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Windows 7: Windows appears to have wiped my HDD on driver install

30 May 2010   #1
Mere44

window 7
 
 
Windows appears to have wiped my HDD on driver install

Just completed a new install of windows 7 and when I turned my HDD on to copy across backed up data (documents, excel files, addressbook etc) windows 7 is saying the drive is empty.

When the drive was turned on it came up with "new hardware found installing drivers" but nothing else so why is it saying its empty??

Our entire family photo and video history was also on here.

Any help would be appreciated.

Cheers
Mere


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30 May 2010   #2
Mellon Head

Win 7 Pro x64/Win 10 Pro x64 dual boot
 
 

Sorry you're having problems, but welcome.

Is this an external drive? USB? When you say "turn it on", I'm assuming it is some kind of external that has a power switch. Was it turned off during the Windows installation?

Have you tried looking for it in device manager? Sometimes, you need to reboot after new hardware is found. I have a USB drive that read empty the first time I plugged it in. Windows found the drivers, and I rebooted, and everything was fine.

I wish I could help more, but I need a little more detail, please.
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30 May 2010   #3
Mere44

window 7
 
 

Hi thanks for the welcome.

Yes its a WD external HDD used purely for storage and has an on/off switch at the back.

It was turned off during the instal

The device shows up in windows without a problem it is just showing as having nothing but a few windows files on it. It is as if it has been wiped

Any help would be appreciated
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30 May 2010   #4
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

While you're figuring out what the problem is, don't copy files or do anything with the current files on the external drive.

In the chance they were wiped during the install, you can recover them still. But, the percentage of files that will be able to be recovered decreases with use of the drive.

Just a tip when I lost some files. But, they might not have been deleted.

Did the drive show up during the install? Like when it asked you where you wanted to install Windows? What files are on the drive now, by chance?
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30 May 2010   #5
Mere44

window 7
 
 

We have disconnected the drive now and are not using it so that if the files have been deleted (or the drive formetted) then we have the best chance of recovering them.

The drive was turned off during the instal so it did not show up only the internal HDD did.

There are a number of windos files on the drive now, all sitting in a folder called "Windows".

For all intense purposes it looks like a newly formated drive.

I am beinging to think that it was formatted, we may need to run a data recovery tool.

Suggestions for the best ones?
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30 May 2010   #6
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

FreeUndelete is the one I used with relative success. Got about 60% of the files back, but I was constantly writing to the disk and back. Didn't figure that one out until after.

Use a program like WinDirStat to double-check it's empty.

Are there any drivers needed for the drive, specifically from the WD site?
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30 May 2010   #7
Mere44

window 7
 
 

Thanks I will try that
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01 Jun 2010   #8
Mark Phelps

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Mere44 View Post
Suggestions for the best ones?
In my experience, the GetDataBack series from Runtime Software did the best job of file and disk recovery. You can download a free trial to see how well it detects your deleted files and folders. You have to purchase it to be able to do the actual file/disk recovery.
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01 Jun 2010   #9
surfasb

Windows 7
 
 

I have a hard time figuring out how a drive gets formatted during a driver install.
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01 Jun 2010   #10
ikjadoon

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by surfasb View Post
I have a hard time figuring out how a drive gets formatted during a driver install.
I don't think it was a driver install; it was a new install of Windows.
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