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Windows 7: Harddisk appears as local disk

09 Nov 2012   #151

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Post a screen every time, whenever the Seagate lets Testdisk access it

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09 Nov 2012   #152

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Hopefully the next screen is where you tell Tesdisk it is a Intel/PC partition. I'm linking jumanji's tutorial images

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09 Nov 2012   #153

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Wait-a-minit I missed a crucial piece of information. What is connected to the machine?

WD or Seagate or both?

Perhaps you disconnected the WD before you started Testdisk. You told me everything was done in 126 except the SD card.

If the WD is not connected that's good.
If the WD is connected, please safely eject before continuing in Testdisk. I don't think you have to start over, just wait for the next pause, you've selected dev/sdb and the size was correct 3000 GB = 3TB

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stoleaway View Post
nope, storage G is WD not seagate
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09 Nov 2012   #154

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

We haven't entered into the write phase so no harm. I should have looked at the Disk Management closer and I would have seen the size.

dev/sda is your C:\drive 500GB, right?
dev/sdb is your Seagate external, 3TB - right? Also Disk 2 in the Disk Management with no media.

and the other two are unknown at this point - the network share and F:\ don't really exist
I know F:\ was the Seagate at one point
was there ever a network share for the Seagate?

We're good, I just need to be more careful reading.
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09 Nov 2012   #155

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

The delay must be due to the Seagate being unresponsive. I don't think we're going to get very far this way.

Testdisk did provide new information though.
Just quit all the way out of Testdisk and we'll see if you can't disconnect that network drive ghost
and get rid of that F:\ ghost too
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09 Nov 2012   #156

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Windows does appear as though it may be interfering, and that's something that needs addressing. I wonder if that's really your problem.

To avoid interference from Windows and to provide another perspective of the drive I'd run Testdisk off of a boot disk. Just to see if maybe your data is actually readily available. If so, that may mean there's absolutely nothing wrong with the drive itself.

Maybe there's hope for it.

Curious as to what your BIOS knows about the drive.
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09 Nov 2012   #157

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Yep, Starty I did read your PM when I switched on my PC this morning an hour or so ago but then had to go away for the morning chores . Just finished my breakfast, with my wife sitting on my neck and admonishing me staring at the screen planning my first salvo of the day.

Hi stole away,

1. Unplug all your external HDDs and pendrives, and empty your optical drives.

2. Run Test Disk. The only and the first disk shown will be the internal disk. And it will always be the first disk shown. Leave it alone.

Harddisk appears as local disk-10-11-2012-09-45-30.jpg

3. Quit.

4. Now plug in your external drive from which you want to recover and run Test Disk.

5. The second drive shown will be the external drive. You should also be able to identify it with its capacity.

Harddisk appears as local disk-10-11-2012-09-53-53.jpg

Now did you go through my thread Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide

Please take your time. You can run testdisk any number of times to familiarise yourself as long as you do not hit a wrong write command.

Also see my post here. Western Digital drive showing up with Unallocated in disc management

As suggested by Startybart go step by step.

(just now my wife butts in and tells me that I gulped eight dosas (pancakes) as against the usual four. Even as she was serving it hot she had a queried look but I knew not why then, lost in my own thoughts. Again, I may have to run - drive - to the hypermarket to buy groceries and vegetables. Otherwise my maid who is as good as my wife - in throttling me - will happily let me go without lunch.)

So be patient.

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10 Nov 2012   #158

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Dear jumanji,

Please attend to your chores. The Seagate won't even respond to step 3 Intel/PC

I saw you earlier, but didn't want to give away your hiding place.

Thanks you for stopping in then and again now. I will attend this issue as best I can, I understand the theory and only have to apply that to Testdisk.

Be safe and run - dive, what ever you have to do just so as you do get lunch

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10 Nov 2012   #159

x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem

Steve: Great idea - thanks (Run from a boot)
If I recall, this drive exhibits the same behavior when connected to a different machine - I'll have to ask or backtrack to check though.

This was a long journey, fixing other things (installing SP1 w/ associated difficulties) just to get here.
I'll try a different tact and then call it quits. The data is the issue, the drive is under warranty. I suggested to stoleaway that Seagate might be able to recover the data as part of the warranty service, there might be a nominal charge, but I would argue that their device failed on a mission critical project.

I posted a recap last week (post 114), not too much has changed due to work and other delays. I'm open to any suggestions, as is stoleaway, I'm sure.

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10 Nov 2012   #160

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600 Multiprocessor Free

There is no network share for my harddisk I think. Reached step 12 of this Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide then there's a write error in the end hmm.
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