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External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

Q: External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

I booted up my Win 7 computer today and ChkDsk said my Ex HDD may have been corrupted and proceeded to delete some files. Those were some very important files - how can I get them back? (Video and Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 files)

I prefer free methods on this - I know I can buy software to do this, but I currently don't have the money. Or a very cheap method, if nothing else.

It's ironic that today was the day I was going to back up this drive.

Please help!

Preferred Solution: External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

A: External HDD data recovery - Chkdsk erased some data!!

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How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK

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Hi everyone..

My external USb Wd mybook box has 1 tb Seagate Sata 3 and i use original Wd disc as W7 installed... in My PC Case as sata II

Today my old problem appears again as Corrupted disc...
I have Get Data Back NTFS (and i used before plenty of times for recovery, loss data or unwanted deletions) but..

This time im stuck.. Becouse the disk i try to recover includes 870 gb (about) used disk space (only audio files) only 50gb (about) empty space... Thats too big for me to recover to other disks.. i don't have enough spaces that my other disks can handle..

I have about 300 gb FREE disk space in several disks or partitions include My thinkpad SL510 Notebook..
So my question is
wit keeping my lost data in corrupted disk first, can i take them slowly to this 300 gb spaces (i know i can) and after create somehow emty space (deleting those recovered 300 gb + 50 on corrupted disk) and
use that empty space for more recovery. ???? Or smilar solutions.. Becouse DISC PRICES IS HEAVY nowadays and really i'm out of budget with buying some
equipments upgrades..
Like creating slowly slowly some extra spaces (don't know how)

I know i look silly in situation becouse i know u should never write to same disc if you dont want to say goodbye to your files..

E-how happened (not necessary to read these part)

according my experiences Thats the mistakes... DOn't do those at the same tim... Read more

A:Data recovery problem, Can reach corrupted data but no external space.


Before you write more data or attempt to read data from the drive through Windows, I would suggest using a Live CD like SysRescueCD to boot from and access the HDD.

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I had two hard drives. One had some important data on it the other one had nothing. I opened up manage storage spaces and created a storage space with the two drives and it seems to have erased the data on the drive that had data on it. Any way to recover
this data easily?

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I need some advice on the best way to approach a data recovery operation.

The HD in question is my boot drive, Windows XP, 1 TB.

A few days ago I rebooted my computer and came back to see CHDSK had auto started it ran for a few hours, I left it unattended most of the time, but from what I saw it was reporting/fixing a lot of bad sectors, deleting corrupt attribute records and deleting index entries. There was a LOT of activity.

Please don't ask if I have a recent backup... answering that question will only cause me a great deal of embarrassment and self-loathing

On completion it rebooted to the Windows login screen, after logging in I got a windows explorer error message and my desktop was blank and the only thing it was possible to do was open Task Manager (couldn't even open the Start menu). I rebooted into Safe Mode, got the windows explorer error again. I rebooted again and tried starting up using Last Known Good Configuration but this triggered CHDSK again after which it was no longer possible to boot to the Windows Login screen, I get a Blue Screen registry error. I tried using the Win XP disc to attempt a repair installation but this too gave a registry error.

At this point I realised (probably later than I should) that I was doing more harm than good and stopped, the computer has been off since then.

So now I am in data recovery mode and want to make sure I have as much info as possible before doing anything! Priority 1 is to recover as many files a... Read more

A:Data Recovery help needed, Win XP CHKDSK errors

HiWe can make a boot CD that will allow us to take a closer look at the drive. We need to see if there is any damage recorded by the SMART settings and we need to see if it is formatted as a FAT filesystem or NTFS.Download the PartedMagic ISO for your computer (you probably need the one labeled "Most people will only need this file") ask me if you aren't sure.Instructions for making a Boot CDIf you don't already have CD Writing software, download and install Infrarecorderand place a blank CD in your CD writer then run InfrarecorderClick WRITE IMAGENavigate to the PartedMagic ISO that you downloaded and click the OPEN buttonClick the OK button and it should burn your CD. When it is done it will automatically eject the CD and you can close Infrarecorder, you can now use this CD to boot your computer.Instructions For Booting From The CDIf you have any trouble booting from the CD let me know the manufacturer/model of your computer and I'll help.When you boot the computer that has the bad drive connected to it with the PartedMagic CD that you made a menu will pop up, please select1. Default Settings (Runs from RAM)When it finishes booting you will notice that it looks kind of like a Windows desktop. The button in the lower left works like the START button in Windows XP and allows you to select and run various programs or shutdown the computer. To make things easy, I'll just refer to this as the START button.Check SMART status of driveAfter PartedMagic loa... Read more

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Hi all,

I must find a solution to this problem. I'll try and explain as best I can.

I had a PS3 with a 320GB HD inside - my PS3 broke and I need to get the data off this disc. It contains video of my new baby girl and photos that are very important to me.

So - I bought a 2.5inch SATA external HD enclosure, fixed the HD inside and plugged into my PC thinking I could just copy the data across. But my PC will not recognise the drive. I think I need to format the drive before it is recognised but obviously that isn't an option.

Can somebody please help me out here?

A:Data Recovery from external disc

Hi - is there anybody that could help please?


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To make a very long story short I have an acomdata ext. hard drive that has in someway failed. Anytime I connect it to a computer it can't be read. If you would like any background data on the steps that me and another member took to try and get the drive recognized you can look here:


In that link is all the data and product specs that you would need. Now on to the real reason for this thread. I would like to take this ext. hard drive apart and I am not really sure how to that. I hope that somebody on here may have some experience with this hard drive, but im not holding my breath. I did however find a link to a very similar HD.

http://www.gearhack.com/myink/ViewP...ridDrive External Hard Drive Disassembly.html

I read a little bit about the process and I already have questions. I think i will save those questions for when we actually get to those steps. I will get started on taking it apart and see if anyone has anything to add in.

Thanx for the help

A:Need help disassembling a USB external HD + data recovery

Your link looks sufficient. I've got 4 external enclosures hooked up to several computers. The principle is the same in them all. If your enclosure is like the one shown then it is real simple. Ignore all the wires plugged into the green PCB because you don't need to disconnect any of them. Once you get to the point where you can see the drive itself, you may need to remove 4 screws from the bottom (also shown in your link). Then the drive will slide out a few millimeters away from the PCB and can be lifted out.

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Hi. I'm new here and saw some posts that lead me to believe this may be the place I will finally receive answers to this problem. I apologize for the bold text in title (moderators), but i'm in dire need -- it's an external hard drive data issue.

A. I own a brand new Mac Pro - OSX, a Dell Laptop - XP Windows (NTFS Format), and a Playstation 3 Entertainment System - PS3 (no further OS - format unknown).
B. I own a 1 TB Western Digital External Hard Drive, just bought about 5 months ago. It worked fine between my Laptop and PS3 for some time until one day (and till this day) only my PS3 can read it.
C. I didn't want to reformat the my external because I have important files that aren't media based - thus being that the PS3 only reads basic media based files (video, pics, audio).
D. Although my PS3 recognizes all of the folders within my external, I cannot compress them to be sent elsewhere so that I may reformat... and the web servers available to my PS3 only read media files to be transferred among my computers.
E. My external isn't damaged, no buzzing or humming sounds, it works fine and lights up as it should. I just cannot access it by conventional means. I have a warranty!
F. My Warranty with Western Digital does not cover this issue, I tried. They offered to replace the External if it is damaged, but it's not. They even said the cause may be corrupted files. This may be true cause I manually deleted a couple of them thr... Read more

A:I need help pleease.. External data recovery!!!

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hi, this is my first post here so i hope im in the right place.
(mods, please move if not)

so my desktop recently bit the dust (apparently due to a known motherboard issue for which hp doesnt want to give me a replacement, but thats another story).

i should be getting my new laptop tomorrow, and i'm wondering if i can pull the hard drive from the desktop, pop it into an external drive enclosure, and copy the data onto the laptop. both systems are vista, though the desktop was 32 and the laptop is 64.
any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Data recovery using external enclosure?

Yes, you can.
You must buy the right external enclosure for your hard disk type (IDE or SATA).


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I am attempting to connect a SATA HD to my mobo which doesn't have a SATA connection in an attempt to recover data that is on the HD. Is this even possible and if so Is there some kind of converter that I can purchase to make the connection to the mobo possible?

A:Attempting data recovery from an external HD

On ebay they sell SATA-USB conector from $9 you have to take the power from your power source to get the power to the disc.

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I am just try to figure out some thing which works best out of these two. As recently have gone through a recovery company Stellar Data Recovery http://www.stellarinfo.co.in/company/company.php . And after surveying i found companies proving software also.
The services paid more isnt it?  but the recovery is maximum. what you think?

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I have a Dell Dimension 8400 that we no longer use. The last time I used it it was giving me the blue screen of death upon startup. It would not even start windows before BSD. I have a ton of family photos and data on it. So, someone mentioned that I could possibly pull the HD out, mount it in an external disc enclosure, and then access the pictures and data I want to recover. Sounds easy and reasonable to me. How about you Guys? What do you think? Thanks., Dan

A:Data Recovery: Conversion of Internal HD to External HD

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So I posted earlier about how I forgot the password of my Western Digital MyBook Essentail 2.0 harddrive.

I gave up, and pursued another option. Data recovery. I read that basically when data gets deleted, it just loses it's tag, so it can be replaced by something else. Therefore, if you delete your data, but never read/write on the drive, you should be able to recover many/all the files you lost.

If you enter the password wrong 4 times on the Smartware that comes with the MyBook, it gives you the option to erase your drive, losing all your data, but enabling you to access the drive again. It wipes it basically. I also think it reformatted it too, as it used to be in what Macintosh calls it, "ms dos" format or something (probably fat right?) It was in a format so it could be read/writable on both macs and pc's.

So I took the risk and went for it. I erased the drive after typing in what i wished was my password but wasn't 4 times.

Now I am trying to find software that I might be able to use to fix this predicament I'm in. At the moment, I am going to go to bed, and leave test disk running. It's quick scan only found two partitions, some efs thing that I didn't recognize, and mac hfs.

I think I watched on youtube this guy demo'd test disk and the name of his partition showed up too. I named my harddrive yonbanme. I didn't see anything like that pop up (now, the harddrive's name is reset to WD1100 or something, it'... Read more

A:data recovery on an external hard drive: please help

Sometimes you can recover data and sometimes you cannot. You are correct in that when you do a normal delete, you are really just removing the references to the file in the MFT or if fat32, the FAT.

Since it did format, and there was some type of security, it may have done a secure type of format or erase of the data. It may still be possible to recover data however it is most likely going to have to go to a data recovery shop. Prices for this are NOT cheap. Here a very basic data recovery costs $100 plus whatever media it used to copy the data. Prices go way up from there.

It does you little good now however we have a saying; "Data you do not have at least two copies of is data you do not care about" With an image backup of the data files, this would be a no brainer to fix. New drive and restore the data; done.

You have learned a valuable lesson regarding backups; hopefully it did not cost you too much data.

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I bought this drive years ago or rather I received as a gift, details aside the thing broke and I'm having one tiny issue before I can install its guts and save the remainder of my data.

I've read similar issues on other forums with what is more than likely the same product and found a few conspicuous details. It's a 1Tb drive made up of two 500Gb WD HD's installed in a Raid 0 format.
The Primary Master within the case is in a continuous start-up cycle. I.E. Spin up, click twice, reset. so assuming I can get the freezer trick to work long enough I should be able to clean it no problem.

The problem I DO have is pretty pathetic by comparison.
I checked the BIOS and the broken drive is recognized as PM while my actual main drive is only 3M. Could this be preventing Windows from normal start-up? If so how do I Change the M/S setting on a Sata drive so the broken drive is recognized as a slave instead and how do I Change the setting on my main Sata drive to read Primary Master rather than 3rd Master

The second drive is a non-issue it seems, as it's recovering fine as I type this, but I May have to recover them simultaneously as a virtual Raid if the data is split in some f'd way as well. Either way, only the one drive is giving me problems at the moment.

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I can no longer read from my external hard disk drive. I hear the drive making noise, but the removable disk drive does not show up on my computer directory anymore. I believe the drive has failed. The data on the drive is very important. Is there a way I can still retrieve it?


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A:Data Recovery from External Disk Drive

Do we have to be so literal? 2 screws will let you peek at the hard drive. To get it out of the enclosure to do anything useful with it is going to take a lot more. But finding the video on youtube was excellent work. I was referring to LaCie drives as the ones that can be a real bear to get into.  And here is a site showing in pictures how to use the ide to usb adapter just like the one I have, and recommend. pictures One big pointer to emphasize is the the ide hard drive should be jumpered master or it may not work right.

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I have an external data range importing data (Access DB via file DSN) into an Excel spreadsheet.
My problem is date/currency fields in Access do not format properly after refreshing. Most of the time the fields default to a general.

Any ideas?

A:External Data Range Imported into Excel-Data Format

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Hi SevenForums!

First time posting here so thanks in advance for any help offered to this noob!

Have read over the tutorial thread started by @Jumanji "Windows 7: Regain a lost drive using Test Disk - An Illustrated Guide" which was very informative and gave me hope that I might find assistance here for the issue I've encountered.

Base issue:
HDD no longer showing data / partition. Listed as Disk 2 in the Disk Management screenshot attached.

Suspected cause:
Loss of power to external HDD enclosure due to pet rabbit attacking power cable. (Have read that rabbits see wires as roots that are encroaching upon their warren, and actively "trim" them as to keep the warren tidy. )

Current status:Have removed the drive from the external closure and have installed it as a standard HDD. As you can see from the Disk Management screenshot attached, the drive is recognized and shows up as "Unallocated" and "Not Initialized"
Using Test Disk to attempt partition recovery; see attached screenshot. Currently in progress and showing some very cryptic output. Has taken over 48 hours to reach 93% analysis complete.

Unsure of next steps; please advise.

As I said, thanks in advance for any suggestions. Really appreciate the contributions on this site so far and will endeavor to update this with what works (or does not work ) for me!

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> I took this drive to the Geek Squad and they checked it, actually, disassembled it
Inside most "external" disk-drives is a standard "internal" disk-drive.
An "internal" disk-drive has two major components -- the electronics & I/O adapter, and the "spinning" part.
The electronic components can easily be separated and replaced.
But, the difficulty is in finding an identical (or nearly so) component from the same manufacturer, to replace any "fried" electronics.
The "spinning" part was sealed in a "clean-room", to preserve the recording surfaces and the electric motor that spins the recording surfaces.
So, if they disassembled it, and connected the disk-drive as an "internal" disk-drive,
and their computer could not detect the disk-drive, then the electronics have been damaged.
If the electronics is OK, maybe it's the motor that spins the disk-drive that has failed.
> told me that the only way to recover the information within the disk is to send it to a special room (pure air room)
> and extract the disk and assemble it on another drive case. 
They probably are correct -- in a "clean-room" the recording-surfaces can be extracted from within the "sealed" container, and mounted into another container, just surviving long enough to copy all your data files onto a brand-new disk-drive.
A commercial "data-recovery-surface" can do the two "levels":
* replacing the electronics plate -- probably not too ex... Read more

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Can i recover my data after full format the hard disk on windows 7?

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Dear Friends.
Hope this finds you well!
I'm not certain this is in the best forum, but it is a Windows 7 computer
I was trying to do another sets of DVD's from existing MP4 files from a SanDisk Ultra 32GB card. These would then be used with DVD Flick and ImgBurn to make the DVD's. The first(2) DVD's worked well but somehow a few of the files were not copied entirely. So, I was redoing these again to make certain I had ALL the files for the next (2) DVD's.
These are files my older brother entrusted to me for me to convert them to a DVD format. They are files of his daughters nearly entire basketball season [frames] of about 70 files and were sentimental to him and his daughter.
I feel personally responsible to correct this if it is at all possible!? It could get ugly
It was an honest error on my part as I mistakenly deleted what was titled Video 100 on the SanDisk which contained all these MP4 files. I didn't realize I was removing them from the SanDisk. I'm hoping there is a free date recovery app I could use for this one application so that an expensive license would not be required!?
Thank You in advance for your care, compassion and cooperation. I'm stuck in the mud...
Very Truly Yours,
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo CPU P8400 @ 2.26GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 23 Stepping 10
Processor Count: 2
RAM: 3983 Mb
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel(R) 45 Express Ch... Read more

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Yoga 2 11 (Lenovo) Serial Number: YB******** Machine Type Model: 80CX59445810
Motherboard crashed and I need to get the data off the hard drive.  However, Lenovo apparently uses some proprietary connection that no repair service can connect to.  It does not just plug into normal hard drive interface devices.  How can I get all of my data from this hard drive??
Moderator note: serial number removed to prevent abuse.

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i have a scSi disk 36.4GB, i lost information from it and tried to recover with other recovery softwares to no avail finally i got winhex & got the professional licence.

i can now be able to see all the information on the 1 whole NTFS partition, but the problem is that i can't be able to recover it.
when ever i open the logical drive i can see all the information and most of the information is stack up in a "free space" which is around 33gb which i can be able to see has all the information that i need.
i have tried to recover the free space but its only copied to the location that i specify and no recoveries are made.
recovering the files by type/ name has bore no fruits.

a freind told me i have to curve out that area and use data extractors to get the information out of that area (freee space).

the information in that drive are sql data bases and zip files. whats the header for sql.

what techniques do i use to curve out that space and be abele to extract the information, for i can even read the information in text format.

which are the data extractors available in the market

kindly assist its quite urgent i get this information out

A:data extractors / sql header [Hard Drive data recovery]

I don't know where this thread properly belongs -- but I suspect the question may be too esoteric for most here.

Since it involves data recovery from a hard drive I'm going to move it to Hardware, I think "all other software" is not likely to have anyone with this type of experience.

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Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which
one would you choose or which one did you choose? I want to purchase a serious data recovery program for personal business use.

A:Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which

you can try the trial of both products which give you a taste of what the programme is like  

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Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which
one would you choose or which one did you choose? I want to purchase a serious data recovery program for personal business use.

A:Minitool Power Data Recovery or Runtime Get Data Back, which


Both are good programs and i would recommend purchasing both ( if you can afford ). Both has it's own pros and cons.
"GetDataBack" is good at virtual reconstruction of damage/unrecognizable file systems but i personally found it weak at recovering image files. It recovers images but most of them seems to be corrupted in my testings. Also you need to purchase seperate versions for FAT and NTFS ( GetDataBack simple is garbage ).

On the other hand, "Power data Recovery" works with both FAT and NTFS and it is better at recovering image files. Another proven tools is "R-Studio" which has quiet good reputation among DR professionals. It's user interface is not newbie friendly but has lot's of options which no other tools offers.

Data Recovery from an External Disk with a Damaged File System

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I have erased data from my CD RW by accidently using the quick erase feature in Ahead Nero burning software, Is the any software out there to recover the data.



A:Data Erased

Until someone comes along with a definite answer for you have a look at the below link:


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I have run into a big problem on my External HDD. I can't access it, it tells me "The Disk Structure is Corrupt And Unreadable" After a bit of digging around I found out the Master File Table is corrupt. I've tried a few Data Recovery Programs over the last few days and I had a bit of success with Recuva. However, I have a way to many small files on that drive, ranging from textures copied 50 times in different folders from old Animation projects to final products. I a lot of my past work is on that drive and would be lost if I can't recover it. Recuva is good, but the structure of the hard drive is gone, it's a ridiculously long list of files and I can't know if it's important or not. Is there any way to recover my files in such a way I can see the folders? I would know which ones were important, and which ones weren't. and I did not have to waste days recovering an absurd amount of files I don't need and spend even more days trying to go through them all and find which ones I need to save.
Thank you for your time I hope someone can help!

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Problem: I suspect my external hard drive is old/worn out.

Symptoms: Device manager recognizes it as a USB device under Hard Disk, but disk management calls it unknown and not initialized.
No drive letter is shown under my computer. When I plug in the hard drive I would hear it spinning up and than quickly down, than spinning up again and going back down until it finally just idles.

Goal: Try to recover my jpgs, doc, and txt files.

Specs: FantomDrives 500GB 3.5'' model number TFD500U16 (had it for about a year and a half now)
It had an NTFS partition and no special software was used to maintain the external hard drive, nor was an operating system installed on it. Just basic files.
if it matters, My computer is a windows Vista home basic on a acer aspire 3050 laptop.

How it happened: just before I left for work, i had things downloaded STRAIGHT to the hard drive. When I get home, it seems someone in the household unplugged everything to move the laptop. Since than the drive has crashed. However, even before this I noticed strange behavior like it would just stop being recognized as a hard drive in the middle of copying a 30GB file, but at that time it was on a mac so I assumed it may have just been operating system differences with the NTFS partition.

Self Attempts: I've tried the drive on multiple computers as well as on macs. No new drive appears.
I've also tried a program called TestDisk but the program only saw my internal hard drive and nothing el... Read more

A:External hard drive crashed, anyway data recovery program?

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I have a latop that seems to have an overheared motherboard.
I removed it's internal HDD and made it an external HDD of a laptop I bought to replace it.
My new Laptop sees the external HDD but I can not access the documents/pictures/programs, yet the laptop acknowledges the data.
I am running Windows XP on both but the original laptop requested a password for the user.
I am not sure where the problem is.
Any suggestions?

Regarding the overheating, the heatsink was blocked with a wad of LINT.
The laptop will not boot up and basically the led indicators slowly light up and then turn off when I try to boot up.
I am not sure of it is the power connection/fuse(?), something on the mother board, or chip. I did notice a few days before the final crunch that the graphics were distorted.


A:Solved: Data recovery from external drive and overheated laptop

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I am sorry if this is a wrong section to post this in. I really need help. I accidently erased all files from DVD RW disk. Can anything be done to recover it? Thank you.

A:Can I recover erased data from DVD RW?

I would suspect not! But take a look at this link, a friend recovered data from CD's that for some reason started to lose data.http://www.softwarepatch.com/tips/howto-file-recovery.html

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Hi, all.

It looks like I accidentally erased a CD-RW that had some personal information backed-up onto it. hehe

1. Is it possible to recover data from an erased CD-RW?

2. If so, is there some software that is recommended for the job?

It would take me quite a while to find some of the information elsewhere; so, I'm just trying to save some time here.

Your input is much appreciated!

A:Recover data from erased CD-RW

I found this on a Google search. May give it a go.

Recover a Quick erased CD RW
If anyone has any personal experience with this situation, would love to hear what you have to say.

Thanks again.

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I'll make this quick, First, I am new to these forums so forgive me if I am not following protocol for posting on here. My dilemma is this: I had a friend send me a video he made on Windows Movie Maker which I tried to save on my computer. When I tried to move it to my desktop, I selected that it be moved into a zipped folder( which I honestly didn't know what that meant) and when I tried to erase the folder and start over, all my information, saved papers, documents, music, etc, was straight erased off my laptop. Even on Internet explorer all my favorites were erased. I have no idea what I did or what I could've done to prevent but I need help. I had a lot of important stuff that was erased and I would love to know how to either recover it, or prevent this from ever happening again. I appreciate any and all responses. Thanks.

A:Data and information erased

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I was installing mandrake and I forgot to remove my secondary drive while installing mandrake on a foreign drive by pluggin it in where my primary drive would be.

I installed mandrake on the foreign drive and put everything back together.

Now XP shows my secondary drive which I accidentaly left plugged in while installing mandrake as empty. It says its unformatted. This is messed up.

Years of music and family pictures where in that drive someone plz help.

Did mandrake format that drive as well?

Can I use some prog to recover the data?

A:Recover erased data

Hi There!

There are a couple programs that can recover data but you're gonna pay for it because they aren't cheap.

You might try searching out a "Data Recovery" company and for a fee, then can most likely get everything back.
Good Luck!


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I accidentally erased a cdrw which contained a very complicated original musical composition. Is there a way to restore the file ? Thanks, Treesha

A:Can data from erased cdrw be restored ?

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I have a 30 GB apple ipod. Today i attached it to my computer and downloaded some music. I kept it on charge attached to the computer. After 1 hour, it made a beeping sound and the system did not recognise the ipod. The battery was fully drained out. Later, i charged it through a power outlet & loaded itunes on another system. On attaching the ipod to this system itunes gave me the following errors:
The file or directory/ipod_control/itunes/itunes DB is corrupt and unreadable. Please run chk dsk utility (check disk utility)"
It also said the following error :
"The file or directory ipod/ipod_control/Artwork/Artwork DB is corrupt and unreadable"
On ejecting the ipod i discovered to my horror that all my DATA IS ERASED.
When i copy new music to my ipod it copies but the ipod does not show any songs

What has gone wrong & help would be greatly appreciated.

Please help

A:ipod data erased. i'm depressed. Plz Help

Awww come on guys i am a little desperate here please help inj any way possible

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Ok, my data was completely erased or at least i hope not. when I was scanning for a rootkit with gmer.exe, all of a sudden it said on the side bar that all my data for local drive C was lost and it shutdown on me. All i was doing was doing step 6-9 for Preparation Guide For Use Before Using Malware Removal Tools and Requesting Helpwhich was for to get help with the redirect virus. now everytime i turn it back on there is no device to boot. I knew i had the google redirect virus and a rootkit that did not want to be found. i tried to scan for rootkits with spyware doctor but all i got was error messages. When I used gmer.exe the scan wouldn't finish and when i tried to scan it again with gmer.exe that's when hell broke loose, my entire computer gone with an instant. Is my data still retrievable? I know there must have been a hacker. Even though my data is loss do they still have access to my data? do i have to go to the extent of changing our social security number? right now im worried about my personal information. i am changing all my passwords now. im not sure what kind of root kit it was but all i know is that is started with damn redirect virus. is there any advice or information anyone can give me? i will take any answer PLEASE. For anyone with the redirect virus NEVER ASSUME just because the symptoms are gone that you are fine. get a very indepth analysis from a professional. i don't know how they were erase my data, i hope its still retrievable for me and ... Read more

A:data erased - boot device

Hello, while I can give no guarantee, we can at least try and see if things can be fixed. Try this please. You will need a USB drive.Download GETxPUD.exe to the desktop of your clean computerRun GETxPUD.exeA new folder will appear on the desktop.Open the GETxPUD folder and click on the get&burn.batThe program will download xpud_0.9.2.iso, and upon finished will open BurnCDCC ready to burn the image.Click on Start and follow the prompts to burn the image to a CD.Remove the USB & CD and insert it in the sick computerBoot the Sick computer with the CD you just burnedThe computer must be set to boot from the CDGently tap F12 and choose to boot from the CDFollow the promptsA Welcome to xPUD screen will appearPress FileExpand mntsda1,2...usually corresponds to your HDDsdb1 is likely your USBClick on the folder that represents your USB drive (sdb1 ?)Press Tool at the topChoose Open TerminalType the following and press enter:

dd if=/dev/sda of=mbr.bin bs=512 count=1

Press EnterAfter it has finished a file will be located on your USB drive named mbr.binRemove the USB drive and insert it back in your working computer and navigate to mbr.bin, zip it up and attach it to your next reply.This will allow me to have a look at the MasterBootRecord of your drive and see if it is infected.

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I have erased my CDRW with nero and now i need that data back. Can I retrieve it? I really want it! Thanks.

A:erased CDRW now want data back

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First of all, I did not do anything I wouldn't normally do with my computer. I did however recently update all my drivers/service pack1 because I was having problems which were resolved. (computer wouldn't hibernate, antivirus failed)

Today I turned my Toshiba laptop on, and It announced that it was configuring updates. I let it run and boot up, and my personal data is totally gone. Programs, things of that nature are intact, but anything else was erased. How could this happen? Is this a hard drive failure? Help?

A:Personal data totally erased.

I don't think your hdd has failed if everything is intact on the drive minus your personal data. What exactly do you mean when you say your antivirus failed? How did you resolve the failure? Have you since scanned your machine?

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I have 2 problems, mine is recovering data from a DVD-R & a friend is looking for my help in recovering data from a "corrupted" Flash Drive.

I was burning data on a DVD-R multiple sessions disk when my Burner crapped out while using Nero. I now have a new Burner & when I go back into this disk I can only read data from my 1st session when I compare the #s from Nero's disk info tool, however it also shows that session 5 is still open?? but I cannot read anything from sessions 2, 3 & 4. Looking around I spotted CD Recovery Tool Box Free 1.1.7 is there anything more recent and or better that would let me try to recover the data on this disk. The data in session 5 is still on my HD but I would like to be able to recover the data in the other sessions, worst possible case even just the file names would be a small plus.

Now for the Flash Drive. It is a Lexar 8 Gig & what supposedly happened is that Peter lent it to a fellow employee so he could extract some data (probably a mistake). When he got it back a few minutes later & tried to use it all he got was a message that it was corrupted. As it has all of his product codes, phone numbers & personal sales data for the last year he is really desperate to try & recover the data. He does not have a computer of his own, so he has no backup (another bad idea). He has gotten a new Flash Drive a Sony 8 Gig, but I have told him that he better go out & get a 2nd one to use as a back... Read more

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover it...my friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover it...my friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Please do not post duplicates. With patience, you should get a reply to your post within 24 hours.

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I have been using a Kingston 1gb data traveler to store work however as I was saving my word document to go home Word 2007 crashed and restarted itself, it did not however bring up any autorecover options. I therefore thought everything was ok and pulled out the USB. When I tried to plug this in again it says 'USB device not recognized' This device may have malfunctioned etc. It then proceeds to install the USB as an unknown device and appear like this in the device manager.

I desperately need to recover this data, I was designing a website and had 25 pages of text on the USB stick.

What I've Tried

Plugging the USB in another machine. This bought up exactly the same error

Downloading a Data Doctor Recovery Pen Drive tool. This however did not recognise a USB as being in the system and thus did not work.

Is there anything I can do to rescue this data?

P.s. I use Vista 32-bit Business.

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I have a 300gb Maxtor Drive partitioned into 4 drives...the OS on the hd was Windows Vista...While i was reinstalling XP i accidently formatted the whole drive because it didnt show the rest of the partitions on the screen...by the time i realized what i just did it was already 5% formatted...so i decided to stop it by turning off my computer...

i was wondering if the data (music, files, pictures, etc etc) is still recoverable...if so, what are the necessary steps that i should take to recover it...my friend sent me OnTrack 6.3 EasyRecovery Pro and i went out and bought Search and Recover 4...should i do a clean format on the drive and then run a data recovery software or should i run the software with the drive being 5% formatted...

if someone can lead me in the right direction i would greatly appreciate it...thanks


A:Data Recovery Lost Data from format

Don't know of any freeware ...
But I know someone who has recovered all of his data from a formatted drive using ..

I know he tried some others ... but this one worked.

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My dad called an said that last night several updates were downloaded and when shutting down the PC the system apparently installed them.

This morning when he booted up the PC he said all user data was deleted, emails, desktop icons I imagine it looks like it does if one had created a new user account and then logged in with that account. As far as I can tell he is still logged in with the same account name and there are no other accounts to choose from.

any ideas with this one?


A:win 7 update apparently erased user data

No chance a Windows Update did that.....more likely, it's a malware infection, which is very prevalent these days. It makes everything on the desktop and Start Menu Hidden.

I would advise visiting our Malware forum on here and following the instructions for posting pertinent logs.

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I unexpectedly deleted a partition, now i want to recover data from it. Please help me !! The data is really crucial for me. Thank you all!

A:Recover data of an anallocated partition that was unexpectedly erased

If you've not formatted or overwritten it, but only deleted it, then I would run Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

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hi my frenz....i am trying to re install the window 7 with the system image disc. but i have a confusion that when i reinstall then only c drive data will be erased or my D and E drive data will also be erased?so please suggest me......

regards thank you

A:which drives data will be erased when installed with system image

When going to restore a full system image backup of the main drive if that was the only drive included in the image you select the drive it will be restored to. The drive selected will be wiped clean in order to unpack the image there and not touch anything on any other drive.

There are two ways to see C restored. 1) Simply go into the Control Panel>Backup & Restore section and select the "Recover system settings on your computer" option just as if you were going to use the System Restore feature but instead select the "Advanced recovery methods" option found on the next screen.(refer to image attached)

Once there you will see the two options for restoring a system image or the need for the 7 installation dvd. Once you select the System image option you may have to browse to the WindowsImageBackup folder depending on where it was originally saved to especially any drive letters were changed inbetween.

2) The second option is seen when booting live from the 7 dvd or USB Install Key many use and right as you reach the Install Now screen look below that button for the repair tools. One of the repair options will be the one for restoring an image backup.

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Hi, Is there a software to recover data from a DVD-RW which has been quick formatted / quick erased?

Please help, DVD-RW had my brothers holiday pics/family pics, need to recover by the end of the week before he finds out.

Thanks in advance.

Note: I installed isobuster, but it shows a blank DVD-RW has been inserted. when i right click i cant click on anything, except for properties which is highlighted. Any help or suggestions on how to recover the data would be appreciated. TY

A:recover data from DVD-RW - accidently quick erased disc, help plZ!!!

How to recover a Quick erased CD-RW or DVD-RW

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