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Windows 7: Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide

04 Sep 2013   #61
Melissa

Windows 7 Home Professional 64bit
 
 

I am just enquiring -- running the first page test for an inexperienced user - should that be the first point of reference to regain a lost drive.

I have bookmarked most of the valuable information that people have posted. I am just not sure about some of the terms (I know I could Google them) - so unsure if it is the best option for me.

Thank you again for a great easy to follow guide


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05 Sep 2013   #62
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
I am just enquiring -- running the first page test for an inexperienced user - should that be the first point of reference to regain a lost drive........
Not necessarily .

It is pretty simple to be used by experienced users but the more inexperienced users may get intimidated with the DOS interface and may need many hours of documentation. One has to put a determined effort to get a grasp of it and the only way to do it is to do a mock trial as in my post #5.

If what is needed is just some file recovery software then PhotoRec application that comes with TestDisk should be the first choice. Much easier to use and since it is read only the user cannot give any write commands mistakenly and spoil the already spoilt broth.

Also in many situations Partition Wizard is easier to use.

And in respect of non-bootable drives a live Linux CD/pendrive should be the first option.

At one point one user threw up a question on how to copy the files listed by TestDisk - it is not so intuitive- and then I wrote this post Copying_files_listed_by_TestDisk_during_Recovery .

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to append it to this thread.
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28 Oct 2013   #63
benimac

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Hi Jumanji,
Thanks for posting a great article on using Test Disc.
I have a question. I have been running Test disc (deeper search) for one week now and am only 3% through the operation. 3,920/121,596 cylinders analized. Is this normal, or should I close Test Disc and start again? The disk I am analizing is a 1Tb Western Digital in a Buffalo housing.
Thanks in advance.
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07 Nov 2014   #64
timuela

 
 
Hi there

i've done everything. I have a trouble on step 10 (seventh window), nothing appears. So i'm gonna need you to help me a little with the TestDisk. Contact me through facebook, add me as a friend.
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07 Nov 2014   #65
timuela

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
I am just enquiring -- running the first page test for an inexperienced user - should that be the first point of reference to regain a lost drive........
Not necessarily .

It is pretty simple to be used by experienced users but the more inexperienced users may get intimidated with the DOS interface and may need many hours of documentation. One has to put a determined effort to get a grasp of it and the only way to do it is to do a mock trial as in my post #5.

If what is needed is just some file recovery software then PhotoRec application that comes with TestDisk should be the first choice. Much easier to use and since it is read only the user cannot give any write commands mistakenly and spoil the already spoilt broth.

Also in many situations Partition Wizard is easier to use.

And in respect of non-bootable drives a live Linux CD/pendrive should be the first option.

At one point one user threw up a question on how to copy the files listed by TestDisk - it is not so intuitive- and then I wrote this post Copying_files_listed_by_TestDisk_during_Recovery .

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to append it to this thread.
i need your help on Test Disk Please
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07 Nov 2014   #66
timuela

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by timuela View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
I am just enquiring -- running the first page test for an inexperienced user - should that be the first point of reference to regain a lost drive........
Not necessarily .

It is pretty simple to be used by experienced users but the more inexperienced users may get intimidated with the DOS interface and may need many hours of documentation. One has to put a determined effort to get a grasp of it and the only way to do it is to do a mock trial as in my post #5.

If what is needed is just some file recovery software then PhotoRec application that comes with TestDisk should be the first choice. Much easier to use and since it is read only the user cannot give any write commands mistakenly and spoil the already spoilt broth.

Also in many situations Partition Wizard is easier to use.

And in respect of non-bootable drives a live Linux CD/pendrive should be the first option.

At one point one user threw up a question on how to copy the files listed by TestDisk - it is not so intuitive- and then I wrote this post Copying_files_listed_by_TestDisk_during_Recovery .

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to append it to this thread.
i need your help on Test Disk Please
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Melissa View Post
I am just enquiring -- running the first page test for an inexperienced user - should that be the first point of reference to regain a lost drive........
Not necessarily .

It is pretty simple to be used by experienced users but the more inexperienced users may get intimidated with the DOS interface and may need many hours of documentation. One has to put a determined effort to get a grasp of it and the only way to do it is to do a mock trial as in my post #5.

If what is needed is just some file recovery software then PhotoRec application that comes with TestDisk should be the first choice. Much easier to use and since it is read only the user cannot give any write commands mistakenly and spoil the already spoilt broth.

Also in many situations Partition Wizard is easier to use.

And in respect of non-bootable drives a live Linux CD/pendrive should be the first option.

At one point one user threw up a question on how to copy the files listed by TestDisk - it is not so intuitive- and then I wrote this post Copying_files_listed_by_TestDisk_during_Recovery .

Thank you for giving me an opportunity to append it to this thread.
I have a trouble on step 10 (seventh window), nothing appears. So i'm gonna need you to help me a little with the TestDisk. Contact me through facebook, add me as a friend.
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09 Nov 2014   #67
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Please define your problem clearly with all details and start a new thread in Hardware and Devices.

It is not possible to give any guidance blindly without knowing what exactly the problem is.

I do not log into any social network sites.
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18 Jan 2015   #68
brasmnky

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
 
 

Jumanji I can't thank you enough for helping out with this! I found ur reply to a thread about a 3TB hard disk unallocated, and followed your replies through the forum to finally reach this incredibly helpful thread!

I have a 500GB WD external HDD that somehow got unallocated sometime last year, and after combing through forums, trying out a ton of recovery softwares (PW didn't help btw, even after a full scan, and I was planning on taking this disk to a recovery specialist next week) until i found this post.

And it worked! My unallocated WD external HDD is fixed now and it was so simple!!

(i'm not sure why PW didn't find any partition on my disk, but i think it was because the partition table itself had been deleted sometime during my clumsy rambling? Because the second method listed here worked)

Thanks a lot and keep up the friendly good work!
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21 Jan 2015   #69
Hardik123

Windows 7
 
 

Hi

I have WD 1TB My passport drive , it is shown in the explorer but when i tried to access it , it is not accessible , asks to format the disk , it gives error e.g. incorrect parameter.

I tried with TestDisk software with the mentioned steps, i was able to see my files as well on DOS , i completed Quick Search, add new partition as suggested and rebooted my machine, but the problem remained same , i am still not able to access the drive

can someone please help me to understand if i am missing anything here?
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21 Jan 2015   #70
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to SevenForums ( I don't like your ID )

Perhaps you had gone astray somewhere using TestDisk.

There is no adding a new partition. If the partition table had been lost, it will only find the partitions and one has to rewrite the partition table.

And one more important thing - While you attempt data recovery with TestDisk, you should always start with a free external drive attached , ready to copy the data when found. If TestDisk shows all your files you must have immediately copied those files to the external drive before writing anything.

Run TestDisk again. Before you run TestDisk plug-in an external drive with adequate free space. Check whether TestDisk sees that attached external drive alongwith the system drive and your faulty drive. If TestDisk shows all your files copy those immediately to the external drive.

If not please start a new thread in the Hardware and Devices sub-forum explaining your current problem alongwith screenshots of Windows Disk Management and Partition Wizard with only your problem drive connected to the system.

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