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i lost all my recovery on D drive

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i lost all my recovery on D drive

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Title explains it all I left my laptop on the coffee table,went outside to smoke and,when I came back in,the machine was just....."dead" Lots of stuff on there,I'd like to recover.What are my options ? The machine will not even boot

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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 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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My Dad's computer wouldn't boot the other day and I used the recovery process that comes with the machine. It said that the data would be preserved via the process but some programs would need to be reinstalled. After running thru the process (it uses a partition on D:, if that helps at all) it removed all the data. I contacted HP and chatted online with a tech and they said it wipes out My Documents! Why the process said it preserved data is a bit of a mystery. The techs had me download a deleted files recovery program and it found 6700+ files, none that looked likes Dad's data. I don't think the data was deleted.

I believe the data is still on the hard drive... here is why-
While it was going thru the recovery process it said it was backing up files.
The hard drive space still shows 24 of 30 GB used. I think that's about what was there before the crash!
The process removes the user profiles and the "Dad-Mom" profile is where the data was stored.
It recovered some photos in the shared documents folder which makes user profiles more curious.
I appreciate the help. I should have been more careful about running this program, but I trusted the "no data loss statement." Live and learn.

dadkins

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Hi
I used CLEAN in DISKPART and i delete all partitions of my only disk.
Now i dont have any OS on my laptop and i want recover partition by "Partition Wizard" or "Test Disk" that can boot from CD but i fear that this bootable program overwrite on my only disk to load itself and some part of my data will be lost.
Am i right?
I must apologize because of my weak language skills.

Answer:May i lost my data in recovery by bootable recovery programs?

It depends on how valuable your data was and much you want to spend to get it back. The best chance you would have of retrieving your data would be to take your hard drive to a professional recovery service, explain to them the exact steps you did to delete your partitions and pay the professionals to retrieve your data.

I have successfully - many, many years ago - recovered a deleted partition using software that I purchased, but I can't remember exactly which software it was - I only used it once.

Software such as this:
Free Partition Recovery Software - EaseUS Partition Recovery.

Is meant to be booted from CD/DVD/USB and not write to the hard drive so that it can read possible markers left on the hard drive to indicate where the partitions used to be and restore them.

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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 screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so 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 it...my 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

pete
 

Answer:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Closing duplicate, please reply here:

http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/594609-data-recovery-lost-data-format.html

eddie
 

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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 screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so 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 it...my 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

pete
 

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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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 screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so 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 it...my 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

pete
 

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 ..
http://www.runtime.org/

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

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Hi,

I'm in desperate need of some help. My PC at work decided to shutdown each time it booted up and displayed the desktop it would display a message along the lines on 'Microsoft has detected an error and will shutdown...', then shutdown.

The machine was taken away by the IT guys who at first thought it was a memory issue, I was then told it was a hard drive fault and that they tried to clone the hard drive to a new hard drive but some of the windows system files were corrupt, so they gave me a new hard drive with and loaded a fresh install of Windows 7 and set my faulty hard drive as the slave drive.

The slave drive originally had XP on it.

The problem I have is trying to recover the files from the slave drive, although the drive and structure look in tact the user profile doesn't appear at all, I've unhidden files within 'user' but it just shows up as 'default' with just a bunch of empty folders.

Is there anyway I can recover my profile and more importantly recover my files?

Many thanks

Answer:Recovery of lost data

As your IT guys have tried, I would say NO.
Do your IT guys backup all the PC at work.

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Hi,
After running scandisk for windows98 ,it deleted my original data and found**.chk files were created.
Can anyone tell me how to recover my original data from that disk now.

Thanx a million.
 

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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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I recently had some trouble with flashing my bios.. and my harddrive got erased... is there anyway i can get my data back if i have already formated that partition
 

Answer:lost data, any possibility of recovery

xFuryofFivex said:

I recently had some trouble with flashing my bios.. and my harddrive got erased... is there anyway i can get my data back if i have already formated that partitionClick to expand...

yes and no depending if you've written OVER the sectors of your data. Go get yourself a program that reads the sectors on the harddrive. A simple search on www.downloads.com will show some results. I believe I used a program called GetDataBack awhile ago. Worked like a charm.
 

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Hi,

I Had Formatted My Hard Drive Unknowingly And Lost All The Data On The Computer.......now I Have Installed The Xp Os But I Have Lost Very Important Data......so If Any One Can Help Me Recovering The Data It Will Be More Helpful
 

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I was running on Windows XP SP2 working fine for me. Last week when I connected to the internet while browsing may be some virus came into it and my Laptop (Acer Aspire 5050) start malfunctioning. I decided to install windows XP SP2 again, while installing it started formatting my hard drive without prompting for it in the mean while it got restarted and I lost my whole data. I again repartitioned it and install windows XP some how.

I have tried many softwares for recovering data like GetdataBack for NTFS, Badcopy and Ontrack.

Can any one tell me which is the best software for recovering lost data from HDD.
 

Answer:Data Recovery from lost Partition

Do not double-post.

http://forums.techguy.org/windows-nt-2000-xp/666204-hdd-data-recovery-lost-partition.html
 

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cannot do a system restore after a cpu recovery mistake...help

Answer:mistake pc recovery lost data

you need to post more information with more detail and correctly describe the problem
this is obviously a wrong discription
cpu recovery

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Hi,
Actually i saved data in partition, then after added bitlocker security.
I have password and key also.
Then I unlocked it for sometime, Due to my friend mistake, he deleted entire data from drive (which was enabled for bitlock). Data was huge so it just deleted without going to recyclebin.
So now i can recover data with DATA RECOVERY TOOL from partition.
But Its encrypted. bcuz in that drive data was encrypted.
So when i try to access its marked as not read (encrypted).
I think there is no way to put same data back in bitlock cover and unlock it or other solution.
If you have some suggestions, Please suggest.
I will be very thankfull to you.

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Hi, my question concerns an HP Pavillion Desktop with Windows XP Home Edition Operating System. About a week ago my computer was degenerating to such a condition that it would no longer start up properly: it would not load some of the host process properly at start up and the desk top would not appear. The system would hang up, and the only way I could access files was in safe mode.
So I decided to do a Full System Recovery and allow the computer to restore itself to some sort of usable condition. Upon completing the initial set up I was presented with, I pressed FINISH and the system froze again, refusing to load the desktop.
So, perhaps foolishly, I attempted a System Recovery from the Recovery DVDs the computer had prompted me to make a while ago, as well as a few more System Restores and Recoveries.
Finally after letting the computer run its course for nearly a day, I was able to use the desktop normally again. However, I discovered that some text documents which I had saved directly on to the desktop had disappeared. I scoured the directories looking for them, discovering that the old Documents and Settings from the previous user name (the one I had when I saved the files onto the desktop) would not allow me to access its DESKTOP folder, where I hoped these documents might be.
These documents were not backed up in any other folder, but saved directly to the desktop.
My question is, and I know it's probably a long shot: Is there any hope that I might be able to recov... Read more

Answer:Data Lost after System Recovery

You will have to take ownership of the Folder/Files: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/308421 .
Gene
 

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Hi,
Actually i saved data in partition, then after added bitlocker security.
I have password and key also.
Then I unlocked it for sometime, Due to my friend mistake, he deleted entire data from drive (which was enabled for bitlock). Data was huge so it just deleted without going to recyclebin.
So now i can recover data with DATA RECOVERY TOOL from partition.
But Its encrypted. bcuz in that drive data was encrypted.
So when i try to access its marked as not read (encrypted).
I think there is no way to put same data back in bitlock cover and unlock it or other solution.
If you have some suggestions, Please suggest.
I will be very thankfull to you.

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My girlfriend's laptop seems to be showing symptoms consistent with gradual hard-drive failure (she is losing random bits of data for no reason and is experiencing OS functionality slowdown as well as boot errors). One of the files that 'vanished' was her diary, is there any way to recover this by means of software? (The laptop is still functional and I can run whatever needs to be run). Please get back to me if there is any way to solve this. We tried a data-recovery program but it didn't yield any results, only something that looks like a temp copy of the file. Word couldn't open it because it was corrupted, and I don't think that's the right file anyways since it's only ~160 B, when her diary was a 20 page file (I'm guessing ~100 KB)
Thanks for any help anyone can give.
-DHack
 

Answer:Help needed with lost data recovery

Hi,

www.piriform.com

download the recuva feature, that will retrieve her diary as long as it has not been overwritten.

It is free ware, enjoy the luvin your gf gives you when you retrieve it for her

 

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hi,guys. I got a problem now, I install a free software a week ago, then when login the windows, always had a babylon 9 advertisement pop up at the right coner of the screen, so i use the anti -malware to remove it ,unfortunately it didn't workeven worse I lost the total data of q recovery  partition, my questions are how to remove the disturbing ad.  and how to back up the system.   thanks    

Answer:Lost data from recovery partition

First, some info:What anti-malware program are you using?Also, did you create restore disks when you first used the system?What free software did you download and install (the name of the program that keeps creating the ad)?I'm assuming that 'Q:' just doesn't show up in 'Computer', correct?Can you tell me what happens when you go into Start>Search for 'Computer Management'>Storage>Disk Management? Do you see 3 blue boxes in total, and is one of them labeled 'Lenovo Recovery'?Finally, what version of Windows are you using, and on what kind of Thinkpad?

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hello,I did a system reset or recovery with Vista ( I have a compaq 610). I have 2 drives, C and D.Without thinking that it would be new formatted etc , I did not make a back-up of my pictures and docs ( I know ....)howver I made a back up a couple of weeks ago thru the HP software on D.If I now look at d it say 2gb of 10 free. Which means that their should be data on....  But when I click on it I see nothing.would anyone know how I can see that data and what is on the D drive?thankschris

Answer:lost data after system recovery

The D: drive probably doesn't contain any backups. It contains a recovery partition.The "backup" procedure you ran through, assuming you didn't burn any discs during the process, likely just backed up your data somewhere on the C: drive, not onto D: (since there would not be room).

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I was running on Windows XP SP2 working fine for me. Last week when I connected to the internet while browsing may be some virus came into it and my Laptop (Acer Aspire 5050) start malfunctioning. I decided to install windows XP SP2 again, while installing it started formatting my hard drive without prompting for it in the mean while it got restarted and I lost my whole data. I again repartitioned it and install windows XP some how.

I have tried many softwares for recovering data like GetdataBack for NTFS, Badcopy and Ontrack.

Can any one tell me which is the best software for recovering lost data from HDD.
 

Answer:HDD Data Recovery from lost partition

After 2 installations, you are wasting your time trying to recover anything. It is all gone. Hopefully, you had everything backed up, right?
 

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I have 2 problems, mine is recovering data from a DVD-R & a friend is looking for my help in recovering data from a "corrupted" Flash Drive.

I was burning data on a DVD-R multiple sessions disk when my Burner crapped out while using Nero. I now have a new Burner & when I go back into this disk I can only read data from my 1st session when I compare the #s from Nero's disk info tool, however it also shows that session 5 is still open?? but I cannot read anything from sessions 2, 3 & 4. Looking around I spotted CD Recovery Tool Box Free 1.1.7 is there anything more recent and or better that would let me try to recover the data on this disk. The data in session 5 is still on my HD but I would like to be able to recover the data in the other sessions, worst possible case even just the file names would be a small plus.

Now for the Flash Drive. It is a Lexar 8 Gig & what supposedly happened is that Peter lent it to a fellow employee so he could extract some data (probably a mistake). When he got it back a few minutes later & tried to use it all he got was a message that it was corrupted. As it has all of his product codes, phone numbers & personal sales data for the last year he is really desperate to try & recover the data. He does not have a computer of his own, so he has no backup (another bad idea). He has gotten a new Flash Drive a Sony 8 Gig, but I have told him that he better go out & get a 2nd one to use as a back... Read more

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Not sure if I'm in the right place, but here goes. I recently did a partial system recovery and when I was done, everything was in it's right place except for one folder. I did a search and located it in USERDATA but was unable to access it. I managed to gain ownership of the folder but when I opened it, the folder was empty! Why would this happen and is there any way I can recover the lost files? I even downloaded a file recovery program but I still cannot find the files although I have found other crap that has been deleted. Does anyone have any advice as to what can be done? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Answer:Lost data after a partial system recovery

Hello and welcome to the forum

What do you mean by "Partial System Recovery" . . . what exactly did you do?

Try not to use the machine since using it will make any data recovery more difficult

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Hi..

A recent attempt to install (downloaded from the HP site) printer software caused my stable XPsp3 Compaq/HP PC to constantly lock within a few mouse clicks from start up. Uninstalling the software didn't help and I couldn't restore to a pre-install restore point. Reinstalling the software from a borrowed disc didn't do anything either.

I ran the Compaq on-board system recovery software from boot up (from a partition on the disc I gather). Rather than go for the more destructive back-to-completely-original option, I went for one that said I'd have to reinstall non-factory software - but that data files would be unaffected.

Lo and behold the near-opposite has occurred: all the self-installed software remains intact but data files from my account have been wiped. My wifes account data is still there however.

I've a recent enough back-up available but will have lost honeymoon photos. At least, they're not available via XP/Explorer - though I assume they haven't been written over yet on disc. Any idea how to go about retrieving these files?

Any help would be appreciated..

Ian

Answer:Recovering lost data after system recovery

GetDataBack to recover the lost files, then I'd wipe the drive and start fresh. You may have had malware and/or HD errors messing up the repair install. The HD may also be failing; it would be a good idea to test it before reinstalling.

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Hi, can anyone help,
my system recently crashed,
showing a message " windows can not start because the following file is missing or corrupt \windows\system32\config\system". so I used my XP start up disk which ran the system recovery. I now find that all my files/data is missing and the system has gone back to it's original settings. After searching TSF I see "Getdataback" is an option. Can you tell me is this a good program to use? Will it help my problem?

Thanks....

Answer:How to recover lost data following system recovery

That's an excellent program but do you have a desktop or laptop? You're going to need another drive to retrieve the data

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I purchased a new Motherboard to upgrade my computer and new SSD drive. I installed Windows 7 again on my new SSD. I had a 3TB Seagate Drive that had 3 partitions. One partition had Windows 7 and system files. The other two had data. Now, one of my data partitions shows as Unallocated. The old Windows 7 partition is totally accessible as well as one data partition. I need to recover the data on the drive from the unallocated partition. I've tried Seatools and EaseUs partition tool. I'm going to try DiscInternals next.

Does anyone have suggestions on recovering a partition that is now unallocated? I imagine the data is still there but the partition isn't being recognized by Windows 7.

Thanks

Answer:Lost Partition - Now Unallocated - Data Recovery

Try a simple partition undelete using Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

If that doesn't work try data recovery software.

Your data should always be backed up externally or to the cloud, using a modern method like Sync, Backup and Store your Files to the Cloud with Skydrive - Windows 7 Forums

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Two of my friends have had problems with E-Machines PCs running XP. On both occasions, on booting up the PC the cursor just sat in the top left hand corner. The engineers who came out loaded the recovery disk, and ten minutes later they had what appeared to be a working system.But, all of their data was missing. Some data had been been copied to floppies, but a lot was lost. How can this data be recovered?. Does anyone know of a good, freeware, package?Thanks. Bill

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I have a compaq presario CQ60. with windows vista Not sure what my daughter has done but I tried to log onto my laptop earlier but I get the message No bootable device insert boot disc and push any key. I didnt get any discs with it has all recovery built in, and a thicky I didnt make any discs. warrenty expired jan 2010.
I have managed to f2 it and it says 100% of the system memory tested ok, 966,807,552 bytes of system memory tested ok, memory test passed hard disk not exist. have tried copying onto disc driver recovery but my laptop doesn't read it. Managed to get onto a page which pulled up my computer screen and it says removable c drive no hard drive, setup information cant be found anywhere and all files are empty.
I have tried to run the self dianostic but it cant find any files to repair.
Please Help. I am a total novice and after spending 7 hours on my other daughters laptop trying to find some answers I give up.
 

Answer:Compaq with lost hard drive

hard disk not exist. Click to expand...

it cant find the harddisk, which may mean the harddrive has failed or the controller,
it may be psoosible to replace the drive - some compaqs are quite easy to change - a couple of screws at the bottom and the drive slides out the side - others can be a bit more difficult

theres quite a few cq60 on the hp website under support
http://h20180.www2.hp.com/apps/Look...type=s-002&h_query=cq60&submit.x=0&submit.y=0
then look down righthand side for manuals
should be a notebook tour - that will show where the harddrive bay is

http://www.insidemylaptop.com/remove-replace-damaged-lcd-screen-hp-g50-g60-g70-notebook/

if you replace the harddrive - you will need the recovery CDs - which you can buy from HP
 

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hi
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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Hi, I'm not quite certain what my wife did.  I think she said she pressed Thinkvantage and quote pressed 'yes' to restore.  But the computer is certainly not back to factory specs with no data files on it, so I hope she just did an earlier recovery, if I have the vernacular right? Is there a way to reverse the recovery/restore that she is at now?  Most recent photos of our newborn among other valuable data was lost. Many many thanks for all the best and I am trying to relate as best I can what 'she did.'  

Answer:My wife did a restore? recovery? on her T410 and lost a whole lot of data. Help.

What do you mean that it is not back to factory specs?    What kind of files are you finding that make you believe that it was not taken back to factory specs?  





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when I start my T61 Laptop, i get complete blue screen with no addition error window. Pl. suggest solution to this problem. Moderator edit: problem added to subject line for clarity.  Message Edited by Agotthelf on 21-07-2009 10:40 AM

Answer:Blue Screen and data lost after rescue n recovery during F11 operation

Welcome to lenovo user forums What error message are you getting on your system,also mention the OS you are using. 

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Contents:SummaryComplete descriptionComputer specificationsSummary:I moved a folder from D: to an external drive N:. I see that the moved folder is now "(empty)." The "Unmove" option is not available. FileScavenger 3.1 doesn't even find the original folder from D:. Windows is installed on C:. I have not made any changes to D: after the folder was moved.Complete description:I have two internal hard drives and one external. Windows and other program files are on C:. Relatively unimportant files and documents are stored on separate partitions from the system (Windows). Back-ups are copied to the external drive N:, O:. I had intended to copy only, but made a mistake by choosing the "Move" option.I proceeded to back up data from D: to the external hard drive N:. While examining the moved folders and files, I find that one of the folders is now empty. I checked folder options to make sure hidden files could be seen. I also examined "properties" for file size and number, finding "0 files" and "0 folders." It was reader software for ebooks from years ago. But I don't remember what it was. I suppose I could look for and buy a new version of some sort.When I discovered this, I made sure not to do anything further to that hard drive.I installed File Scavenger 3.1 and did a "long" scan. It found just about everything except that one folder. I tried a few other freeware file recovery programs with same results... Read more

Answer:Moved folder -lost data -recovery attempts fail

Have you tried a system restore to a prior date?Alan <>< 

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I'm running Windows XP SP3 with everything up to date as far as I know. I have the complete set of my PC's OEM Disks that I've used once when my OS was completely messed up, had Geeks Rescue out and they couldn't figure out what was wrong, so I know what they are for.

What I'm not understanding are the several tools I'm afraid to open listed in my "Start"/"All Programs" I have both "Compaq"/"Compaq Presario PC Tools" with "Compaq Application Recovery"/"Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator"/"Compaq Recovery Tools CD"/"Compaq Support Information"/"Compaq System Recovery"/"Remote Assistance"/"Safety and Comfort Guide"

Then below that entry there's another that says, "PC Recovery Tools" that has the "Compaq Application Recovery"/"Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator"/"Compaq Recovery Tools CD"/ and /"Compaq System Recovery" which I'm assuming are the same as the same four listed above.
I know what the "Compaq Recovery CD-DVD Creator" is supposed to do but like so many other folks I've read about I couldn't get mine to burn all of the disks successfully so I got them from HP/Compaq after a lot of run around and misery.

My problem is that I inadvertently uninstalled my Omnipass program file a while back and perhaps a couple of other needed files and drivers but I'm no... Read more

Answer:Confused about Compaq Recovery Tools CD/Compaq System Recovery.

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Hi guys,

I have a serious problem with my Packard Bell Easy Note V7800W.

Since a few days, when I started the PC, Windows would load, then I would login, and then the PC would freeze when loading the desktop etc: I could see my desktop, see the start menu, etc. But could not click on anything. And the same situation would happen even with annother user.

So I tried different things. First, I wanted to restart in safe mode to run a chkdsk. But when I tried starting safe mode, it would just start the normal Windows.

So I saw on the Packard Bell docs that there was a recovery mode I could launch at startup by pressing F11 (or F10, don't remember). The doc mentionned that I would then be able to choose to backup my data and reinstall Windows.

I went ahead. And then things got very wired. After launching, the tool told me no partition was found, and that it was now creating one. Ok. Then I got a menu proposing me to: backup my data and reinstall Windows. Only problem, this option was disabled (radio button disabled). The only option left was to restore at factory default. Of course I didn't want to since I didn't want to loose my data.

Now what am I supposed to do ? When I restart the computer it automatically boots on the recovery partition. I can't boot in any other mode. I inserted a Windows Installation CD (from annother computer), tried running chkdsk but it only finds two partitions: C:/MININT (6GB) and annother one of 16 GB. My DD is 80 GB in total.... Read more

Answer:Serious problem with my Packard Bell - data lost after running recovery tool ?

Hey there, Welcome to Tech Guy forums.

Personally I think the best way forward with this problem is to remove the hard drive out of your computer. If it is IDE (PATA) then you will have to switch the jumpers to make it a slave drive and install it into another working computer and attempt to recover your data off the drive. If it is a SATA drive then you will not have to set the jumpers and should be able to install the drive straight into another computer and be able to access it.

The drive will show up as the 2 partitions that you have mentioned and hopefully your data will be safe in one of those partitions. The other space that isn't accounted for I can only presume has been deleted and made ready to become a partition in which case you may need to use a data recovery program to get he files back or possibly send your hard drive to a professional company to get them to try and recover it for you.

Jack-O-Bytes
 

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The Data Recovery Wizard program worked for me when I lost some important files. It had a prices tag but from my experience it was worth it. You can see the details info via http://www.easeus.com. I wanted to share but also wanted to make sure that I didn't stray from the forum rules.

 

Answer:The Data Recovery Wizard program worked for me when I lost some important files.

Welcome to TSG....

Thank you for this site. It looks excellent. I would not worry about the advertising thing since you are just pointing out a site that saved your bacon.
 

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OS is Windows Vista Home Basic.When I try to set a recovery point it tells me that I need to remove data from the D: drive to make space. The system is set up to overwrite previous restore points but it doesn't work at all so I can't get it to record new restore points.Anyone out there who can offer me advice on how to fix the system???I accept that I am a newbie and that I may have screwed it up but would be very grateful to anyone who can sort me out. (Moderator edit: moved topic to more appropriate forum. jgweed)

Answer:Compaq Presario Recovery D: Drive Capacity

For starters I would private message a Mod to move this to the Vista forum as you posted this in the XP forum.

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Can I manually start the recovery drive somehow? My windows on my Presario got all messed up somehow and I went to press F10 to do a "Destructive Recovery" and reinstall everything and the ntlrd or something like that is missing. I put in a DOS disk to explore the recovery partition to see if there was a way to activate it manually. I couldn't find a file a file that would help me out.

Can I start my Compaq/HP recovery partition manually? It is definatly in tact with all its files.
 

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The HDD (Maxtor 40G) on my friend's Compaq Presario 5005CL went out, so changed it for a Maxtor 80G Diamond Max 09. When trying to reinstall the OS, I noticed the DVD and CD/RW drives would not power up. I needed at least one of them to install the OS. I pulled out the data cable, and the power lights went on, and the CD ROMs were now with power. I reinserted the data cable, and the power on the drives went out. The FDD and the new HDD are just fine. If only I could get this data cable to stop interfering with the optical drive power supply, I would be on my way. I changed the data cable, and I tried other power jacks on my power supply. The problem remains. When I insert the data cable into the drives, it robs the drives of the power.

The other thing is that when trying to access the BIOS, I am unable to it with DEL or F10. It keeps telling me the drive is unknown. But that should not prevent access to the BIOS. While I have built over a dozen PCs from scratch, this is the first name brand PC I am helping a friend with. I wonder if Compaq has put these hurdles into their firmware to ensure you bring the PC back to them for repair. My friend is a retired lawyer, and I am no expert as my username suggests. Any suggestions from you experts out there would be highly appreciated.

Thank you.
 

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Hi, I am using a T400, window 7, 32 bits. Yesterday I accidentally clicked on  Start > All Programs > ThinkVantage> Create product recovery media or Create recovery media. I am not sure about which programs I clicked on but it appears an open up window asking me if I want to insert recovery disk, then I click no. It disappeared. It didn't tell me anything( like all the data will be lost and there is no progress box either; it happened very fast like in 5 seconds) and then I find that all my data in hard drive D is gone. I can not see hard drive D anymore in My computer. However I can find the partition titled "recovery partition" with 100% free storage in replace for my hard drive D in the storage management of  My computer and I cannot access it. I am so scared that I don't turn off the laptop 'till now. All the programs are working normal because I installed them on hard drive C but all the data on drive D is lost. Anyone has the same problems? I wonder such a serious software but doesn't have any prior notice to customer that it will cause data loss like this?Thanks.  

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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.
Thanks

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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Hi,

I have a larged data drive that failed a disk check. It stalls when starting stage two (I belive that is the verification of indexing). I have been able to back-up all of the folders except for a large folder of raw video. The PC locks up when I attempt to access/copy this folder (it appears to be part of the problem). I want to make an attempt to recover this data before reformatting the drive.

The check disk fails both at start up or if I run from the desktop both in regular and safe mode. Does anyone have tips for recoverying this data?
 

Answer:Data Recovery of data drive

You could try using a 98 boot disk and then run ntfsdos from there to access the ntfs partitions. Then try an xcopy of that file to another drive.

Another method could be to use Winrar to create a multipart archive and store it on another drive. This might chunk it up enuff.

Or boot to recovery console from the CD and then run chkdsk /r which marks any sectors that are corrupt as bad so they will not be used again, even after format. All take some time, but they are readily availalble fixes.

Alternatively, you could create an image of the drive and save that somewhere else, then run your drive manufacturers disk utility to check integrity of the disk.

Hope this helps
 

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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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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.  http://www.computerhope.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?num=1152393515

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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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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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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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HI . PLZ HELP ME.  MY HP V210W PAN DRIVE  WRITE PROCTATED , PROBLAM SOLVED BUT MY ALL DATA LOST .  THIS SITE VIST:-http://www.pny.com.tw/index.php?cls=2&mode=downloadMY  PAN DRIVE FORMATED BUT MY DATA WILL BE LOST NOT MY RECOVER THE DATA PLZ HELP ME SIR

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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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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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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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Hi,

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


Terry

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.

~Lordbob

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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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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 lost...no 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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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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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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Hi,

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.

Thanks,
Saleem
 

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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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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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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'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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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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Hi.

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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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

Recuva
do not write to the drive until you have complete recovery

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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 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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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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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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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?

thanks.
 

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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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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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??

Help!
 

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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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.

Jim
 

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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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.

Oli

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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

Download from : https://www.piriform.com/recuva
 

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2GB Memorex usb drive not working. drive doesn't appear on computer after plugging in. Is there ANY way possible to troubleshoot these little monsters???? Can I open it? There has to be something -- I've already returned it to Memorex; the new one they sent me doesn't work either.

Any suggestions or websites I can check out.

Ki
 

Answer:USB Drive Data Recovery

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My brand new Simpledrive USB drive went bad after a whopping 2 uses, was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on free data recovery software....I have already tried all the programs on this site to no avail...a few of the free demos worked but $80 is kinda outta my budget...Thanks...
 

Answer:Data Recovery from 120 GB USB Drive

I have already tried all the programs on this site to no availClick to expand...

So, I guess that means that you've tried this http://www.pcinspector.de/Sites/file_recovery/download.htm?language=1
 

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I wasn't sure where to post this because I'm panicing a bit. Sorry guys, please move if it's not in the right place.
So, I'm in college and we have to do this really long assignment which constitutes 40% of the final grade.
I had one section of this on my USB drive but today as I was going to print it, I noticed that something had changed the extension of the file making it inaccessible (it was a microsoft word document). I also noticed that a weird file (named PERSON~1(then a weird square)doc) was on my flash drive and, according to windows, was last edited in 1992. USB weren't even invented then so I'm sure it's a virus which edited my file to the same extension however, norton 360 doesn't detect anything. My friend recommended a recovery program (which was only an eval copy) but it didn't work. However, I did see a file (which I can't seem to view in explorer) named BE which was edited in 1980! I wasn't even born then. I've made it so I see hidden files in explorer but I still cannot see this BE whatever it is
I really need this file, and by thursday (which is why I'm in a panic). I stupidly didn't back it up so I can't afford to lose it.
Is there any way to recover my file? Is it a virus problem which has corrupted it for good?

Answer:USB Drive Data Recovery Help

Anyone at all? I know it's a shot in the dark as it's probably replaced the file with itself (if it is indeed a virus) but still, It would be great if I could recover the file.

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My no-name (KingStar) USB 1.1 drive "malfunctioned" and I am getting sky-high quotes for data recovery (i.e., $700.00 for recovering about 125 MB of data); does anyone know a reliable data recovery person/service with lower rates? Thanks!
 

Answer:Help: Data Recovery for USB Drive

I don't thing there is such a thing because of how hard and time consuming it came be to recover lost data like that. I didn't even know it could be done from flash memory.
 

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Ok, so what happened was I formated my D Drive and made that my OS, then I restarted my computer. Everytime I turn it on it gets to the boot manager and then restarts again over and over. It never gets passed that, not even to the logon page.

Is there a way I can undo what i did (make my C Drive my OS again)?

Answer:Data Recovery on D Drive

try a system restore

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Started to reformat my D drive by mistake and canceled ASAP.  I then turned off the pc and then back on and it said it repaired the D drive.  However, when I clicked on the D drive it said I needed to format it to use it.  How can I get the ?recovery? D drive back or is it gone forever??  

Answer:Lost D drive recovery

Hi,         As you had initiated formatting on Drive D, it can be recovered by reinstalling the complete OS using the recovery disk. Since once the files on drive D gets deleted, it cannot be recovered as Drive D is used to reinstall the OS using recovery manager.  Even if few files are missing, then you wont be able to reinstall OS using the recovery manager. If you have not created Recovery disk, then you can call HP Support to order one or you can place order by visiting your product driver site.

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Hi there
my laptop come with recovery drive and windows dvd . i lost them all but i have windown sereal number . can i get my windows back ?
windows 7 home basic
best regards

Answer:Lost dvd and recovery drive

Have you tried Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Start?

Those steps lead up to if necessary rescuiing your files to do a Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7. Everything needed is in the tutorial. Some of the links for WIn7 ISO downloads are down, so download any 32 bit version which will download, unlock all versions by running the eicfg removal tool to burn to DVD or write to bootable flash stick with the tool also provided. Then choose your licensed version during install.

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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.

Soroti
 

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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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"

StartCeedo.exe
Autodetect.exe
AutoRun.exe
Install FreeAgent Tools.exe

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

Ceedo
Concent
EULA
My Documents
User Manuals
Warranty

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

http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...toid=3723b5b59b7d5110VgnVCM100000f5ee0a0aRCRD
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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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?
I'm on Windows 8.1 and just used all windows pr... Read more

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 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! 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 (http://u3.sandisk.com/download/lp_installer.asp). 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,

Ghost3203
 

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

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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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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, ie.email 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 ...well...you 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 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.

Thanks.
 

Answer:Hard Drive partitions lost - Need to recover data

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