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Windows 7: HDD drive hidden

29 Oct 2012   #1

HDD drive hidden

Greetings folks.

I seem to have upset someone who is much better at networking/computers than I am.

I had shared my 3TB drive to my laptop over the Cisco router I have and (whomever) (s)he reached in and deleted all files from all folders. I tried deleting the folders, but was not allowed. Iirc, the system said the folders were not there, although I could see them.

I left this individual a nasty statement as a folder .. and now I cannot see this drive at all. It can be said perhaps I should not have upset this individual but (s)he was already being invasive, destructive, and rude so I just let off.

To recover my drive, what I have done so far is:
1) Removed the 3.0 USB driver and reloaded
2) Searched the registry in both Hkey_local_machine/.../current_control_set and HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer (under both reg acct and Admin)
3) Searched in Diskpart (drive does not show here)
4) Searched in Computer management (drive does not show here)
5) Searched in GPEdit under User Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> Windows Components -> Windows Explorer

I'm at a loss as to where to check next. I've hooked the drive up to another computer and it doesn't show there either, although it gives the noise associated with connecting a USB device.

I'm also in the process of learning various ways to lock my computer down better as I'm poking around in the GPeditor. I had previously believed my wireless network pretty secure as I have a great password and it's locked down to 3 connections via hex addresses (my laptop, netbook and printer.)

I believe the only way to try to catch whomever did it would be to load up wireshark and keep an eye out, or is this incorrect?

Any suggestions/help would be greatly appreciated.

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29 Oct 2012   #2

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This sounds as much like hardware/drive failure as nefarious deleting.

Whatever company makes the drive, you should visit their site, they'll have tools in the support section specifically for testing their drives.

Otherwise just about any partition tool should be able to recover deleted files.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
29 Oct 2012   #3

Issue resolved

Looks like you're correct, Maguscreed. Cold rebooted the drive and everything is as it was. I haven't seen that before. Thanks very much for your time and expertise. :)
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