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STAY3000102

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0056YNA1Q/ref=oh_details_o02_s00_i00

The reviews were shoddy half of them were good, half were bad complaining about data gone.

Reading from the reviews, it sounded like the data disappeared due to faulty ventilation where the hard drive gets hot.

I live in San Fran were its VERY cold even in my room so I bought it under the assumption I can keep it cool.


Now I was using it last night, then I plug it in this morning low and behold windows say, Windows must format this harddrive before use.

wow just wow really I was using it a few hours ago no idea how this happened.

I would like to know if theres any program or resources that I can use to salvage my data on this hard drive.

This may very well be my last seagate purchase I make. I think the hard drive still works its just missing all my data...?


Hope someone has some advice, anything would be good please thanks.
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I don't know why someone would buy something like that especially after such a bad rating.

Anyway, most commercial data recovery software are practically the same thing and run off the same set of techniques for rescuing information. It's just a question of how much do you want to spend. Data Rescue PC3 is a particularly good one, but this link compares them.

These are the best commercial options for self-use. Then there are the companies which will do data recover for you, and of course that costs far more.

Unless there were some seriously important documents on that thing(you should always have a back up lol), i would just send it back and maybe see if you can use the cash as store credit for something else, or worst case get a replacement of course.

Good luck
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Try running TestDisk on the drive. Maybe it can locate the missing partition and rewrite the partition table so that it reappears?

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

Just recently after a BSOD I had a drive show up as a 2MB FAT16 partition. I thought for sure it was toast, but I fired up TestDisk anyway. It spat out a whole bunch of errors and warnings about partitions overlapping and stuff. I skipped past them, scanned, located my partitions, and then rewrote the partition table. Fixed. thumb.gif

Absolutely invaluable software. (Although I did have a backup, so if my drive was toast, it wouldn't have been the end of the world.)
     
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Thanks guys, I tried the hard drive resuce programs that ddnt work, I am trying to use testdisk, I go to analyze is it supposed to take eons? I left it on overnight it was only at 41% and it generated a log file as large as my remaining hard drive space? It was unable to find any paritions at 41% search which took 8 hours.


Am I doing this right?
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Thanks guys, I tried the hard drive resuce programs that ddnt work, I am trying to use testdisk, I go to analyze is it supposed to take eons? I left it on overnight it was only at 41% and it generated a log file as large as my remaining hard drive space? It was unable to find any paritions at 41% search which took 8 hours.


Am I doing this right?
It should find the partitions pretty quickly... if it hasn't, then something may be wrong with the controller in the enclosure. You could try removing the drive from it, hooking it up directly to your PC, and then checking if any partitions show up?

It took about 5 seconds to find the partitions on my drive. I spent more time thoroughly reading every screen.
     
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Chances are the controller has the issue, if the data just disappeared. I would do as Kramy suggests, remove the drive from the enclosure and connect it directly to your system before attempting any recovery.

A full scan, if necessary, will take a very long time on a 3TB drive; several hours.

In the future, I suggest buying a drive and enclosure separately, so you can get the best components independently.
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