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Windows 7: WD Caviar Black HDD Partition/Data Lost

19 Feb 2014   #1
B7AX

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
WD Caviar Black HDD Partition/Data Lost

Greetings

Let me try and gather my wits and explain what is happening as I'm nearing a heart attack.

My computer had been turned off for a while and was not in use - as I was away on a trip for several months. I got back, turned it on and my computer booted into Startup Repair. It took 10 hours to finally tell me that nothing was wrong except that the system volume on the disk is corrupt. Once I clicked finish, the system reboots right back into the windows startup repair. Odd, but this stuff happens right?

So I booted up with another bootable partition on an alternate HDD within the same computer to see if I could recover the files. It booted fine, but when I took a look at the HDD causing me problems I do not see the partition where all my files are located. There were folders there, but things do not look right. I opened my User folder and files seemed to have vanished. I've never seen this before and it feels like a cruel joke.

Disk Management only shows one partition. It shows that 1.9TB or 2TB are free. This is WRONG as I have used most of the file space on the HDD.

So right now I have the HDD in a USB Thermaltake tether and I'm running "Phoenix Windows Data Recovery."

While I thought I had backed up years worth of work ........ finding out that I hadn't ....... This is certainly a wake up call and I'm praying that I will be able to get these files. If all efforts fail, I will certainly be sending this drive to a professional data recovery.

If you have any suggestions I'd love to hear them!

Here's a link that shows the windows 7 startup repair report (DRIVE B)
https://drive.google.com/folderview?...FE&usp=sharing

EDIT:
As I ran the Data Recovery, it appears some of my "free space" did disappear. I'm still waiting to see the results. Just thought I would update.


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19 Feb 2014   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you are already on with Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery, I shall refrain from giving out my thoughts on what you have done or more precisely what should have been done in this case.

Let us know what you intend to do if the recovery process shows the files on completion. Will you go ahead and buy the $99 software to be able to save those files?

Please come back and let us know the results of the current process when complete.
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19 Feb 2014   #3
B7AX

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Welcome to Seven Forums.

Since you are already on with Stellar Phoenix Data Recovery, I shall refrain from giving out my thoughts on what you have done or more precisely what should have been done in this case.

Let us know what you intend to do if the recovery process shows the files on completion. Will you go ahead and buy the $99 software to be able to save those files?

Please come back and let us know the results of the current process when complete.
I am more than eager to hear what you would suggest I do. The scan is almost complete. I would honestly pay several thousands to recover the files, however I'm not going to blow money if I can recover it myself. What I mean is - these files are very near and extremely dear to me and in many ways priceless.

The Phoenix Software did advertise as free. Are you saying that they are going to tease me with "Here are your files, but to continue give us money"?
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19 Feb 2014   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

[QUOTE=B7AX;2696814]
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
.........The Phoenix Software did advertise as free. Are you saying that they are going to tease me with "Here are your files, but to continue give us money"?
Yes, my dear Sir, and that is why I asked the question.

See and tell us whether it is true.

Anyway, if it can recover, may be other free software also can do it. We shall get on to it once you give out the results of the current exercise. ( It is the start of the day here and I may runout every once in a while and peep in only on and off. So may be you have to wait.)
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20 Feb 2014   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Before I hit the sack calling it a day,

Your best bet in the freeware category will be to try PhotoRec and copy the files to another external drive connected before you start PhotoRec. ( Scanning by PhotoRec may take considerable time.)
Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

Copying files recovered by TestDisk/PhotoRec : My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated:
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20 Feb 2014   #6
B7AX

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

It is a pay to retrieve deal, but I went ahead and paid the $99.

I am currently recovering files now, but curious if after I finish backing them up .... if there is anything I could do to try and restore that partition?
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20 Feb 2014   #7
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Run a partition recovery program. It is included in several partition managers. PW Home Edition (free) is good at that particular thing.

Do a Quick scan of the whole HD, then Tick ALL partitions you want to keep, click Apply.

It is pretty quick.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.
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20 Feb 2014   #8
B7AX

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Run a partition recovery program. It is included in several partition managers. PW Home Edition (free) is good at that particular thing.

Do a Quick scan of the whole HD, then Tick ALL partitions you want to keep, click Apply.

It is pretty quick.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.
Awesome, I appreciate the help.

Being that the "system volume on disk is corrupt" should I upgrade to Windows 8 or stick with getting a CD/Flash boot of Windows 7 to boot the drive - or should I keep it plugged in as a USB external and run the partition recovery software as is? I would love to be able to repair the OS and boot up using the disk. Recovering the files and making a backup now to ensure I do not lose them, however I'm not sure how to go about restoring the drive back to use it without formatting it.
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20 Feb 2014   #9
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Quote:
keep it plugged in as a USB external and run the partition recovery software as is
Yes, or use PW free boot disc .

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however I'm not sure how to go about restoring the drive back to use it without formatting it.
That is what partition recovery is for. If it does the job, you won't need to reformat anything. Probably worth running chkdsk after.
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21 Feb 2014   #10
B7AX

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

Well, it isn't finding the partition. I'm still recovering files. It's painfully slow.
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