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Windows 7: Data recovery


05 May 2013   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 
Data recovery

Hi,

Just wondering if you guys could give me advice please.

Ironically my backup hard drive appears to have given up the ghost & i was wondering if retrieving my date is possible.
It is actually a network drive, Iomega 1tb, it became undiscovered so i removed the Seagate Barracuda from it's case & tried it in a sata drive dock. It runs quietly and sounds like it is spinning but doesn't show in my computer.
It shows as disk 6 in disk management as well as online & healthy but will not initialize, so no drive letter.

Am i wasting my time?


Thanks in advance.

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05 May 2013   #2

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

See if a linux live cd can pick it up.

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05 May 2013   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Thanks, i will give it a try.
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05 May 2013   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

No luck...tried Linux system rescue too.

Guess it must be dead.
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06 May 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Try Partition Recovery Wizard in MiniTools Partition Wizard. Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.

If your problem HDD is shown as Unallocated in the Partition Wizard disk map, run Partition Recovery Wizard, and do a quick scan. If it can find the partition and the Partition Explorer shows the files after a quick scan, click Finish to rewrite the partition table and it should be through.

If the Partition Wizard shows the problem drive as bad, then you have a serious problem. HDD Failure ( most probably the electronics.). ( This is what I learnt from another user experience.)
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06 May 2013   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

Hi Jumanji,

I ran the tool & the drive shows as unallocated but also as a bad disk. I am running the scan anyway but i'm not holding my breath.

Thanks for your help, much appreciated.
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06 May 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, carry on with the scan. Let us know how long the scan takes and the end result and keep us posted.

1. I would also appreciate if you can post a screenshot of how the drive appears in the Partition Wizard's disk map.

2. What is the capacity of the drive? Does Partition Wizard show the correct capacity?
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06 May 2013   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

1tb drive.

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06 May 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Thanks for the screenshot.

Now it is clear. What matters is what is shown in the main screen, which is bad disk.

The scan screen will show it as unallocated during the scan.

You said Windows Disk Management showed it as healthy. Also the drive capacity is shown correctly. I am just wondering whether that gives us a ray of hope. I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Let the scan complete and let us see the end result. The scan may take a long long time. So get away from the computer and do other work, peeping in only once in a while.
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06 May 2013   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 bit
 
 

OK, there's a big orange thing appeared in the sky today, i'll go check it out.
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