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Windows 7: USB External Drive Problem

22 Oct 2012   #11
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64

Ahh, I wasn't aware of the 1GB limitation

I think Paragon do an unlimited version, but I'm not 100% sure of that, nor am I familiar with the software.....but...I think I know who might be, and I'll ask them to drop by - please look out for replies from SiW2 and/or GregRocker.

I've emailed both with a request to stop by here - these are some of our most experienced members, so you are in excellent hands..


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22 Oct 2012   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium

Not a problem mate. With the tool I found out the partitions and the files are there, just have to get at them
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22 Oct 2012   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

remember not to save files to b recovered on the disc that you are recovering from !
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22 Oct 2012   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Hi Nelly,

You can try PhotoRec. Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

The advantage of using PhotoRec is that since it does not write anything to your external hard drive, your data to be recovered is safe. ( You may have to copy the files to another device.)

You can also try TestDisk. Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide

If it can identify the partitions, it can rewrite the partition information and you will get the hard drive back as it was before and can access all your folders and files straightaway. ( A little difficult to learn for a first time user but not impossible. Go through the documentation on the testDisk website and also the guide.)

Let us know how it went.

Finally if you have only photos and videos to recover, you can try Zero Assumption Recovery Digital image recovery - ZAR usage demo
The image recovery feature in ZAR is free without any limitation. Perhaps you can try this first since it appears to be easy.
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22 Oct 2012   #15
Microsoft MVP


Are you running Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help?

I've never heard of any size limit on the partitions it can undelete.

You must be running data recovery which is unnecessary until you see if the missing partition(s) can be undeleted.
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22 Oct 2012   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium

Thanks for all the suggestions fellas. Going to look into them all and will get back to you. Big apology to Golden, I followed the link he gave and which led to partition recovery and somehow got onto DATA recovery. The partition recovery is unlimited.
Will report back.
Thanks again.
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22 Oct 2012   #17

Windows 7 Home Premium

Hello All,
I am over the moon. Ran the partition recovery and it took seconds to do it's thing and all my files are there. Thanks to everyone for the suggestions.
Special thanks to Golden for suggesting the partition recovery, it worked like a charm, and Gregrocker for knowing I had blundered onto data recovery by mistake.
Thanks again to you all.
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22 Oct 2012   #18

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7600

good work on this thread guys,
always a relief to recover your data,
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