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Windows 7: didn't find any partition

24 Dec 2014   #1

Windows 8
didn't find any partition

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
Yep, I would also like to see the picture.

I think that this was moved out of another similar thread and rightly so, since in that case it showed only Unknown and not initialised. The similarity ends there. The right side of the disk did not show anything - neither the disk capacity nor the status (like unallocated) ( Also it was dropped and so a physical damage was suspected)

In your case I am sure the Disk Management will show the disk capacity, and also that it is unallocated.( you said so. :)) Since you also said it was plugged in I presume it is an external drive.

Since it is almost time for me to retire for the day, I shall post this without waiting for the screenshot.

Download and install MiniTools Partition Wizard Home Edition 7.8 (14 MB) from Free download Magic Partition Manager Software, partition magic alternative, free partition magic, partition magic Windows 7 and server partition software - Partition Wizard Online

Recovery with Partition Wizard:
Run Partition Wizard 7.

Your disk1 may be shown as “unallocated” and without a drive letter.

Click on Partition Recovery Wizard and Next.

In the Partition Recovery Wizard screen, select the drive to be recovered and click on Next.

Select Full Disk, and then Next.

Select Quick Scan, Next

If the partition is found select and double click on it. Does the Partition Explorer show all the files?

Close the Partition Explorer and click on Finish.

The Main Screen will show the restored Drive but may be without a drive letter.

Right click on the drive, click on Change letter and give a drive letter.

Click on Apply to execute the two pending operations.

The partition is restored and your drive will be functional as before and you can access the files and folders.

Hi Jumanji,

I've lost my kid's birth videos in my 2tb WD.. So glad I've found this thread, which is the only one I've found really helpful after two weeks of searching. I've downloaded Mini Partition Wizard and run it as follows:
didn't find any partition-partition1.png

I've done most of the steps you outlined above, up to the following:
Partition Recovery Wizard > Select Drive > Full Disk > Quick Scan
However, it didn't find any partition. How do you suggest I proceed from here? As you can see in the screenshot, I don't have bad sectors.

Your help and guidance would be much appreciated.

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2014   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Hi Made26,

Welcome onboard.

Is your 2TB WD HDD an external HDD? Please indicate the model number.

What exactly happened to it? Did you or anybody drop it/ was there a power outage when it was being used or all of a sudden the drive became unaccessible ?

Did your drive come with Smartware? Were you using it?

How does it appear in Windows Disk Management? Please post a screenshot.

Disk Management - Post a Screen Capture Image
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2014   #3

Windows 8

My HDD is a WD Caviar Green. I extracted it from a WD Mybook Essential two weeks ago. I must've disconnected it during a read / write operation... A very costly lesson of always properly eject your external hardware before disconnecting!

So I disassembled the case, pulled the small PCB attached to the disk unit (the PCB allows interfacing with power wall plug and USB cable). Afterwards I installed it in my PC, checked the BIOS to ensure it is enabled, etc. When I opened it in Windows, the following appeared:
didn't find any partition-partition2.png

I'm not familiar with Smartware, so no.

Let me know if you need more information..

My System SpecsSystem Spec

25 Dec 2014   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

OK, you have already done some engineering work on it :). We shall be doing more of it and its going to be a long-drawn process.

To start with, run Partition Recovery Wizard Quick Scan on Disk2 1863.02 GB drive again. When quick scan completes what do you see? Please post a screenshot of it.. A screeshot like this

didn't find any partition-25-12-2014-11-51-24.jpg

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2014   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

If partition recovery is not possible, then - and only then - data recovery procedures.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2014   #6

Windows 8

Ok, doing the quick scan now... If this is anything like I did yesterday (unfortunately I didn't take a screenshot), this would take about 6 hours.

Thanks for your patience. This is my first time posting in forums :)
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2014   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Ok, If the partitions are intact, Quick scan should find it in no time - atleast the first partition which usually starts @ LBA 2048. When it does not find the start of any partition, then it converts itself to a slow search .

Now I believe that your partitions have been lost. Anyway, let the scan complete.

Once the scan is complete and you confirm that no partitions indeed were found then proceed to data recovery as follows:

When you open Windows Disk Management, does it ask you to initialise your Disk 2? If it does then go ahead and initialise it as an MBR disk ( I am assuming that it was initialised as an MBR disk). Just stop with initialisation.That should bring your disk from "Unknown" "Not initialised" to "Basic" "Online". Your disk will still remain "Unallocated"

If it does not ask you to initialise, right click on the red arrow on Disk 2 in the disk map and try to initialise it.
If the initialisation attempt throws out an error message it signifies severe file system corruption.Close Windows Disk Management

Either way - whether initialisation succeeds or fails - go ahead with data recovery using PhotoRec.

You said video. In what format is it? Check whether PhotoRec can recover that format from the file list here
File Formats Recovered By PhotoRec - CGSecurity

If yes go ahead.

Download Windows Version of TestDisk/PhotoRec from TestDisk Download - CGSecurity
( either Windows (both 32bit and 64 bit) or Windows 64bit ( if your Windows 64bit lacks WoW64))

Run only photorec_win.exe in Test disk and not testdisk_win.exe

A guide here: Go to the topic Recovery in Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

You have to connect another external drive with sufficient free space to copy the recovered files before running PhotoRec if your internal disks can't take it..

Edit: You may also have a look at this: Recover Deleted Files With PhotoRec | Worldstart's Tech Tips And Computer Help
My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2014   #8

Windows 8

The quick scan shows that there were no partitions:
didn't find any partition-partition3.png

I'm going ahead with the next step, initializing the disks.
However, based on reading your forum posts I understand that initializing will format the drive. So, when exactly do I stop the initialization? Unfortunately I'm a complete newbie in this and I don't want to stop it too late or too early..

My System SpecsSystem Spec
25 Dec 2014   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Please wait till I compose my post and upload it clarifying your doubts.

You may go ahead with initialisation after reading that post which I am preparing now.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Dec 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Made26 View Post
......However, based on reading your forum posts I understand that initializing will format the drive. So, when exactly do I stop the initialization? Unfortunately I'm a complete newbie in this and I don't want to stop it too late or too early..
Which of my Forum post says that initialising will format the drive? I think you have just misread.

I have been consistently trying to tell one and all that contrary to the misconceived notion that Initialisation will destroy the data, it only writes the MBR code to Sector 0 and does nothing more. It does not create a new volume, it does not format any volume, it does not write anything to any other sector save sector 0. One will never lose any data merely initialising the disk.

So just initialise and stop with it. (Do not create a simple volume, do not format - these are the steps we normally follow with a new disk. If you get into the create new volume step just cancel it.) Proceed with data recovery with PhotoRec after initialising as in my post #8.

What Initialisation Does:

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