3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated

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  1. Posts : 19
    Win 7 x64 and Vista x64
    Thread Starter

    Quick scan result
    3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated-activepartitioncapt1.jpg

    'New Volume' show data, but 'New 3' shows this
    3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated-activepartitioncapt3.jpg

    'New 4'
    3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated-activepartitioncapt4.jpg

    'New 5'
    3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated-activepartitioncapt7.jpg
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  2. Posts : 562
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Yes, only "New Volume" seems to be a valid partition. All others are "fake" partitions. Let's hop "Super Scan" will came with good result.
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  3. Posts : 19
    Win 7 x64 and Vista x64
    Thread Starter

    3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated-capture01.jpg

    Key partition/files aren't showing up yet.
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  4. Posts : 562
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    Chance for a successful partition recovery seems to be very low at this point. As a last resort before attempting file signature based recovery, please follow the below steps.

    1. Download DMDE from Download DMDE Free Edition - DMDE (DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery Software)

    2. After accepting the licence, a disk selection window will appear. On the left pane, make sure Physical Devices is selected and then on the right pane choose your slave disk (model name will be showed ). Then press OK.

    3. Now DMDE will scan for the presence of boot sectors or backup boot sectors and will present a partition info box like the one in the below example.

    Usually it will complete quickly (a few minutes or less than minute ). When it completes, use Windows ssnipping tool to capture a clear screenshot of the Window and post it with next reply. Then proceed to the next step which will take time to complete.

    4. Press the NTFS search button. On the next window, choose "Search".

    While all other tools searched for lost partitions, this unique feature will search for valid MFT records ( MFT is the structure defining NTFS ) and list found ones.

    This will take some time to complete. You will see progress in percentage at the bottom.

    5. When the scan completes, press "Save" button and save the log file on a local folder. This will eliminate the need for searching a second time.

    6. After saving the log, choose the first found file system and press "Open Volume" button. You will see folder structure like in the below picture. Open "Root" folder and check whether your files are listed.

    7. If it is not the partition you are looking for, press the NTFS button on the toolbar and you will be back to the search result window. From there choose second file system and look for your files.

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  5. Posts : 19
    Win 7 x64 and Vista x64
    Thread Starter

    Followed the steps, finding the same files/partitions that previous programs found. Still not seeing the key stuff I'm looking for.

    3TB external suddenly becomes 746GB unallocated-dmde-result.jpg

    NTFS 5 and 6 show a single folder [System Volume Information]. NTFS 4 shows nothing in the root.
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  6. Posts : 562
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    In my experience if DMDE can't find a lost file system, no other regular data recovery program will. Whatever caused the corruption, it seems to did it in a very destructive way. A file carving program like "Photorec" might be able to extract individual files but without original name or folder structure.

    How important the data stored on the key partition ?.
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  7. Posts : 19
    Win 7 x64 and Vista x64
    Thread Starter

    Data is important. A decent amount is irreplaceable, but the most important files can be 're-done'. I'd do a Photorec 'blind recovery' and sift through the madness to get it all back.

    You're implying I look into professional data recovery services?
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  8. Posts : 562
    Windows 7 Ultimate x64

    If the data is really important, i will definitely recommend professional data recovery. "Photorec" is powerful but using it is not straight forward.

    - It won't recover original file names.

    - It won't allow selective recovery of only needed files.

    Basically you need to select a source disk and a target location to save the recovered files. "Photorec" will scan the source sector by sector for file types it supports and save them to the target folder.

    Step by step guide : PhotoRec Step By Step - CGSecurity

    You need another empty disk with enough capacity to save found files.
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