Burn it to CD with IMGBurn and get to the Recovery Console. Here type chkdsk /R and press enter. The Check Disk utility will try and fix any file errors.

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I recently installed Windows 7 to my SSD. Its only 64GB so I set Windows up so that the Users folder was on my seconday (X drive instead of my SSD, and setup a Program Files and Program Files (x86) on my secondary drive. I used this. I deleted the account I made when installing windows and accidenally clicked delete files as well. This deleted all of the data I had in my Users folder and many in Program Files and other places. I used Recuva, but now all of the deleted files are in one folder instead of their respective locations. Is there anything I can do aside from reinstalling and salvaging what I can and reinstalling all of my programs?
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted a lot of my files

That is why one has backups made BEFORE one does such things.
 

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I finally decided to get better service for 1/2 the price and don't need AOL 6.0 anymore. I went to add/delete programs and the only AOL program listed was aolunins_us.exe . I realized what I did immediately AFTER I clicked add/delete. No other AOL program is listed in my add/delete list, yet the program is still on my machine.

Wondering if there's anywhere I can download the uninstall program (I couldn't find it on the net) or need help deleting the files and restoring the registry and other settings manually. Thanks in advance for any help offered.

YONCE

win 98
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted AOL uninstall

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i accidentally changed my admin account into local account now i can't install apps and do anything with it. help please
whenever i try to install some apps it always say.. type an administrators password but then i dont know how to. all i remember was that before i change my account into standard account. im stuck here .

Answer:accidentally deleted administrator, what to do now?

Could you post a screen shot of where you changed it ?

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I accidentally deleted a partion thinking it was the Windows XP OS.

But it was the Dell Recovery Partion.

Now, I tested, and the recovery isnt workin at all (holding CTRL-F11 down during boot).

So how can I retrieve this recovery partion again?

Answer:I accidentally deleted a partion

Worth reading, IMO: http://www.goodells.net/dellrestore/fixes.htmLouis

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I moved my documents to my desktop without meaning to. And without thinking, deleted it. I thought it was just a shortcut but turns out it was the actual folder. Now i have nothing. It had months worth of movies music etc that i would really love to get back. Any help would be appreciated,
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted my My Documents

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i am using vista adn by accidentally i deleted 1 folder in my documents that contains pictures,word documents and other files.can any one try to help me in this.i have run ZAR but i m not sucessful.
 

Answer:Deleted my files accidentally

If the free ZAR didn't help I have grave doubts

Here are a lot more free ones to choose from
http://www.majorgeeks.com/downloads38.html

I think I've used them all at one time or another
I find anyone of them is quite good :grinthumb (and all free )
 

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Hello everyone!

I had a dual boot on my laptop (running windows 7 and arch linux). I decided to get rid of the linux partitions and accidentally deleted the EFI partition. As a result, my laptop now doesn't recognize that there is any operating system on the computer.

What I have tried: I am currently using this: http://www.eightforums.com/general-support/52515-windows-8-cant-start-due-missing-efi-partition.html and the post by Genet with Option 3 since I allocated the space back to my disk C. I am running into an error part way thru the solution though where after I do "create partition efi size=260", it comes back with "MSR and EFI partitions are only supported on GPT disks. Convert the selected disk to GPT and try again". I don't know if I want to do that because its my local disk C...don't want to mess that up and change the format of that.

Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted EFI partition

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I accidentally deleted a partition... oh the shame...

I've done this more than a few times for customers, and Acronis has always found the partition(s) in seconds. This time I pointed it to pretty much the exact sector the deleted partition begins on and I got nothing.

Anyone know another tool to simply undelete a partition?
 

Answer:Accidentally Deleted Partition

Try TestDisk

http://majorgeeks.com/TestDisk_&_PhotoRec_d5561.html

Test Disk step by step

You can also try Partition Wizard.

http://www.partitionwizard.com/help/partition-recovery.html

Or Easeus Partition Master Home

http://www.partition-tool.com/partition-recovery-wizard/recover-lost-partition.htm

Test Disk and Partition Wizard have bootable versions.
 

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Grandkids disabled McAfee Virus scan and I couldn't get it back. My mcafee cd said newer version was on computer and would not download. I went to mcafee website and cost was 40.00. Like an idiot i went to peer to peer site to get newer version and my computer was filled with filth and everything else. I then tried to delete all of the unwanted files and must have deleted some files i needed. Then I got Internet Explorer Active X errors and Netscape won't open. I tried to download my Internet Explorer from the version on my other computer but it won't take because it's a different operating system. Of course it told me to delete the existing version before it told me it would not download. Please help.
 

Answer:accidentally deleted files

Do you have an XP CD (if you're running XP)?
 

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don't suppose there's any way of restoring some accidentally deleted files from windows? i had several digi photos earlier today but now cannot find them nor the folder they were in. they're no in the bin and the dopey dog can't find them either in my computer search. i think i'm screwed but just wanted to double-check.

Answer:accidentally deleted files

click here - run it from a different drive e.g. floppy or pen drive.

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I have accidentally deleted my photos and videos from the camera roll of my Lumia 1020,is there a way to recover them?

Answer:Help: accidentally deleted photos

Only if you backed up your photos to Onedrive

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I accidentally deleted some files off of a hard drive, is there any way to get them back? Thing is, the HDD is shared as network storage, I deleted them from another computer, so they didn't go to the recycle bin...

...is there any way at all to get them back? The files were replaceable save for three movies I made in Film class (but they were crap so meh...), I just dont want to go through the effort of reripping all my music and movies again, ya know?
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted some files...

Did you write anything into the drive after that? If not then you can probably get them back once you go to the computer with HD and use R-studio.
 

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Hey.

I accidentally (I don't even know how I did it) deleted my account with ALL MY FILES ON IT! But I know my files are still on the hard drive and in the computer. Problem is when I try to access ''Documents and Settings'' my old account's folder is still there but It is blocked. I remember blocking other users from my files awhile ago but I need to get all my files back!

It won't let me enter my files. All it says is ''C:\DocumentsandSettings/Owner is not accessible.

Access is denied''

Is there any ways I can get these files? I heard I can somehow connect to another computer and send them. I don't know. Any programs I can use? I'll even buy. Please help.
 

Answer:Accidentally deleted account

You need to take posssesion of it since it is not recognizing your current User Name as having authority to access it.

In XP Pro you only neeed to right click on the directory and select the Security tab where you will find the option to add your user name to the permissions list.

In XP Home you must boot up in Safe Mode and do this.

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;308421
 

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