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Windows 7: External HDD showing full but it is impossible

08 Jul 2015   #11
7leagueboot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

It has been running for a few hours now and is very far from completing its scan. I fear it will require around 24 hours to complete. Once it has I will take the screenshots you requested and post them jumanji. Thanks for your assistance.


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10 Jul 2015   #12
7leagueboot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Well it appears 24 hours was rather optimistic. It is still performing its 'Quick Scan' and after 72 hours has reached 7272192 of 1953458176 sectors. At this pace it seems probable it will take at least a week to complete.
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10 Jul 2015   #13
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

In post#6, you said "However, Partition Wizard eventually completed its scan and, although I cannot access them, all my folders were displayed in its report. Disk Manager now shows the file system as RAW."

What happened now?

Looks like your HDD has gone from bad to worse. Cancel PW scan.It is not taking us anywhere.

Now do not change computers. You seem to have installed WD Smartware in the original PC. Have you also installed WD's Disk Utilities?

Connect your WD external to the same PC. Try to access it in the same way as you used to. Post the screenshots of how your WD external looks like in My Computer, Device Manager and Windows Disk Management.

Post the screenshots and explain your problem afresh as you see it in the PC with Smartware.. May be I have to refer this case to CKWD since he is the WD man, if he does not come in.

(I do not have any WD drives and do not know much about Smartware.What all I can say now is that if the interface SATA to USB bridge in your Passport drive has become faulty and you are unable to access the drive because of it, none of us including the WD Man CKWD can help you to retrieve the data since your passport is hardware encrypted.)

I shall leave it to CKWD to examine and tell whether it is a problem with the installed Smartware or the HDD.
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13 Jul 2015   #14
7leagueboot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I do not have WD's Disk Utilities on my original PC however, I can install WD's "Data Lifeguard Diagnostic" if that would be of any help?

Just one problem though. Even before the drive worsened, it would crash every application on my original PC. I'm assuming that was because once the WD Lock software was unlocked, Windows Explorer automatically scans the drive. Whatever the reason, Explorer would instantly crash as well as everything else, including Task Manager. The only way I could recover was to use Ctrl/Alt/Del to logoff and restart.
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13 Jul 2015   #15
Bernardus

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I had this once with a external USB drive housing that was partly defective.
Only a small portion of the available drive was exessible.
Planted the drive over in another case and all was OK.
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13 Jul 2015   #16
LMiller7

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 

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This drive has some extremely important data which I desperately need to recover so all assistance would be gratefully received.
All files of any importance should have at least one backup copy while those of particular importance require 2 or more backup copies. No drive, new or old, can be trusted without backups. Data recovery after an incident cannot be relied on.
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13 Jul 2015   #17
Bernardus

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bits 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

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13 Jul 2015   #18
CKWD

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Hello 7leagueboot! Also, thank you Jumanji, I appreciate it!

I should have come in earlier, I apologize! I see this is an unpleasant situation! :/

I am going to start a little backwards. 7Leagueboot, you hardly need the WD DLG software in this case, as it is designed to scan your drive's health. A check of this sort could make your drive's state even worse. Besides, it has gone to RAW, indicating a problem with the partition table or file system, more likely the latter in this case. Sometimes the damage is small, but here it seems bigger than that.

There are sofwtares and ways known to supposedly convert the drive back to it original file system while keeping the data intact. In my personal opinion, these rarely work and there is always risk for the data. Using these programs, alongside the health checking programs, and even data recovery programs, on drives which are in a very bad state, could, like Jumanji said, make things from bad to worse. The fact that your scans have continued more than a few hours, indicates exactly that. :/

Also, putting the drive in another case is not possible, and additionally, it would void the warranty.

Usually, in these cases of RAW format, the situation is fixed with a reformat, if the drive is physically fine. But since you need your data back, from what I have read, I believe you should turn to a professional, or you risk further unintentional HDD damage. WD has partners in this field who are fully aware of the WD features and firmware, and are best qualified to try and recover the data.

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Also, I would agree with LMiller7 about keeping back ups.

Still, what I find unusual is the fact that the RAW drive has its drive letter. Something that comes to mind is to boot into a Linux/Ubuntu Live CD and see if you can open your drive and view your files through there.

Did you use the WD Drive Unlock Utility to try and unlock the drive at first?

I am sorry if I am unable to propose anything else, 7leagueboot, if you have any updates or additional information, please post!

CK_WD
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13 Jul 2015   #19
7leagueboot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CKWD View Post
Also, I would agree with LMiller7 about keeping back ups.
Oddly enough, this was originally a backup drive but after running out of space on one of my other drives, I stupidly made the mistake of transferring data from the primary drive to the backup drive in order to recover space. Now I am royally f***ed!

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Still, what I find unusual is the fact that the RAW drive has its drive letter. Something that comes to mind is to boot into a Linux/Ubuntu Live CD and see if you can open your drive and view your files through there.
Sorry, I'm not that good with this stuff. I don't have a clue how to do what you suggested there.

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Did you use the WD Drive Unlock Utility to try and unlock the drive at first?
Yes. That is the first thing that launches when you connect the drive. Of course, now that it is in RAW state, I doubt if that will work anymore.

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I am sorry if I am unable to propose anything else, 7leagueboot, if you have any updates or additional information, please post!

CK_WD
It is only now that I can no longer access the data on that drive that I suddenly find myself in desperate need of things that were only on that drive. Just typical!!!

I'm guessing that I can indeed recover the drive by reconverting it to NTFS. I scanned it with the WD DLG software and that said the drive was healthy although it showed it as having 0 bytes available. But I don't want to do anything to it without first trying everything possible to recover the critical data.
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13 Jul 2015   #20
Nedly

Debian Custom
 
 

Responding to a few posts here - if the disk is RAW Linux will not read it either, drive letter or not, unless you are using Scalpal or some other recovery application that can scan the different sectors. I have had luck recovering files from even RAW disks in the past using applications like Recover My Files Pro, but it can take literally a week for a full recovery (scan is a few days, copy is another few).

Secondly, the first thing anyone should do when trying to recover files or repair a drive is make a disk image. We could recover the files from that disk image, and even mount it on newly purchased drives to try and repair the issue while leaving the original drive untouched.

WD software might help, but there really is far better tools out there. Outside of the inside, the best recovery is probably to acquire your files from the corrupt drive and then redo the drive from fresh. Once things get too messy it becomes difficult to recover partitions and file systems.

Recovery software I use: Purchase Recover My Files data recovery software
It has never failed me!
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