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Windows 7: Damaged laptop HD trouble with MiniTool Partition Wizard

20 Jun 2017   #1
jayrdi

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 
Damaged laptop HD trouble with MiniTool Partition Wizard

My laptop was recently dropped and the hard drive damaged so I removed the HD and connected it to my PC with a HD Dock. I then followed the instructions kindly provided by jumanji here.

I completed the steps and the drive (Disk 4 in the attachment) has an allocated letter but I cannot access it in Explorer. I can see the files that I'm trying to retrieve (and have no backup of !) when I look in Partition Explorer, but don't seem to be able to copy or access them.

Any help is greatly appreciated, thanks!




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20 Jun 2017   #2
samuria

win 8 32 bit
 
 

Welcome to the forum. If it's been dropped it's possible it's damaged beyond repair. If it's got a drive letter run chkdsk on it but don't repair see what it reports
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20 Jun 2017   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

There is something amiss here. How come your 600GB+ drive is a GPT drive?

When you run Partition Recovery Wizard - whether Quick Scan or Full Scan - and when it finds the partitions, you should select the partitions that will - if you had selected the correct partitions - show the Preview Map at the bottom as it ( the hdd ) was before, without any unallocated space. Here I see two unallocated spaces.

And when you mention dock, I get jittery . Those have uncanny ways of corrupting the HDD. I would at all times advise a direct connection in a desktop - not even an external third party enclosure - to keep things straight from any unwanted additions/influence to an already problematic drive.

In Partition Recovery Wizard 10.2.1 Partition Recovery is not free. How did you manage to recover the partitions? (Eversince the advent of version 10, I have been advising OPs to download and use the old version 9.1 from
http://www.filehorse.com/download-pa.../old-versions/ if they want to do partition Recovery)

Notwithstanding,

1. Tell us what exactly happens when you try to access the folders/files in F: in Windows Explorer. (Do you get any error message?) It will also help to see how Windows Disk Management sees the drive. Post a screenshot.

2. Explore the partition F: Laptop Recover in Partition Wizard and show me the folders/files seen ( screenshot)

3. Next let us see what Getdatabck Simple shows. Please download from https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm and run it to scan your problem drive. ( Partition F: ) Does it show all your folders and files? If it shows, rightclick on the file and check the integrity of the file. ( For example if it is an MP3 file it should open and play in the associated player. If it is a .doc, it should open in Word etc.,)
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20 Jun 2017   #4
jayrdi

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Great, thanks for your help, both of you.

I am running a `chkdsk` now from the command prompt so will get back to you once that has completed.

After I ran Quick Scan in PRZ there were a few partitions. I knew which was the correct one because, as you suggested, I double clicked it and it listed all the files that I was trying to recover. I then only selected that partition and clicked 'Finish'; the resulting contents of Disk 4 from the previous screenshot are what happened so I'm not sure where the 'Unallocated Space' came from! Also, not sure how I managed to 'Apply' when it was version 10. I saw elsewhere in your previous messages about 9.1 being free and have since downloaded that one instead. It still shows the same setup for Disk 4 from the previous scan though.

I will answer your 3 questions in the next message - thanks
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20 Jun 2017   #5
jayrdi

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 
CHKDSK log

In terms of chkdsk it seems to have locked up at 38%, but I'll show you the log anyway:


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20 Jun 2017   #6
jayrdi

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
1. Tell us what exactly happens when you try to access the folders/files in F: in Windows Explorer. (Do you get any error message?) It will also help to see how Windows Disk Management sees the drive. Post a screenshot.

2. Explore the partition F: Laptop Recover in Partition Wizard and show me the folders/files seen ( screenshot)

3. Next let us see what Getdatabck Simple shows. Please download from https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm and run it to scan your problem drive. ( Partition F: ) Does it show all your folders and files? If it shows, rightclick on the file and check the integrity of the file. ( For example if it is an MP3 file it should open and play in the associated player. If it is a .doc, it should open in Word etc.,)
1. I get an "F:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect.". See Capture3.PNG for Windows Disk Management (Disk 3 is the one in question here).

2. See Capture4.PNG

3. Running scan on Getdatabck now but looks like it might take a while. Already ran into error shown in Capture5.PNG. Will post full results of this when it's finished.

Thanks.


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20 Jun 2017   #7
jayrdi

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Sorry for bombardment of posts! Final one is the results of Getdatabck. As you can see in Capture6.PNG, I can view all the files. The folder I'm mainly concerned with is Users/user/Documents and I was able to open the two files, Invoice #00505.pdf and Invoice #00506.docx successfully in Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word respectively.


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20 Jun 2017   #8
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Now I am in a dilemma

Whether to advise you to buy GetdatabackSimple and get done with it. Copy all files you need. Penalty USD 80

Take a chance. Run check disk from command prompt.

Open Command prompt. Start > All programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

Type
CHKDSK K: /f /v /r /x Press enter. Note: Replace K: with the actual drive letter of the external drive

Allow check disk to complete. ( Do not interrupt checkdisk for any reason even if it takes a day. Do not use the PC for any other task while checkdisk runs. We have no control if it aborts itself.)

If it aborts itself, I do not know whether you can go back to Getdataback Simple and get the files intact.

Take your pick.

( My post#16 here External hard drive visible in Partition Magic but not explorer which was successful, but I can't guarantee the same in the case of your HDD which had a drop.)

EDIT: If data is absolutely important to me, I would buy Getdataback Simple.
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20 Jun 2017   #9
jayrdi

Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
 
 

Okay, thanks for all your help. Very tempted to try the CHKDSK but I'm not really a gambler so will probably just pay the USD 80 to get my data back. My wife can pay seeing as she dropped the laptop!

Thanks again for your help.
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20 Jun 2017   #10
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Check the integrity of all the data you want to recover with Getdataback Simple before you buy.

After copying all data try checkdisk as advised. Your experience can help others.

An alternate to Getdataback simple is active@ file recovery as advised by SIW2. It costs USD30. You can try that too as the user who used it also says in that also you can preview and check the data integrity before buying.
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