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Windows 7: Raid 5 became unallocated.

15 Apr 2015   #21
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Not to worry.

You said you have recovered all the files but the folder structure is not maintained - they are all just files files everywhere which you perhaps cannot rearrange.

I am curious to know how you made that recovery. Oho! we have to learn a lot from users. This will help other users who have only jpgs and docs.

You did not post the screenshot of how the drive looks in Windows Disk Management. Does it still show as RAW?

My second question is did you double click on the selected highlighted partition? And it didn't show any folders?

My third question How long did the quick scan take? Just approximate

Is the Partition window still open? Or you have already closed the PW?

I will be online waiting for your answers.

I have much more to say but all that after I get the answers.


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15 Apr 2015   #22
dloydc

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

The screen capture was in #3.
I double clicked and nothing happened. No matter how many times I did it. I even ran a full scan and tried double clicking.
Quick scan took about 2 or 3 hours.
I closed it and am running a surface scan which will finish in about 2 hours and 11 minutes.
I used Data Rescue PC3 to recover the files.
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15 Apr 2015   #23
Berton

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit, Windows 8.1 64-bit, Mac OS X 10.10, Linux Mint 17, Windows 10 Pro TP
 
 

I agree about an issue with Disk 1 drive letter D:, should not be RAW. Sometimes such a drive or partition can be recovered but maybe, maybe not.
https://www.google.com/search?site=&....0.Hyom3iZIO70
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15 Apr 2015   #24
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by dloydc View Post
The screen capture was in #3.
I double clicked and nothing happened. No matter how many times I did it. I even ran a full scan and tried double clicking.
Quick scan took about 2 or 3 hours.
I closed it and am running a surface scan which will finish in about 2 hours and 11 minutes.
I used Data Rescue PC3 to recover the files.
OK, thanks for the info.

On Data Rescue PC3, I note that it is a paid software. Did you buy it? That's just a query you may choose not to answer if you don't want to.

I was about to suggest Getdataback Simple https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm if all else fails. It can recover data complete with the folder structure unlike Data Rescue PC3. it is also a paid software but you can try it for free and check whether it can recover your data complete with the original folder structure. I had tried the trial version on an intentionally corrupted GPT drive and it did do the job admirably. Surely I was impressed with it. I had also posted the screenshots in one post - just that right now I am not able to locate it.

I would just advise you to try it before you try any other program such as Easeus Data Recovery etc., as suggested by Berton.

EDIT: OK, after a search I found my GetdataBack Simple post 4TB Seagate drive in enclosure suddenly became RAW

Here I had turned a simple GPT drive - not a RAID - into RAW and ran the GetDataback Simple and it found all the folders with the files inside intact.

Now to continue with what we have been trying, run Quick Scan in Partition Wizard again but this time put a tick mark against both the found partitions namely both the 128MB MSR partition and the 3725.16MB main partition and then double click on the main partition. Does it show the folders? (the 128MB MSR partition is intended for any software that may need to store any data for future use and I am hoping against hope that the raid configuration data may be residing there . Ticking that also and activating it may show the folders in the raided main partition.If it does not we shall atleast know the attempt failed for sure. )
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16 Apr 2015   #25
dloydc

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

I wish I had heard of it before. Yes I paid for Data Rescue PC3. I am doing the Quick Scan again. I'll send you a screen shot once I get back home and it is done.
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16 Apr 2015   #26
dloydc

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

Double clicked on both with no results. Left and right mouse keys.


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16 Apr 2015   #27
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, Try Getdataback simple. I would think that is the only easy solution. If you are happy if it shows all your folders right, to buy it or not is a decision only you can make.( You have already wasted your Dollars on the other software. Didn't it have a trial version? Won't they refund the money if you tell them that it didn't help you and meet your requirements.)

If Partition Wizard cannot show your files I doubt whether Test Disk also will.

Even if you have no intention to buy Getdataback simple, try it and post the results.
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16 Apr 2015   #28
dloydc

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

That is a good idea. My worry is what caused this problem in the first place. The first time it happened I thought that it was because I turned on my computer with an external harddrive that I had been using with my laptop. This is the second time it has happened in two months. Nothing was plugged into a USB port when I turned it on and the Raid 5 was missing a letter and unallocated again.
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16 Apr 2015   #29
dloydc

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

As it is a Raid 5, Getdataback is to be used on an image file made by Raid Reconstructor per the site. I am running the demo now.
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16 Apr 2015   #30
dloydc

Windows 7 64 Professional
 
 

Raid Reconstructor was not needed as the Raid 5 was seen a one large drive (not broken). Getdataback was everything you said. I truly wish I had known about it the first time this happened. Any clue as to why it happened the second time????
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