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Windows 7: 3TB became 2 unallocated partions

25 May 2017   #1
RukatheBlackfis

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 
3TB became 2 unallocated partions

I have read through a few of these older threads and it didn't seem like they exactly matched up to my problem but this thread was very close. I have a 3TB seagate external. I believe the bridge controller died but in this process I was able to get 95-98% of the data. I bought a new external case and put the drive in there. When I did this, it showed up as 1 healthy partition, and 2 unallocated partitions. Originally it was all one partition.
The OP from that thread ended up using Minitool PowerData Recovery to recover data. But I noticed a few posters had told the OP they had messed up trying to do data recovery. However it was suggested they use Partition Recovery Wizard in Partition Wizard Home Edition 8.1.1 even though it didn't end up working and then later PhotoRec or TestDisk. Minitool was one of the first companies I ran into as well but I'm waiting to hear back from them before I buy it.
I'm very sure the 349GB is the free space I had before and the two unallocated partitions have the data.

I just want to know if I'm on the right track. I guess I'm not too picky how the data is recovered as long as it is. I would prefer the structure, but I'd rather have the files intact than not at all.




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25 May 2017   #2
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi RukatheBlackfis,

Welcome to Seven Forums.

Now do not mess up your drive trying this or that, that would make data recovery difficult or even impossible.

Your problem is a very simple problem and all your data can be recovered complete with its original structure onto another drive.

Just go to this thread mentioned below and read it and reread it carefully and understand how another jumanji there helped the OP in the same predicament there, to recover all his data.

Hard Drive seems corrupt. 1 Partition now showing now as 2 Partitions? ( I don't know why the OP put two "nows" - Is it because he saw two additional partitions? )

https://www.tenforums.com/drivers-ha...artitions.html

Basically you will use TestDisk, change sector size to 4096 and ask TestDisk to read the data as coming from 4096 bytes/sector.

Please make sure you do not write anything using the TestDisk. The only operation to be performed is changing the Sector size on the faulty drive to 4096 in TestDisk.

If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to ask.
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26 May 2017   #3
RukatheBlackfis

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

Thank you! I've read through most of that thread. This case seems very similar only I didn't mess with my harddrive as much as that OP.
I don't have enough time in the next couple days to do this. I will however do this next week (Thursday) on my day off. It will give me a lot of time to read over that thread.

I do have a couple questions. If the process works, can I leave and come back to it? Will it basically become a functioning harddrive once again? Or do I need to straight copy to another harddrive at the time of recovery?
Basically I need to set up a harddrive and a time to which I can do this. If I can leave and come back to it, that's better. If not, I have to prepare.
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26 May 2017   #4
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

If the local time shown in your post is correct it is your sleep time now. Go to sleep. When you wake up you can see my reply. ( Hmmm........... that gives me enough time to compose my reply at my leisure.. )
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26 May 2017   #5
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Continuing....

"If the process works, can I leave and come back to it?"

The process will work. Once you know what to do and how to do, you can run TestDisk anytime and recover the data.

"Will it basically become a functioning harddrive once again? Or do I need to straight copy to another harddrive at the time of recovery?"

Your 3TB hdd is functional and will be functional. (In the current state the drive translation circuitry that was in the original enclosure, had written the data in 4096 byte streams instead of the usual 512 byte stream. In the absence of that drive translation circuitry which reconverts the 4096 byte data stream coming out of the platters during the read operation into 512 byte streams, the OS misinterprets and shows your drive with three partitions. TestDisk will now perform the reconversion process and present that data in 512 byte stream to the OS to be visible.) Once the data is visible in TestDisk, you have to copy all those data into another HDD and this data will now be written into the destination drive in the conventional 512 byte stream. So You have to do a straight copy to another HDD.

Once all the data in the 3TB MBR drive has been copied, you can do a clean wipe ( Diskpart Clean), initialise the drive as GPT and format it. You will now have a functional 3TB drive.

"Basically I need to set up a harddrive and a time to which I can do this. If I can leave and come back to it, that's better. If not, I have to prepare"

Yes, depending upon the amount of data, the copying process can take many hours. You can run TestDisk before you go to sleep and start the copy process and allow it to run overnight.( I presume you will have no power breakdowns, thunderstorms and tornadoes )

I shall break here for a breather and return after sometime to complete this post.
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26 May 2017   #6
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Continuing.......

"I don't have enough time in the next couple days to do this. I will however do this next week (Thursday) on my day off. It will give me a lot of time to read over that thread."

There is absolutely no need to hurry up things. But do not keep the enclosure containing your 3TB Seagate plugged in always. Safely remove it and keep till you are ready to try.

Next Thursday is 01 June 2017. Your Friday 2nd morning, my Friday evening, I will already be in the Airport to catch the flight to Bali, Indonesia. For 1 week thereafter I will be off the internet ( I may not count on the free internet that may be available in the resort where I stay). So I cannot monitor or clarify on anything you do.

Perhaps by tomorrow, I shall consolidate what had been done in the Ten forums thread and put it in one post here with screenshots. ( I see that the OP in Ten Forums had deleted many screenshots later for privacy)

You can then follow these screenshots instead of wading through the complete thread in Ten Forums which may be confusing at times because of the deleted screenshots there.

Till 31 May I am still here. Even if you do not have another external drive to copy the files, you can go upto the stage of listing the files in TestDisk. In fact you can even select just one or two files and copy it to your system drive provided you have enough space for that. By default TestDisk will save the files in its own folder.( Normally I do not recommend this.) But do not overdo it to consume all space on your system drive.
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27 May 2017   #7
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Preparation:

1. Download and install Windows version of TestDisk & PhotoRec 7.0 (18 April 2015), Data Recovery from http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download (Do not download beta 7.1-WIP or Windows 64-bit version even if your system is 64 bit). Extract the testdisk-7.0.win.zip(11.8MB) to the root of your System drive. You will run testdisk_win.exe in the extracted testdisk-7.0 folder. ( Should be run as administrator in case you are not an User with Administrator privileges)

2. On your Destination Drive where you want to copy your files, create a folder named Recovery.( In TestDisk you will have to navigate to your Destination Drive letter: \Recovery to copy the files.)

3. Read my post#28 Copying files listed by TestDisk during Recovery in My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated:

Procedure:

1. Please remove all other USB storage devices/hubs/docks. Plug in your larger than 2TB problem HDD either internally or in a working external enclosure.

2. Run testdisk_win.exe (as an administrator or user with Administrator privileges). In the TestDisk window you will navigate using Left/Right, Up/Down arrow keys.

First Screen:

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Highlight [No Log] and Press Enter key

Second Screen:

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You should see your System disk, problem >2TB disk and the Destination Disk alongwith the drives. (Identify your disks by their capacity). Highlight your problem Disk. Also note down the drive letter of your Destination Disk. Press Enter key ( In the screenshot my Destination Disk is 500GB and its drive letter is J: When copy time comes I will show Directory J: \Recovery as the destination to copy files to.)

Third Screen:

3TB became 2 unallocated partions-3-intel.jpg

Highlight [Intel] and press Enter key

Fourth Screen:

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Highlight [Geometry] and press Enter key

Fifth Screen:

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Is the Sector Size of the HDD shown as 512 at the top? If yes, move the highlight to [Sector Size] command at the bottom and Press Enter Key

Sixth Screen:

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Type 4096 and press Enter Key to change the sector size

Seventh Screen:

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Does the sector size show as 4096 at the top of the Window? If yes, highlight [OK] and Press Enter key

Eighth Screen:

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Highlight [Analyse] and press Enter key

Ninth Screen

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This screen may show a wrong Partition Structure. If it does, highlight [Quick Search] and press Enter key. ( There is a possibility that TestDisk may skip this screen and straightaway go to Tenth Screen. Do not mind.)

Tenth Screen:

3TB became 2 unallocated partions-10type-p.jpg

Does this screen show the correct partition/s and read as "Structure OK ....blah blah......." ? Thank your stars and give a clap. ( Do you have a brick and/or an egg to throw at too? ). You can now type P (upper case, Shift+P) and press Enter to list the files

Eleventh Screen:

3TB became 2 unallocated partions-11-copy.jpg

Do you see all your folders/files listed? Copy time ( Coffee time for me ) . Select and issue the appropriate command to copy the files.

My post#28 Copying files listed by TestDisk during Recovery in My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated:


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03 Jun 2017   #8
RukatheBlackfis

Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
 
 

I wasn't able to do this week either. I read your post. It looks like I have to save up to get another harddrive. Thankfully these 3TB are only about $100 (If I can get another 4Tb that would be better though). So it might be a couple weeks before I am able to do this, just because I don't have the drives to do it on. It will be nice to have all these drives though, then I'll have no excuse for up to date back ups.

Unfortunately the amount of data large, as you can see. All the unallocated "space" is all the data I will need to transfer. Usually I don't do it all at once (so I don't know how long, but I'm guessing around an actual day), never been a fan of transferring terabytes of data at a time. I'm sure there is math you can do to figure out how long it would take to transfer all that. However I don't mind, whatever it takes to have it all back.
When I have another HDD to transfer the data onto, I'll be sure to post again. I can't appreciate this enough and I'm going to study hard before I start!

(Honestly it's so rare that I have to transfer the whole thing, I just add my new photos to the back up. It's my photography, so once my events are sorted through I don't do anything to them other than read the files, so backups for the most part just have to be added to. Only when I run out space do I have to transfer the whole thing)
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03 Jun 2017   #9
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

No probs.You can do it anytime.Also it is not necessary that you should copy all files at one go.You can select few files also and copy to a pendrive. You can run testdisk as many times as you want.Just stick to the given procedure -- sector change to 4096 and copy.

- posted from Bali
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03 Jun 2017   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by RukatheBlackfis View Post
...It looks like I have to save up to get another harddrive. Thankfully these 3TB are only about $100 (If I can get another 4Tb that would be better though)...
If you can afford it without selling a kidney or your first born, you would probably be better off with a 4TB drive. For some odd reason, other than 1 TB drives, the odd number TB sized drives get poorer reviews than the even number TB drives.
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