Windows 7 Forums

Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Recovering data from a dead partition

30 Dec 2014   #1
jon777

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Recovering data from a dead partition

My wife's laptop drive died. Replaced the drive and restored a backup, so that PC is back up and running.

However, there are some files on the old drive that were created/changed after the last backup.

Plugging her drive into an external SATA mount I see the following is Windows Explorer:
E: System (nothing in it) -- I did run CHKDSK /F on it, and completed (with Bad Sectors
F: HP Tools (fully accessible)
G: Local Disk (Hangs any time I try to access, either thru Win Explorer or CMD prompt
H: Recovery (fully accessible)

Anything I can do possibly using shareware/freeware to possibly restore the data from G:? Most of the stuff I can likely get elsewhere, (e.g. outbox attachments). So not going to spend $$$ on the data recovery company or expensive software...


My System SpecsSystem Spec
.
30 Dec 2014   #2
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

F disk... most likely HP drivers... you're not interested in it.
H disk... restore to factory defaults... you're not interested in it.

E disk. Is that supposed to be the old WIN& disk called C?
G disk: some data disk.

Download and install Partition Wizard Free Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online . Run it. Post screenshot so I can see E, F, G and H
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2014   #3
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

E: System (nothing in it) -- I did run CHKDSK /F on it, and completed (with Bad Sectors
=> no bad sectors anymore? DIR E:\ does show the files/folders?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.

30 Dec 2014   #4
jon777

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Screen shot of Partition Manager and CMD window

Nothing shows on the system drive...

What now?


Attached Thumbnails
Recovering data from a dead partition-sp32-20141230-102149.jpg  
Attached Images
Recovering data from a dead partition-sp32-20141230-102244.jpg 
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2014   #5
jon777

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I checked the partition explorer feature on G: (since it seems to have the right specs in terms of usage), and it looks like it can see the file structure. Not sure what the best way to grab the data? Just want to grab all of the files/folders from the Users directory at this point and bring it over to the local drive -- then I can get rid of the failing drive completely.


Attached Thumbnails
Recovering data from a dead partition-sp32-20141230-122703.jpg  
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2014   #6
jon777

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I used the recovery wizard (the other "half" of that software) -- worked like a charm. Filtering allowed me to just find the files in "users" that were either modified or created after 12/1 and copy them to my "real" hard drive.

THANKS!!! Great piece of software!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2014   #7
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Once you get all your files off that drive, you can format it and start using it for storage and disk images, so this never happens again. Apparently the drive is fine.

Not sure why you thought it died
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2014   #8
Kaktussoft

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jon777 View Post
Screen shot of Partition Manager and CMD window

Nothing shows on the system drive...

What now?
E drive is only 199MB. No files at all on it... but totally full! All files are hidden. It is ACTIVE. It is the boot partition. Not relevant to recover.

G drive looks normal in the screenshot. What is the problem with G?
What "recovery wizard" did you run??? All partitions seem to be there already!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2014   #9
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

"However, there are some files on the old drive that were created/changed after the last backup"

This statement could be a clue to what caused the issue, was a backup program used ? If so what, if not, how was a backup done, and where was this backup being saved to ?

Whatever the method, it didn`t work and I would stop using it.

Just copy and paste your data, don`t rely on any program.

Please explain in detail.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
30 Dec 2014   #10
jon777

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Once you get all your files off that drive, you can format it and start using it for storage and disk images, so this never happens again. Apparently the drive is fine.

Not sure why you thought it died
So I had posted here earlier, and hadn't gotten a reply
http://www.sevenforums.com/general-d...xc00000e9.html

Windows Boot Manager
File: \Boot\BCD

Status: 0xc00000e9

Info: An unexpected I/O error has occurred

Reading a few other threads, I have tried to reboot in Recovery mode (to possibly rebuild BCD), both from internal and CD ROM, but both just hang. From CD ROM, gets to the part where select Operating system to restore from but just spins there and never populates (waited about an hour)

Have gone into the HP Advanced System Diagnostics and Run Hard Disk Test

Hard Disk SMART Check: PASSED
Hard Disk Short DST: FAILED

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jon777 View Post
Screen shot of Partition Manager and CMD window

Nothing shows on the system drive...

What now?
E drive is only 199MB. No files at all on it... but totally full! All files are hidden. It is ACTIVE. It is the boot partition. Not relevant to recover.

G drive looks normal in the screenshot. What is the problem with G?
What "recovery wizard" did you run??? All partitions seem to be there already!
In the partition looks fine, however if you go into Windows Explorer and click on G: it just hangs, and if you go into CMD prompt and type "G:" it also hangs. CHKDSK /F G: also just hangs.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
"However, there are some files on the old drive that were created/changed after the last backup"

This statement could be a clue to what caused the issue, was a backup program used ? If so what, if not, how was a backup done, and where was this backup being saved to ?

Whatever the method, it didn`t work and I would stop using it.

Just copy and paste your data, don`t rely on any program.

Please explain in detail.
Backups were taken using windows backup to an external drive which was used to restore the laptop once a new drive was put in. ISO image was restored from the backup, since the drive didn't seem immediately accessible. The laptop is now working fine (with the new drive and ISO image restored). I now have the files recovered from the above Partitiion Manager/Recovery program.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Reply

 Recovering data from a dead partition




Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search




Similar help and support threads
Thread Forum
recovering data from docked HDD
About two weeks ago my Win 7 Home Premium got some fatal disease which I could not cure. Ran multiple security scans with different software. None found any malware, but everything I tried made it a little worse. Bought a new computer and now want to transfer some of the data from my old...
Backup and Restore
Recovering data from external
Have a friends two 1TB external HDD's (LaCies) here as he asked me if I could get them going ? One is working fine the other is dead as - now the problem is how are we going to retrieve the data contained on the dead one. By dead I mean it doesn't spin up and I cannot find anyway of opening the...
Hardware & Devices
Need help recovering user data
So, my corporate desktop was originally assigned to me with the previous user's login information. Today, when an error was discovered on the account, the IT dept, via T.V., decided to add a new account with my information. I asked why he didn't just change the UN + PW for the existing Login that...
Network & Sharing
Recovering DVD Burning data
I'm not sure if this is the right section, so forgive me if it isn't. Right, I was basically writing a series of files onto my dvd-r using the windows 7 cd burner (the default one). The problem is, I cut-pasted them onto the dvd. Now, this was the fourth DVD being burnt and I had done the...
Backup and Restore
Recovering data from a 'RAW' hd
Evening team, I was repartitioning a 3 NTFS partitioned 1,5tb drive down to one partition via win 7 Disk Management tool. I successfully shrank one of the partitions. After shrinking the second partition, win 7 had a hiccup and reported the remaining single partition is now in a 'RAW' format. I...
Hardware & Devices
Recovering data
Windows was repaired on a machine and the user profile seems to have been erased.... What software do you guys recommend for recovery? Get back data for ntfs? EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard? Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software? Some other software?
General Discussion


Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:19.

Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App