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Windows 7: External Seagate Back is recognized but cannot be opened!

18 Apr 2012   #11
Neikautuai

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Hi Seavixen32,

I was attempted to do that, but I'm afraid to do so because I presume that once I make a partition everything that I saved in that back-up will be erased, won't they? If they will, any other option to enter in that back-up so that I can pull everything out from that.

Regards


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18 Apr 2012   #12
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Okay , now it shows up (your previous screenshots only showed an undetailed F: drive in Explorer). And it looks like one big partition, but it has lost it's fie system. The best tool I'm aware of for that is CGSecurity. It has no GUI, so take your time looking through it's options before committing writes to the disk. It should list any file system(s) it found and allow you to browse folders (directories) and files it found. If it gives you the option of copying data from it you might want to do that. When you're satisfied that it found your files/folders properly, then you can write the corrected file system to disk.
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19 Apr 2012   #13
Neikautuai

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Greetings Sibbil,

I tried the test-disk for the second time but still have the same problem. When I reached at the dialogue-box which needs to answer Y/N, I could not see my letters when I pressed Y or N. Attached the results.

Regards

External Seagate Back is recognized but cannot be opened!-testdisk-result.jpg

External Seagate Back is recognized but cannot be opened!-testdisk-result1.jpg


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19 Apr 2012   #14
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

So pressing "Y" is not starting the deep search?
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20 Apr 2012   #15
Neikautuai

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Greetings Sibbil,

Apology for your late message when I did not reply it earlier. Well, I made a mistake when I posted my last post with the expectation that the letter Y/N must be displayed. I tried it again this evening and left it about an hour and ended up with the attached screenshot. Is it supposed to move on from this point or this is the end of the process?

I agree to what Seavixen32 has said that the back-up needs a partition. Is it right that once I make now a partition, everything will be deleted! But if everything is deleted, any other way to restore them while the hd has partitions on it?

Regards

External Seagate Back is recognized but cannot be opened!-no-partition.png


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21 Apr 2012   #16
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

The screenshot shown indicates that testdisk could not find a partition with a quick check. So now that "Deeper Search" is highlighted, press enter.

Your last screenshot of Disk Management shows there is a partition on the drive {F:} but it is raw (unformatted -- no file system). Testdisk will try to find the remnants of the partition that was there while you had been using the drive normally. If it can find it, it will show you what it found, and it will give you the opportunity to browse through the folders/files it found. It'll also give you an opportunity to copy them to another location if you choose. Be cautious, go slow, as the menu at the bottom changes from step to step.

Check out the step-by-step guide here: TestDisk Step By Step - CGSecurity

Also check this out (regarding raw): http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Data_Recovery_Examples
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21 Apr 2012   #17
Kevin Ismail

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Hi Neikautuai

I just add some options if you wish to try it.

There is a time windows disk management getting a bit dumb in recognizing any storage attached to it no matter it is new or even been there for months. It would also happen sometimes when we reinstall windows.

There some tricks to manipulate it in order to avoid losing data.
Try using any free partition program (partition wizard, easeus, or else) or you can use any friend's PC who have the partition manager program. Try to check the drive from within the program and see if windows get to recognize its content. If it doesn't work try to manipulate the size by resizing the partition few MBs, and apply.

I do not guarantee it will always work. But that is the simplest way I always do several times, and it gives me good result.

Kevin
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25 Apr 2012   #18
Neikautuai

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Greetings Sibbil and Kevin,

Apology for the late reply, due to other works for which are meant to be submitted this week. Anyway, I haven't tried all of your suggestions. Follow up what I posted last time, that is a "deep search" the attached screenshot displays the result. I will try one by one what you are suggesting here and see the result.

Regards

External Seagate Back is recognized but cannot be opened!-stop.jpg


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25 Apr 2012   #19
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Normally you'll see testdisk fly through the cylinders, but when it hits a spot where it has a hard time reading, it'll try again a few times before it moves on to the next cylinder. That's what appears to have happened in your screenshot. You've just got to let it complete the scan.
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25 Apr 2012   #20
Neikautuai

Window 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

Greetings Sibbil,

Sometimes it is good for me to be patient! You are right, the attached screenshot show where I am now, but the problem, as a beginner, I don't understand what should write for the Cylinder - Head - Sector - etc ... I tried to follow up the links you attached but confused! Please help.

Regards

External Seagate Back is recognized but cannot be opened!-cylinder.jpg


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