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Windows 7: Recover a GPT Partition that became RAW in 3T Internal HDD

31 Mar 2019   #41
RFG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post


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1. Post a fresh screenshot of Windows Disk Management. ( Just to confirm that we are still in the same condition with which we started.)

2. I am now going back to Partition Wizard - your Post #21 with the screenshot of found partitions after a quick scan.Quick scan did find a valid VBR at sector 264192. ( This VBR could be a new VBR overwriting the original VBR)

Run a quickscan again. When it finds the partitions, please select the second partition by clicking on the square, double click on the second partition (starting LBA 264192 ending LBA 1565565871) that should open the explorer Window showing the files it could see. ( Please refer to image 5 and image 6 in dsperber's
post # 17)

If it shows the folders/files well and good. Post a screenshot. Close the explorer Window. Cancel and close Partiion Wizard.

Do it slowly at your leisure.Absolutely no need to do anything in a hurry. Absolutely no need to keep awake at night.





Murphy's Law at its best...



1 - Here








I'll perform step 2 as asked. However i'm not very confident at this stage... The 1st time the scan haven't detected any lost/deleted partitions and this time same is happening...






Will return with more screenshots when all is done!


Cheers




PS - Until now, after all the tests and recovery software analisys, the only program able to detect the partition as windows and also to show me some RAW data recovery is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. The odd thing is that another software from that company, EaseUS Partition Master, cannot recognize the partition too which is really weird...


Take a look at the image i made with Easeus Data Recover in the next screenshot.








You can see plenty of RAW data to be recovered. But is all a mess and probably might not find everything i want, and lots of junk in the middle of those files... Look at the size of the recovery data, much bigger than the partition size...


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31 Mar 2019   #42
RFG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

PW Quick scan ended and nothing happened when i checked the box and double clicked the partition. No detection of lost partitions too. I'll maybe try a Full Scan...











PS - OK i've performed a Full Scan with same results. Atm i'm running MiniTool Power Data Recovery to compare the finds with my previous easeus data recover results...
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31 Mar 2019   #43
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I wanted you to to select the second partiition , double click on it and show what it shows in the Partition Explorer Window

"When it finds the partitions, please select the second partition by clicking on the square, double click on the second partition (starting LBA 264192 ending LBA 1565565871) that should open the explorer Window showing the files it could see. ( Please refer to image 5 and image 6 in dsperber's
post # 17)"


Recover a GPT Partition that became RAW in 3T Internal HDD-01-04-2019-07-31-41.jpg

You hadn't done it.


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31 Mar 2019   #44
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

"PS - Until now, after all the tests and recovery software analisys, the only program able to detect the partition as windows and also to show me some RAW data recovery is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. The odd thing is that another software from that company, EaseUS Partition Master, cannot recognize the partition too which is really weird..."

Good work. ( I missed it since you edited that post and added it later) I haven't used it anytime and so I cannot comment on it.

I may think since 200GB of your 1TB partitlon is missing, you may not see the files in that missing 200GB.

After seeing that however, I would suggest that you try Active@fileRecovery and Getdataback Simple and see whether these can show your files. The plus point with these two programs is: If they show your files, you can open those and check the integrity of the files. If you are satisfied then you can buy a license to copy the files.

Getdataback Simple Data Recovery Software Products - Runtime Software Products

Active @ File Recovery Erased file recovery tool - Active@ File Recovery - for deleted files and damaged disks
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01 Apr 2019   #45
RFG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
I wanted you to to select the second partiition , double click on it and show what it shows in the Partition Explorer Window

"When it finds the partitions, please select the second partition by clicking on the square, double click on the second partition (starting LBA 264192 ending LBA 1565565871) that should open the explorer Window showing the files it could see. ( Please refer to image 5 and image 6 in dsperber's
post # 17)"


Attachment 407610

You hadn't done it.



Hello jumanji


I did. As i said, after running the Scans and checked the box, everytime i tryed to double click tha partition, nothing happened. No new popo up window with extra info showed up. That's why i havent posted screeshots of that.


Now even before i opened this thread here at 7forums i already tryed getdabacak but with not much success with it. As i sais, easus was the only showing the most complete recovering results.

I've also tryed last night Minitool Power Data Recovery with a more refined search and i've also got some results as shown in next screenshot







I will give another go to get data back and check the integrity of founded files.
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01 Apr 2019   #46
RFG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Back again with the new Scan results for getdataback software... nothing new here...










Atm the only recovery softwares capable to ID any files are Easus DR and Minitools PDR. I'll might go that way even knowing that i'll have to spend hours to ID and rename all the files of my interest. Can't see a better chance to recover a few data at this time.
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01 Apr 2019   #47
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

"Atm the only recovery softwares capable to ID any files are Easus DR and Minitools PDR. I'll might go that way even knowing that i'll have to spend hours to ID and rename all the files of my interest. Can't see a better chance to recover a few data at this time."

I agree. Even PhotoRec will get you only a bunch of files without their original file names and folder structure but then it will rebuild the files from their file signatures. Easus DR and Minitools PDR - if they could really recover the files - those will be as they are and not the rebuilt ones.
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03 Apr 2019   #48
RFG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
"Atm the only recovery softwares capable to ID any files are Easus DR and Minitools PDR. I'll might go that way even knowing that i'll have to spend hours to ID and rename all the files of my interest. Can't see a better chance to recover a few data at this time."

I agree. Even PhotoRec will get you only a bunch of files without their original file names and folder structure but then it will rebuild the files from their file signatures. Easus DR and Minitools PDR - if they could really recover the files - those will be as they are and not the rebuilt ones.



Hello jumanji


A quick pass just to give a feedback about the recovering process...
I've used 4 different recover softwares and the results are not very promissing. My guess is that the VBS/PBR was so damaged that the search of these apps cannot find all the files i am looking for.

It can find and recover older files from previous data that was stored at the partition before the one that i am trying to recover. My guess is that i won't get any lucky with this... I'll perform a few more tests and trys under my own.

Having said that, I can only thank you for all your help and wisdom. At least I learned more about hard disks, partitions, and especially how to recover data in case of failure. Once again thank you very much for everything. Respect!

Best Wishes
R
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04 Apr 2019   #49
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

I wish I could have helped you better but then I have gotten busy with other things in the last few days and will continue to be busy with it for the next few days..

At this stage you have no option but continue to try whatever you can. (I had some plans to do some experiments on my 3TB to check whether some ideas I have formulated can work but unfortunately as stated I will be busy with other things and therefore cannot concentrate on it. I need undivided and undisturbed attention to do it)

You may do the following: ( This is exactly what I wanted to experiment)

Save sector 1 ( GPT Header), Sector 2 (GPT Partition Table) Sector 264192 (VBR at the start of the first partition - First partition always starts at Sector 264192), sector 1565565839 ( backup of the current Partition Table), sector 1565565871 ( Backup of the current GPT header) with bootice ( This is only a safety measure. Should you want to go back to the previous state anytime, you can restore with bootice)

After saving those, zero these sectors. To write zeros to these sectors, go to that Sector, move the mouse pointer diagonally across, (thus selecting all the 512 fields), right click > Fill Selection > 0x00 > OK and click on Save changes icon in the menu bar. In effect you are destroying these unwanted sectors and GPT structure. Keep sector 0 as it is and do not zero it (With this unwanted GPT Partition Data killed, I presume the correct partition data at the fag end of 3TB will kick in and we may be able to see the full 3TB.)

Recover a GPT Partition that became RAW in 3T Internal HDD-05-04-2019-00-44-20.jpg

Close bootice and rerun to check the disk shows all these sectors are correctly zeroed.

Then Run Partition Wizard, Quick scan. Let me see what partitions it finds. ( Of course it will not find the first partition VBR (absent, since we had zeroed it.) But if it finds the second and third partition and shows your full 3TB disk then we shall think of some more manipulations to write a new VBR for the first partition. If we succeed, then Getdataback and Active at file recovery and all such software may be able to see the original Master File Table that may be, as I guess, between 746GB and 1TB which at present the recovery software do not see.

As I said this is purely experimental that may or may not succeed. I am just working on assumptions and presumptions.


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05 Apr 2019   #50
RFG

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jumanji View Post
I wish I could have helped you better but then I have gotten busy with other things in the last few days and will continue to be busy with it for the next few days..

No worries jumanji. I've found part of my data backed up in another old 2.5" external HDD and as i am again short of time too, i already formatted the partition again (after made backups of all the recovered RAW info) and the system is back to its previous stable state and without problems.


However, as a precaution, now i feel the need of making backups of the VBS/MBR of all my discs. I already have a system image created but i would like to perform the mentioned backups with bootice or any other program that is able to backups MBR/VBS.

Can you please help and guide me through those steps please?


Once yer busy too atm, take your time, no need to rush.


Thanks again for the concern and all the help!


Have a nice day!
R
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