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Windows 7: external hard disk which is not displaying data stored in it

20 Jun 2018   #41
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Will see your screenshot tom and we will continue. The chances of recovering the data is fairly good. Hope it will turn out so. Signing off for the day.


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20 Jun 2018   #42
sheena bansal

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Hi Jumanji,

Here is the required screenshot.

And guess what!!! I could see all my folders on double click.

Yayy!!!


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20 Jun 2018   #43
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Good. Before proceeding further I need to know what exactly is there on sector 0 and if possible save it before we make any changes in it.. I will take sometime and return.
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20 Jun 2018   #44
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Download the latest version of Bootice from the author's website €BOOTICE v1.3.3.2: ŠŸƒ强大š„启Š维Š工…€‘-*€轩

( If you are using 32bit Windows download the X86 version. If you are using 64bit Windows download the x64 version)

Create a folder named bootice in the C: drive and extract the rar file into it. You will have a single BOOTICE*.exe file in it.

Plugin only your faulty drive and Run bootice. Select your faulty drive in the Destination Disk field and click on the Sector Edit button. Bootice will open the Sector 0 map like the one below.. Take a screenshot.

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Click on the Backup to file button in the Menu bar, give a file name LBA0 and click on the Backup button to save the 512byte file. By default the file will be saved in the bootice folder . Check it is saved and close bootice.

Post the screenshot.

Using bootice: Lost partitions! Solved - Windows 7 Help Forums

Note: If you find it inconvenient/inapporpriate to do all this in your office with your boss looking over your shoulders , you may do it at home later. There is absolutely no need to be in a hurry. I am also slow and may disappear every now and then to do other work.


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21 Jun 2018   #45
sheena bansal

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

Haha!!

My boss sits in the next cubicle to mine :P

Even he knows how distracted I am due to this Hard Drive issue :P

He might even consider giving me leave for a day or two [stress buster]

Hehe!!


Just followed all the steps

:'(

The 'sector edit' option is greyed out!!!

first attachment is an error I get on running bootice, then I click 'Ok' and it pops-up again. On clicking 'OK' again, the second screenshot appears with 'Sector Edit' greyed out


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21 Jun 2018   #46
sheena bansal

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 

The LED keeps going on and off on my HD.

I believe the cable is a bit loose with this.

As of now, I have placed it somehow so that It is not getting disconnected. but who know what is going on internally...

I have another drive which is WD Elements 1TB. But from the other post you shared, I know not to exchange the cables.

Shall I try n buy another cable first?
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21 Jun 2018   #47
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Ok, I did expect that bootice may not show the sector and it may show I/O (CRC ) error. You would have got the same error if you had tried to initialise the drive in Windows Disk Management.

Cable: And yes, get a new cable or borrow a Seagate cable from a friend and see that the drive is on without loosing connection when plugged in. Do not use a WD cable which may be proprietary. Use only a Seagate cable.

Since it appears that Sector zero has some problem, we may not be able to restore the drive.

We shall try data recovery using TestDisk. For that you must have another external disk with adequate space to copy the files ( 1.5 GB of data as shown by PW)

Can you free your 1TB WD elements drive for copying? You should be able to copy atleast the most important files and copy the rest later.

After ensuring that your Seagate drive continuosly remains connected when plugged in and you have a destination drive to copy files, let me know and we shall proceed further.

(When not in use keep your Seagate drive unplugged)
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21 Jun 2018   #48
Vineet Garg

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 With Sp1 + Vista Ultimate x32 with Sp1 & Sp2 !!
 
 

Hi,
@jumanji : Sir, It seems we can't recover the whole drive but we can recover the partition, Isn't it ? In my case, i just recovered the partition and the other part remained unallocated and the unallocated portion was the first 200GB portion !
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21 Jun 2018   #49
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

@Vineet Garg

I think you used EaseUS to recover the partition by copying it to another drive, isn't it ? In that case your experience should help the OP. ( I had never copied a partition and so I may not be able to do it )

You are welcome to guide the OP, when she is ready. Since the OP has a single partition of 2TB I would think she may need an empty 2TB drive. Isn't it?

I was also thinking of Partition Find and Mount, which says it can find and mount the partition to enable copying. If that works, the OP should be able to select and copy the files to whatever space is available.
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21 Jun 2018   #50
Vineet Garg

Windows 7 Ultimate x32 With Sp1 + Vista Ultimate x32 with Sp1 & Sp2 !!
 
 

Hi,
Sir(s), @jumanji : Sir, First & foremost i offer regards from the bottom of my heart and seek blessings & guidance.

1) I used partition recovery wizard from ''EaseUS Partition Master Free'' & i didn't use another drive, just recovered the found partition : Free partition manager software to resize partitions - EaseUS Partition Master Free. I think when such softwares offer lost partition choices, they offer exploring and are pretty sure that they can recover them!

2) I will always prefer ''lost partition recovery'' instead of ''lost files recovery'' because in files recovery multiple versions of same file are offered (even simply deleted ones ! )and it needs a lot of patience!

3) I am interested whether the partition offered for exploring & recovery, also allows to copy files while exploring. It would be safer !

4) Sir, i think when we have to recover the data, we should not touch disks much. I fear it will make it harder & harder to recover. When the data is backed up and one wants to repair the disk, diagnostics & repairers are fine ! i think data recovery tools have deeper reach to missing data. They make out partitions out of unallocated space.

5)Sir, I am interested whether the tests/diagnostics she performed , give any signs of irrepairable physical /hardware failure or damage ? In that case she has to change the drive anyway ! ( i don't know much about that )

6)After considering all these, especially the 5th point, i would like to just make a ''Finish'' from here !
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Thats all i think !

Thanks & Regards. ...
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