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Windows 7: Accidentally Unallocated a 2nd HDD on laptop...help!


02 May 2012   #1

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Accidentally Unallocated a 2nd HDD on laptop...help!

Hello all, newbie here, so be gentle!

I have a HP laptop that is running windows 7. It has 2 hard drives installed, and has been running fine for months like this. Yesterday while messing around (probably somewhere I shouldn't have been) I somehow unallocated my 2nd hdd. I am not sure exactly how I did this, but know it was in 'disk management' area. This drive contains all of my music and would HATE to lose this data. Does anyone have any simple fixes for my problem. I am sure you might need more info from me, but not sure what to tell you, so ask away please!

I have a side problem to discuss too...but we will focus on this one for now!

Thanks in advance!!

Aaron


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02 May 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit
 
 

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02 May 2012   #3

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Thanks, will check those out when I get home today.

Will these just allow me to recover my files, or will it just 're-add' the drive so I can see it (and the files) again. Or will I have to recover the files, re-allocate the drive, reformat it, then add the data back?
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02 May 2012   #4

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You'll need to read through each link for the correct procedure.

This is another freebie that many of us use: http://www.piriform.com/recuva
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02 May 2012   #5

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Ok, I am finally home and am checking out the EASEUS Partition recovery wizard, and it says "you have no unallocated space to search!" When I look at disk management, it shows Disk 1: Dynamic 298.09 GB Online...and to the right it says 298.09 GB RAW Healthy. Last night I KNOW it said unallocated and was 'hatched' out. I am confused what is going on, so not sure what I need to do to be able to access the drive again and see my data.
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02 May 2012   #6

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"Dynamic" is rarely a good thing to see.

Post a screen shot of what you can see in Disk Management and/or EaseUS.
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02 May 2012   #7

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Never sure how to post screenshots on forums, but here goes...


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02 May 2012   #8

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I don't quite know how Disk 1 was converted to a dynamic disk and without a partition on it.

At present it shows as a RAW drive, which means it doesn't have a partition on it, which explains why Easeus couldn't find any unallocated space.

This tutorial explains how to convert the drive from a dynamic to a basic drive. However, I'm not sure how that leaves you in terms of recovering your data, so I'm hoping someone more knowledgeable than me will chip in.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk
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02 May 2012   #9

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I don't like this..."Before you convert a dynamic disk to a basic disk, be sure to backup anything that you do not want to lose on that dynamic disk. Converting the dynamic disk back to a basic disk requires that all dynamic volumes are deleted on the disk first."

Could I pull this drive out and put it in an enclosure and move the data to another computer, or will I have the same problems there too?
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02 May 2012   #10

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Ubuntu often sees data on RAW drives that Windows cannot. Burn a CD with Ubuntu on it. You can obtain Ubuntu from Download | Ubuntu and then using the installation instructions: Install Ubuntu Desktop | Ubuntu, at step 2 choose Try instead of Install. Mount your drive you want to save data from and mount a drive to save data to. The drives should show up in Ubuntu's file system for you to copy data.

Let us know if the above works. If not, we will have to resort to other methods...
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