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

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

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 time ..

After Letting my Share program (DC++) took big share space on that disk today 1-there were people downloading from my disk and don't know why i did that
2-i used heavly that disk to tag & rename my music,
3-Also let windows seven index
4-and also let my dc++ indexes (my share)
I did these things at the same time disks was working.. My Downloads were happening another disk but it didnt help.. there were no any problems, im just suspicious about some virus worked on this corruption but i don't have enough clue to say that.. Seems overload processes made this corruption. Also one more mistake i made even i know shouldnt that there was a single folder with about 450 gb value in my musics as jukebox folder.. Also don't do that

normally i allow for download and upload only single disk for example 180 gb..

Anyway somehow after restarting my OS, i suddenly see half of my data was gone from 1 TB disk, and stupidly unlike other times (while using get data back) i tried to write a little amount from lost data to free space (on same disc) then immediately i gave up) but this time disk become unstable... Completly corrupted after restart (my restart reasons are immediate quit for suspicious virus etc. with using removal batch files becouse i )

SO as classic sorry to take ur time and

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

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.

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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 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!

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

"How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK ? Raymond.CC Blog"
How To Recover CHK Files Created by CHKDSK and SCANDISK

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Hello, yesterday I bought a Seagate Backup Plus Slim 2TB External Portable Hard Drive and after moving a lot of files on to it, the Used Space has remained at 619 GB, despite putting more files on it than that. When I remove files, the appropriate space is taken off - but whenever I add more files the usage always stop at 619 GB. Yet, whatever files I add past 619 GB show up on the drive and work appropriately.

I'm worried about the reliability of the drive (only started seeing negative reviews of the product after purchase) and I'm not sure what to do about this, as I can only return the drive for same kind of drive at the store. Any help would be much appreciated.

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Hey, My user profile was corrupted. Basically, windows ran an update whilst i was backing up and that corrupted my user account.

I have tried the methods on this forum to restore the account and have tried a system restore with no success. I wan't to keep the files from my user account but how can I access or recover them?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

A:Data recovery from corrupted profile?

can you do a system restore back a couple of days or no?

also Crucially if a profile is bad there are 3 things worth checking
a) Ensure the key name doesn't end in ".bad"
b) Ensure the RefCount value is 0
c) Ensure the State value is 0

under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\ProfileList

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Hey guyz!
Due to a program failuer (partition magic) some of the data are corrupted and some are deleted. By using PC inspector i could get almost all of them back but still some are corrupted. for example some JPGs and WAVs which are so so important to me!
by any chance do you know any program which can revover CORRUPTED files rather than try to undelete them???

this topic helped me out a bit but no one had correct answer to my problem!

Ill appreciate your help.

A:DATA recovery! (recover corrupted files)


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About 11 months ago I added an external LaCie Hard Drive 1TB to my system to be able to back up my C drive and to store my music files on (copy my cd collection). I partitioned into two drives J for the backup and M for the music. Over the past several months I have downloaded over 800 cd's to the M drive and it worked fine until recently where it showed as corrupted. I called LaCie and they advised that the hardware is probably ok as the computer still sees the J drive and associated volume. When I "explore" the computer it sees the M drive but there is no data (no total size or free space showing). When you click on it (the M drive) it gives the message that it is unavailable and corrupted. Lacie advised formatting the drive after attempting to recover the data (which they think is still there just corrupted). I suppose I could just format the drive and re-copy all the cd's but that took forever the first time, so I would like to try and recover them before I resort to that.

The error message reads "M is not accessable. The paremeter is incorrect" But, when I click the J partition of the same drive it shows the volume and available volume as normal. The music files were recorded using dbPowerAmp and saved in FLAC format. I also had a folder in M for converted files where I converted the FLAC files to Apple Lossless for use on my iPod. Again, this whole thing worked fine for 10 months (recording the cd's, being able to convert them to the ... Read more

A:Need help recovering corrupted data from external hard drive

You can try a Linux Live cd and plug the Ext HDD into the computer running the live CD and see if linux can get at them seems to be working great for me. Sounds more like your J: drive lost its partition bits and thats why its not working and why your M: drive still is. If the hard drive itself was starting to go bad I would think it would affect both partitons as a partition is just a logical split of the drive.

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I just transfered some data from Maxtor OneTouch II to my computer, but suddenly it stopped and showed raw datas. Then I restart the windows XP and tried to fix it when it booted up (it said that some of the files and chain files are truncated - I don't understand what that means to my data ) . So now, the external drive no longer show raw datas but a folder named found.000 filled with thousands of "chk" files and a file named &2&2.

I then tried the latest Powermax from Maxtor, but it turned out that Powermax doesn't detect external harddrive (Mine is USB2.0). So no luck there?

Is there anyway to recover the data back? Or am I pretty much out of luck and have to reformat the HD ?

A:External Maxtor OneTouch II 200G corrupted - How to recover the data?

Those check files can be opened in Notepad. Although as it is in fragments you only find some pieces of readable text. All this can be cut and pasted, but a laborious job. It could be transfered to desktop (if you have one) to run Powermax to see if that would have more success.

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I have a Western Digital MyBook ES 500 GB external hard drive (USB and eSATA interfaces) for data backups formatted from a Windows XP PC that I now use with my laptop running Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium. Recently my son connected it to his Apple PC and tried to create a partition to back up his files. Apparently this corrupted the partition table. I can no longer access any data on the hard drive. The drive does not appear in Computer but does appear in Device Manager and Disk Management.

I believe the problem is that the partition table (formatted for Windows) was modified by an Apple computer so that Windows can no longer tell what file system is on the partitions. My son is gone for a month and I no longer have access to his Apple computer so I can't plug the drive into an Apple computer to check if the drive gets detected.

I looked at the drive using:

1. Windows 7 Disk Management
2. Acronis Disk Director 11
3. EASEUS Partition Recovery (latest version)
4. Partition Wizard 5.2

None of them could do anything except delete or format the partitions. I saw no repair option or ability to mark the partitions as NTFS file system.

The partitions on my external drive are still there but no file system is shown for most of them. Acronis Disk Director shows the following information:

Disk 1 (GPT)
EFI 200 MB 200 MB Ba... Read more

A:Corrupted Partition Table on External USB Data Backup Drive

A big chunk is unallocated. Was some of your data there? If so try Partition Wizard Partition Recovery Wizard - Video Help.

See if PW can also run Partition Wizard Check File System which can recover some partitions that are not readable.

If not some success has been reported repairing the partition table using Disk Genius trialware: http://www.diskgenius.net/

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I'm attempting to get some data off of this older system. It's a Win2k machine. I have tried two separate external hard drives, which I know work, and both times, when I try to copy 20GB of photos, after it starts copying for a while, it says it failed because there is not enough disk space. But there is plenty of disk space. One was a brand new 500GB drive, and the other had over 100GB available.


A:Attempted to copy data onto External; Says not enough space where there is plenty

Run Disk Check from explorer on both drives.
A corrupted file can report incorrect file size.

Also use SpaceMonger to locate hidden large files (its free, download.com)

Try coping parts at a time. I gather you have sub-directories anyway?

A single bad file can put a stop to a multi-GB transfer of files

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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 made a backup of some very important files by useing drag and drop. I formated the disk and draged the files onto the disk in explorer. I tested it when I did it and the files where on there. Now when i insert the disk, it shows that the space on the disk is taken up but when i open the disk in explorer it shows no files? I can use cd roller and isobuster and the files are readable, but i cannot afford 40 bucks for this one time use. I think i may have double clicked the dvd rw drive e: too early and it started to format the disk? What do i do?

I am on windows vista home premium.

Manufaturer cd\dvd +rw drive

dell inspiron desktop 530s

A:Damaged Data dvd recovery. Drag drop dvd shows used space but not files are showing!

Thanks again techsupportforums.com! Your Great

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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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> 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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

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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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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 a larged data drive that failed a disk check. It stalls when starting stage two (I belive that is the verification of indexing). I have been able to back-up all of the folders except for a large folder of raw video. The PC locks up when I attempt to access/copy this folder (it appears to be part of the problem). I want to make an attempt to recover this data before reformatting the drive.

The check disk fails both at start up or if I run from the desktop both in regular and safe mode. Does anyone have tips for recoverying this data?

A:Data Recovery of data drive

You could try using a 98 boot disk and then run ntfsdos from there to access the ntfs partitions. Then try an xcopy of that file to another drive.

Another method could be to use Winrar to create a multipart archive and store it on another drive. This might chunk it up enuff.

Or boot to recovery console from the CD and then run chkdsk /r which marks any sectors that are corrupt as bad so they will not be used again, even after format. All take some time, but they are readily availalble fixes.

Alternatively, you could create an image of the drive and save that somewhere else, then run your drive manufacturers disk utility to check integrity of the disk.

Hope this helps

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Hi all, i am requesting some technical assitance in solving this issue.

i have a hard disk that has been recently affected by [email protected] virus and all the .doc and xls files have been reduced to 1kb irispective of their initial sizes and when you open the files you get this error; DATA Error [47 0F 94 93 F4 K5]

I would like to recover the affected files to their original state, i have searched the internet over and no one seems to have the solution documented

currently i am trying to download QuickView Plus (Version 8), i have tried all aplications i can come across, including recover my files, winhex, get data back for ntfs, and r-studio.

i am honestly intrested in documenting the solution to this problem, and am intrested in suggestins on the best way to approach this

looking forward to your favourable reply.


A:DATA Error [47 0F 94 93 F4 K5] Data Recovery

You will most likely need to restore those files from a backup. But don't do anything until you've made sure the virus is gone. Don't want to reinfect the files.

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Hello all,

My copy of Windows 7 Home Premium x64 on my laptop has been having some strange issues lately. I cannot run .msi files, and device manager never populates a full list. Sometimes (rarely, but it does repeat) Windows Explorer will freeze, and if I attempt to close it and reopen it using task manager, the UI reloads, but whenever I click on a folder it claims Windows cannot load explorer. Restarting fixes that. I scheduled and ran CHKDSK, and it repaired a few bad sectors, but it didn't fix any of these problems. I have run CCleaner (both the regular cleaner and registry fixer) and defragmented my hard drive until it's only 1% fragmented. I then tried sfc /scannow, and it read a bunch of corrupted files but could not repair them. I read that to fix sfc, you must download and run Windows System Update Readiness Tool. It has been running and "Searching for Updates on this Computer" for about an hour now, and I'm getting concerned that it's just not doing anything. It's not frozen, the bar keeps moving from left to right and I can click on and off of it. I also have the logs from sfc if anyone wants to take a look at them, they'll be attached. The computer isn't very old, and has an intel i3 and 4gb of ram. If you would like any extra information to help, please reply and I'll get back to you as fast as I can Any recommendations on where to go from here would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks so much for any and all help!

A:Many corrupted Windows7 files, SFC reads corrupted data but doesnt fix

Hi Qujibo,
First comment you said ran ccleaner REGISTRY cleaner, this is not advised, unless you know what your doing

If there is an UNDO backup from that utility RUN it.

SURT can quite easily run for a couple of hours.

There are a lot of Winsxs errors in your log.

AFTER surt has run


run the MXdiag report from this link
Windows Genuine and Activation Issue Posting Instructions

Was this OS only installed via sysprep a couple of days ago??


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Hi all,

I have recently changed motherboards and win xp will not load at all.

Whenever I switch my pc on, it powers up passes the POST and BIOS then a blue screen flashes up for about a second then the computer reboots. After the reboot the "Windows was not shut down properly, do you want to load in safe mode" screen appears, but after trying every mode the same cycle happens again and again. I tried to installing windows on my 2nd HD which worked but the main problem i'm having is recovering my files from my 1st HD. Whenever I try to open my user profile folder (I had other user accounts set up with passwords) from my 1st HD in the documents and settings folder I get access denied. The folder that my files are in show that it is empty and displays a size of 0k. If these files had been deleted I know for sure that my harddisk space would have increased but it has stayed the same. Is there anyway of getting into this folder (in 'Documents & Settings) and retrieving my data ?

Thanks for any help given.

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I have a problem regarding partition. my OS is Win XP Pro. i was merging two partition with partition magic on 1 disk and unexpectedly the electricity went off. i had a large number of data files on one of the partition i was merging. and you can guess the rest. it ofcourse didnt got merged and i cannot access my data files too... when i re-run the partition magic program, it just hangs up everytime i try to recover the files as it prompts me that it has marked the drive for safety. it doest show in dos or explorer .how can i recover them? please help! thanks in advance!

A:Data Recovery Problem!

Hello and welcome,

If the partition has been corrupted then you will need to use data recovery software to recover files. Can you load windows? Or can you use a spare system?

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I bought an external hard drive (Seagate Free Agent to go) and loaded my entire computer on it. (500GB). It was working fine. I may have made a mistake by simply just working within Seagate but I cannot open it as it says "cannot find external drive. Make sure your external drive is connected and turned on".What does this all mean? I bought a data recovery software called "GetBackData" which pulled the data from the Seagate - now I don't know where to put it and how to open the files. Anyone care to help me with this odd problem? I bought a flash drive (16gb) but I don't think that will hold all the files recovered. I truly need to recover my quickbooks for 2009 as all my tax stuff is in it. Please somebody help me?

A:Data Recovery Problem

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I've had my computer freeze twice already as I need to leave it on for aprox. 2 weeks for the program to fully recover everything. Is there a quicker way to do so? Perhaps a more efficient program?

A:Data recovery problem

what are you trying to recover? Just one/two files or the whole system?

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The problem that I am having is when I go to refresh the external data it doesn't. Why?? If I make changes in the accounting software and go to the excel page to "refresh all" the numbers do not change. Also the "refresh all" icon is the only one that is not grayed out. Am I missing a step?

A:Excel 2K External Data Problem

The only suggestion that I can think of is to make sure that you haven't still got the Accounting software open. Then try and refresh.

Alternatively, try it with it open - does that make a difference?

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