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Windows 7: NTFS Formatted HDD shows up as unallocated space after I/P shutdown

27 Mar 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home 64-Bit SP1
 
 
NTFS Formatted HDD shows up as unallocated space after I/P shutdown

Ok...So the title speaks for itself, and I'm stuck. My PC recently locked up b/c of my video card. Something w/in the audio driver for the HDMI/DVI drivers do not completely agree with adobe flash 10.0 and on, but thats a different problem. What I am trying to do is recover my data from my brand new 1.5TB Seagate 7200 RPM HDD. So my PC locked up, forcing me to manually restart...which happens on and off 100's of times since ive had the video card, and am very dissapointed and will never buy another XFX or possibly Radeon ever again!! Anyways..after I restarted, my HDD wouldn't show up in my compter which immediately made me freak out. I checked device manager and there it was...went into manage>storage, and there it was as 1373GB unallocated space...WTF!!! I have downloaded and tried a few programs, tried Raw Recovery and just gave me a bunch of useless files. I have about 850GB of data on there and I am sure that I can get my info off of it as long as i dont delete the partition, but not sure exactly what method would produce said results. PLEASE SOMEONE HELP ME!!!

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27 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Hello Kritos,

Have you checked the drive for errors? Is the drive an internal or external drive? Have you got backups of all the files on that drive?

Also, Easeus and minitool do free programs called Partition Recovery:

Free Partition Recovery Software - Recover Deleted FAT/NTFS/HFS/HFS+/HFSX/Ext2/Ext3 Partition in Windows and Mac OSX.

http://www.minitool-partitionrecover...overymore.html

Just make sure you don't write any data onto that drive until you have managed to recover your files/partition. As you'll be writing over the data and will make it unrecoverable.
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27 Mar 2012   #3

Windows 7 Home 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Burdus32,

First of all, thank you for the reply! It is an internal drive, and unfortunately, since I had just installed the drive I moved all of my important data onto it with NO backup (stupid). My video card locked my pc up and I manually restarted. The drive didn't show up in my computer, and once I found it in my computer>manage>storage, and saw it was now unallocated space, I did a disk check and there were no errors. I then proceeded to try and find a recovery program that suited my needs and situation. I will definitely try those programs you mentioned, and thanks again for the advice! I do have one more question though. What would be the best method to get all my info back...raw recovery, cloning, imaging or any other method there may be for an unallocated drive? Thanks.


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27 Mar 2012   #4

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

You'd have to see if you can recover the partitions first. Did you have just one partition? Or was it split onto more than one drive? Eg. C drive for Windows and D drive for data?
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27 Mar 2012   #5

Windows 7 Home 64-Bit SP1
 
 

I have 2 total internal drives: 750GB (not sure which brand) HDD C Drive for windows and the 1.5TB Seagate HDD D Drive as slave, and it only had one big partition.


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27 Mar 2012   #6

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

OK give those programs a try first. As for backing up there are a lot options. It's better to have a few different backup strategies.
I use Windows system imaging, macrium reflect and a programme called Casper for my data backup. The first two image the system drive and Casper backs up my data on a folder to folder basis. I don't like the idea of having my data packed into one archive in case the archive gets corrupted. My data is easier to access if it just copies the folders.
There are a lot of good backup programs around.

Hope that makes sense?
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28 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7 Home 64-Bit SP1
 
 

Thanks so much for everything, you have really helped me out. I have those mini-tool programs now and still trying to get my data. The quick scan couldn't find anything, so I'm going to try the full scan and keep my fingers crossed. If I can't get anything out of it, I will definitely be backing up everything from now on because I have learned this lesson the hard way. I will post my results. Thanks again!


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28 Mar 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

If the minitool program doesn't work try the Easeus one too. Don't give up hope yet. Remember that the data isn't actually gone until it's been overwritten so there may be some other ways of getting it back.
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28 Mar 2012   #9

Windows 7 Home 64-Bit SP1
 
 

True, I'll keep that in mind. I am still scanning and the file counter is steadily going up and up so, hopefully by the end I will be able to see my data. I had to start over because my pc decided to freeze and then crash when the deep scan was 4hrs in and at 60%, so that was discouraging, but I restarted and everything seems ok still, so we will see in about 4 hrs what turns up.


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28 Mar 2012   #10
mjf

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1
 
 

It may be too late at this stage but you could try
Partition Wizard Bootable CD
and try
1st) Partition Recovery Wizard
2nd) Free Data Recovery Wizard
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