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Windows 7: Harddisk appears as local disk

05 Nov 2012   #131
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Hey F5ing that Testdisk I ran a Google and if stoleaway is interested this YT vid is really easy to follow





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06 Nov 2012   #132
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

All very good advice, Steve. Thanks.

Your caution on the keyboard is very important.

The best thing is to make the machine off limits for the duration. Let Testdisk work as hard as it has to without interruption. If now isn't convenient to be without the PC, schedule a time to accomplish the task.

If you can't schedule time until the weekend, that's fine.... work on it on your schedule.
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by F5ing View Post
Be very careful with your keyboard while using Testdisk. Very useful app, and powerful, but it responds to hotkeys and the arrow keys make changes in some modes. Watch your screen to see when the arrow keys might be active for changes rather than cursor movement.
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The bad news is that if you're really anxious you'll be tempted to just sit there and watch it rather than go do something else with your life while it does its job.
John: Thanks for posting the video.

stoleaway: Don't watch the video while Testdisk is running.

If you start Testdisk before you go to sleep, then we'll know how much it gets done in 7-8 hours. There's no user iteraction needed after you verify the drive information and hit OK to start writing.

In the morning check the status, if it's making progress, let it continue. It's big drive..... and it's really slow.
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06 Nov 2012   #133
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Hey F5ing that Testdisk I ran a Google and if stoleaway is interested this YT vid is really easy to follow
That is a great video for new users! Really shows you what to expect and how it might work for you. Note that they're using Photorec, not Testdisk, so the steps are somewhat different. The UI is the same though and he mentions some important caveats that apply to both.

Interesting to note that he could've used Testdisk rather than Photorec to recover, and he wouldn't have lost the name of the file that was recovered. The drive would've looked just like it did before the quick format.
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06 Nov 2012   #134
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Thanks fellas I just ran across it looking up that app. Thought it would be good for anyone who was watching too!

Hum just noticed that F5 I missed that photrec wasn't quick enough
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06 Nov 2012   #135
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ICit2lol View Post
Thanks fellas I just ran across it looking up that app. Thought it would be good for anyone who was watching too!

Hum just noticed that F5 I missed that photrec wasn't quick enough
Not to worry, John. Other than clicking on Testdisk rather than Photorec, the first steps are all the same. From downloading, unzipping, launching, and then through the first few steps of actually using it. So you actually get a good idea of what to expect.

Kind of odd that he used Testdisk in the name of the video while actually using Photorec within the video. Especially considering Testdisk would've performed a cleaner recovery (no loss of file name).
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06 Nov 2012   #136
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

PhotoRec is much safer than TestDisk since it does not write anything to the hard drive being recovered.

Confidence booster:

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.
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06 Nov 2012   #137
F5ing

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
PhotoRec is much safer than TestDisk since it does not write anything to the hard drive being recovered.

Confidence booster:

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.
Yes, very true. If all you're trying to do is recover data from the drive Photorec may be the best bet. The one downside I can think of though is that it recovers most everything that has ever been deleted yet still exists (if you have all recognizable file types selected). So you can end up with tons of trash to sort through, complicated by the fact that you lose so many of the file names. This might not be much of an issue though, if used on a data partition or external drive. It's a pain when used on a partition that contained an OS or a drive that's been through years of activity and it recovers a bunch of intentionally deleted files, old temp files, or even any file types that were stored in temp directories.

Even so, it is the safest route as far as data protection is concerned.
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06 Nov 2012   #138
ICIT2LOL

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10
 
 

Yep F5 - a bit OT but that fellow has some pretty good video tuts - see my post

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Sorry stoleaway didn't mean to hijack your thread
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06 Nov 2012   #139
stoleaway

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free
 
 

hi guys thanks for the help I will only be able to try doing these stuffs on Friday or Saturday tho >< I will try to do them asap tho, rly busy w work recently, really sorry! & as usual, thanks for the help!
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06 Nov 2012   #140
Slartybart

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
 
 

No problem - do this when you have the time. We'll be here

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