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Windows 7: You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it!!!

19 Dec 2011   #1
andrealvarez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it!!!

Hi,
This weekend a installed the windows 7 64bit over a vista 32bit. During the installation I left my Samsung S2 HD 500gb plugged in.

After the installation the windows didn’t find a mass storage controller drive and my HD appeared as Local Drive ( F: ). When I try to access it, this msg comes up: you need to format the disk in drive f before you can use it.

I tried plugging in all usb port I could find. And even the win xp 32bit showed the same msg.

I also tried the “Easy Recovery Pro”. But it didn’t worked. When a click on any of the recovery option the software doesn´t find any hard drive in my pc.

Then I tried the “GetDataBack for NTFS”. After 24 hours of scanning, it didn’t find any of my files.

Tonight, I will try the “diskdigger” and the “Recuva”. But I´m not putting too much faith on those software due some post I read here.

I really need to recover same work data.

What do you recommend?

Thanks.



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21 Dec 2011   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

Can you post a screen capture of Disk Management? Click the Start Orb, and in the serach box type disk management, then click on the option. Maximise the Disk Management screen and then post a screen capture of it here.

Regards,
Golden
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21 Dec 2011   #3
andrealvarez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

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21 Dec 2011   #4
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

OK, the drive needs to be formatted in order to use it....but.....you must first recover your data BEFORE you format it.

Please try EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard for that. Read the information in this link before downloading and installing the software:

Raw Recovery: Recover files from Raw Partitions, Hard Disk Drive, Memory card, SD Card. Raw File System Recovery Software.

Let us know how you get on.

Regards,
Golden
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21 Dec 2011   #5
GamePlanner

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrealvarez View Post
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22 Dec 2011   #6
andrealvarez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Golden,

Thanks for the tip. I´ll do tonight and let u know.

GamePlanner,

What does it show to u?
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22 Dec 2011   #7
GamePlanner

Windows 7 Professional x32
 
 

I can see image now
Let try tip provided by Golden and let us know the result
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23 Dec 2011   #8
andrealvarez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

So, the EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard doesnt see my HD.

I found a EasyRecovery for win 7 64bit -Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional . So far it is doing fine.

Im doing the AdvancedRecovery. I will let you know how it did!
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23 Dec 2011   #9
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by andrealvarez View Post
So, the EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard doesnt see my HD.

I found a EasyRecovery for win 7 64bit -Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional . So far it is doing fine.

Im doing the AdvancedRecovery. I will let you know how it did!
I understand that the trial version of Easy Recovery Professional can only show you the files but cannot recover unless you pay for it. Were you able to recover the files?
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26 Dec 2011   #10
andrealvarez

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Yes! Finally!

But it found also a folder called LOSTFILES. And it is very large contening random files.
And I still not sure what caused the disk to fail.

Thank you for the help!
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