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Windows 7: Seagate external

09 Mar 2015   #31
jumanji

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hmmmm...... any HDD whether Seagate or WD can develop problems. With Seagates however you can recover the data most of the time.. If you knowingly or unknowingly ( most of the time) buy a Western Digital with hardware encryption, if it comes to data recovery stage because of a failed electronics in it, as I said a DIY is not possible. You have send it only to Western Digital supported Data Recovery agencies to whom only WD has shared the decryption key and those agencies will squeeze your wallet knowing fully well that only they could do it and you have no other go. Among the Western Digital portables only Elements comes without hardware encryption.

Further I have seen that majority of failures/problems reported here are WD as compared to Seagate.

In any case that is my personal take.:)

Have a good day.

( Once you have copied all data we shall try to fix your faulty drive which may or may not work. So the copy first policy)


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09 Mar 2015   #32
TechSeven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Im not sure i know how to copythe data. Will it copy at kbps speed like the rare chances that were given to me to save data? I will try and get another external to connect and then i will try copy.


Sleep well jumanji:)
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09 Mar 2015   #33
TechSeven

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I think i know....was looking at the guide.

I wonder if copying the data through testdisk is quicker or a better way then copying it from the normal way when you can access files and folders?
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10 Mar 2015   #34
TechSeven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

is it true testdisk can recover some deleted files but not all? Its not as powerful as PhotoRec? My data was not deleted tho but this is making me think it wont recover everything

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10 Mar 2015   #35
jumanji

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Who told you this?
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10 Mar 2015   #36
jumanji

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Have you started copying the files listed by TestDisk? Yes/No

I am afraid you are not following the correct procedure to copy the files.

Copying files listed by TestDisk during Recovery: https://www.sevenforums.com/hardware-devices/286181-my-external-hard-drive-suddenly-became-unllocated-3.html#post2395385

To copy all folders/files: Press [A] You will be typing lowercase a

To copy only selected folder/files:
Highlight the folder/file using Up/Down arrow.
Press [Shift + :] The selection will turn green.
Repeat above to highlight and select other folders/files. Once selection is over
Press [Shift+C] (you will be typing capital c)
On the other hand if you press just [C], you will be typing lower case c which will copy only the highlighted file at that time.
Most probably you are doing this.

PhotoRec is used if the file system is damaged and could not be read. It uses the file signature and attributes for the selected file format and reconstructs the file even when a file system is damaged. You will get all the files but the folder structure, file names will be lost.
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10 Mar 2015   #37
TechSeven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

no i havnt started yet. i was just reading about testdisk thats all. i will try buy a new external maybe within the next few days jumanji. Should i buy another 3tb seagate like the one that is corrupt?
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10 Mar 2015   #38
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

That depends upon how much data you have on the faulty drive, whether you want to copy all that data or You want to select only the important data leaving aside the non-essentials and how much that would be.

So that means I cannot be the one to decide it. You are on your own.:)
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10 Mar 2015   #39
TechSeven

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

im going to buy a 3tb external.

but what i meant was incase a new external goes RAW format, and need to recover ... is seagate a good idea to buy. I know now not to buy a WD external as you mentioned only there company can recover.
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11 Mar 2015   #40
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Your first priority is that you should have a.) to backup of your system drive/partition - to restore the OS when it becomes inevitable and b.)to backup all your data that you consider important and can ill-afford or be grieved to lose. Data Backup means that that data should be available in atleast two distinct devices/media. If one fails you always have it on another.

In such a case you will not be calling be upon us for help in recovering data or paying a Data Recovery Agency through your nose.

You can then concentrate on fixing the HDD if that is possible without diverting your attention to Data Recovery. ( Hardware failures cannot be fixed normally by users and data recovery will definitely has to be done by professionals with clean room facility.)

Without elaborating further, I would say saving the important sectors of your HDD whether MBR or GPT may help a lot in fixing the drive turning RAW cases and recovering data if need be..

You may read my posts #22 and 29 here: Benefits of GPT vs MBR Primary and MBR Logical Partitions ?

How to save the sectors here : Lost partitions!

So when you get the HDD whether an MBR drive or GPT drive examine the sectors with Bootice and save the important sectors with their sector Numberr for easy identification if a restore operationbecomes necessary.

Here is what Rod Smith, the author of GPT fdisk - a software to repair GPT disk says " If you take the simple precaution of backing up your GPT data, and keeping this backup current with any changes you make, you should find data recovery much easier." ( By GPT data he means the GPT Structure data - the important sectors - and not the user data)
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