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encrypted secur drive lost data ... or where are data now ??

Question: encrypted secur drive lost data ... or where are data now ??

hello i ahve a notebook T60Pand i have the 2nd time the problem with the NBi saved lot of data at the secure drivebut tsome things happend and my registry was damaged so no way pout to get the data i make a immage to another Harddisk and i can see with special tools that there i8s a 2nd drive but cant see it in bios or howeverafter i try to make recover but also faild .. by security password finaly i gave up and like to take the expensive notebook to the trash coz there was some finanzial data not easy to rebuild them again so can any tell me where i can get a original recover CD the reseller magicdevices in germany is not succesfulldid any know on what partition teh system create the secure crypted drive ?? THANK u walfried

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Hello Dears. I had encrypted my drive by Bitlocker in windows 7.
few days after my friend did quick format in my encrypted drive.
my 300 gb of data lost. and nothing saved
i remember unlock password.
how can i recover my data ??? i need my data
i tried drive recovering tools (advanced EFS data recovery, easeus . . ,) . but . . . it's encrypted and formatted drive.
can i undo quick format and decrypt ???
sorry my english is not good.
someone help me please.

Answer:Can i recover lost data from encrypted drive by Bitlocker

BitLocker is not the cause of failed to recover files.Format a drive will clear all data saved on the hard disk. Thus recovery formatted data will be a hard disk based technology but not related to operation system. There is no build-in data recovery feature in Windows operations. So we will needto use third party recovery tool or contact third party data recovery company for current issue.

As recovery missing data service will be expensive, we can also check emails and contact friends to see if that can help get a part of files back especially for photos, documents etc.

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I plan on installing Truecrypt and encrypting a second drive, to which I will put all my accounts data. I did this a while back and couldn't figure out a way to backup the faux drive with my Paragon Software. It would not recognize the virtual drive, nor the encrypted drive. I would copy the virtual drive to a folder on my boot drive and then just back that up.
Is there an easier way. Between the time to copy the files, do the backup and then delete the files securely off the boot drive, it is exceptionally cumbersome. Not to mention the drive wear.
Thanks for any advice!

Answer:Truecrypt - Best Way to back up data from encrypted drive

Some tips in here for you:

TRUECRYPT - Encrypt Data Folders

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I have a laptop which is migrated to win7 from winXP. While migration, I lost some imortant data and want to recover. but the problem is that in winXP it was encrypted with pointsec 7.4 and now in win7 it is encrypted with Bitlocker. I have both the recovery keys. There is no restore point set.Can someone help me in this case as the data is realy important.

Answer:Data recovery from encrypted hard drive

Here are some that may do what you want, make sure you research/google how to do it.SoftPerfect File Recovery File Recovery is a useful application that helps you restore accidentally deleted files from hard and floppy disks, USB flash drives, CF and SD cards and other storage media.It supports the popular file systems such as FAT12, FAT16, FAT32, NTFS and NTFS5 with compression and encryption.ParetoLogic Data Recovery For free a wide variety of file types, including recycled, compressed and encrypted.Pandora Recovery Recover Archived, Hidden, Encrypted, Compressed files.Glary Undelete* Supports recovery of compressed, fragmented and encrypted files on NTFS

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i used bitlocker to encrypt, the process didnt get more than 10% done before failing, the result is a partially encrypted drive that is locked ( password and recovery key wont work) i need a program that will help retrieve the remaining data that is not encrypted.

Answer:recovering data from partially encrypted drive

Try using "Recuva" - see free program list. First do a normal scan then a deep scan if required. A deep scan can take quite quite some time.

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I need advices about how can I solve my issue:

I have an external drive. I started the encryption drive with bitlocker, during encryption process,
the drive has been disconnected so I wasn?t able to continue the encryption process.

Now, the drive is partially encrypted. When I want to access the drive, I got the error message
?Encryption Failed to recover from an abruptly terminated conversion?.

I would like a procedure to recover the remaining data: encrypted and non encrypted

I used M3 Bitlocker Recovery but the tool freezes, I am currently trying TestDisk 7.0. Analysis
is in progress.

You'll find attached screenshots and detailed description of the situation.

I have the passwords & recovery keys

ps: I cant attach screenshots

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I just started using BitLocker on a Windows7 Computer and am confused about one specific aspect of recovering data drives. I have read through the tutorials on here but I can't seem to find anywhere that explicitly states if this is possible or not.

From this link: Regain access to a computer locked by BitLocker Drive Encryption

I see the statement that "To unlock the drive and regain access to your files, you will need the BitLocker recovery password. If you also encrypted data drives, you will need to have access to the drive that Windows is installed on as well."

My question is if my OS drive dies, will the data drives be recoverable with the password and/or recovery key?

I am not currently in such a situation but I would like to prepare for all possibilities. Since a TPM is needed to store the encryption keys on for the OS drive (I just ordered one but have not encrypted my OS drive yet), are the encryption keys for the data drives are stored on the OS drive itself and this is the issue?

Most of the things I find on Google when trying to search about this issue discuss recovering a data drive that is failing, not a data drive that is in good health but does not have access to the system drive. Can anyone say definitively if this is possible, or do I need to be prepared to lose all data on data drives if my system drive crashes?

Answer:BitLocker Encrypted Data Drive Recovery Question

Based upon what I have read, your data drives will be UNRECOVERABLE if your OS drive dies. I would consider setting up a RAID 5 array for your OS drive for redundancy, this way if one drive dies, all you have to do is replace it and the missing data pieces will be recreated.

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Hi folks,
Just came across a scenario for one of our customer. 

Trying to recover data off a drive that is bitlocker encrypted. No recovery key available to get pass bitlocker and access the drive.
Please advise if I reinstall OS preserving the old data in windows.old folder; will I be able to get the access the windows.old folder afterwards to get the data off it.

Thanks in Advance

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Hi All,
I'm hoping that some of the gurus in this area can help me to resolve why my transfer rate to my external hard drive is so slow (ranges from 200 kbps to 15 kbps), but is almost always in the 15-20 kbps range vs. an advertised/expected transfer rate of

5 Gbps.  That's < 1% of expected transfer rate.  Any thoughts on possible root causes that I should investigate?

I have an HP Probook 430 G1 laptop with a Samsung SSD 850 PRO 256 GB SCSI internal hard drive and 4 GB RAM running Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 64-bit. I also have a Western Digital My Passport Ultra 1 TB external hard driveBoth the internal drive and the external drive are bitlocker encryptedI've connected the drives via USB 3.0 ports + cable. I've also connected the drives via USB 2.0 port on laptop and USB 3.0 cable.I've checked the My Passport for errors and found none.
Any insight would be much appreciated.

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kindly provide me link for free recovery software, as i lost my data from hard disk.

Answer:I lost my data from hard disk , and want to recover my lost data

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I know this may sound stupid and I know I was...

But it was the first time that I had to run the recovery disk and I moved all my important documents to the second partition (E:) and then ran the recovery disk, thinking that it would only format the first partition (C:)...
Well I was wrong.

Can anyone please help me with a way to get the information on my second partition (E:) back?

Answer:Lost of data after using recovery disc - How to get back the data

Hi mate?

I?ve got bad news for you?
The HDD has been formatted by Recovery DVD and this means that all available partitions have been erased!

I?m sorry but I don?t see any options to get back the data :(

Of course there are many companies which are able to rescue the data on damage HDDs of after HDD formatting but in my opinion the costs would be immense?

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


Answer:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Don't know of any freeware ...
But I know someone who has recovered all of his data from a formatted drive using ..

I know he tried some others ... but this one worked.

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


Answer:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Closing duplicate, please reply here:


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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


Answer:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Please do not post duplicates. With patience, you should get a reply to your post within 24 hours.

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Question: Lost data drive

My data hard drive is seen in disk management but does not show in windows explorer.
I am using windows seven 64 bits.
In disk management the drive shows: Layout: simple, type: basic, file system: NTFS, status: healthy(system-active-primary partition)
How can I retrieve my data? Please help.

Answer:Lost data drive

Is that a drive that came from another system (e.g. XP) or did it just now happen - and what were the circumstances?

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Since my system crashed before I got a new seagate hard drive and copied most of my video/picture files to it (about 100 gb). Yesterday I noticed that when I played one of my video files it would play the wrong one. In other words, I'd double click on one labeled 1996 tennis match and would get an episode of The Simpsons instead.

I thought this was strange and tried to run scan disk, but it gave me an error message. I then reset the computer and got a black screen with white words running accross it for about 45 minutes. Most of the time it said:

deleting index entry 'filename' in index '4 digit number' of file '5 digit number'

After that the message "recovering orphaned file" splashed all across the screen for about 3 min. When the computer started up the drive only showed 9 and change GB of data instead of the 100gb + that was there before.

What in the world happened and where did my data go? I tried the programs "free undelete" (it didn't find anything), drive rescue (it gave some sort of accessing error and said something like feature not avaliable) and file scavenger 3.0 which mostly just found the files for the game America's Army and only 2 video files, which were both labelled as pdf docs. I am currently running PC Inspector File Recovery.

Are there any other programs I can try, or is there anything I can do to make the data come back? Most of this stuff is irreplacable.

Answer:Hard drive just lost 90% of my data

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In a bit of a mess and would appreciate any help.

Was installing software on my Dell Inspiron 530 with Vista 32 froze up. I rebooted but found that I lost all data in Drive D: Drive D: properties shows 0 bytes used and 0 bytes free.

I tried to do a system restore but it says that I need to format Drive D:

When trying to install new software I get an Error Message: Error 1324.Thepath Program Files contain an invalid character


Answer:Lost Drive D: with all my data and photos

Hello and welcome.

Interesting problem...

Ok well, lets try this. Turn off the computer, and open the case. Unplug then replug the HDD that is the problem. Then reboot. If still no luck, then...
Agh I had an idea but I totally blanked on it...

Do you have another desktop computer? Take out the HDD and hook it up into another computer, and try to access it that way.


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I have a CD-R that contains many photographs. These photographs have been on the disc for quite sometime. I recently used the Lightscribe program to burn a title on the front. The next time I tried to access the photos, they briefly appeared and then an error occurred. I tried to access them several more times and my computer was showing that the disc was blank. I then tried to access them on another computer and now the drive locks up and I can't access anything on it. HELP!

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Hey there I have a hard drive that has some data that seams to be lost is there a way for me to retrieve that data?

Answer:Lost hard drive data

What do you mean by "lost"? How did you lose your data? Whats the whole issue?  We need more information in order to help you

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I have been using a Maxtor 160GB hard drive as a secondary storage device on my PC (as the D drive). When accessing it I would occasionally get an error message saying "device not available" or something like that. I would simply reboot and all would be well again. Now when I double click on it in "My Computer" it says "The disk in drive D is not formatted. Do you wish to format it now?". When I look at the properties it says file type is RAW, used space 0 bytes, available space 0 bytes. It appears that my hard drive has somehow un-formatted itself. Does this mean I have to re-format it? Has all the data I have on it been lost? How did this happen, and how can I keep it from happening again? I have an Athlon XP2600, 512MB of PC2700 RAM, running WinXP Pro SP1.

Answer:Hard drive data lost?

have you gone inside the pc and seen if the IDE/SATA cable is connected?

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I recently have lost a file on a flash drive. I have perused the web and there are a plethora of programs offered that "assure" full recovery. The flash drive remains fully functional. It now has files on it that were on another flash drive that was installed at the same time in another USB port. Does anyone know of a free program that will at the very least enable me to determine if the "lost" file is still recoverable? And yes i do know i should have backed up the file on another medium. You live and learn. truenorth

Answer:Lost data on flash drive

Recuva is free and can both determine if you can recover as well as perform the recovery.But if the file was overwritten in the process of copying other files over it may be lost.

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I would really require some help here.

I ve moved all my data in to a portable drive of 1 TB. Then I wanted to format and re-install windows. I downloaded the tool and made my portable drive itself as a bootable USB. However when it asked for "Do you want to format the drive? I clicked cancel. After that, I could see only 30GB in my portable hard disk and 899 GB are unallocated (checked in Disk Management). All my data is not visible.

How do I retrieve my data. Please some one help.


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All of the pictures on my flash drive have disappeared. But it doesn't look like the flash drive is empty. I have tried the recuva software but it didn't work. Please help???

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Pc started saying that my backup (2nd) drive needed checking on startup. I let it do the checking on two restarts then on third startup I got message that the drive was not Formatted. Result is I lost 25 Gb of backups and files. Any ideas on what could have caused this?

Answer:Lost all data on backup drive

faulty HD? Did you try the drive in another computer as the fault could be in the computer and not the drive.G

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A pal has accidently deleted an important folder from his USB Flash Drive. Is there any way of recovery?

Answer:Data Lost USB Flash Drive

Smart recovery click herezero assumption click hereRestor Pen Drives click here

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I've bought these two USB pen drives, Sony 4GB and Sony 8GB. These were purchased from different shops (No warrenty).I'm facing problem with both:I can't get back, what I put inside these Pen drives.I mean, the data, which I copy on to these USB pen drives, gets corrupted and hence cannot be retrieved. Only about 700mb data remains intact and remaining gets corrupted. This is happening to both the pen drives.I have a feeling, I might be using some wrong procedures for using the pen drive. Both pen drives, show correct capacity in properties.I tried formatting and makes no diffrence. The formatting completes OK.I always use 'Unplug or Eject Hardware' from sys tray to remove them.Does the pen drives need any resident software in it, which might have got deleted by formatting?Need help to make these pen drives operational? Do let me know if any more info required.My USB ports are working well as I use USB hard drive also.My system: Pentium P4 2.8Ghz, MS Win2000, 512MB ram, 40GB HDD, PM800M2 mobo, Protections: AVG Free, Ad-Aware SE, Zone Alarm firewall, SpyBot S&D, Easy Cleaner etc.jawanda56

Answer:Data getting lost in USB flash drive.

How are you copying/moving the data ? ?There may be a system problem here.Does the same conditions happen on another machine ? ?

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Well it sounds like Windows is FUBAR'ed and the hard drive may be too, but how about using a Linux LiveCD to see if the data can be salvaged that way. Its free, and it may save the day.

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I have a bit of a dilemma and was hoping some of you guys could maybe help me out. I am switching a hard drive out on a laptop that I have determined to be faulty. I was able to backup the needed data onto a usb thumb drive, but the usb port is on the back of the computer, so when I lifted the computer to look for something under it, I forgot about the drive and bent it a little. Now, whenever it is put into any computer, it shows up, but the system says it is inaccessible and asks if I would like to format it. That data seems to be lost, so I turned to the old hard drive. I put the drive into a usb-to-ide external enclosure and tried to access it from another computer, but windows says that the device has malfunctioned and the data cannot be accessed. So, I put it back into the original laptop, and went into the emergency console from the XP boot disk. I then tried to fix the MBR, thinking that might have something to do with it, because the drive wouldn't boot into XP when placed back in the original laptop. I typed in "fixboot c:" which completed successfully, then typed in "fixmbr" which completed successfully, but when I put "bootcfg /rebuild" it gives an error and won't perform that step. If I look up the directories in the emergency console, it shows modified dates and folder sizes, but instead of the usual "Documents and Settings" and "Program Files", etc, each folder has a jumble of weird symbols like a heart, some le... Read more

Answer:Have I lost all data on Hard Drive?

Hi, It looks like you've lost your data. Last time I met such problem, I almost lost my data when I first connected my CD writer. I got disk boot failure again and again. I tried best possible ways not to format the drive and to recover the OS missing functionality but everything failed and finally I had to format the drive. I thought I?ve lost my data but one of my friends surprised me by recovering the data. He told me he recovered the data with the help of a data recovery software called SalvageRecovery for Windows by SAlvageData Recovery Lab Inc. He purchased it online sometime back.After the scan was completed, the lost files were in the list and I saved my data. Thanks to my buddy. But, scanning should be done ASAP to maximize the data recovery. What operating system you are using now? If you are using Linux then don?t worry caz it has software for Linux OS also. I wish you may get your data back.

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Hi all,

I?d like to ask for your help.

I was moving about 1.5 TB of data from an external drive to an internal drive (secondary, non-system hard drive), left the PC for a few hours and when I came back the moving process was paused at 0 kB/s speed and the internal drive, I was moving the files to, suddenly dissappeared. I restarted the PC a few times hoping it would come back ok but with no avail. In Disk Management the secondary drive shows as Unknown and Not Initialized and the data on it shows as unallocated. Does this mean all the moved files are irreversibly lost?

Thank you.

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If you lose your data, be sure to check the recycle bin
first. If there are no files in the recycle bin, there is still
hope. Even though your files are deleted, the data may
still be recoverable because the reference to the file
has simply been deleted and not the data itself. As long as your file has not been overwritten, you have a
chance at recovery.
After trying many file recovery programs, I?ve decided
Recuva(Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File Recovery - Download) is by far the best.
Recuva (pronounced ?recover?) is a freeware Windows
utility to restore files that have been accidentally
deleted from your computer. This includes files
emptied from the Recycle bin as well as images and
other files that have been deleted by user error from
digital camera memory cards or MP3 players. It will
even bring back files that have been deleted by bugs,
crashes and viruses!

Answer:Recovering Lost Data on Your Drive

Where's the tutorial?
Looks like you're trying to explain something about Recuva. However, you should've elaborated something on its usage and some screenshots perhaps.

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i recently had a balloon on xp pro bottom right corner saying hard drive write failure and all data will be lost. so i clicked ok and all my family photos and cv's and data have gone on my western digital 120 gig caviar se. tried unpluging the ide and power but drive is showing but no data. i've also been on ws website and downloaded and installed drive rescue but still no joy. can anyone help me

Answer:hard drive data lost

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My 2GB Memorex flash drive all of a sudden stopped working.  I can't view the files.  I've tried 2 different computers.  There's no lock on the drive.  From Windows Explorer, if I select the drive, it says "Please insert a disk into drive F."  Properties shows file system as Raw and 0 bytes used and 0 bytes available.  Running chkdsk from Windows Explorer doesn't work.  Running chkdsk from a command prompt says "access denied."  Windows recognizes the drive as a USB mass storage device, but I can't see the files.Did I loose everything on my flash drive?  Is there a program that can recover the files?  Can I send it to somebody to recover the files?  I guess I should have backed up the files once a week or something like that.  The drive is only about 1.25 years old.  I use it on average several times a day.

Answer:Flash drive lost data?

Unfortunatly, it sounds like you have lost the files.  I had this issue a few times with thumb drives or USB sticks myself.  I noticed if I removed them without letting Windows turn them off I was corrupting all the files on them.  Once I started telling Windows to turn the device off before I removed it, now I have had the same one for over 2 years.........good luck

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i was using a third party patition manager and suddenly i saw that my big hdd was lost in my computer and when i opened the disk management then it was unallocated then i right clicked it and assing a drive letter then i was appeared but i really killed me when i saw whole drive was vacant . then i formatted it . now i lost all the data which were very inportant , now why the disk was unallocated ? had it lost the data when it was unallocated? or it lost when formatted it? now please give me idea how to recover it....

Answer:unallocated drive lost the data

Once you format a drive any data on it is way to recover it. Just being unallocated you could have still recovered the data. There are some professional services out there that do that type of recovery...military, police forensics and specialty companies....but it's all very expensive and not guaranteed.

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I had some important data on a Maxtor 120 GB internal drive (model 6Y120PO) on a PC with AMD 750 with 512 RAM, Windows XP Home SP2. This was a backup drive with no OS. For some reason, this drive required a DDO to utilize the entire diskspace; I believe the software was Ontrack.

Something happened to my Windows installation and I had to reinstall. When I finished, my Maxtor reports 32254 MB capacity, not formatted, with MBR partition info.

Is there any way to recover the data on this drive? Maxtor claims I need to upgrade my BIOS, but why do my 3 other drives (2 which are Maxtor externals) all have no problem with 120-160GB capacity?

Please help.

Answer:Lost data on Maxtor DDO drive

I have very little experience with drive overlays, since I avoid them like the plague. I believe that since the drive was setup with a drive overlay, you'll need to obtain the same software to recover the data.

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My Laptop Drive was encrypted with BIT Locker and my laptop is not booting.. I have the BIT Locker Key.
I am able to access my Drive via USB, however the  main partition is showing as unallocated, how can i recover my data from that unallocated partition.

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i lost all my recovery on D drive

Answer:i lost all my recovery data on D drive compaq

i lost all my recovery on D drive

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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.

Answer:How to recover lost data from hard drive?

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I have an old Elements (WD) 500 gb external hard drive which I use for storing home videos . It has a history of being unstable and frequently " fails" , meaning that I have to re-connect it and start off again . Usually it runs for a short while and then packs up closing down the file and , on My Computer , reverting to " Local Disc" instead of Elements. In the past I have never had a loss of data . I recently bought a new external hard drive and started to move the data files from the old one to the new one . I had to do this in small batches as it would not handle large transfers e.g. small batches of around 100mb were Ok but larger ones dropped in mid transfer ( but without loss of data ) . I had successfully trabnsferred around 8gb without problem but yesterday I lost the whole of the database ( appx 400 gb ) for no apparent reason . The system shows that the drive (L)seems to hold the data e.g. 400gb used , but when I look at the ( only) folder it shows 0 files and 0 usage and says File Empty . Inasmuch as the systems seems to be saying that the data is there - somewhere- is there any way in which I can access it ?? . I run a Dell 550 with Windows XP.


Answer:Solved: Lost data External Drive

I would remove the hard drive from the enclosure, put it in the PC as a secondary hard drive, or in another generic external USB hard drive enclosure, see if you can get at the data this way.

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Any know either reasonable pay or free service to hopefully recover data from a WD 1TB external hard drive that worked fine for a few years and it now refuses to open.Did get a message to say it has a corruted file but cant think what that may have been?It was used to store family photos/music and a few word docs that I cannot now read off the drive.

Answer:WD External Hard Drive Lost Data

do not write to the drive until you have complete recovery

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Hi everyone,

Working through some PC issues and think i may have done a silly thing.

I installed windows onto an IDE drive and booted but also attached 2 SATA drives (one Western Digital 160gb - a blank new disk, one Maxtor 300gb - with my music and video & work on).
When booting both of the drives showed up, when i got into windows i think only one was visible. The WD drive.
I decided to format the drive, but after a few seconds i realised that maybe the drives were working in RAID and that i'd be formatting BOTH drives. I want the info on the Maxtor drive saved so i cancelled the format.

I restarted with just the IDE and WD drive attached and the SATA drive works fine.
So I restarted with just the IDE and Maxtor drive attached and although it shows in the boot, it does not appear in Windows...

Could i have lost my information?? I thought that RAID drives worked in paralel, so wouldn't BOTH drives be not working (e.g. be formatted at the same time), or does windows format one at a time??


Answer:Sata drive ISSUES... Have i lost my data??

what OS are you using
what mobo is it
what drive did you have in this computer before
what computer did you have the Maxter in before

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so any one with any knowledge on how to just get my computer to the way it was would be fantastic!!

Answer:lost all data on D drive all program files to

A little more information would be good. What exactly is your "D" drive? What happened that you lost data, or did you just lose access to the data?

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Hi, I have a WD Elements external hard drive on which I have stored all of my data including photos, music and work. I have been using it for over a year with Windows XP and Vista and have so far had no problems, however today I received an error message saying
'Windows Delayed Write Failed. Windows was unable to save all the data for the file E:\$Mft. The data has been lost. This error may be caused by a failure of your computer hardware or network connection. Please try to save this file elsewhere.'
All of the data appears to have been wiped from the hard drive, however when I open Properties it says that 322GB is still being used. Is there any way that I can recover this data without sending the hard drive away?

Answer:External hard drive data lost

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My hard drive recenly stopped seeing some of the hard drive partitions and the stored data.It now only sees the C-drive.If the HDD is on its way out, is there a way of recovering the lost data opn the lost partitions, so I can then bin the HDD and restore the data on a new HDD.I'm sure there are companies that can do this, does anyone know of any or have used them in the past?Thanks.

Answer:How to retreive lost data from hard-drive

click hereThere were some good suggestions for someone with similar problems.Bodi

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well, here's my situation:

i had three audio files saved on my harddrive. these were original recording i wrote myself (one was a midi file, the other two were .wav files). my computer crashed, i reformatted my harddrive, and i reinstalled all software. i have been using my computer for several months.

my question is: are these files lost forever, or is there some way (other than having the surface of the harddrive scanned with an electron microscope) that i can recover these files?


Answer:recover lost data from hard drive

Now that you've re-formatted your hard drive, those files are gone. A data recovery service (very expensive!!) might be able to recover them, if the areas they were written to weren't overwritten when you re-installed your OS and software.

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Alright I got a new Seagate 250GB drive and I am trying to transfer data that is from a 120GB WD drive that has lost its partition formatting.

I have tried to do it with PC Inspector File Recovery, but while the program finds the data is not transferring it over. The progress bar for "saving to" never changes and I ran this since 6pm yesterday and there was no change when I stopped it several minutes ago. Now all I want to do is get the data from one drive to the other, and then fix the partition problem for the other drive and if the data is on the Seagate, I do not care about reformatting the WD.

But step one the data, am I doing something wrong? Both drives are USB on Windows XP with all the most recently fixes installed.

Thank you.

Answer:Transfering Data From a Drive With Lost Partition to a New One.

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I was using an western digital external hard drive to store (not back up process) images, video, music etc from a windows XP machine. I upgraded to windows 7 machine and could see the files on the wd external hard drive. I then used windows 7 back up facility and now can't see my old files although the memory size indicates they are still there. I've tried Recuva but it just sees the windows 7 back up files and ignores the files I want. I've tried plugging the wd into an xp machine but that only sees the windows 7 back up files. Any suggestions as to how I can see the old files or recover them without paying too much?

Answer:Lost data on WD external hard drive

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.

At the very least this is a good place to start.

If you have any questions feel free to ask; post back with any results.


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This afternoon when I turned on my computer(listed as primary in my PC specs) my Slave Maxtor drive didn't show up. After turning it off and back on 2 times the drive finally returned in My Computer but it changed from Maxtor Drive(I: ) to Drive(H: ). And when you try to get into the drive it reports that the drive is not formatted. Is there a way I can recover the drive with data intact that dosn't involve formating it? If there isn't how can I copy the data on the disk to another harddrive while I format this one?

Answer:Solved: Hard Drive and Data Lost?

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I had a message about errors when I plugged in my WD external hard drive. I let the Error Checking run and when it finished it said I needed to format the disk. I cancelled this and looked in my computer and although the drive appeared, no details (i.e. space usage) was present.

I re-ran Error Checking with "Scan for and attempt recovery of bad sectors" checked.

After running this the drive appeared properly in My Computer.

However there are many files missing, and the space usage of what is there doesn't match up with what my computer says.

Files I can physically see: ~ 120 Gb.

Space usage according to Explorer: ~420 Gb.

So it looks like tha data may still be there but Windows can't see it???

Any suggestions on possible ways to recover??

Edit: BTW, forgot to say, all this is booted into Win7 not XP on my dual boot system.

Answer:External hard drive lost data

You may be able recover some of the data with this apps.
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

Check the hard drive with the manufacturer's diagnostic tools.
Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp.
HD Diagnostic

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I have some files on an old hard drive that have been encrypted, when i try to unencrypt it, i get access denied error message
I am not able to copy the file or even open it. I have added myself as a user to have full control of file but still no luck. I have also tried adding myself as a transparent user and removing the old certificate user but get an error code 5 when doing this.
Does anybody know of any unencryption software or a way around this?

Answer:Need some help with some encrypted data...

You will probably need to take ownership of the file. You need to be logged in as Administrator to take ownership.

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Question: data encrypted

what utility can I use to view data on an encrypted HD. It doesn't matter if the data shows as "dfusdf9set8w4twuiefasidft4" (In an encrypted format), I still would like to view the data either way to see how well the data on the second HD is encrypted.

Answer:data encrypted

Hello & Welcome to

How was the data encrypted? Which encryption type was used?

For example, was Bit Locker used?

Please run this forum's system info utility & post the resutls.


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Hi guys,
I have a passport drive that I previously separated into 2 drives, a small one which was used for recovery files from my previous computer and a big partition used for backups & file history.
I hadn't used it in a while, but then I got a new computer and used it to transfer and back things up. When I plugged it in Windows would alert me that there was an error with the drive and to click to try and fix it, which I ignored at first. Today I decided to see what would happen if Windows tried to fix it, so I clicked for it to be repaired and after a brief few seconds it was repaired.
I then created a recovery from the new computer on the smaller partition (which said it would erase the files on that drive). Then I noticed that the larger backup partition wasn't showing, so I unplugged it and plugged it back in to the same result. I check Disk Management, which showed the larger portion of the drive was now unallocated.
My guess is that Windows didn't like the dual partition on the external drive, although it seemed to work fine in transferring files to and from either partition, and the fix it did was deleting the larger partition.
In Disk Management I allocated the space without formatting the drive, in hopes that the data would still be there, but now it is telling me that to use it I have to format it. Is there a simple-ish way to get back the data that was here without some hit and miss program that undeletes files?
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Answer:Recovering data lost from fixing passport drive?

Have you tried this ?
chkdsk /X /F: (F is disk letter)
open cmd.exe as admin

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I just flew overseas to study abroad for a semester and brought my laptop and my external hard drive with me. Well, after I arrived, I hooked up my external 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 300gb disk and had 3 partitions on it, a FAT32 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.


Answer:Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data

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My desktop runs XP and I have a Seagate external hard drive which I use for videos . While closing down the system in a hurry I removed the power plug for the external hard drive too early . Before finally closing it gave a message which referred to the drive (K) and I think included the word re-cycle and a string of numbers . It then said that I should save the file elsewhere. Not knowing what I could then do I continued with the closing down routine . When I re-booted the system it refused to recognise that the external drive existed . Does this mean that I have completely lost all my files? Its not an absolute disaster if it does as I'm sure that Iwill be able to re-load most of them from the web but if they are recoverable then that would save many hours of work .

I'm abroad at the moment so don't have access to my system for " trying things out" but any thoughts or comments ( polite please - I fully realise that my problem is caused by impatience) would be most welcome.


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

They aren't gone but something may have been corrupted

-press the windows key
-right click on "computer"
-click MANAGE
-click on disk management under "storage"
-do you see the disk show up anywhere? if so what does it show?

I would start by going to the command prompt and typing CHKDSK /F then let it reboot and run.

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I have a Fantom Titanium 120GB External Hard Drive (USB). My desktop was starting to show signs of crashing and so I moved all that I could to my external hard drive. Soon after my desktop froze and I had to do a hard reset, in which time it froze at the dell start up screen on reboot, and I had to do a hard reset again, all the while my external hard drive was attached. Now my desktop is back up and running but my External hard drive does not come up on my desktop, so I hooked it up to my laptop, which also does not display my external hard drive. The activity light just flashes at a constant rate unlike when it was working it used to flash like a banshee. I right-clicked on my computer and went into the manager to see if the external was mis-assigned, which it did not display in the manager either. Any ideas of how to get my data off the external??? Any help is greatly appreciated!

Answer:Lost all Data. External Hard drive not recognized

Hi and welcome.

I'd try taking the drive out of the external case and slaving it to the desktop computer internally.

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Hi all
1st post and not sure if im in the right forum as i dont know where to attribute the cause of my problem but here goes:

upgraded from my athlon 64

went to intel C2D E6600
gigabyte P35 DQ6
2gb ram (was goona go 4 but still using XP so cant utilise the ram till Vista is mainstream)
GF 8800GTS

ok formatted my C drive (got 2 others) 1 200gb partitioned 70 C: -100 D: and the 400gb (E:\) storage only drive
used windows XP i got retail but also has SP2 with it in the box
got to the enter product key and the key i have doesnt work in SP2
so took it out and put the original windows XP disk in and it had to over wite the existing installtion files and for those who know what im talking about you get to a screen where it gives you 3 options 1 is to quit, another to delete existing partition and damn i cant remember the other but there is no way to just continue where i were

anyway i can vaguely remember certain windows files/folders on the storage drive (400gb sata) like start menu, my documents and so on

i chose to delete partition and installation continued, till im on windows all good but the sotorage drive wasnt accessable and when i click says the drive isnt formatted would you like to format now (**** no!)

this is wierd
i freak out and move on knowing some software i used in the past like GETBACKDATA has saved me in the past quite well even on stuffed drives that power up but just arent readable(sectors stuffed i spoze)

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Recenlty when looking for a file on my WD 500GB external drive (FAT32) what looks like half of the folders have lost the folder icon, and appear to be 32kb unusable files.

The two main folders which will hurt are my iTunes library and paid for downloads and a back up of a web site I maintain.

I have no idea what has caused this, and any help would be greatly welcomed.

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Hi! I have a SanDisk Cruzer Micro 4GB flash drive. I plugged it into my vista laptop, and up popped a sandisk 'your u3 software can be updated for vista' button on the taskbar.

So I (foolishly, without backing up the drive) clicked on the 'OK' button, was directed to the Sandisk update website ( Edit: PLEASE DON'T CLICK ON THIS! (MIGHT REFORMAT YOUR DRIVE TOO?)

After clicking on this, the Sandisk program that ran proceeded to reformat the flash drive and wiping all data from it - although it DID say that it would back up the data beforehand. After backing up the data, it then tried to reformat - and came up with the windows format box. I then clicked ok and format, but whilst formatting the sandisk program said the drive could not be formatted; but to try running the installer again.

I did this after the first windows format had completed, but ran a quick format this time. The sandisk program said that there was a 4kb backup file - which it tries to put on and then tries unsuccessfully to reformat the flash drive.

So now the drive has been formatted twice, the backup non-existant and Get Data Back FAT32 isn't working! Please help!!!!!!!

Many thanks for reading this rather long post,


Answer:Reformatted FAT32 flash drive >> Data lost! Please help!!!!!!

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During an new OS upgrade involving setting up an 80gb Me /XP dual boot on a new drive i managed to scramble my existing drive which had 20 gb data on a windows Me OS hard drive.This was 4 years worth!My new dual boot is working a treat but i want to embark on a project to retrieve info, addresses, downloads etc off my old disc.I know its there because the boot discs ie acronis / partition magic say the disc is ok.....but it wont boot , no how no way.In hindsight i think i must have accidentally revealed two OS to each other both active and get the idea.
How can I plug it back into an operating OS as a slave and be sure its not active, albeit corrupted?I dont want to scramble my new working setup!Is the fact it won't boot any more good enough?Will my existing active drives not see it if it isn't bootable, even if it is active?
Thanks for any comments

Answer:Solved: retrieving lost data on hard drive

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I've been having a lot of trouble lately with a SCSI hard drive. I hope someone out there can help. Occasionally (this seemed to happen when the drive was getting full, but I'm not sure that had anything to do with it) when I would try reading from the drive, the activity light would stay on for a while and I would get the error that I referred to in the subject line.

After this would happen, I would run scandisk. Most of the time, it stated that both copies of FAT did not match, but it seemed to fix it without much trouble.

The hard drive is a Quantum 4.3GB partitioned into two FAT32 2GB sections (F: & H . The SCSI card is an AdvanSys Ultra Wide adapter. I have an external scanner and an internal CD-R drive that are SCSI as well. As far as I know the termination is correct.

To try and fix the problem, I backed up my data and repartitioned and formated the drive. I thought that had worked, but I'm still getting the same errors.

Is my hard drive dead? Should I try a low-level format? Buy a new SCSI card? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Answer:Error Writing To Drive H: Files or Data may be lost

How old is it? Most Quantum SCSI drives have 5 year warranties on them. It does sound like it is going bad to me... I would suggest backing everything up and getting it replaced.

You can check warranty status here:

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I was running XP, using my pc mostly for digital video. It's a dell with a xeon and gig of ram.

I started to notice that rendering of video files was taking 20x the amount of time that it normally did, so I knew there was a problem.

I was under a major deadline, so I ended up running Norton Ghost, and backing up everything to my Lacie firewire drive. I then ran a confirmation to confirm the data backed up sucessfully, which it had.

I then reformatted my machine, installed just what I needed to get the project done, and everything was fine. (I did install 2k instead of XP, just seemed to be a little more stable, imo).

Since the reinstallation, I have browsed the lacie drive, and even restored several files from the Ghost archive.

Then yesterday I boot up and its not showing up anymore. I went into computer management, and it's showing the drive but has it listed as unallocated.

Where is my data? What can I do?

I managed to backup about 85% of my business data to another interal drive, but there is still information I need to restore from the backup.



Answer:Solved: External Firewire drive lost data

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I am running WIN XP Pro (SP2) with a USB attached external hard drive.
The hard drive is attached all the time and is 250gb, it currently shows free space of 157gb.
All the folders appear (including the normally hidden system folders), but they appear to be empty.
Going by the fact that there is 157 gb of free space there should therefore be approximately 100gb of data yet I am unable to see it.
I have run Freeundelete (which didn't work because it couldn't see my external drive (my H drive) and have also run Winundelete which ran successfully but said there were no deleted files to undelete.
How do I go about restoring the files that are there but that I can't see so that I can once again use them.

Answer:(Apparent) Lost data on external hard drive

A complete reboot and power off / on seems to have fixed this problem.

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Hi MajorGeeks,

I have had a catastrophic day with a UBS drive being 'wiped'. I lent my late fathers USB drive with all his files on it (photos, written doc, videos etc.) to my mum as she wanted to look at a few things (memories). She never gave it back to me and left it on the side which then my brother to used one day.

My brother told me he had a look of the drive and there was nothing on it when he attached it to a games console (either his Xbox 360 or PS3) and so he used it to save a couple of his game files on it.

When I had a look on the USB drive there was only a couple of files that my brother saved on the USB drive but none of the hundreds of files that was once my fathers before he died.

I know, I blame myself for lending the drive to my mum in the first place but is there anyway to retrieve at least some of my fathers files from the drive?

I know roughly how memory works. A file will forever be on it until that specific space is overwritten with something else although I have no idea how to retrieve the data.

Please let me know if data is retrievable? I hope it is.

Answer:Need advice on retrieving lost data from a reformated usb drive

Try the free program Recuva from Piriform. I have retrieved photos from a memory stick after twice formatting it.

Here is a link to numerous data recovery tools on MajorGeeks.

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All the data is gone, you cant read or add to files on the seagate free agent drive. It says 83.4 GIG is in use and 65.6 GIG is free so the data is there it just wont read it.

It says it cant find, the files are there:

the error message is "Windows cannot find 'F\StartCeedo.exe. MAke sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again. To rearch for the file, click the start button and click search"

Install FreeAgent Tools.exe

The following folders are empty and cannot be read or added to:

My Documents
User Manuals

what is wrong and how can I fix it? PLEASE HELP ME

Answer:I have lost all the data on my seagate free agent drive
This is one suggestion off of WD. (the .exe file should be there)
The second is to download the 30 day trial copy of software. Not being real familar with this particular software or drive it's the best shot I can take. Jazz

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Some time ago I created several files with the .sec extension. This extension was assigned by the application when the text of the file was to be encrypted. Since creation I have accessed these files several times without incident.
But now I seem to have forgotten how i did it. I thought I used Word Perfect or the old (DOS) QPRO. but now they don't seem to work. If I can access these files, I will convert to non-secure text. I am sure I remember the password I used. But it never gets to that point (Invalid File Type). Anyone had any experience with this?

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I have an FDE HDD drive. I use online backup. I'm assuming the data is encrypted before it's uploaded.Is this the case? If I lose my laptop / HDD and I want to restore data from online backup, how is it possible to restore encrypted data from my lost FDE HDD onto a new HDD with a different encryption key?  

Answer:Restoring Encrypted Data

Hi X200FinUser, No, the data are not encrypted before they are unloaded. Your online backup service might use encryption of its own, but that's a different matter. The FDE drives (at least those from Hitachi and Seagate that I've looked at) encrypt the data ONLY on the drive surface. By the time the drive supplies data on its interface to your ThinkPad, the drive has already decrypted the data. In other words, the encryption / decryption happens transparently to the ThinkPad. The encryption key is in the hard drive itself, and was set at the factory. Access to the drive is still only protected by the usual ATA passwords. The Seagate drives use a more complex system for authentication. I don't fully understand how it works, and don't know how secure it is. But the 30,000-ft view is the same: by the time your computer gets the data off the drive, the data are in plaintext.

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My notebook's mainboard is dead. All my
important data is on it's hdd.

I can't just connect it as an external drive and pull out the data because some of my data (important stuff) is encrypted with a software. The software is hide folders xp

The data is very important for me so how can i transfer it without corrupting the files?

Answer:transferring encrypted data

Greetings, 00pm, and welcome to MajorGeeks.

Why not try decrypting the data instead of moving it? Correct me if I'm wrong (I'm not familiar with that particular software) but if you can connect the drive as an external to a computer running the encryption program it would seem that you could then manipulate the data.

I have a client who does exactly that: encrypted records are kept on a discrete USB drive and when the data needs to be accessed he just plugs it into an office machine and decrypts the data that he needs.

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i had to share my computer with my brother. he figured out a way to access all my files, so i encrypted them. then a few days later, i backed up the hdd onto a portable hdd. needless to say a week later, i needed to reformat. now, how can i recover the encrypted data w/o the key or the symetric crap or whatever

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Answer:How to save my old one drive data onto a sd card? Data gets deleted tomorrow

Download the required files onto your card.

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i have a scSi disk 36.4GB, i lost information from it and tried to recover with other recovery softwares to no avail finally i got winhex & got the professional licence.

i can now be able to see all the information on the 1 whole NTFS partition, but the problem is that i can't be able to recover it.
when ever i open the logical drive i can see all the information and most of the information is stack up in a "free space" which is around 33gb which i can be able to see has all the information that i need.
i have tried to recover the free space but its only copied to the location that i specify and no recoveries are made.
recovering the files by type/ name has bore no fruits.

a freind told me i have to curve out that area and use data extractors to get the information out of that area (freee space).

the information in that drive are sql data bases and zip files. whats the header for sql.

what techniques do i use to curve out that space and be abele to extract the information, for i can even read the information in text format.

which are the data extractors available in the market

kindly assist its quite urgent i get this information out

Answer:data extractors / sql header [Hard Drive data recovery]

I don't know where this thread properly belongs -- but I suspect the question may be too esoteric for most here.

Since it involves data recovery from a hard drive I'm going to move it to Hardware, I think "all other software" is not likely to have anyone with this type of experience.

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In preparations for upgrading from Win7 to Win10, I want to make sure I don't lose any essential program data. Most of my data files (word processing, graphics, etc.) are not located on the C-drive where my OS is located, so they aren't the issue. However, as I recall the last time I had to install an OS (long time ago), there were other files that were saved automatically by various programs that were located in the Windows folder, or elsewhere on the C-drive, that were generated by the programs - profiles, saves, etc. - including Application Data and other stuff needed by the programs, and things like font files. Some of them are pretty easy to locate and backup (font files, custom sounds, etc.), but I'm always uncertain about whether or not I have all I need.

Is there some way to backup all of those kinds of files without simply backing up the whole C-drive (including Windows), then if I need them later, going looking for them?

My computer is home built, and the primary drive (C-drive) is a 256 GM SSD. Windows and a few of the programs I use a lot are located there for speed. Other programs are located in a partition on a much larger traditional HD, with data files on another partition of that drive. Backup will be to a 1TB drive on a server on my LAN.


Answer:Prep for Win10 - backing up C-Drive Data (app data, fonts, etc.)

I still think it be easier to use Reflect that you can find in my sig as you can mount that image and find what you need after. Of course this is still an image of the the ssd. you could choose to take only the partition with windows on it though, if you do the whole drive you can come back from an upgrade snafoo.

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I have a 320 GB External HDD (western digital via USB connection and I have Windows XP media edition) it has been working fine until last week when my building lost power.  When the power was back on I tried to go into my external HDD and I had lost all my pictures and files.  I can see the folders but they display nothing and it says that the folders are empty.  I am not too sure what happened, I was not transferring any files at the time I lost power.  My drive was connected to my computer though.  Also my computer can not detect the External drive at times unless I restart the computer.  I also, checked my system management and the root USB hub is working fine, I turned the power off the right way and restarted my computer and that did not help.I get a pop-up on the left bottom side of my screen saying that Microsoft can find any files on the drive and that data has been lost. I've downloaded different free software that can recovery lost data, but they could not detect my external hard drive.I went into safe mode and I can see the files that I lost in the folders, so I thought maybe I could copy the files from there, but I get an error message stating that I can not copy the files due to the system not able to find the source for each file.Can anyone provide addition trouble shooting steps; I have a lot of photos that I do not wish to loose.Thanks

Answer:External Hard Drive - Lost data due to power outtage.

I'd start by running chkdsk /r on the external drive (if the drive letter is d: for example, the command would be chkdsk d: /r)

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All data and the program itself can not be found anymore.

What can I do to recover that data?
Did not restart the program out of fear of overwriting.
This post is written from other computer.


Copie of hijackthis is[
Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 2:33:13 PM, on 4/30/2010
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17023)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\bin\openvpnas.exe
C:\Program Files\Hotspot Shield\HssWPR\hsssrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCDsrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LightScribe\LSSrvc.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\LogiShrd\LVMVFM\LVPrcSrv.exe
C:\Program Files\Norton AntiVirus\Engine\\ccSvcHst.exe
C:\Program Files\Caere\OmniPagePro80\opware32.exe
C:\Program Files\Logitech\Logitech WebCam Software\LWS.exe
C:\Program Files\Ahead\InCD\InCD.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft LifeChat\LifeChat.exe
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Hi, I have a 1 tb hard drive in 2 partitions. a 679Gb partition and a 250 gb partition. i had about 600 gb of files on the 679 gb partition. i had a 513 mb .spf backup image created by shadow protect. i accidentally restored the 513 mb .spf image to the 679 gb partition and then the 600 gb of files were deleted/lost. can someone help me recover the 600 gb of files i lost? the files on the 250 gb partition are fine. i would give $30.00 to anybody if they can successfully restore all the files if it's not against the forum rules of course. this file loss happened today.

Answer:lost 600gb of data by restoring a .spf image to wrong drive

You can give Minitool Partition Recovery a try.

I used it to successfully recover a partition on my external hard drive after I accidentally did a quick format.

You could also try Recuva.

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Hello, I'm kinda new to external hard drives and I can't seem to find the exact answer on this forum or other forums. I run windows xp and have an external western digital 150gb hard drive with FAT32 but would like to change it to NTFS because I can't seem to transfer file sizes up to 4gigs into it; plus I heard a lot of advantages with NTFS. My initial question is, will I lose all my data in my external hard drive if I decide to "format" it to NTFS. I will be able to transfer files larger that 4gigs when it is formated right? I know you will lose your data (if you decide not to make a backup) if you "convert." I have a lot of data already stored in my ex. hdd. I'm just curious, if I right click on the ex. hdd drive in "my computer" and selecting "format" to NTFS, will I lose my data in the ex. hdd? Will I need to make a backup or can I just format with my data in the ex. hdd? And what does the "enable compression" and "quick format" do under "Format Option?" I apologize if I didn't find this answer somewhere else.

Answer:formating External Hard Drive to NTFS (lost of data?)

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i plug in my usb my mse detect virus and del or hide my data. i clean my usb now no more virus but can't show my data when i scan my usb it show in scaning but dont show in my usb
pls help my data is very important


Answer:Serious problem: Flash Drive (USB) lost data but show in scanning

could try: open the anti spyware you used -goto something like virus vault-see if in there -will be an option to recover (avg,avast all have this so your data may be there but not where it was before)

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My computer (running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit) can no longer access my Western Digital Caviar "Black" 1 TB hard drive that's connected, but I suspect my data to still be in there, so I wonder what data recorvery tools people have used and recommend.

This is one of the additional drives to my operating system C:\ drive. It has been formatted as NTFS and been working fine for several months until a week ago. Now it appears as the E drive on My Computer (as originally configured) but the volume label is now blank (I used to have that named as "Media"). When I double-click on it to enter the drive, I get the error message: "E:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect."

In Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management, the drive appears but it's File System is now indicated as RAW rather than NTFS.

I have tried using Active Partition Recovery and that successfully lists my drive with the original label name ("Media") and as NTFS, and also lists the folders located at the root of the drive, which is why I suspect my data to still be in there and recoverable. However, when I use this tool to do a full scan of my disk, it freezes after scanning 35 MB. There are tools out there with varying reliability, so whch ones do people here recommend? (another tool I trired, I forget its name, was scanning my disk but prediced 43 days to go over the entire 1 TB, so that's out of the question!). I have been told to u... Read more

Answer:Data recovery from drive with lost format, software recommendations please

Oh crap. Something like this happened recently to me when I had backed up some data to an USB thumb drive. It worked fine for awhile, then some weeks later, my PC just couldn't read it anymore (kept saying "disk in drive needs to be reformatted/etc"...and the properties for the drive also showed it as RAW format instead of FAT32 like it would have been usually).

I think the issue is drive corruption, which seems to be fairly common with external devices like USB drives, but odd in the case of an internal drive. The remedy for me was to try to access it from a different system, which was easy since being a USB stick I could try it elsewhere easily. If you can use another system to access the drive, preferably a Linux/Ubuntu based one; it is likely your best bet to recoup the data before its lost permanently. An external HDD kit would be ideal, and they are quite cheap also.

Hope this helps!

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I am running WIN XP Pro (SP2) with a USB attached external hard drive.
The hard drive is attached all the time and is 250gb, it currently shows free space of 157gb.
All the folders appear (including the normally hidden system folders), but they appear to be empty.
Going by the fact that there is 157 gb of free space there should therefore be approximately 100gb of data yet I am unable to see it.
I have run Freeundelete (which didn't work because it couldn't see my external drive (my H drive) and have also run Winundelete which ran successfully but said there were no deleted files to undelete.
How do I go about restoring the files that are there but that I can't see so that I can once again use them.

Answer:Solved: (Apparent) Lost data on external hard drive

A complete reboot and power off / on seems to have fixed this problem.

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Hi. I'm using Windows 7 Professional 64-bit and recently I have been infected by Cryptowall 4.0
I am soon going to "format" after moving my data to an external HD but I would like to be sure if right now I'm still infected
I tried already Malwarebytes and although right after the infection it quarantined a few files, I tried it again in safe mode and it doesn't detect anything now (apart from a few, very old, false positives).
Am I still infected?
Thanks in advance

Answer:Cryptowall and encrypted data. Am I infected now?

to BleepingComputer.Hi there,my name is Jo and I will help you with your computer problems.Please follow these guidelines:Read and follow the instructions in the sequence they are posted.print or copy & save instructions.back up all your private data / music / important files on another (external) drive before using our tools.Do not install / uninstall any applications, unless otherwise instructed.Use only that tools you have been instructed to use.Copy and Paste the log files inside your post, unless otherwise instructed.Ask for clarification, if you have any questions. Stay with this topic til you get the all clean post.My first language is not english. So please do not use slang or idioms. It could be hard for me to read. Thanks for your understanding.*** Download Security Check by screen317 from here or here.Save it to your Desktop.Double click SecurityCheck.exe and follow the onscreen instructions inside of the black box.Vista / Windows 7/8 users right-click and select Run As Administrator.A Notepad document should open automatically called checkup.txt; please post the contents of that document.*** Please download Malwarebytes Anti-Rootkit and save it to your desktop.Be sure to print out and follow the instructions provided on that same page.Caution: This is a beta version so please be sure to read the disclaimer and back up all your data before using.Double click on downloaded file. OK self extracting prompt.MBAR will start. Click in the introduction screen "next"... Read more

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I use Truecrypt to manage my data securely on my laptop (Windows 8.1 64-bit).

From time to time, I have a requirement to delete some personal data from the encrypted drive. The files go to Recycle Bin and I then empty the bin.

Is this a security risk, i.e. can data files, deleted from an encrypted drive, be accessed should the laptop be lost or stolen.


Answer:[SOLVED] Encrypted Data on Laptop

You can permanently delete a file from your computer without sending it to the Recycle Bin by clicking the file and then pressing Shift+Delete. you cannot recover it so consider what you might do if you accidentally deleted a file that way.
if you have your machine passworded with a strong password it will be much harder to get into you can also use software to track a lost or stolen laptop for instances this is one
or this on e which is not free Laptop, Smartphone, Tablet Theft Recovery Solutions | Absolute Software

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I picked up a virus which encrypted my files to a .ENCODED extenstion. I removed the virus but can not get the file extentions to revert back.


Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:12:23 PM, on 4/4/2011
Platform: Windows XP SP3 (WinNT 5.01.2600)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v7.00 (7.00.6000.17095)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
c:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\Antimalware\MsMpEng.exe
C:\Program Files\Brother\Brmfcmon\BrMfcWnd.exe
C:\Program Files\Brother\Brmfcmon\BrMfcmon.exe
C:\Program Files\Brother\ControlCenter3\brccMCtl.exe
C:\Program Files\ScanSoft\PaperPort\pptd40nt.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Java\Java Update\jusched.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Security Client\msseces.exe
C:\Program Files\Java\jre6\bin\jqs.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\QuickBooks\QBCFMonitorService.exe
C:\Program Files\Common Files\Intuit\DataProtect\QBIDPService.exe
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\OUTLOOK.EXE
C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\firefox.exe
C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox\plugin-container.exe
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Hi,I had a Virus Attack i decided to use AVAST to scan and do automatic repair. Unfortunately the anti-virus ended deleting the unrepairable files.I restarted the Pc, but i could'nt login as the login fails as it t and comes back to the Welcome Screen for both the user accounts.I have tried thrice to repair the but the problems continues. The problem is how to retrieve my documents from the the user account that i made private. Is there anyway or tools that will help me retrieve my files.Your help is highly appreciated.

Answer:How to Recover My Personal Encrypted Data

Tell us the make and model of your brand name system, or if you have a generic desktop system, the make and model of the mboard. The specific model of a brand name system is shown on a label on the outside of the case somewhere, or it can often be determined by going to the brand name's web site.The model, sometimes the make, of a mboard in a generic desktop system is usually printed on the mboard's surface in obvious larger characters, often between the slots. The model is often also displayed on a logo (graphical) screen early in the boot, but it's often not as specific as the specific model number.For Dell computers, they have a Service Tag number - the specific model can be determined by using that on their site, or can often be determined there automatically by you downloading some software. The Service Tag number should be on a label on the outside of the case, probably on the bottom on a laptop, on the back on a desktop, and is often also shown in the bios Setup. .........Do you have, or can you borrow, a regular Windows CD, or do you have an equivalent disk that may have come with your system? E.g. some Dell, Compaq, and HP computers have one CD that came with the computer labelled " ....XP SPx Re-installation..." or similar - that's a slightly modified version of a regular XP CD. If you do have one, or can borrow a regular XP CD of the same version, Home or Pro, whichever applies, your best bet is probably doing a Repair installation of Windows procedure, which will... Read more

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I have scanned my computer using Malwarebytes, Spybot, and Avast 2015 antivirus, and quarantined/fixed whatever was found.  BUT I cannot open my data files.  There are files named help_decrypt, and when I open the help_decrypt.txt, it says: All of your files were protected by a strong encryption with RSA-2048 using CryptoWall 3.0.  When I open help_decrypt, it takes me to the following website:
I ran FRST, and below is the text from the FRST.txt file.  I have also attached the Addition.txt file
Scan result of Farbar Recovery Scan Tool (FRST) (x86) Version: 11-03-2015
Ran by Rosie (administrator) on GW-LPTP on 27-03-2015 11:34:34
Running from C:\Documents and Settings\Rosie\Desktop
Loaded Profiles: Rosie & Administrator (Available profiles: Rosie & Administrator)
Platform: Microsoft Windows XP Professional Service Pack 3 (X86) OS Language: English (United States)
Internet Explorer Version 8 (Default browser: FF)
Boot Mode: Normal
Tutorial for Farbar Recovery Scan Tool:
==================== Processes (Whitelisted) =================
(If an entry is included in the fixlist, the process will be closed. The file will not be moved.)
(AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o.) C:\PROGRA~1\AVG\AVG2015\avgrsx.exe
(AVG Technologies CZ, s.r.o.) C:\Program Files\AVG\AVG2015\avgcsrvx.exe
(Synaptics, Inc.) C:\Program Files\Sy... Read more

Answer:Data files encrypted with Cryptowall 3.0

Hello, Welcome to BleepingComputer.I'm nasdaq and will be helping you.If you can please print this topic it will make it easier for you to follow the instructions and complete all of the necessary steps in the order listed.===This is the infection - CryptoWall and HELP_DECRYPT Ransomware Information Guide than paying the ransom if it's not too late there is nothing we can do to restore your files.I know one thing I would not trust them, your call.We can only clean your computer of the bad files. Hope you have a good backup of your important files.Execute the following to clean the computer.=== ATTENTION: System Restore is disabled.Before proceeding with this fix restore it.How to: notepad (Start =>All Programs => Accessories => Notepad). Please copy the entire contents of the code box below.start


HKLM\...\Run: [KernelFaultCheck] => %systemroot%\system32\dumprep 0 -k
Winlogon\Notify\SDWinLogon: SDWinLogon.dll [X]
URLSearchHook: HKU\S-1-5-21-195908757-649669058-3365430507-1006 - Yahoo! Toolbar - {EF99BD32-C1FB-11D2-892F-0090271D4F88} - C:\Program Files\Yahoo!\Companion\Installs\cpn\yt.dll (Yahoo! Inc.)
SearchScopes: HKU\S-1-5-21-195908757-649669058-3365430507-1006 -> {6F9CF7B0-AD7C-4C61-B323-BF4B09373575} URL = Read more

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A month ago, I was in bad mood and I just deleted some of my txt files that were in the HIDDEN FOLDERS. Then I searched on google that how can i recover these files, There were some softwares that I used to recover these files and the files were recovered but the text written in those txt files were totally Encrypted Like when u sometimes try to open an exe file in notepad, the type of text which is there...that type of encryption was there in those files. I searched again on google how to decrypt this data, but found nothing about this. Also, in one of the important files the data was invisible but the scrollbar scrolls as if the data exist there...but its just invisible.

Can anyone please tell me how can i recover this data...or is it that the files that are in the hidden folders cant be retrieved??? These files were on the FAT32 stream.


Answer:Recovered file gives encrypted data

That is a search for File Recovery.

IUT might not be possilbe. FAT32 is a old sytle file system and really insecure. Plus it was a month ago you say so there is a chance that if the drive was still being used that the data was overwritten.

Can also try a applicaiton called Pandora Recovery.

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At this point I am looking for advice more than I am actual tech/repair service.

I have an older computer running on Windows XP Pro. I've been using Microsoft Security Essentials for virus protection (although support ended 6 months ago), and the free version of Malwarebytes for malware protection. About two days ago my computer was hacked and something or someone encrypted all of my files... Word, Excel, AutoCAD, PDF, JPEG files... just about everything.

They left a text document instructing me to go to a certain website if I want my files restored. I have not done this. I have actually disconnected my computer from the internet for the time being.

I've tested all of my software and everything seems to be working fine. I can create, save and edit new documents. I just can't open or read my old documents.

I have most of my important work and personal files backed up, although the backup is about a week out of date so I'll lose or have to recreate some of the most recent stuff. Also, I do have a number of items on my desktop (or otherwise) which I'd never backed up. Nothing critical, but just the same I'd rather not lose that stuff. In addition, I don't believe I've got a recent backup of my email (I'm using Outlook 2003).

I can provide more details as needed, but right now I'm just looking for advice on what to do next. Although I do have to get my computer cleaned up, by far my biggest concern is restoring my data files ... Read more

Answer:My data files have been hacked and encrypted

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Hi, I had oldie T20 computer (PIII) which monitor just blew up already years ago. The hard disk of that computer had encryption. Computer always asked password when it was started. I have the PW still. However, I would like to get the data out of the hard disk. I have external case for the harddisk to connect it to my PC.  Can someone please help what to do with the encryption. Regards, Jani

Answer:Need data from encrypted hard disk.

can't you connect an external screen to the laptop, and then transfer the file from the harddrive that way??? If your hdd is encrypted (in your case a hdd password on it), using an external caddy is not the best way to transfer your file. 

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I accidently formatted one of my drives which was previously encrypted.
now I want my data back ... i have lost my all important data ..

I tried some third party software as "recover my file" but it didn't work.

Later then, I experimented on a formatted (not encrypted before) usb drive to recover files by same software and it did work.

After that, I encrypted the usb drive and then formatted it. Then I tried to recover by same software, but it didn't work.
So, it's apparent that it is not possible to recover from a encrypted and formatted drive by a usual recovery software.
 Is there any other method that can help me.

Please inform, I'm in a dire need.

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Dear Geeks,
I have just been faced with a HUGE problem. Last night I switched on my PC and in the bottom right hand corner, I noticed a pop up informing me that new hardware had been installed on my PC. I checked to see what it was and was informed that it was a new hard drive. After closer inspection I realised that it wasn't a new hard drive at all but my existing F: Drive on which I store all my music, photos and college work.
The puzzling thing was that somehow, it had changed from being called 'ST140803A' to 'QT140803A'. Like my main C: Drive, this is an old Seagate drive.
It's a 40 gig and was practically full to capacity.
When I tried to open it, it wouldn't allow me to and said it wasnt formatted, asking if I'd like to format it now. I clicked 'no' and went to look at the Properties to find that the drive had changed from file system NTFS to something else known as RAW. (see jpg attachment)
This happened once before (again for no apparent reason about a year ago) and I lost EVERYTHING on the drive. If I lost all the data on this disk again I will be absolutely gutted as much of the stuff on there is irreplacable.
I know that its kinda crucial to make back ups of data but when you're talking almost 40 gig of music, thats a lot of 700MB blank discs to buy :-(
Could someone please shed some light on how this may have happened and possible solutions to rectifying the situation?
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Answer:Hard Drive has mysteriously changed format overnight, ALL data lost. Please help

Well the only thing I can tell you at the moment is that a RAW system means the disk is apparently unformatted. I'm working on how to fix this at the moment as I've just had a 80Gb disk do exactly the same as yours - and interestingly also almost full of music files. If I find a cure I'll you know!

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Hello peeps...

I have a system drive on a workstation which is 1) removable, 2) contains 2 partitions - one for the sytem & data files, one reserved by the os.

I would like to use this drive and it's file data in an external drive case (SATA) connected to my notebook.

Is this possible? Will the notebook handle the external drive properly?


Answer:Using system drive data as a data drive on seperate machine

It shouldn't be a problem, the notebook should see the drive as secondary. Can't hurt to create a System Resore or image the system first, though:

System Restore Point - Create


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I currently have Win 7 Beta as my main OS with a non-system partition encrypted with Bit-locker(without TPM). I downloaded a copy of Win 7 RC, but will the new OS recognize the bit-locker encrypted partitions? Do I need to decrypt this drive, re-install the OS and then encrypt this non-system partition again? (I don't have my boot partition encrypted)

Or will Win 7 RC natively recognize the bit-locker partition and I just have to provide the user key to mount the drive?


Answer:Migrating Win7Beta bitlocker encrypted data to Win 7 RC

Hello Icered, and welcome to Seven Forums.

I would recommend to decrypt the drive first, install the new OS, then use bit-locker to encrypt it afterwards.

Hope this helps,

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Is there a server setting I can enable to make it so that if a file is encrypted by a user it is NOT uploaded to the server encrypted?

I have some users that when they attempt to upload encrypted data they are prompted that the encryption will be removed, however others don't get prompted and then post encrypted data. In some situations the recovery manager is removed also from these files so it causes a huge nightmare.

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