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Windows 7: External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

25 Aug 2009   #1

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External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

I booted up my Win 7 computer today and ChkDsk said my Ex HDD may have been corrupted and proceeded to delete some files. Those were some very important files - how can I get them back? (Video and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 files)

I prefer free methods on this - I know I can buy software to do this, but I currently don't have the money. Or a very cheap method, if nothing else.

It's ironic that today was the day I was going to back up this drive.

Please help!


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25 Aug 2009   #2

 

"How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK Raymond.CC Blog"
How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK
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25 Aug 2009   #3

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That didn't work. I don't know if Win 7 does something different with the files, but I searched for .chk files there were a few for windows live mail and firefox, but nothing for the files I was looking for.

I downloaded Pandora Recovery, which locates deleted data, and it shoes the data has not been deleted?!, but the folder that my data is in isn't seen by windows explorer (and yes, I do have windows set to show hidden files and folders) so somehow windows erased the folder, but not the data in that folder - how do I get to my data?

(BTW - Pandora shows my data in a file called found.000, not the original folder I created, which is gone now, but from there everything else looks fine, but Pandora won't let me do anything with the files I see, because it "sees" them as NOT deleted)
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25 Aug 2009   #4

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Ruester View Post
That didn't work. I don't know if Win 7 does something different with the files, but I searched for .chk files there were a few for windows live mail and firefox, but nothing for the files I was looking for.

I downloaded Pandora Recovery, which locates deleted data, and it shoes the data has not been deleted?!, but the folder that my data is in isn't seen by windows explorer (and yes, I do have windows set to show hidden files and folders) so somehow windows erased the folder, but not the data in that folder - how do I get to my data?

(BTW - Pandora shows my data in a file called found.000, not the original folder I created, which is gone now, but from there everything else looks fine, but Pandora won't let me do anything with the files I see, because it "sees" them as NOT deleted)
Hi,

chkdsk has been a file wrecker ever since it was introduced.

Don't use it!

PM me, I'll help you get your files back.
And what ever you do, don't create or copy any files to that disk!

Leave it as it is for now.
Just hope chkdsk didn't overwrite any of the original sectors of the files.

Greetz
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27 Aug 2009   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium
 
 

What is the recommended method to attempt to test for and fix a bad sector on the Drive. I recovered most of my data, but now I want to see if the drive is salvageable (I'll use it for back up purposes now)
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27 Aug 2009   #6

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
chkdsk has been a file wrecker ever since it was introduced.

Don't use it!
Sorry. Must disagree. Chkdsk /r has saved my butt so many years..
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27 Aug 2009   #7

windows 7 rtm ultimate build 7600 x86
 
 

use tuneup utilities 2009 edition
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27 Aug 2009   #8

Win7 Build 7600 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by TGSoldier View Post
Sorry. Must disagree. Chkdsk /r has saved my butt so many years..
You must have been lucky.

I've seen more 1kb .001 files than I can remember.

The thing I hate most about it is the lack of control.
With any other recovery tool like active@undelete, you have a ton of options to tell it what it should find, and what to do with it.
Especially the option to recover to another partition is something that is sorely missed in chkdsk.

Greetz
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27 Aug 2009   #9

 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by squonksc View Post
You must have been lucky.

I've seen more 1kb .001 files than I can remember.

The thing I hate most about it is the lack of control.
With any other recovery tool like active@undelete, you have a ton of options to tell it what it should find, and what to do with it.
Especially the option to recover to another partition is something that is sorely missed in chkdsk.

Greetz
+1.5
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27 Aug 2009   #10

windows 7 rtm ultimate build 7600 x86
 
 

i m 100% sure that the software tune up utilities 2009 will surely help you out



if ur problem solved plz reply and give reput if u can
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