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Windows 7: ADATA external HDD became unallocated, shows 11 Petabytes

3 Weeks Ago   #1
Inferry

Windows 7 Starter 32
 
 
ADATA external HDD became unallocated, shows 11 Petabytes

After searching through these forums(and the web in general) I realize this is a far more common thing than I expected, still, I would like some help with this.

I have two ADATA HDD, 1T each(the ones with the silicon rubber on them), both slightly over the year now, and both of them were connected to my laptop, which, old as it is, had a heat stroke the other day and fainted.

One of them was fine, the one with the irrelevant data that could be painfully redownloaded again if it was somehow lost.
The other one, which contained literally thousands of valuable and irreplaceable files, was being ignored by the three devices I connected it to(laptop, PC with Ubuntu, and an XboxOne for some reason).

So I tried following some guides to see what was going on and stumble on this site, specifically, this guide.

However, as I was following a previous tutorial, something weird caught my eye when I checked it with the Disk Manager, my measly 900+GB drive had somehow gained over 90000000GB extra for storage as the image below shows, so that's weird right? I kinda thought it would be normal, but the guides showed the drives with the right sizes so I wasn't so sure.

Regardless, I tried following the Test Disk tutorial you have, since is the only one that doesn't involve losing my data and hoping for it to be recovered by some other program (and to another location that I don't have), until a reached a part that stated that the disk size shown, must coincide with the actual value for the disk, which it didn't, like, at all, I forgot to screencap the window, but I don't recall a value even appearing there.

So I stopped and start searching the forums to see if there was a similar case, which I couldn't find, so now here I am, writing this in serious hopes that my files aren't gone for good.

Here's the screenshot of the Disk Manager(is in spanish), Disk 1 is the healthy HDD and Disk 2 is the crazy one. The MiniTool Partition Wizard I've seen you guys ask screenshots of shows more or less the same.

ADATA external HDD became unallocated, shows 11 Petabytes-disk-mng.png




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3 Weeks Ago   #2
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

Sad to know you don't have a backup.

Is your ADATA a HDD or SSD?
Did you follow Jumanji instructions?
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3 Weeks Ago   #3
Inferry

Windows 7 Starter 32
 
 

Some of the files do have a backup, but the majority of them were uncataloged or updated on a regular basis, the drive was almost full too

It's an HDD, and I followed the instructions to the letter, up until step 5 on the second screen, were you can see the size shows up as +10000TB(I took a screencap this time), so I stopped there because I'm not sure what to do, should I keep going as if this was the proper size?.

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I can't really follow the advice at the bottom since this is an external drive it doesn't have jumpers(right?), and I don't really know how to check "the bios detection", there are no more updates for windows 7, and although the current drivers says it's from 2006, searching for a new one turns nothing saying is up to date, the version I have is 6.1.7600.16385.


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3 Weeks Ago   #4
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Is it this ?
ADATA 1TB


Might be able to take it out of the enclosure and see if it works.

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3 Weeks Ago   #5
Inferry

Windows 7 Starter 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Is it this ?
ADATA 1TB
Might be able to take it out of the enclosure and see if it works.
No, is this one
ADATA AHD650

Do you think disassembling the thing might help? I don't want to trash it by accident, so I may try it as a last resort I guess.
@Megahertz07 I made a post answering your questions, but I got a message saying it had to be approved by a moderator, but basically: it is an HDD and yes, I follow them to the letter up to step 5, Test Disk says it has +100000TB of storage, and I dare not to keep ongoing since the size has to be right for that.
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3 Weeks Ago   #6
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

You may have a hardware failure or just a logical issue.

If it's a hardware failure on the electronics to convert SATA to USB, what SIW2 suggested will work as you're going to attach the disk SATA directly to a MB SATA port. If you do and have the same results it's a logical Issue and you should follow Jumanji instructions.

It seems to me as a logical issue as Test Disk recognize the true size.
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3 Weeks Ago   #7
Inferry

Windows 7 Starter 32
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Megahertz07 View Post
It seems to me as a logical issue as Test Disk recognize the true size.
Um sorry, where is Test Disk reporting the true size? it says to me that de drive is well over 100k times over of what it should really be, does the number doesn't matter as long as it detects something?

Do I proceed with that?
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3 Weeks Ago   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

I think mega misunderstood the test disk screenshot.

If your data is essential you could consider professional recovery - cheapest I have seen is in Canada about $400 per disk.

Or you can take a risk and take the thing apart hoping the disk is ok and will work through another connector.
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2 Weeks Ago   #9
Inferry

Windows 7 Starter 32
 
 

Not the outcome I expected, but it is what it is.

I don't have the money to pay for a professional recovery, so I'm just gonna buy a new drive one once I can, use one of the many recovery tools out there to pass the files and hope for the best to see if it can catch everything I had.

I may disassemble the thing thou, but I can't really plug a new drive directly into my lap, and don't have a desktop available right now, Mega mentioned an "MB SATA port", what's that? some sort of adaptor? can't I just use some regular external case?
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2 Weeks Ago   #10
Megahertz07

Windows 7 HP 64
 
 

On your profile specs it says you have a emachine desktop. That is why I suggested to take the Adata disk from its case and attach it directly to a SATA port on the MB.
Do you have a external HDD case other then the Adata?
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