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Windows 7: Confused about Testdisk and Results midway---how to proceed?

05 Sep 2015   #11

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit


On an external drive with adequate space to copy files listed by TestDisk, create two new folders named Recovery 1 and Recovery 2 . In the recovery 1 folder you will copy files from your 32 Bit Windows PC.In the recovery 2 Folder you will copy files from your friend's 64 Bit Windows PC.

Note: Test Disk will show a default location - its own folder. Please do not copy to that location. You should direct TestDisk to copy the listed files/folders only to the Recovery 1 and Recovery 2 folders on the external drive. And that external drive should be another external drive and not your faulty drive.

On your 32 bit PC:

1. Download TestDisk 7 Windows version. TestDisk Download - CGSecurity

2. Plug in your faulty 3TB external drive and the other external drive where you had created the Recovery 1 and Recovery 2 Folders to which you will be copying the listed files.

3. Run TestDisk as an administrator. ( Right click on testdisk_win.exe and run as administrator.)

4. No log - enter
Select your faulty external drive ( not Disk) - enter
Select [EFI GPT] EFI GPT Partition map - enter
Analyse - enter
Quick search - enter
Continue - enter
You should be getting the list of partitions. In effect you should be getting the same screen as you had posted in your very first post saying Structure OK - blah blah

Do what I had stated in post #2 "Right now TestDisk shows two partitions. Select each partition one by one and press P (Capital)/ (Shift+P) to list the files."

5. Copy the listed files to the Recovery 1 folder on the other external drive.

How to : My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated:

On your Friend's 64 Bit PC:

Goto C: > Windows and check whether SysWOW folder is present. If present, then download the same Windows version of TestDisk. ( If SysWOW folder is not present, then download and use the Windows 64-bit version of TestDisk TestDisk Download - CGSecurity )

Follow the same procedure from 2 onwards. This time the 2793.71 GB partition should show up hopefully with the same Structure OK - blah blah.

List the files and copy those to Recovery 2 Folder in the other external drive ( and never to the default folder indicated by TestDisk )

Do this calmly in a cool and relaxed manner at your convenience. Never hurry up.

I am keeping my fingers crossed as in every other case of data recovery. :)

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 Confused about Testdisk and Results midway---how to proceed?

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