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  1. Posts : 6,458
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       #71

    shokan2 said:
    In a recovery software that recovers .vob as .mpg, and those files are shown as .mpg, it would make it difficult for me to identify the ones that were originally .vob as distinguished from ones that were always .mpg. Don't know how PhotoRec results would be in that regard.

    PhotoRec is waiting there in the wings for me to try out again. By hook or by crook Ill definitely have my stuff back. :)
    You are going to be one of the data recovery experts on SF, if you're not already.

    I was going to comment on Photorec recognizing .vob as .mpg and sorting out the difference after recovery, but you have a very good handle on this.

    It also appears that Anshad has given you another option in GetDataBack.

    Our friends on the other side of the world might retire soon. The ball is back in your court now that you have to decide on the application. I still strongly recommend another external drive - Backup, Backup, Backup!

    Partitioning a drive is always wise, I usually keep the parts between 50 and 200 GB on my external drives. I keep a large chunk of space 500 GB - 1TB at the end of the drive(s) for those times I need to organize my drives.

    I also initialize the drives as GPT to avoid having to deal with the MBR 4 partition limitation (too many dynamic disk threads). The only limit I run up against is drive letters, but I get around that by mounting the drive instead of assigning it a letter.

    I'll go back to watching, you have some things to consider. As you said, by hook or by crook - you will get your data back.

    This has been a pleasure, a lot of data recovery threads are akin to pulling teeth without anesthesia.

    Bill
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       #72

    Thanks so much for your help. I'll post the outcome of it all once I actually have the retrieved media, and explain which software(s) did it, or didn't, as the case may be. Could be a little while... in the middle of a new build. Long time coming. Also, I use PayPal for online stuff and it takes a while to transfer funds to from my bank, like almost 2 weeks (if it's electronic, why 2 weeks_ never understood that). So, then I'll be buying the software that I think is best for my case. High hopes for GetDataBack demo. It's up next.

    Btw, Stellar Phoenix did one pass that took about nine hours overnight, and now it's in a second one for whatever reason, but only several hours long, almost done. I'll post in a week or two.
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  3. Posts : 6,458
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       #73

    Thanks for all of your time and for providing members with great feedback. I always learn something new from other members or by trying something I haven't tried before (PhotoRec - vob & mpg).

    I don't get electronic funding / banking either. Why can' I pay a bill on the weekend? Are the servers getting a well deserved break after a long hard week?

    Bill
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       #74

    OK, I haven't retired yet, though I have already had the before-bed coffee and will be hitting the sack.

    In case you are going to try GetDataBack for NTFS, I have a find here for you. Though I can't make much sense out of it, a person who is at it may perhaps be able make sense of it and apply it. Have a look at the last post here Testdisk shows MFT and MFT Mirror Bad - What next - Icrontic

    The user says using GetDataBack, he was able to successfully name the files and recover them all.

    "hope this helps someone! i'm just happy i got all my files back :) " is the last line in that post. (I have copied and pasted the whole post just in case I don't find it later.)

    Good Luck. Keep reporting as things progress.
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  5. Posts : 108
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       #75

    Well, turns out GetDataBack for NTFS did a really good job. It took about 16 hours for a 1 TB portable drive. I didn't have any record of what was on it originally, so I'll never know for sure exactly how well it did. I'm guessing though, probably somewhere around 95%. The really great thing is that everything had original file and folder names AND arranged just like the original volume in an Explorer-like tree. That the software managed to achieve that, given what corruption was revealed earlier about the master-whatever-it's-called, is remarkable.

    Had a nervous moment when I clicked the last Step 3 and all I got were two blank panes. I stared at them in dismay for about 15 seconds, then, BAM, the folder tree appeared! Excellent!

    Glad I hooked up with the people in this thread with all the advice given. Thanks!
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       #76

    After two weeks it is some good "breaking news"! And the credit goes to Anshad Edavana. Give him a rep.( I can't, I have to spread)
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  7. Posts : 6,458
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       #77

    This is great news shokan2.
    jumanji and Anshad deserve a hearty pat on the back.

    So do you for that matter. You persevered through some difficult troubleshooting and decided your data was worth the price of a commercial product.

    I just want to make sure - you did purchase the product.... the demo showed promise but you needed the full license to recover. Is that correct?

    Thanks again, this thread is a great reference.

    Bill
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  8. Posts : 108
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       #78

    Slartybart said:

    I just want to make sure - you did purchase the product.... the demo showed promise but you needed the full license to recover. Is that correct?

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    Correct. The demo will not permit actual recovery, only discovery.

    Two things learned: a lot of what I thought I lost turned out to be not important. Second, I will now shell out for a back-up drive.

    edit: but, the important stuff recovered was very important to me (so much work went into it over many months) and also would have been virtually impossible to re-assemble correctly. Only a recovery with original filenames in the original format was acceptable, and GetBackData for NTFS did it!
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  9. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #79

    shokan2 said:
    Slartybart said:

    I just want to make sure - you did purchase the product.... the demo showed promise but you needed the full license to recover. Is that correct?

    .
    Correct. The demo will not permit actual recovery, only discovery.

    Two things learned: a lot of what I thought I lost turned out to be not important. Second, I will now shell out for a back-up drive.
    That made me laugh...

    We moved one time and had to put things in storage until the new place was ready. After the move, we still had a smaller storage unit. Every year, the intention was to go through it and end the lease on the unit. As things often do, time passed and 7 years later we finally cleaned it out. 80% of it was tossed in the dumpster.
    I'm sure we cold have replaced the 20% with new stuff using the money spent on storing it for 7 years. That was a costly lesson (75 USD per month for 7 years).

    A backup drive is well worth the cost.

    Take a look at this tutorial on imaging:
    Imaging with free Macrium

    or look around the forum and tutorials for other backup options.

    Bill
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  10. Posts : 108
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       #80

    Yes, Leo Notenboom (AskLeo.com) is always recommending Macrimum Reflect. Funny about the storage... ouch about 7 x $75.
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