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How to recover data, damaged external disk (not physically) encrypted Bitlocker ?

Question: How to recover data, damaged external disk (not physically) encrypted Bitlocker ?

please help
how can I recover data from a damaged disk (not physically) of an external encrypted Bitlocer.
Description of the situation:

After connecting the drive - I can decipher it by typing the password - but when you try to open the contents of the report the message "format disk"
- the disk probably has some volume damaged - it has been disconnected from the computer (without being turned off)
What I have done so far:

Using the "Lazesoft" program - I managed to copy (of course after entering the password
on the damaged disk)
the content to another external disk (full - looking after size) but -
this data is encrypted (mainly ending with .ER)
I am asking for a hint:

whether the data that is on the new disk can somehow read (on this disk I can try) [or/and]how to create a damaged disk image to try on another disk [or/and]how to repair a damaged disk (as a last resort) - I am afraid of total data loss [or/and]what other program to use to copy data from a damaged disk
but decrypted
Thank you in advance for your help
Best Regards

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Preferred Solution: How to recover data, damaged external disk (not physically) encrypted Bitlocker ?

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I've used it in the past to identify and fix everything from blue screens (BSOD's), ActiveX errors, corrupt files and processes, dll/exe/sys errors, recover lost memory, Windows update problems, defragging, malware removal etc.

You can download it direct from this link (This link will automatically start a download of Reimage that you can save to your computer.)

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I have a hard drive which does not spin. When it was spinning I tried using recovery software to retrieve my data and nothing I did worked. I have been through the forum and followed advice from various threads. I have now reached the stage where I'm happy to send the drive off to get the data recovered. Please let me know the name of a company in the UK, preferably South East England who can help.


Answer:Does anyone know of uk service to recover data from physically damaged hard drive

I understand your problem but you will have to weigh up the cost of this recovery and they are expensive usually starting at around 100 pounds.
If you still want to go along this route here are a few.

Good luck

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To install another operating system, I forced to resize my partitions.
I had a drive that was encrypted with bitlocker. After changing the drive and restart I noticed there were only two of the drives that on them Windows installed and another drives changed to free space.
Bitlocker encrypted drive was 100G and another drive 244G. Drives I converted to a drive then format it to restore my data. All the information was not encrypted, was returned but encrypted data was not returned even one bit. I changed the size of D to 200 GB again and after a lot of searching I found the repair-bde command.

this was result.
is there any solution to back my data?
please help

Answer:How to recover my data,encrypted by Bitlocker?(with this condition)

Welcome to Windows Seven Forums.

Please check this tutorial in the hope it will help you remove the Bitlocker drive encryption.

BitLocker Drive Encryption - Windows 7 Drive - Turn On or Off with no TPM

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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 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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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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How do you recover lost/damaged files from a damaged disk (external)?

I'm not sure if its just damaged or crammed way too full but it started when I plugged it into another computer at the front along with another hard drive which I've never done at that particular computer before but I thought it would be fine since I always plug in both at the back of my own computer.
At the other computer this disk disappeared and only the other one showed up. So I plugged out the other one and tried to make it show up. It didn't and when i plugged it out "Drive H:\ needs to be formatted" showed up" I just kept trying at all the usb ports to failure.
I tried to plug it in my computer and my laptop leading to the same result.

I'm talking about a "1TB FreeAgent GoFlex Seagate", image I took the butt part out and installed it in my computer directly. I think that's when the chkdsk utility showed up after windows started. I let it run when it started up. it finally showed up! The files still worked. but it was still almost full so I bought a new hard drive to transfer the files to and then format the old one and start clean, or so to say.

I plugged in my new hard drive and tried to transfer some files. It transferred some, but others gave me a few errors in transferring. Then I tried to transfer it to my laptop. It can't transfer directly from one external ha... Read more

Answer:Recover lost/damaged files from damaged external disk?

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We would like to use Bitlocker to encrypt external devices. However, we do already have some external hard disks with built-in encryption. Is it possible to detect this, and not to re-encrypt those disks with Bitlocker ?



Answer:Bitlocker - detect encrypted external disk ?

You might ask here Forum FAQisk Topic Part 6 -Bitlocker and BitLocker To Go

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Hi experts
My external USB disk was encrypted by bitlocker. It worked well until today. Now every time I try to decrypt the disk with no matter the password or key file, the USB disk lost connection.
My local IT said the it can be due to that some track of the disk is broken.
So in the case, is there any way I can get my data back.
Thanks very much. It is urgent. I am looking forward for your reply.   

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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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Sorry for my english. I formatted my bitlocker encrypted patition (80GB, about 30GB of data).
I lost all of my data on that patition.
How can i recover data? I dont have recovery key, but i remember the password.
Thanks in advance!

Answer:How do i recover files from formatted BitLocker encrypted patition

Have a look whether you have a restore point from before you did the encryption. Maybe you can get the files from there. See here how:

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

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I accidently formatted one of my drives which was previously encrypted.
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.

Answer:How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.


I suggest you contact the local data recovery company to recover the data. Thank you for your understanding.


Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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I have recently bought a 1 TB Seagate external hard disk. It worked very good.
Some days ago I had to format my computer and reinstall windows, so I saved my important data on the external hard disk.
Accidentally, I did the format while the hard disk was connected to the computer.
I tried to connect the hard disk to my other computer, a massage popped up saying "Seagate storage device was successfully installed and ready to be used" , but I couldn't find it in "My Computer".
Then I went to My Computer-Manage-Disk Management and there I saw the hard disk, but it was Unallocated.
I tried to activate it, and then I saw it on My Computer. However, when I double clicked on it, A massage saying "This drive is not formatted, would you like to format it now?" popped up. I said NO and then tried some file recovery programs, but with no success.
The only program that worked was "VirtualLab" It found the files, all of them, but I couldn’t save them because I had to buy the program.

I Tried the "Recuva" software, but when I tried to scan the hard disk, Recuva said "Unable to read boot sector".

Please, I really need to recover my files from there, There are some Medical Documents there for my sisters surgery.
Help me up please!!!

Answer:Recover data from External hard disk

$40 is actually a very good price if the program can see and promises to recover all the files you need. Free software is free software; sometimes it works fine and sometimes you get what you pay for, especially with data recovery. The ones I would have suggested cost significantly more (GetDataBack and Easeus Recovery Wizard).

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I am running Windows 7 Enterprise with Bitlocker.
Unfortunately I ran into problems booting up and eventually it looked like the harddrive (SSD) was malfunctioning. My backup solution was fresh so I haven't given it much thought, just replaced the drive, but I would still like to know if it's possible to
recover data from the drive while it's encrypted with Bitlocker?
I have searched the net for info but none of them seem to focus on my problem; the drive itself shows no volume information, so I'm unable to run any decryption protocols on it. Therefore I'm unable to run any recovery software on it either.
I'm afraid I might've made the situation worse with my attempts at recovery, but still, any help is appreciated!

Best Regards,

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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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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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I have problem with my external hard disk. I entered correct password, but it says encryption failed. The system i used to set bitlocker is no longer use and i don't have the recovery key. So is there anyway to get my hdd back??
Sorry for my English and thanks in advance.

Answer:Can't use bitlocker encrypted hard disk.

Still no reply?? Am I going to believe there is no one that can help me?? So Bad.

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I have been using my laptop for a while, but no sensitive data stored on it yet and I just enabled Bitlocker with the Used Space option to save time. The files that were deleted are NOT sensitive.

A few questions here.

1. When I decide to reinstall Windows 10 again on the same laptop, and enable Bitlocker, do I need to encrypt the entire disk or leave as Used Space? The way I reinstall Windows, is to delete ALL partitions and only leave the Unallocated free space. That's all. I usually delete ALL partitions.

2. Assuming I did NOT have any sensitive data previously deleted that may be recoverable on the free space, will it be OK to select Used Space only when I reinstall Windows the next time? It is really time consuming - takes about 9 hours to encrypt a 300GB drive...

3. If the Used Space is encrypted, and I decide to store data on there, will the files be automatically encrypted when added to that Used Space?

4. If I delete a sensitive file or document from that encrypted Used Space area, will those documents be moved to the free space area were they can be recovered?


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I have been using my laptop for a while, but no sensitive data stored on it yet and I just enabled Bitlocker with the Used Space option to save time. The files that were deleted are NOT sensitive.

A few questions here.

1. When I decide to reinstall Windows 10 again on the same laptop, and enable Bitlocker, do I need to encrypt the entire disk or leave as Used Space? The way I reinstall Windows, is to delete ALL partitions and only leave the Unallocated free space. That's all. I usually delete ALL partitions.

2. Assuming I did NOT have any sensitive data previously deleted that may be recoverable on the free space, will it be OK to select Used Space only when I reinstall Windows the next time? It is really time consuming - takes about 9 hours to encrypt a 300GB drive...

3. If the Used Space is encrypted, and I decide to store data on there, will the files be automatically encrypted when added to that Used Space?

4. If I delete a sensitive file or document from that encrypted Used Space area, will those documents be moved to the free space area were they can be recovered?


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Answer:Undetected hard disk encrypted by bitlocker

WHat version of windows 7 are you using?

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Hi folks, Need some help here.  I reformatted (complete reformat with no personal preferences saved) of Windows 10 because of several glitches that were annoying.  I was smart to backup all my documents to an external hard drive that was encrypted with BitLocker.  But once the reformat was complete, the drive is no longer detected.  I can see the drive in Disk Management but it won't pop up in explorer and BitLocker does not prompt me when I plug in.  Help!  My two drives have all my backups and backups of backups!!! I've tried to update all the software/firmware/drivers but to no avail. I'm still under warranty but this is a software issue only I'm certain of it.   Help!

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I own an external hard drive of 500GB Seagate Go in which i have stored many valuable data. While encrypting this drive accidentally the laptop {in which i am using Windows7) went off the encryption was 14% done and the drive was set to auto-unlock on my
laptop. when i restarted the my laptop was unable to unlock the drive (It's reading the drive but not showing on windows explorer and i tried to mange it from bitlocker drive encryption in control panel but bitlocker stopped responding) so I tried to unlock
this on my friend's computer but again the same thing happened after that i tried other steps from


but nothing seems to work out.

suppose the other information needed are as follows:

BitLocker Drive Encryption Recovery Key

 The recovery key is used to recover the data on a BitLocker protected drive.

To verify that this is the correct recovery key compare the identification with what is presented on the recovery screen.

Recovery key identification: 516G88BE-4141-42

Full recovery key identification: 516F88BE-4141-42D8-A247-4997D3F57FDA

BitLocker Recovery Key:

<... Read more

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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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Is the any way of recovering the data off this HD?
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Answer:How to recover data from damaged HD??

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Answer:recover toc or data from damaged dvd+r...

This is goodclick here

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I have used so many tools to recover
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Check out this page, it might help. It is good software.

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Answer:Recover Data from Damaged Harddisk

If it's physically damaged, nothing you can do it in your own. You need to consult it to a professional unless you have knowledge and experience on some DIY hard drive repair.

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I really appreciate to your help.

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Answer:how can I recover data from damaged drive

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Answer:Urgently need to recover data from damaged laptop

When you tried the first method, did you have Explorer set to show hidden and system files?click here

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Hi all,

I got a new Toshiba Satellite L50-B notebook with Windows 8.1 64-bit installed. As I need to go a special place, I passed the notebook to a IT guy and have the whole disk encrypted using DiskCryptor. The guy told me that he cannot boot the OS, even he entered the correct password. And one more nice thing. The guy did NOT make recovery discs first!

Since the hard disk is encrypted I cannot boot it. Also I cannot do a system recovery. I booted the notebook into Linux and copied all the content in the recovery partition to a USB drive.

Now, I would like to know if I can get my machine up and running again. I don't mind all my content will be lost as it is a new machine.

Would you show me how to make a set of custom recovery disc out of the content in the recovery partition?
Do I need to format my hard disk in UEFI mode? if so, how?

Please help!

Answer:New Toshiba L50-B Hard disk encrypted! how to recover?

The simplest thing to do would be to order the recovery discs from Toshiba.

What is the full model number? Like: Satellite L50-BBT2N22

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C:>fixmbr \Device\HardDisk0
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Answer:Read/Recover Data from HDD with damaged or missing MBR/Partitions

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when i used my win 10 my (media) Hard disk suddenly unallocated with 2 partition one it. one of the partition was encrypted with bitlocker

Now I used window 7 ultimate and to try to recover my data I follow steps according to the great guide :
Now the problem was on the step to create recover.img :
when i type "repair-bde F: E:\recover.img -rp 517253-653510-042988-665027-063393-559515-700700-268211"
I get ERROR: cannot use 517253-653510-042988-665027-063393-559515-700700-268211 (the recovery key) to unlock the input volume, please try different recovery password or recovery key

I am sure that it is the right recovery key. 
I also have identifier and password for the bitlocker partition

PLEASE ADVICE my Data is very important   !

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I have a Windows 7 Ultimate workstation which has data encrypted with BitLocker.  I want to move this data to a Windows 2012 R2 server.  Do I need to un-encrypt the data beforehand or can I just move the data over to the server?
The data currently resides in an SQL environment on the workstation.

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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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Scandisk reports that my 20Gb Maxtor 541DX hard drive suffered from physical damage, probably due to a power failure in the past. It reported many bad clusters at the start of the disk. Should I be considering replacing (upgrading) the hard disk now, or will the Scandisk repairs have removed the problem. I have had to go into BIOS twice recently and re-enter the harddisk details because they have disappeared. Is this evidence of impending harddisk failure or am I missing something?Any help will be much appreciated 'cos I'm a bit of a novice!

Answer:Harddisk drive physically damaged?

If your PC is > 4 years old, there's a good chance that the battery which keeps your BIOS chip content intact is fading, which is a common cause of BIOS settings starting to be lost. Hopefully it is a common "watch" type of battery which is coin shaped and readily available.It would be worthwhile to painstakingly note down your BIOS settings (or print them off) so you can re-enter them after replacing your BIOS chip battery.Generally speaking, once bad clusters start to appear on your hard disk, more is likely to follow. The unpredicable loss of data and loss of the use of your PC is painfully enough to give an urgent boost to you upgrading to a larger hard disk a.s.a.p.

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I have a Elsa Gladiac Ultra 64 nVidia based video card that is pysically damaged. I pulled it cause it seemed to be causing problems, and when I did, one of those capacitor looking things came off. I'm wondering if that can be repaired? My dad's a retired biomedical technician and he said it's out of his league, too small or too many layers in the circuit board or some other micro computer hoodoo. Apparently it's still under warranty (6 yrs!) but Elsa is in Taiwan and won't return emails. Gonna take it to some shops today and see what is up.

On another video card note, I was wondering (in case I have to buy a new card) would the speed and type of onboard ram on an AGP adapter need to match the system spec for ram? Like, my motherboard accepts PC100 or 133 sdram, and if I try to stick say, a card with 266 ddr in, is that gonna make my computer get all goofy with the invalid_page_fault blues?

Answer:Physically damaged video card

Last question first: nope, it doesn't matter. RAM used on video cards are strictly for the processing of textures and the like, and communication will only happen between the GPU and onboard RAM...Since they come on the same card, buy whatever you want.

Your card is several generations old, it has the original GeForce 256 GPU, correct?

It might be repairable, depending on the size. You'd need to re-establish the connections with solder, without crossing or touching any other metal pieces...that can be difficult to say the least on a video card. That's probably why yer 'ole man declined - not because it wasn't possible.

I accidently killed my poor old GeForce 4 TI 4200 that way. Unfortunately I don't have a very steady soldering hand so I stripped it of its heatsinks and tossed it out frisbee style. Stupid non-working video cards.

EDIT: Oh my god, you have a 2gig Western Digital Caviar that STILL WORKS?!

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When I couldn't insert an SD card into the card slot on my laptop, I inspected it and noticed that two thin gold metal strips were sticking out from the flat surface. (These thin strips are found on either side of the nine small gold rectangles found at the top of the card.) Is it possible to repair the card by somehow mashing and snapping the strips back into place, or, as I fear, is the card beyond repair at this point? Thank you.

Answer:Solved: Can physically damaged SD card be repaired?

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I guess the title pretty much sums it up.... any recommendations on a good floppy disk data recovery tool? I looked thru the data recovery section, but nothing jumped out at me. Maybe I overlooked something. This floppy is missing the metal safety 'slider', and looking at the media, I've seen some scratches. The disk is dated 2004 (old!) and when I try to read it, Windows struggles with it for maybe a minute or two minutes, then tells me the disk isn't formatted, and do I want to format it now.... is there any hope?


Answer:Damaged floppy disk-need data

Try this:

Unstoppable Copier...I've used this to recover data from floppies before. It truely does copy anything that's recoverable, but you may be surprised at how much the floppy has degraded.

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I was importing hand histories from DVD RW to Holdem Manager when I pressed eject by mistake. I believe this caused the problem, as ever since the disk has appeared empty when I open the disk. However, on properties it has 400mb~ in use so I thought the data was still there, just not available to me for whatever reason.

A friend of mine suggested Isobuster, which accesed the files instantly, every folder/file that I need is there. However to extract the data I would need to pay $30, which if all other options fail, I'm happy to do. I would like to explore other options before making that payment though.

I used google to search for cheaper/free options, maybe 15 in total, most of them couldnt even find the data, and the others required similar fee's. I'm told that in the November edition of Computer Shopper there will be a free copy of Isobuster, I have no idea if this is true, a quick google search provided little.

As you can tell I'm a computer noob, so please no hate lol. I have spent almost 10 hours trying to recover these documents today, so I'm a little frustrated/jaded, so please excuse grammar/spelling mistakes I may have made. I have tried to include as much information as I can think of right now, no doubt I have missed out alot though, I will try to provide any further information required.

Any advice would be appreciated


Answer:Problem Recovering Data From Damaged Disk

Have you tried recuva? Recuva - Free software downloads and software reviews - CNET

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Hello everyone.

I recently bought a 1T Transcend StoreJet External HD. After doing a reformat and installing a USB Virus Scan V.2.43 (Full Version) on my laptop, a window appeared saying in essence that "your data in folder $Recycle.bin have been damaged by virus. You can recover the data using software" each time I plugged my external HD. Then the same window has 2 tick box recommending actions. I wonder why this happened although I already ran a full scan of Microsoft Security Essentials on the external HD and it did not indicate any threat. It's a bit annoying to see that pop-up window each time I plug my external HD. Did anyone experience this? Anyone knows why notifications like that appear?

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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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Earlier I had Windows 7 ultimate 32bit installed in my PC with external Hard disk . I encrypted one of the folder using windows inbuilt software. Today i re-installed my pc with windows 7 ultimate 64 bit. I am unable to access that encrypted folder from my external drive. I tried to takeover the rights of folder. but still i am unable. I can only see that files ( which are in green color) are present in that encrypted folder but cant access, copy or move it to my fixed drive..Can anyone please help me out so as to how can i get my folder back. is deencrption a way for it.Thanks in advance.

Answer:No Access rights to encrypted folders on external hard disk.

Most data recovery programs will break down the encryption, and get the files/folder back.I use more professional stuff, but PC Inspector may do it.

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my external hard disk with password protected by bitlocker drive encryption.....I forgot password and the system where i need to operate is new one. How to get it resolved? Kindly suggest the proper procedure to unlock the hard disk

Answer:Unlock bitlocker for external hard disk

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I was wondering if you can secure a wireless external disk drive (like the seagate wireless plus) with Bitlocker. When using Bitlocker the PC cannot access the drive in wireless mode (only when connected via USB). Any ideas?

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I have a Toshiba Satellite 2435-S255. My cd-ROM has stopped working since I tried copying one of my children's games. I thought I would make a spare for my kids to both be able to play. I tried everything to get it to work again. I even called the company that made the game and told them what I did. They said it was not their software, that they have no copy right protection that would do that. Since then I have made a mess of my computer. I have restored it a million times in the system restore program. It is playing DVD's but no data cd's will play and it does not register any blank cd's. I went out and bought a Memorex external USB disk drive and recorder. I just want to recover my computer to factory settings using the recovery disks I have. The TEAC disk drive in the Toshiba wont read the recovery disks at all and the external drive reads the disk but when it reboots it looks for the disk in the internal and wont registers the USB drive automatically. I'm hoping their is a way to bypass the reboot and just start the recovery or any other solution. I even reassigned the drive letter and have since put it back to original.

Answer:My disk drive won't read my recover disk or any other data. HELP

Check and see if Toshiba has the restore info on a hidden partition and how to proceed using it...most laptop manuf. set them up this way.

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I got an external HDD, Seagate Backup Plus 4Tb.
Can turn on Bitlocker if the drive is formatted with FAT.
Once I reformat the drive with exFAT, it returns the error:

Can't enumerate any more, because the associated data is missing.

Any suggestions how to enable Bitlocker on my exFAT drive?

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So i was reformatting from Vista back to XP x64 because a piece of my hardware was incompatable with vista and kept crashing. I go to delete the partitions of my internal HDD and i forgot that my External HDD was still plugged in and i deleted the partition of that too. I got pissed and restarted my comp. I had to go back thru the partitioning and i recreated the partition for the External HDD along with my internal and all that. My question is, "Is there any possible way to recover the data from a repartitioned drive?" I have not yet reformatted the External HDD. The data should still be there, but the indexing is gone? IF anyone has a way to recreated the index it will be much appreciated.

Answer:Solved: Recover data from an external HDD that has...

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What I want to know, is there any I can recover the data my self, with out having to send it to a recovery place.

Answer:External HD died, need to recover data myself

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My Passport External HD suddenly failed.

- Replaced cable. Apparently this is not the problem.

- I have tried on another computer with same result.

- Light on HD is on but no sound of turning or no clicking sound.

- HD is recognized only in Disk Management. It does not show up under drives when clicking My Computer, thus I cannot access the drive.

- I downloaded Easeus Data Recovery (Trial) but when scanned does not find drive for Passport.

- I have not contacted WD, but searched their site for solutions/troubleshooting. Basically, they say use data recovery software. I do not want to pay many $$$ to send to a professoinal.

Anyone know of a Data Recovery Software or have ideas how I can access My Passport ? Thanks !

(Note: Passport is only about 15 months old and not really used that much. Not sure I would recommend WD to anyone)

Answer:Need to Recover Data from WD Passport External HD

Try this: Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning Else you can also try Recuva.

As what does it show in Disk Management. Best if you could post a picture.

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Hello everyone who may read this. I have a relatively specific problem that I cannot find the answer to elsewhere.

I woke up one morning to find that my external hard drive had disappeared from my list of drives. I cannot access it at all. There was approx 2TB of data on it that I would really like to recover.

When I open the disk management window the disk in question does appear, but it is uninitialized. If I initialize the disk to bring it back online, will I permanently lose the data I want to recover?

Windows 8
Faulty disk is western digital mybook 3TB external HDD. The HDD inside is WD's green drive

Thanks for any help!

Answer:External HDD uninitialized on its own. Can I recover data?

Does the drive still have a filesystem (i.e. NTFS) or did it get set back to RAW?

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I have a 160 GB Seagate external (149 GB) I got about 133 GB of data Help me recover it please or point me to a recovery thread

Answer:Formated my external. Please help me recover my data.

any free data recovery software should do the trick, provided you haven't overwritten the HD. Bear in mind, the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to recover due to the fact you might overwrite some of the files.

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Hi All,
I accidentally formatted my Seagate Ext. HDD!!!! As you know my life & more is on the drive... all stored safely on this 'offsite' back up drive!' There is another back up on DVD but that doesn't have all the info, so it will help but not by much! I don't want to take the drive to a technician, they charge way to much, for something that can be done on my own computer - I have Windows 7 and a Toshiba laptop.

I have looked at some data recovery sites and recommendations; am undecided, what is the best software to use for the Seagate FreeAgent HDD?

My question: Is there any ultra-reliable free or low cost software that can retrieve my data this HDD??


Answer:Solved: Recover data from External HDD

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After reading some more threads and using probable cause, these are my most likely scenarios and my reasoning for them as well.
-A week before I had the issue with the WD HD, my younger brother moved my laptop bag and it fell with my laptop inside. I turned it on after he told me so I could check it. Everything seemed fine except the hard drive was missing. The laptop is a HP dv7-3065dx with Win 7 x64. I could see it in BIOS but could not access it. I went into the diagnostics menu and ran the HD tests which it failed. I could not use start up recovery because it said there was nothing there. The recovery partition was not usable either. After doing some research, I thought the hard drive had died and needed to be replaced. I just found that to be unlikely and it was. With a little more searching and some luck, I found out what happened and is something that can happen to hard drives(especially Western Digital which it was). The hard drive had basically locked itself. After making the primary partition active again, it booted right up and has worked just fine.
-I had my WD 1.5 TB MyBook external hard drive in laptop bag. To be clear about this external hard drive, I had roughly used 1.3 TB of space for programs, movies, music, gaming, etc. This was formatted NTFS I believe and even though this drive was only used for storage, it was MBR and not GPT(I specify this for what I will do to it and have no idea if it matters). It worked just fine before I left with it. I was not rou... Read more

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I run a Windows XP with NTFS Partition. I have got a Zip disk in which a few clusters in the middle have somehow corrupter,I guess it is the click of death, known to be associated with zip-disks.

As soon as any application tries to read in these clusters, the zip-drive goes vanishing, so I need to eject and re-insert the diskette to make it recognisible. I am not able to make even complete image of the drive.

Which software should I use to recover these files?(are these files recoverable?). Im trying to scan the disk with "Trouble In Paradise(TIP)" but it doesnt recognise my internal IDE zip drive.

i tried "ASPI_ME" & "force ASPI", still "TIP" doesnt recognise Zip disk. Can spinrite recover my data? if so how to make myNTFS machine run dos? and how to make spinrite detect zip drive in DOS?(i.e how to mount zip drive in dos?)

im not able to find the guest.exe utility to run it on DOS.,

Best Regards,

Answer:recover data from zip disk

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Hello all!

I had Windows 10 Enterprise on a ssd 480gb sandisk ultra II but It's corrupted, I can't even launch Windows or repair tools.

I've managed to run repair tools and get a command prompt, as diskpart says, my disk is on a raw partition now, and it shows the following:

Total space on disk: 448gb
Space available on disk: 448gb

I've read something that on raw filesystem Windows can't see the drive then I'm wondering, if diskparts says that the space available is the same tan total disk, does it mean that I've lost all my data? Is really important for me to recover the data.

I've installed Windows 10 on another drive, but the drive isn't recognized, not in diskpart, not in Windows explorer, and tried about 5-6 programs for recover data on raw disk/partition and none of them saw my disk.

The main question is if I lost all my data, because if not, I will give it to the shop for repair it.

Thank you so much!

Answer:Recover data from RAW disk?

Assuming the disk is not physically damaged and it is detected in BIOS and in Disk Management, then you can recover most of your data (depending on the presence and number of bad sectors and other issues) using special tools that ignore the partition information and search the drive sector-by-sector. There are several tools to use. I use Get Data Back (NTFS version in your case). This utility requires registration. The free version detects your data but won't save them to another disk! However, there are other free tools to try (such as Recuva), just Google "Data recovery". There is also a Windows Live CD based on Windows 10 that has a free data recovery tool (Recuva, haven't tried that myself). Download the 32-bit or 64-bit version depending on your computer (less than 4GB or more than 4GB RAM). Other live CD with recovery and many other tools is Digiwiz MiniPE (Google it).

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Hello I am trying to network two of my computers so that I can transfer some of my audio files that we made and recorded using Real Jukebox to my newer computer.

The old one is Win ME and the new one is XP pro.

What cables do I need/ How is this done???

Any help is GREATLY appreciated.

Answer:XP and ME (recover data from ME disk)

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The USB of my external hard drive was broken and I changed to a new casing. However, it did not show up in my computer anymore and did not show up in disk management. I read forums and assigned it a drive name in disk management and clicked new partition. The drive was now visible in my computer but it keeps asking to be formatted. I do not want to erase my old data and so did not format.I want access to this data back again. My hard drive is fine and makes no noises. Someone please help.


Answer:Recover data from external hard drive?

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

Found some posts that might be of help. Good luck.

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This evening I did a very stupid thing. When I plugged in my external hard drive, I got a message saying that I needed to reformat it. Without thinking, I clicked yes and allowed the darn computer to start erasing my data. As soon as I realized what I had idiotically done, I had another lapse of judgment and unplugged the external hard drive in the middle of the process.

Now I have a hard drive that is still 80% full and no way of reaching the data… Anytime I try to open the drive, I get a message saying it’s inaccessible.

Is there any way for me to recover some of the data still on the drive????

Any advice y'all could give would be muchly appreciated.

Answer:recover data external hard drive

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I am not being able to get the data off my external HD without formatting it. I downloaded knoppix and burned it as instructed. Then I booted my computer with it and had my external HD on and plugged into the usb port. However, the only thing on the screen is the My Documents folder. It is not showing the external HD at all. I am using a Western Digital external HD. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer:How do I recover data from external hard drive

Is the external drive USB powered or powered separately from the mains electricity?

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I have a 320 GB Hitachi HDD Media Player which I use to store a number of media files and the other day whilst trying to add files to it from my pc it found an error and ever since then I haven't been able to access the drive on my pc as it says it needs to be formatted (I know this means deleting everything on there). I do not wish to format the drive as I wish to keep the files that are on the drive. I know the files are still on there because I can hook the drive up to my TV and view them, I am only restricted access on pcs. Is there anyway of taking the files off the HD so I can format it and then put them back on together with any new files I wish to add? or am I screwed and have to resort to getting a new HD simply using the original HD for viewing through the TV?

Please advise.

Thank you

Answer:Recover data from external hard drive


Which Windows Version?

What error did it find?

Try a different USB port to plug it into and remove any other none needed USB hardware ( printer, USB Pens and any other USB HD ), also check Disk Managment in Computer Managment for it being listed, if it is it may just have lost a drive letter as its taken by another storage hardware device, so right click and choose Chaneg Drive Letter and Path, and choose XYor Z as the letter.

If you are using any tweaking apps like TweakUI check they are not hiding drive letters, its a tweak in hiding them to give a minor gain to the speed of a system.

Try hooking it back up to your PC and hopefully if the drive is recognised in My Computer try this free recovery app, Recuva

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I got a friend calling me because he made a program for this Doctor using MS Access 2003, the program was running on a external hard drive since september last year. Suddenly all the data was missing, he checked and the software created was intact and working perfectly. The one thing he found strange was the date. The hard drive said that the data was last updated at September 2007, which is weird because this data was constantly changing until last week.

If someone out there knows a way of getting that data back, please leave a respond.

Any help will be much appreciated!!!

PD: The backup is no where to be found.

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My T61 is not booting. Can I take out the hard disk and pop it in any HDD and read it from a different computer to recover the data?

Go to Solution.

Answer:recover hard disk data

Yes, assuming it is not password protected

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I had a 400 MB HDD partitioned in 3 parts. Since the last 3 years the HDD was working fine. One day, the computer simply froze at windows XP boot screen. I restarted the machine quite a few times , but it use to freeze at the Windows loading screen of XP.

Then I removed the HDD and loaded win XP on another HDD 160 GB and made it the primary device. Now when I try to connect the earlier HDD as a secondary slave, the system just freezes and as soon as I disconnet the HDD from the cable, the system starts functioning.

I have a lot of data in the 400 MB HDD. Need to recover the data which is there in D and E partition.

Can anyone tell me the process with which I can recover the data from the old HDD ?

Answer:How to recover data from Hard Disk

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I have two identical drives a C and a D drive C was set up as primary and D as secondary. The C drive had winxp pro and my programs on it and the D drive was my storage drive for all my music and important files. I decided to reinstall winXP on my C drive and it kept giving me problems so I decided to install Linux Fedora on it instead. I am getting an external drive in a couple of days and figured I'd just reinstall winXP on the C drive and remove fedora when it got here then move my music and data from the D drive to the external. Then I would reformat both C and D drives and sell them. When looking in the case I mistook one for the other and reformatted my secondary D drive, then installed fedora Core onto it. During install I instructed it to remove all OS's and reformat everything. I had about 28 gigs of data and fedora core is only .5 gigs or so.

Now I have my D drive formatted with Fedora core and my C drive as it was with Win XP and my programs.

Can I set the C drive as primary again and plug in the D drive as secondary then from disk management change the D drive back to a windows format like NFTS or what ever and then run some program to get my data back?

Please Help all my stuff is on that disk.


Answer:Help! need to recover data from formatted disk

It would endanger any remaining data to try to change the file system yet again. Chances are you may have lost the data the first time.

Try scanning the drives with these programs. Look under the "Others" menu in Restoration and choose "Scan All Clusters". These are free and good and will give a good idea if anything remains of your files (if they allow access to an Ext2FS file system from Windows---I don't know).

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I have problem with my hard disk's chip of my laptop. How do i recover all datas from it.
Thank you.

Answer:Recover data from hard disk.

You've not exactly explained the situation very well.
are you saying the laptop is broken or the hard drive itself. "hard discs chip" doesn't mean anything in any lingo lol.

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

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

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

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I have a machine with a dead motherboard. I would like to copy my data to a new machine. My old machine two hard drives configured in a software RAID (dynamic disk). Do I just plug one of them into my new machine, or do I have to do something first since it was part of a software RAID?

Answer:Recover data from Dynamic Disk

If it's a "regular" dynamic disk (as in just a dynamic disk, you didn't RAID it in anyway in previous Windows installation) then you should be able to import the volume directly. I've done this many times back in XP.

But if it's a part of a RAID volume (other than RAID-1)... you are out of luck...


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There is a scratched disk which I have no idea why the scratched happened. Also, disk did not finalize on my DVD recorder.

Is it possible to recover Data from a scratched disk?
Or, if it's not possible, is there a good program for this issue? Because, there are several programs on-line, however which program is good for a non-expert DVD issue along with computer's?

Any help on this issue would be truly appreciated.


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Hi All,

Is it possible to recover data from a floppy disk? One day it worked fine the next day a error message appeared "The disk in drive A is not formatted" "Do you want to format it now?" I have tried it on other PC's and the same thing happens.



Answer:Recover data from a floppy disk?

Unfortunately, once a floppy disk is damaged, I don`t think there is anything you can do about it IMHO.

Regards Howard

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Problem:--- When I connect my external USB 3.0 Western digital hard disk to my system, system is hanged. Showing that some external source is added to the system( USB icon in Tray icon ) but not able to see in the system.

Device manager recognizes it as a USB device under Hard Disk, but disk management calls it unknown and not initialized.
No drive letter is shown under my computer. There is no Symptoms like any extra sound, or spinning down, it is showing normal behavior.

Goal: Try to recover my jpgs, doc, and txt files.
It had an NTFS partition and no special software was used to maintain the external hard drive, nor was an operating system installed on it. Just basic files.If it matters, My computer is a windows Vista Home Premium, Service Pack 2, 32 bit DELL laptop.

Answer:External hard drive crashed, How to recover data?

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I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.

Answer:recover data from formatted external hard drive

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my computer rebooted itself twice last week and now i cant boot windows7 on my desktop i tried all the safe modes ect. I need to recover my data but dont know how or if my external hard drive will work while trying to do this. btw,i dont get a blue screen i get a screen with red,green,blue,yellow stripes all through it and it was beeping rapidly but i stopped that . its a windows7 64bit with a 32bit also on it. thx. SORRY i thought all the specs were there.

1yr old
Intel Pentium E6700 Processor 3.2GHz
1TB Hard Drive
Integrated Intel HD Graphics
Windows 7 Home Premium 64-Bit

Answer:windows7 wont boot and need to know how to recover data external HD

Troubleshooting Windows 7 Failure to Boot

Is it the situation that you cannot boot even in the Safe Mode?

If so, try booting the Windows installer disk. Does it boot? Let us know.

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Scenario: My cousin just bought an HP MINI 1030NR from good 'ol Best Buy. He wanted to put a flavor of linux on there (dreamlinux to be exact, He downloaded the iso file from the website and planned on installing it onto his ntfs-formatted external hard drive (80gb). The problem is that he accidentally installed the distro on the entire hard drive, as opposed to a separate partition. As a result, he has lost all of his data, images, videos, docs, etc (about 32GB). Is there any way that he can recover this information off of his external hdd? I am pretty sure that linux reformats the hdd to ext3 or something similar, so i don't know if there is any hope because usually reformating completely wipes the hard drive if I'm not mistaken.NOTE: Now when he plugs in his external hard drive, it shows up as a cd-rom image (see attached image). I have tried the recovery program Recuva, but it only seems to recognize hdd's and won't let me scan the "CD-ROM." I am using teamviewer to check out his pc at the moment, in case any of you experts need more info about the pc. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you very much. Please let me know if you need any more pertinent information.EDIT: I have attached another image from his pc's Disk Management utility. It shows DISK 1 as being the actual hard drive with almost the full hdd available, AND it shows the cd-rom as something separate.

Answer:Is it possible to recover data from reformatted external hard drive

He most likely can....BUT... itll cost ALOT of money. The hard drive will most likely have to be shipped to a professional with a dust free environment where he will open the drive and pull info from it.

If it is reformatted the information is most likely written over and gone, but ya never know, if he has about 800-1500 to dump on a hard drive, go for it, but I would just assume it is gone.

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I have problems accessing files in my removable devices (USB/flash disk, SD, external HDD). Files not inside folders can be opened but those inside folders cannot. My folders became shortcut links and I cannot open them to access my files. Below message appears:

Windows cannot find 'J:\.Trashes/'. Make sure you typed the name correctly, and then try again.
There are also additional shortcut links created inside the removable device, like .Trashes.
The virus seems to be: Worm:Win32/Dorkbot.I. And it seems to create random .exe files.
Does this mean files in my removable device are now corrupted? I believe my files are still there, as seen during virus scanning or by checking disk usage. Help please on how I can remove this virus and view and access my files and folders properly. Critical is my infected external HDD, which are basically all my pictures, videos and important documents.
Thank you so much and hoping for an immediate response. 

Answer:HELP!! How to recover data from external HDD (infected with Dorkbot worm)

Please follow the instructions in THIS GUIDE starting at Step 6. If you cannot complete a step, skip it and continue.Once the proper logs are created, then make a NEW TOPIC and post it HERE. Please include a description of your computer issues, what you have done to resolve them, and a link to this topic.If you can produce at least some of the logs, then please create the new topic and explain what happens when you try to create the log(s) that you couldn't get. If you cannot produce any of the logs, then still post the topic and explain that you followed the Prep. Guide, were unable to create the logs, and describe what happens when you try to create the logs.It would be helpful if you post a note here once you have completed the steps in the guide and have started your topic in malware removal. Good luck and be patient.If HelpBot replies to your topic, PLEASE follow Step One so it will report your topic to the team members.

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Hey guys Sorry for being no techinical. I am in bad state. This is what I did: - Cut paste all files from T410 thinkpad to an external hard disk- Used the same external hard disk for rescue and recovery such that the hard disk now has become a bootable drive Have I lost all my data?

Answer:How to recover data from Bootable Hard disk

>> Have I lost all my data? Unfortunately, yes. Lenovo's factory recovery media creation procedure expects either a bootable USB flash drive or a set of 1 CD (to be written as boot) + up to 3 DVD's (to be written as data). The factory recovery information is not written out as a file (that can co-exist with other files). Any external HDD that is used for backup personal files should be guarded with care. 

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I installed Windows 10 on a new PC, with OS on Samsung 950 PRO. For data disk, at this stage, I use a Samsung 840 PRO which I transferred from my old 8.1 PC.

The data disk now shows in diskmanagment 351MB unallocated space, and 119 GB NTFS Healthy (Primary Partition).
How can I reclaim the 351MB unallocated to get maximum capacity of the data disk?
Maybe this a standard case of repartitioning, but I am not familiar with that and do not know how to do it.
Thanks for the help.

Answer:Recover unallocated space on data disk

Case 1:
If the 351 GB unallocated partition is on the right of the 119GB primary partition then:
right click on the 119GB partition->extend volume.
Case 2:
If the 351GB is on the left of the 119GB primary partition then:
Create a primary partition for 351GB by right click on it->Create Simple and follow the screen to create a primary partition, format, assign a letter..Move all data from the 119GB partition to the newly created 351GB PartitionRight click on 119GB -> Delete VolumeRight click on the 351GB -> Extend Volume.

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Hello -  I have a hard disk recovered from a PC running win98 - how do I transfer the data - I have a PC running vista and an external hard disk caddy. When I plug the win98 HD in the caddy the Vista PC doesn't recognise it. I have the win98 HD jumper set to master and have tested the caddy with a win XP HD which works fine.Any ideas please - much appreciated - trying to recover some old photos.Many thanks - Charlie T

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Recently my 320GB Seagate Hard Disk faced a problem and had to be replaced.

Am running Win7 x64 on my new 1TB WD Hard Disk. However, there was some important and slightly sensitive data that I still want to recover from my old Sata Hard Disk.

Chronology of events before replacement:

Mid-July: Hard Disk was working fine. I had to go out of town for a month. PC was not being used during that period.
Aug 11- I returned home, but PC refused to boot. Even the BIOS screen or the name of the motherboard does not appear. Just a blank screen. After a couple of hours of replugging in all the hardware and power cables, the PC booted and worked normally.
Aug17- PC refused to boot, repeated the same procedure of unplugging the hardware etc but this time i noticed that one of the connectors of my hard disk appeared slightly chipped off at the edge (cant remember if its the power connector or the sata connector). PC worked normally after a couple of hours of playing around with the hardware.
Aug 18- PC was freezing, every mouse click was taking a couple of minutes to respond. I tried rebooting but the faced the same problem as the previous two times. Unplugged the HardDisk and used an old IDE hard disk to figure out if its indeed the hard disks problem. The old IDE hard disk worked.

I went and purchased a new SATA hard disk which works fine now, absolutely no issues.
But i wanted some of my data from the old disk, so I tried connecting the old Hard Disk back but cant get it to bo... Read more

Answer:Need to recover data from a Bad Sata Hard Disk

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

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I am trying to recover data from laptop internal HDD use as an external hard drive to recover data from that HDD. I can't see my HDD in my computer but in DISK Managemnet, there is a message, "Disk 1 Unknown Not Initizalized"

Please Help!!


Answer:Recover Data from Disk that is unknown and not initialized

If the data is critical, and it sounds like it is.. the first thing I would do is use a software that makes a sector by sector backup or image of that uninitialized drive. That way if trying to make it readable by initializing it should hose it, you have a copy.

After that, if you know that the unititialized drive was at one time formatted NTFS then you might try initializing it with Partition Wizard freeware

But it may be worthwhile to talk to someone well versed in disk recovery. There may even be some dedicated forums around for that specialty.

If you get lucky and the Partition Wizard initialization shortcut works, then the files should be there after doing a non-destructive format as NTFS file system.

Assuming that's what it was to begin with.

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Hii everyone.

I have a Western Digital blue 640 GB internal SATA HDD, which showed bad hard disk in startup repair. It does not shows in disk management or device manager when connected via USB port. But shows status as "online" in diskpart when connected via SATA port & when I enter startup tools using windows installation disk. The SMART test fails in BIOS when hard disk is connected internally. I want to recover the data of this hard disk because it is utmost important for me.

The hard disk is spinning normally and not making any clicking noise. Also, I checked via a software called 'Hard Disk Sentinel' that it has about 519 bad sectors & showed 0% health & 0 days remaining.
Is there any possibility of getting my data back? If yes, then how? I'm just a student, & the data recovery experts take a huge amount in recovering data. Please suggest all possible solutions for recovering data.

Thank You.

Answer:How to recover data of Hard Disk with many bad sectors?

Utmost important data, along with the OS partition, is best backed up at least weekly if not bi-weekly onto trustworthy external media. Where are your backups? If no backups, a local recovery expert working in a serious-minded business-oriented computer fix-it place will probably be your best bet.
Have you ever used any kind of recovery software before? Rule one: whatever you decide to use must not write anything anywhere onto the hard-drive.
There are several very good recovery programs available:
MiniTool Power Data Recovery, Piriform's Recova, EaseUS Data Recovery, and many more. I have pay-for versions, however, you might get results with one or two free versions.

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Hi there , can any one help me to fix my hard disk . my hard disk is St- 3500413as but now showing ST- M13fqbl ATA 500 gb . OS Windows 7 32 bit. Suddenly my pc won" t turn on & when I try to fix i find in disk manager my hard disk showing just 3.86 gb. & showing not initalized & unalocated. I try more then 10 software like mini tool , wonder share nothing . no result . i even try with windows command promot bootrec/FixMbr bootrec/FixBoot bootrec/Scan Os bootrec/RebuildBcd. itd not working too. can Any one help me . all i need is recover my data . Please can some one give me any idea to recover my data.I try every suggestion i got from internet . Nothing . Still I'm In the same place with my data in my hard disk . Really really need help to recover my data


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I'm desperate here, really need some ideas.

We offer B&B accommodation at home.
All our bookings until October were on the hard disk.
That hard disk no longer works!
It does not boot the computer, nor can it be accessed from another computer.
I took it to the shop where I bought it and they were unable to get it to work.

The disk turns, but for some reason is not recognized.
Then the message comes up asking if we want to format it.

The problem began this morning when the computer got blocked up.
I rebooted and got a message about a missing or corrupt ntfs.sys file in system32/drivers (the OS is Windows XP Professional).

I tried all the suggestions I found, like trying to restore from CD etc., but to no avail.
According to the shop where I bought it (the disk is a MAXTOR HD) there is something defective.

Is there any way to recover this data? I really need to or else we cannot make any more bookings.
Would the manufacturer be able to do so?
Are there services that might be able to help?

Answer:Help! Broken hard disk, I need to recover data!!

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I have 3 SCSI Hard Disks... Configured in RAID 5...
now i wanted to install Windows Server 2003 on it so i booted the server from the HP Start Smart Cd and then partitioned it and then installed. But then after completing the installation successfully i came to know that i need to have backed up certain folders also that i didnt do. I used Easeus software to recover the whole partition and it recovered 246 GB of data which is useless...
There are many excel, word files that appear in different versions and then any file doesnt open..
I want some help on this...

THank You

Syed Mohammed Sirajuddin

Answer:What to do if the hard disk is formatted and we need to recover the data?

the best software i would recommend is Easy Recovery Professional ==>as far as i have experienced, they have the BEST

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I just transfered some data from Maxtor OneTouch II to my computer, but suddenly it stopped and showed raw datas. Then I restart the windows XP and tried to fix it when it booted up (it said that some of the files and chain files are truncated - I don't understand what that means to my data ) . So now, the external drive no longer show raw datas but a folder named found.000 filled with thousands of "chk" files and a file named &2&2.

I then tried the latest Powermax from Maxtor, but it turned out that Powermax doesn't detect external harddrive (Mine is USB2.0). So no luck there?

Is there anyway to recover the data back? Or am I pretty much out of luck and have to reformat the HD ?

Answer:External Maxtor OneTouch II 200G corrupted - How to recover the data?

Those check files can be opened in Notepad. Although as it is in fragments you only find some pieces of readable text. All this can be cut and pasted, but a laborious job. It could be transfered to desktop (if you have one) to run Powermax to see if that would have more success.

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Ok, a few weeks ago, I got enraged with my laptop ( Fuj-Siem Amilo Pro) and thumped it with my hand (right near the lower center - presumably where the hard drive is?) and well, it froze up -after reboot and I got some BSOD(blue screen of death) message.. Anyways, I ran the recovery console, recovered about 70% of my files with chkdsk /r (after 21 hours!) and though it did not complete, it still rebooted and I was able to boot windows and use my computer.. so, after two days of successful startups, I was trying to repair and re-install the files that were not recovered, (like MS office stuff, Itunes, etc) when it froze - and I waited for 25 minutes before I had no choice but to turn off at the mains.. I turned the power back on when I got a "disk read error press alt ctrl etc" and have sincxe tried everything you can do in recovery console to sort it; fixmbr, fixboot, chkdsk ( said it was fine) chkdsk /r/p - every command relative to the situation when running the recovery console before, the DOS recognized my windows installation ( C: 1Windows) now it just says C:> or something like that.

I went to buy an external hard rive USB ( Maxtor 120GB) and want to know how I can get the files on this USB drive. I need to get that DATA back - and the Recovery console is not going to repair again - (stays a 6% for 24 hours) and I just want to get this stuff off somehow onto the HDD.

Answer:Recover data from dead HD and dump on to external hard drive

try getting your hands on a 'live cd' like Ubuntu or something.

you have to boot your system from the disc, usually by pressing an 'f' key as soon as you press the power button (on my tosh its f12). then select boot from cd, instead of from the hard drive.

you will probably need to have your external drive attached before you start in order for the 'live OS' to recognise it.

then you should be able to view and perhaps even copy your files to the external hdd. you should even be able to format the original hard drive from here too, then you can re-install windows.

lastly try an anger management course. this really was a bit of a rookie error, wasn't it?

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So here is the deal,
I managed to contract a malware, how I have no clue, regardless it's infected with the "system restore" malware and will no longer boot into win 7. I have placed the hdd into an external enclusre however my user files have a lock on the file folder icon. When I open the file no data appears but I can see the file has data when I right click on properties.

How can I access the data using my external? Once I backup my data I am goig to dban the drive and start over.

Answer:Data recovery, hard crash after malware, can I recover from external hdd?

I believe that you may just need to take ownership of the file. as long as you diddn't encrypt the home directory when the user was created.

Hopefully this helps.

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The mini USB plug on my Freecom external hard drive has come loose and broken off, rendering the thing useless. I opened the case and can see exactly what the problem is... the little pins from the plug itself are not making sufficient contact with the circuit board.

If I hold the plug and press tightly towards the circuit board, the hard drive gets powered on (or at least the LED turns on), but it doesn't seem to be sufficient for Windows to recognize the drive.

I'm wondering if I should take the thing apart some more, remove the drive from the circuit board, and try connecting the hard drive to my computer directly using a hard drive cable... What do you think?

Alternatively, could I purchase a replacement enclosure and "transplant" my disk-drive into the new enclosure? If so, where could I buy something like that?

Please help.. I am freaking out here! :banghead

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Running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 byte. Have a 1 tb external Seagate drive connected with USB 2. Disk capacity is showing 925GB. Have lost 75 GB. Is there a way to recover the the lost 75 GB?

Answer:Recover external Disk capacity

Welcome to Seven Forums.
You have not lost any capacity, the difference is the way drive makers and Windows measure it. Windows uses binary system and makers use decimal.
Binary, 1MB=1048576 bytes
Decimal 1MB=1000000 bytes
Windows would show a decimal MB as 976.5KB
The drive may have some native files that came with it too, like encryption and software.

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