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Windows 7: D:/ drive is gone after factory reset on Sony Vaio Laptop ???

10 Sep 2015   #1
fara6674

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
D:/ drive is gone after factory reset on Sony Vaio Laptop ???

Hello everyone,

I pretty much lost my hope to restore my d:/ drive and all what was in it (all my data) before restoring my laptop but hope dies last.

I found this thread D Drive missing after Recovering Computer and it seems guy was smart enough to backup all his data in d:/ drive but I wasn't. I had no idea that after factory reset everything including my d:/ drive will be gone.

So, I was wondering if anyone knows some way to restore my data which was in my D:/ drive ?

Thanks an advance.


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10 Sep 2015   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Do you mean your D partition ?

Because if you had a separate D drive, you should have pulled it before you did the factory reset.

Why would you have to restore a data drive, what was wrong with it that you had to reset windows, a data drive or partition has nothing to do with windows ????

As Windows is on C, not D.


https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...0drive&es_th=1
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10 Sep 2015   #3
fara6674

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Do you mean your D partition ?

Because if you had a separate D drive, you should have pulled it before you did the factory reset.

Why would you have to restore a data drive, what was wrong with it that you had to reset windows, a data drive or partition has nothing to do with windows ????

As Windows is on C, not D.


https://www.google.com/webhp?sourcei...0drive&es_th=1
Thanks for your reply, I forgot to mention the reason of resetting my laptop, it started to work slow and there were many no needed software installed in laptop so I decided to do factory reset and clean it up all the way. But I only wanted to do my C:\ and didn't want to touch my D:\ drive.

I originally had C:\ drive only then I manually partitioned it into 2 drive C:\ and D:\(it was a while ago). C:\ drive used to be used for OS purpose and D:\ used to be a internal hard drive storage where I used to store all my data such as photo, movie, mp3 and who knows what else, so now it looks like that factory reset formatted everything inside my laptop and combined my C:\ and D:\ into C:\ ....
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10 Sep 2015   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

You can try Glary Utilities portable version (run from a pendrive. You need not install it on your system which may overwrite the previously existing files) and scan your drive. Glary Utilities Builds - Clean Registry, Fix PC Errors, Protect Privacy | Glarysoft

Check whether the files are shown as good and not overwritten. If good you can copy the files to other media. Not to be copied to the same drive. Screenshot of Glary Portable version here : how to recover Sys.reg?
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10 Sep 2015   #5
fara6674

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

I just talked to Sony Vaio care customer support and they confirm that all what I had in D:\ drive is gone for good. So I think it really is gone, thank all for your help.
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10 Sep 2015   #6
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

fara6674 The first thing to understand is partitions use Letters, (C), (D).
Drives have Numbers,(0), (1), (2).

I think what happened was both partitions (C) and (D) where on the same drive and when you went back to factory Recovery it wiped the (D) partition in the process.
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10 Sep 2015   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Your D drive is gone for good. There is no doubt about it. But it does not delete the data which is already there - unless a clean wipe was done..

If Glary utilities cannot find the files ( most probably it will not since the filesystem is lost), you can still use PhotoRec to find and reconstruct the files. Try it rather than giving up just like that.

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.
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10 Sep 2015   #8
fara6674

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Your D drive is gone for good. There is no doubt about it. But it does not delete the data which is already there - unless a clean wipe was done..

If Glary utilities cannot find the files ( most probably it will not since the filesystem is lost), you can still use PhotoRec to find and reconstruct the files. Try it rather than giving up just like that.

Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.
I did try Glary and it did find some files, but most of them are system files or sort of files like that but I will go ahead and try PhotoRec to see what it will bring to me. Thanks
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12 Sep 2015   #9
fara6674

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hey guys there is actually a good news, well it is obviously good for me and good for someone else in the future too, who will run into the same situation as me.

After very brilliant advice of "jumanji"
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Try it rather than giving up just like that.
I came across into one software called "iCare Data Recovery" and tried that out. Within a few minutes, program was able to recover pretty much all of my folders with all belongings, yes that is right not just pic, mp3 etc but the whole folders with movies, software etc... the total of 203 GB size data 20807 files. In the mean time while I'm typing I'm recovering them into my external hard drive. Free version of the software allowed me to retrieve only 1 GB file so I found portable version online with unlimited data recovery. It is iCare Data Recovery Pro version 7.6.1.0 portable.

Special Thanks to "jumanji" who encouraged me to try rather than just give up.

I think problem is solved and we can go ahead and close the Thread. Thanks all for participating.
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12 Sep 2015   #10
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

That would be a pirated version though
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