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Windows 7: EXTERNAL HARD DRIVE: No System Files

24 Feb 2013   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hi, Jumanji. I really did it now. TVeblen suggested Recuva, and it actually accessed the drive. I should have recovered my files when I had the chance. I tried your method, thinking I could just go back to Recuva if it didn't work. Well, I guess it cleaned up a little too much. Now, Windows Management no longer reads the drive at all, and neither does Recuva. I forgot to make a system restore point before using the Drivecleanup, and there are no restore points listed.

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24 Feb 2013   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Hi, Jumanji. TVeblen suggested Recuva, and it actually accessed the drive. I should have recovered my files when I had the chance. I tried your suggestion, thinking that Recuva would still work if the drive cleanup didn't. Well, the cleanup must have cleaned up a little too much. Recuva no longer recognizes the drive, and it doesn't even show as a device in Windows Disk Management any more. I screwed up. If there are no other suggestions, stick a fork in me because I guess I'm done.

P.S. Tried a system restore to recover from the file cleanup, but there was no restore point.

P.S.S. Sorry for making the same post twice, but it didn't show when I saved it the first time.:)
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24 Feb 2013   #13

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Update: Windows Disk Management is now reading the device as Disk 1, but Recuva still does not read it at all. Recuva must have accessed the raw drive from a file that was wiped in the drive cleanup.
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24 Feb 2013   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I am certain about one thing. Doing a drive cleanup cannot make a drive disappear. Past records is not necessary to recognise a device introduced afresh. I do this cleanup routinely as part of my periodic maintenance.

If your other two drives are getting recognised and getting drive letters assigned after the cleanup, and this drive only is not, then the problem is certainly with the drive. I do agree that once Recuva saw it you should have tried data recovery - that should always take precedence.

Just this morning in another thread the OP put a screenshot where his drive was shown as RAW. I just told him to install Partition Wizard and run the Partiion Recovery Wizard. After installing Partition Wizard, he found the drive no longer appeared in Disk Management. Neither was it accessible to Partition Wizard to carry out the recovery. Again these two events are not related in any way - for installing Partition Wizard cannot make a drive disappear.

Perhaps the drives are failing faster than our thoughts could catch up.

So what now?

1. Check if the drive appears in the Bios. If it does not I wonder if any of the following will help but still I would list them.

2. Try the drive on another PC.

3. Try to access your drive with Live Linux. Since you will be booting and running Linux from the CD/pendrive, Windows is kept out of the loop. So you need not worry.

4. Partition Recovery Wizard is not going to help, if Disk Management does not see the drive.Try Test Disk, again running it from a bootable CD/pendrive.
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24 Feb 2013   #15

Windows 7 64bit home premium

Try the drive in another computer or on its own on your system, (with no other USB drives connected) if it can not be found, then list the make and model and I will try to look into it a bit more for you.
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24 Feb 2013   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Thanks, Roy. It's made by Western Digital. See the attachment for the numbers... I tried your suggestion. Same results. The device is seen by Windows Disk Manager as an "unknown" and "not ready" device. If you check out the screenshots I first put up of R-Studio, you'll see that the drive only has the one icon on the directory tree. When a drive looses it's primary partition, the tree still shows two icons. In this case, there is only one, and the entire volume is listed at "0" bytes. Obviously, there is nothing to boot on to, but some of the recovery programs still read the device with it's product name: MY BOOK. I just can't figure it out...

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