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I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Q: I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Hi, I accidentally deleted the volume on my 3rd hard drive and now my Windows Vista PC won't even recognize the drive. How can I fix this?

The problem started when I put my old Barracuda 160 gig drive in a usb external case and couldn't get it to work until I put the jumpers on 7-8. The problem was, it was asking me to format the drive which was full of files which I wanted to retrieve. Through a series of now obvious mistakes, I first shrunk the volume backwards, I meant to shrink only 50 MB but deleted all but 50 MB and then stupidly deleted the entire volume.

What I need now is to at least be able to have my PC recognize the drive again and to be able to restore the full volume but would ideally like to still be able to retrieve the data, if that's even possible at this point. Also, why does, or did my computer only recognize this drive in the 7-8 jumper configuration? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Tony

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A: I accidentally deleted the volume on an external drive

Hello Tony, and welcome to Vista Forums.

You might see if the method in the tutorial below may be able to work for this as well to recover it.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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Misread the drive label and deleted the partition on an USB external 80GB SATA drive. Nothing else has been done to the drive.

I did this when using Macrium Reflect Rescue disc.

I know I've seen mention of a program that can recover the partition table but I've not found it yet.

I tried EASUS Data Recovery Wizard but that didn't do it. I thought maybe Paragon had something but I've not had any luck so far. Any help appreciated. Thanks

A:Accidentally deleted partition on external drive

Hey Rich,

You might see if either one of the options in the tutorial below may be able to recover the deleted partition for you.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

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Honestly don't know y I deleted it but, I was cleaning files from my drives while in Linux and I deleted the system volume folder from one of my hdds and now all my data is inaccessible. Haven't touched the drive since, would like a surefire way to get it back. Here is my set up64gb ssd Windows 7
1tb hdd internal (deleted system volume folder)
1tb external hdd 50gb Linux partition 950gb ntfs partition
Thanks in advance

A:recover deleted system volume information on external drive

Have you had a look at the current version of the HIRENS boot CD. this has lots of free recovery tools on it. I have used it a few times for exactly the purpose you need it for...

Go here: Download Hiren

And scroll down about 3/4 of the way and you will a download link.

hth
Tanya

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The volume utitliy is gone from the computer, how do I get it back? could it be found on any of my computer cds or on the internet? I use xp.

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Hi guys,

I accidentally deleted a whole external drive using the DiskPart.
I did not use clean, i used the "Delete" itself.
Please tell me I can recover it.

A little more info:

I used Select Disk
Select Partition
Delete Disk #
Is there any way I can recover it?
MiniTools isn't working for me...

Thank you

A:Accidentally Deleted External HDD using DiskPart

Hello soulcryst, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might see if you may be able to use an option in the tutorial below to recover the deleted drive.

Partition - Recover Deleted Partitions in Windows

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I was trying to use my D: Drive to store some data because it was 900+ GB free and my C drive was already full
So I decided to try to listen to the guy in this post and it has now deleted my D Drive???
I got to step 7 and clicked yes and now my 919 GB D Drive is gone? Thanks Dell
en.community.dell.com/.../19467205
EDIT: SOLVED
I must have blind because there was a box at the bottom that was "unallocated" that I didn't see. I set it up as a simple drive and voila, I can now put files on it. I would delete the post but I didn't see how to. Sorry!

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I was reinstalling Windows Vista today (fresh install), and during the drive selection I inadvertently clicked "delete" while the secondary drive was selected instead of the primary. This is my only backup drive. It is, of course, now not recognized as a drive. I tried booting up Ubuntu and using Gparted to fix the problem, but the only option it gives me is creating a new partition. I then downloaded PC Inspector File Recovery and ran it overnight; it found 16000+ files, but all of them are named cluster1013651.* and so forth, and all of them appear to be corrupted. Windows seems to know what type of file each is, as their extensions are intact, but they will not open properly. Another weird issue is that the vast majority of files are .xls, but I don't use Excel.

Is there some utility that can repair the drive so that Windows detects it again? All the data is still there, the drive was never formatted or written to in any way.
 

A:Accidentally deleted my backup drive

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As title statesI did not have any backup, my laptop model is Y50-70. Is there any way for me to recover the drive? or will the deletion of it affect anything at all?

A:Accidentally deleted "D: LENOVO" drive

If its not used for system files you may be ok. But you should always have an image backup of the entire HD. Its a given in this day and age.PS its no accident as its not that easy to do accidentally. System_drv is normally the boot.If you run diskmanager it will show all the partitions. you have and which is bootable.





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Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.2
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Home, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-3220T CPU @ 2.80GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 8062 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -1984 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 941450 MB, Free - 900404 MB; D: Total - 10450 MB, Free - 10344 MB; E: Total - 476937 MB, Free - 456384 MB; F: Total - 305242 MB, Free - 105234 MB;
Motherboard: Hewlett-Packard, 2AFB
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled

How can I restore my D: drive recovery contents? I accidentally deleted the contents since it had become over capacity and was in the red-colored status continually.
 

A:Accidentally deleted my recovery drive contents.

You can't. Recovery partitions are generally full and that is not a problem. It won't cause you any problems that you deleted it but you just won't be able to restore your computer back to factory state without ordering a set of recovery discs from HP.
 

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Hi.
I'm not sure this is the right forum to post this, if not let me know.

The Problem: I accidentally deleted some important data from a hard drive. I desperately want to rescue at least some of it. It is a folder containing a large number of digital photos.

This is what I've done:
1. accidentally deleted files
2. deleted the three partitions that were on the drive and made the drive into one partition
3. formatted the drive using Windows Disk Management tool in Administrative Tools (Windows XP). I used the "Quick Format" option rather than the "Full Format". The file system of the drive (also before formatting) is: NTFS
4. Currently there is new data on the drive. I'm using it as a backup drive now.

This all happened a few days ago. Only now I have realized the goof up.

Please, if there is any way you know of that I might best be able to salvage any of the lost data, I'd REALLY appreciate it.

Thanks!
 

A:Please Help... I've accidentally deleted important data from drive

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Please help me. Iwas trying to format a USB flash drive but I accidentally deleted the partition. It shows in Windows Disk Management as "online" but does not give me any options for formatting it. I am now not sue what to do PLEASE HELP!
 

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Ok so this is what happened. Everyday my windows vista does an automatic files backup. It worked fine until one day a thing popped up during the backup and it said my backup failed because my drive D was full. So I came on here and someone said it was safe to delete all the files on my drive D, so I did. The files still wont work now because there is no folder for the backup files to go into. I tried doing the backup to another Drive, like drive C, but it wont give me that option. How can I recover my folders in Drive d?? Which ones were there?? This was about a month ago so I dont think I can recover them. I need to backup my files but there is an error everytime.
 

A:Accidentally Deleted needed folders in Drive D!

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Apparently, as I was trying to create more space on my hard drive, I accidentally deleted or "corrupted" the device drivers for my Hitachi LG DVD-ROM drive as well as my Samsung CDRW/DVD drive. I've tried downloading firmware for both, but consistently see this in the Device Manager: "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing." I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling both devices, also tried a System Restore. So far nothing has worked. Please help as I am pulling out every strand of my hair.
 

A:Solved: I'm an idiot that accidentally deleted my CD/DVD ROM Drive drivers

Go to device Mgr. & uninstall your drives, re boot and windows will recognise the drives
 

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.
 

A:Accidentally deleted important drive software.. can't figure out how to recover? Hel

Now this is just a guess that may save you a full re-install.
Install a CD/DVD burning program and it may correct the fault. Also Windows builtin burning is not the cleverest of tools.
Here are a few suggestions:
http://www.techsupportalert.com/best-free-cd-dvd-burning-software.htm
 

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.
 

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.
 

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I had to do a fresh install on my primary due to explorer crash issues. I have a secondary drive which was my backup for all of my pictures and music. During the reinstall of Windows 7 64bit Professional I accidentally deleted the 129mb System Reserve on the second hard drive thinking it was for thge primary drive. Now explorer does not show the secondary hard drive, although it shows up in Disk Management. Is there any way to restore or recreate that System Reserve section without having to refomat the entire hard drive and loose all of my data??

A:Accidentally deleted 129mb System Reserve on second hard drive

Hello Borne, and welcome to Seven Forums.

You might be able to pick up at step 7 in OPTION FOUR of the tutorial below to hopefully restore the System Reserve partition. Just do not format or delete it again. If you do, you may not be able to restore it.

Convert a Dynamic Disk to a Basic Disk

Hope this helps,
Shawn

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I've signed up to this site just for this issue which I've had for over a year. Here are the details:

Samsung laptop RF511
While I was cleaning out all the extra programs the laptop came with, I accidentally deleted something that was crucial for my disk reader. Whenever I pop in any data disk or movie, the computer struggles for a few minutes then gives up, as if nothing has been inserted. Oddly enough... I don't believe this always happens with music CDs. The computer also hasn't be able to let me burn anything on a blank disk. I often receive the "Please insert a blank disk" message, when one is already inserted.

This is getting really frustrating since I have a lot of data to backup and absolutely need help! I'm not a programmer and would need thorough explanation and a walk-through for this please.

I went to the Samsung website and looked at what might be missing (had no idea what I was doing...) I downloaded something called the BIOS updater, which did nothing unfortunately.

Please let me know if something sounds familiar and how I might be able to replace this bloody program I foolishly deleted!
Thanks a million.

EDIT:

I don't think I was clear enough in my explanation.... I don't require a program to copy/read/burn. The problem is the laptop itself. It does not recognize any disk I inset. Nothing pops up on my E: drive....
 

A:Accidentally deleted important drive software.. can't figure out how to recover? Help

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Guys i need help,,i accidentally dropped my hard drive its a 1tb buffalo hd-pntu3,,now when i go to disk management in my computer its showing up as disk 1 unknown allocated,,and when i try to initialize disk its greyed out!,,please i need help,, i have a lot of files on this drive,,please help!!

A:Accidentally Dropped External Hard Drive

It is probably corrupted, does it have a warranty? This happen to one of mine a couple months ago, it's pretty annoying. You have to keep these things in a safe spot lol.

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I had 960/970GB full on it, and I accidentally overwrote it, trying to format my SD card, accidentally did my HDD..
Is there a way to 100% recover it? :\
 

A:Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

http://www.piriform.com/recuva
 

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Hi guys, first time poster here so hopefully this will be at least somewhat bearable.

OK, so here is what I wanted to do, I was looking around the net and stumbled on to some videos about software RAID with USB drives. I know it isn't a very elegant or practical solution but I thought it would just be cool to see it working. So I found this article How to Create a Software RAID Array in Windows 7 and figured that since disk management in both 7/8 are essentially the same it wouldn't be a problem. I then went to delete the volumes on the flash drives and saw the option was grayed out. So in that state the drives cannot be used for what I wanted them to be used for. I did notice that on his tutorial his drives were described as "Basic" and my drives are described as "Removable" I think that somewhere along the line I saw something about removable drives being hard to work with in disk management so that may be it.
So if anyone knows how to do this all help is greatly appreciated!

A:USB Drive Volume Not cannot be Deleted.

Minitool partition wizard free edition should be able to set up your USB drives anyway you want them. Unless they are encrypted.

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Ok folks I accidentally reformatted my 3 TB drive with the USB drive formatter(dont ask how I did that)
I used EASUS recovery program, I utilized the middle setting but the files came up as lost files in no particular order. Is the any program out there where I can just reverse the format that I did and recover my files in their original file structure?
I now have the EASUS Partition recovery doing a scan,,,,,maybe it wil set my file structure back up the way it was.
I however have all my image files recovered but they are in a "lost files" folder and are just listed willy nilly. and there is 400 gigabytes of those to peruse through......it sux
I have yet to write any data on that HD and I refuse to until I can get this straightened up....too bad there isn't a program that just reverses the reformat mistake I made

A:Help! accidentally reformatted external drive!Need good file recovery!

No, no such program exists. Give Recuva a try. I've had good success with it.

If that doesn't do it then you would need to contact a professional data recovery firm which is not cheap.

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Hi Everybody

Here is the scenario:

I was trying to remove the pre-installed Windows 8. I figured I should create a backup in case I ever have to go back to the piece of junk software. Anyway, I plugged-in my external hard drive to make the backup...

Here's the mess up:

It said 'formatting drive'. Within two seconds, I cancelled the operation and removed the hard drive.
Now, when I try to access it (tried on 3 other laptops), it just shows the Hard Drive as Recovery Disk with some 20MB data and total 30 GB space.
Disk management shows 890 GB unallocated space.
It's a seagate 1TB backup drive. There was nearly 500 GB of data on it.

Do I need to use some data recovery program or is there another way. I don't think an entire hard drive can be formatted in 2 seconds.

Can someone please help. I can't stress enough how important the data on the drive is to me.

Regards

Stished
 

A:Accidentally made my External Hard Drive a Recovery Disk

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Hello,

I'm not new to these forums, they've been very helpful to me just browsing through when I have problems. I am new however to signing up. What happened to my computer is, I kept getting the BSOD, I went into safe mode, removed the most recent programs I had installed, and it stopped happening. I then proceeded to plug in my external hard drive. It was not recognizing it for some reason, so I went to disk management. It was listed there, just without a drive letter. I tried to assign it a drive letter, and it gave me an error message saying something about refreshing the list, (this is the error message I should have researched), I tried refreshing the drive list, and tried reassigning the drive letter, same message. I right clicked on the drive again, and I saw mark as active. For some stupid reason, I clicked on this. Then seeing that it didn't do anything, I thought maybe restarting the computer would maybe do the trick. Now my computer won't boot. It gets to the windows logo, and boom, restarts all over again. I tried many things like, startup repair, system restore, marking partition as active CMD, with diskpart, I also tried some of the commands in bootrec.exe. By the way, if this helps at all, my hard drive is a solid state drive, I also have a slave drive in there which does also have a copy of windows installed on it, (it was my old hard drive), I tried setting that as my primary boot and it boots into my old install of windows, before i got my... Read more

A:Had BSOD, fixed that, accidentally set external hard drive as active

Unplug external, boot into System Recovery Options Command Line to Mark Partition Active on the 100mb System Reserved (preferred if you have it) or C partition. If it won't start run Startup Repair - Run up to 3 Separate Times to repair or rewrite the System boot files.

Once it boots, plug in the external to Mark Partition as Inactive - Windows 7 Forums.
Then run a Disk Check. If it fails run Partition Wizard Check File System and Partition Wizard Partition surface test.

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Hi all,
I recently bought a WD My Book Essential Edition external hard drive and wanted to change it from FAT32 to NTFS. I was following instructions given on WDs website, however the directions weren't entirely clear (of course only noticed after the fact). I right clicked on My Computer, clicked manage and used Disk Manager. The instructions said to find the drive, right click on it and click delete partition. It didn't mention however, to do that with bottom part of the screen and not the top. So, I think I just deleted the logical drive.

It shows up on the device manager and the "Safely Remove Hardware" window, but the drive letter no longer shows up under My Computer.

Is there a way to fix this? Or did I just buy a $120 paper weight?

Thanks,

PaveFE
 

A:Solved: External Hard Drive - Deleting partition, but accidently deleted logical drive

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Hi

I have W8.1 x64, I have a 1TB drive attached on USB 3.0 port, the disk has four partitions, two are not allocated, I am trying to extend the volume on one of the active partitions, a Healthy, Primary partition but I get a message
"The operation you selected will turn the selected disk(s) to Dynamic disk(s).

I'm not sure what it means but how do I get the extended volume to be a Basic volume?

Thanks

Daniel

A:Cannot extend volume on External Drive

There's no such thing as an "unallocated partition". There is allocated space (partitions) and unallocated space. The latter is OUTSIDE any partitions.

Since you already have 4 partitions, any attempt to create another is going to force the conversion of ALL the partitions into Dynamic Disks.

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hello i was in the process of formating my external drive and i deleted it threw disk managment, now i cannot get it back. it is still there in the add hardware. anyway i can get this drive back to use it again thanks
 

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Anyone any ideas on how to successfully format the RAW volume of an exgternal hard drive that was accidentally unplugged with proper eject?
 

A:How to format Raw volume in external hard drive

You can right click on the drive and choose Format or use Disk Management: http://www.theeldergeek.com/disk_management.htm
 

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I have an LG external hard drive which I accidentally unplugged one day without doing the safe eject. Disk Management says the drive is healthy but that the file system was RAW. I could not reformat it. So I deleted the volume and tried to reformat from scratch into NTFS as I had seen in one of your posts. It has now been 12 hours and only 41% has been formatted. This can't be right.
 

A:External Hard Drive does not work RAW volume

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Hi, I really need your help and step by step instructions.. this is a real frustrating situation as i am losing around 700 GB of important data,,,
...... this is how it went with me,
The problem happenend when i created a factory default backup drive for my new laptop in my 1TB external hard disk

Now the drive has two partitions, showing the following,
Primary 32GB (max capacity) and Unallocated space of 899.48GB(the second one can only be seen by using computer management)

Only the Primary partition is recognized, which means my 1TB USB Drive is now only 32GB.

Is there any way I can re-use the drive without losing my data(WITHIN WINDOWS OS and without a third party software)?

I tried to do that through (administrative tools/disk management/partition) however it keeps asking me to format the drive before being able to use it,are my data still there or did they get LOST?
i appreciate your help

thanks
mon

A:1TB External Drive shows 32GB of volume available

Did you check the external drive to make sure windows could see/access and had a drive letter assigned to it before you used it?

If this were my problem; I would go ahead and delete the backup you made (you can make another one), then right click the drive and make sure windows can give it a driver letter. You might have to go through the process of creating a new simple volume, which will give it a drive letter. Once that is done and you can see it in "file explorer" and in "disk management" with a drive letter. Then format the drive and then go ahead and re-create your backup of your laptop and save it to the external HDD.

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I THINK ITS A SEAGATE

is there a way to get them back?
 

A:Files all deleted from external drive

my vista computer was slow so i did reinstall

i copyed i think 3 gigs onto the external and i dont know where or what was taking up other space

i had 20 gig free

now i have 34 or 44 gigs free

i copied the 3 gigs onto another computer

then i deleted the 3 gig file off the external

so either i hit delete all or some weird file ate up all my files-is that possible?
 

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I have an external hard drive where I keep things like drive images, backup files (CrashPlan), offline data, etc.

I'm beginning to get concerned about available space. I ran a report using an application called TreeSize and noticed that I have a considerable amount of space being consumed by System Volume Information, which I understand are Restore Points.



But I also have the same folder on my Drive C, so do I really need the information contained on the external HDD? I know I will not be able to delete the folder. If I do, Windows will automatically replace it. But do I need to keep this restore point information on the external HDD?

Cheers

A:System Volume Information on an external hard drive

There will be a "System Volume Information" folder on each drive for which system protection is enabled. It will contain data relevant only to that drive.

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Hi,

Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else, but I cannot find a suitable answer anywhere. I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .

I do not want to format the whole drive as I've got an older version of Windows that might not recognise the files (am I correct in thinking this?).

Any advice really appreciated

Thanks,

Lucia

A:External Hard drive cannot shrink volume to partition

  
Quote: Originally Posted by fairgrace


Sorry if this has been treated somewhere else,


Well, this probably belongs in the "hardware" forum where disk drive and partition questions normally go, but I'll respond here. An admin may move this thread to the "hardware" forum later.





Quote:
I have a used trascend external HD and am trying to partition it to make it NTFS so that I can create and store on it the system image of my computer.

I have plenty of free space, but when I right click on it, in Windows Disk Management, the option 'shrink volume' is greyed out and am not able to partition the drive .


Can you please post a screenshot from Diskmgmt.msc, maximized and with columns spread so the text contents in each column are readable in the screenshot.

Once you post this screenshot, we can recommend a proper course of action or suggest a possible "recipe" that might work, or maybe ask more questions.
As an excellent alternative to Windows Disk Management, I suggest you try Partition Wizard... either standalone boot CD or using the installed program under Win7. PW should have no problem dealing with this drive, and being able to resize partitions, format partitions to NTFS, or if necessary being able to "delete all partitions" and then you can "create partition" and format to NTFS, etc.

Partition Wizard can be used to do anything Diskmgmt can do, an... Read more

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After about a year of use, this window came up on my screen with a tab in it Perform System Maintenance.I decided to click on the perform tab. It subsequently said that DISK VOLUME ERRORS WERE DETECTED.

I was advised to run CHKDSK and I did so twice over a 2 week period. CHKDSK took ages to finish its 5 stages. It then restarted my computer automatically. When windows fully booted, I ran System Maintenance program again and disk volume errors were still detected.
I subsequently realized that when I disconnected my USB 1 terabyte external hard drive and then booted my computer, no disk volume errors were reported when I ran the Perform System Maintenance program.


Suppose I copy and paste all the files I have on my external hard drive onto my C drive and then reformat my external hard drive. Will this fix these disk volume errors?

Can you please tell me how to best fix these errors in my external hard drive ?

A:Disk Volume Errors on my USB external hard drive

I recommend scanning the hard drive using UBCD with the diagnostic tools for your brand of hard drive. It may have bad sectors. I would copy all the data off, if you could before testing just in case the drive is bad. That way, if were to die during test, you won't lose anything.

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What is the best and fastest free method of recovering about 300 GB of data?
Data is movies, music and pics.
I have not written ANY other files to the drive, I realized my mistake 10 seconds AFTER the delete.
Any help greatly appreciated.

External drive is connected by e-sata.

A:Accidentaly deleted folder from external drive

Suggest this free software that I tend to use:

Lazesoft Recovery Suite Free, Free Windows System Recovery, Free Data Recovery, Free Windows Password Recovery, Free Disk Clone

Install and run the data recovery wizard.

Perhaps wait for more suggestions before downloading and installing.

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I am having a weird problem with lots of jpg files that I deleted months ago and emptied the recycle bin dozens of times since deleting the files, those are mysteriously reinstated into their original folders on the external drive!! all they are are jpg files that after I print them, I delete them permanently. but after about 3 - 6 months those files are back into the folders!! running Windows 7 Ultimate

A:Deleted files come back all my themselves on External Drive

Run a full scan with Malwarebytes on all drives, followed by SuperAntiSpyware - decline the trial versions to just use the scanners.

Then move the data off the external and wipe it with Diskpart Clean Command, repartition in Disk Mgmt.

If these fail work through the Troubleshooting Steps linked in my signature pic below, reporting back results.

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Hi
Windows XP PC is extremely sluggish and makes a loud whirring noise, so bought a Seagate external hard drive. I inadvertantly moved the "my documents" folder on to it and now cannot open the folder without the hard drive plugged in. how do I move it back to its original home? It hasn't exactly stopped the extremely slow way the PC opens any file or even surfing the net. Please help!
 

A:Solved: accidentally moved "my documents" folder to external hard drive

Restore the My Documents Folder to Its Default Location
To restore the My Documents folder to its default location, follow these steps:
Click Start, and then point to My Documents.
Right-click My Documents, and then click Properties.
Click Restore Default, and then click OK.
In the Move Documents box, click Yes to move your documents to the new location, or click No to leave your documents in the original location.
Let me know if that works.
 

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while organizing my pictures, i hit upon the idea of deleting all photos under 100k since i was having trouble with way to many pictures and was trying to organize them.

Seems i deleted in those images the Icon of my external hard drive (Western digital 500gb). The drive SEEMS to me to be much slowwwer since then- but i see no way to change the icon under properties (as you can for a folder.)

so, my question is:

how do i fix this slowness issue? and do you think that the icon deletion is in fact what caused it? i now get a slow, haning external (although it comes around eventually...)

(i don't care so much for the fact that my icon is gone if that's not causing the problem.)

Thanks!
 

A:I Deleted my External Hard Drive Icon- and now it's slow!

I don't see deleting the icon as the cause.

I'd be more worried it has an error, right click on the drive and go to Properties and Tools to run a Disk Scan on it, make sure to check the box to scan and fix errors too.

You can also check the drive for a hardware failure with the WD diagnostics: http://support.wdc.com/download/index.asp?cxml=n&pid=999&swid=3

And try something as simple as plugging it into a different USB port.
 

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Deleted the wrong files from an external hard drive when plugged into a tablet. When I plugged the hard drive back into the tablet to restore the file, I am getting the following error message: :L/ is unavailable, the location is unavailable and it advises to make sure the drive is connected / plugged in....which it is. Is there anyway to restore the files???!!
 

A:Restoring deleted files to external hard drive!!!

use this recovery software called recuva. free and small. can also be used from a usb.
http://filehippo.com/download_recuva/

read the info on the side of the download page about recovery options.
also, its important not to use the external drive.. until running a scan with recuva, as the data may be lost.
 

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I have Toshiba Satellite, in case that matters. I have drive C, D, E of course. I also have 2 external hard drives. G is for movies only. F is for backup. Anyway, yesterday I noticed that the letter F wasn't showing when I clicked on Computer. I went into Disk Management and tried to assign a letter but I saw 3 G letters. One was fine but the other two confused me. I tried to change each one but the letter F was missing. In frustration I deleted that drive. Well, now I can't get it back. What do I do? BTW, I see the two externals in Device Manager and I think I see one in MiniTool Partition but the drive in question is marked as Unallocated.
Can you help me? All my important backups are on there.

A:I Foolishly Deleted External Hard Drive Letter

Check this article.
 
http://superuser.com/questions/651755/recover-deleted-drive

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I recently download a backup program that deleted everything off my external hard drive. There is now basically nothing on my external, so I doubt any data was overwritten. I have a Western Digital 800BB External USB 2 with FAT32. I've tried almost every program I can get a freeware/trial version of and haven't had any luck. A few of them have shown me some of the files I am interested in but are missing quite a few I want. I've also tried restoring a few .avi files that did show up and all I get is a bunch of my mp3 files oddly strung together. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
 

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i was on disk management on my computer and i right clicked on my portable harddrive and accidently clicked delete partition how do i fix this. my hardrive wont show up in my computer or disk management so i cant partition it. i dont need to recover the data i already have it all backed up.
 

A:I accidently deleted the partition from my external hard drive

Unplug and re plug in the external drive while you are in Disk Management and see if an unknown device appears. You can also leave it plugged in and restart you computer. Do you get the "bing, Bong" USB connection sounds?
 

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Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory? If so, can someone explain how this is possible? I thought that once you had deleted a file, that was it..?

A:Can i recover deleted files from an external hard drive?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Double


Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory


Not with certainty. It's hit and miss. Don't count on it.

"Deleting" in effect removes the file from the drive's "index" so it can't be found by standard means.

Specialized software may still be able to locate and recover the file if that space on the hard drive has not actually been overwritten and occupied by another file.

Recuva and GetDataBack are two such programs.

Some free software will tell you if the file can be recovered, but may make you pay to actually recover it.

The original file name may be lost.

Then there are professional data recovery services that examine the drive in a laboratory for a high fee--$1000 or more. Such services may have a higher degree of success.

I've fiddled with the free software a few times, but never had much luck.

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installing a new hard drive, i wanted to wipe my old drive clean and deleted my external
hard drive. I assume all that was deleted was the boot. I have already given it a letter so the system sees the hard drive but nothing else. PC inspector is running in the background trying to find the lost files, but i was wondering if theres anything else i can do.
 

A:Solved: Deleted external hard drive accidently

Might depend on how you deleted it. What type of wipe was it?
Probably the only thing you can try at this time is recovery programs but some are a little better at recovery depending on how the files were deleted or lost, but if the files were deleted in any sort of secure manner they may be gone for good.

GetDataBack (http://www.runtime.org/) would be another good one to try, and only need to pay for it if it can recover the data.
 

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Hi All

My external HDD has quite a lot of data contained in the system volume information folder. As system restore is not activate on this drive & the drive is used specifically for imaging purposes I take it the data relates to the Win indexing service.

As I am now using a third party search application can I now disable the windows search system & if the system is disabled will this by default empty the SVI folder.

Any relevant advice would be appreciated.

Cheers.

Ich

A:Disable & empty System Volume Info folder on external drive.

Windows Search stores nothing in System Volume Information.

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The System Volume Information folder is taking up about 18% of one of my 2 external hard drives. (I can't remember if I have actively programmed anything to be stored in that file.) In any event, is it safe to delete some of all of the files in that SVI folder?

Thanks much!

A:Is it Safe to Delete Contents of System Volume Info in External Drive

Basically the system volume folder is restore points. I wouldn't really recommened deleting it. It does a lot to keep your links in order. Also is you delete it you probable wouldn't be able to open some applications on it. You can turn off system restore under system settings in control panel. But this will stop restore for you computer also.

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