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HDD disconnected while system live , now drive cannot be accessed anymore :'(

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Hi there ,

Thinking it was ok , while the system was live , I disconnected a 320 gb harddrive and rebooted , then placed another drive on that SATA channel.
After I tried to put the 320 gb drive back , my system will not even start up and gets stuck in boot.
When I manually try to add the 320gb drive as an external drive , the system requires it to format before continue.
I need to backup the files :"(

Any smart ways of doing this , before I got the drive to show up again , but some folders were missing and some folders were inaccessible
something about the directory being damaged or etc.

Please help for this ,
I haven't tried yet to reinstall windows or try the drive on another system , not sure if it would make a difference .

thanks so much

Ralph
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The computer had not finished writing needed data to the HDD before you unplugged it. If you were lucky only a few files would have been corrupted, but, alas, you are not a lucky person. Basically the drive is FUBAR. It won't work again until it is reformatted, and yes, all the data will be gone.

The good news, well, the news anyway is that there are file recovery programs that may get all or some of your files back. I'm sure others will chime in, or you can start a new thread and ask about them.

Need I say GOT ANY BACKUPS?
Edited by billbartuska - 8/17/13 at 5:21pm
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The FS is corrupted most likely. If you need the data, grab yourself something like R-Studio and scan the drive. Or it could be the drive is just dead and requires data recovery.
 
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post #4 of 5
    Connect the drive as an external drive (so your computer can boot).

    If the drive shows up in Explorer, but "needs to be formatted," then run Recuva in Deep Scan mode.  Make sure that you also enable "Restore folder structure" so that your files will be restored to their folders, and not all flat in one folder.  You will have to restore the data to a different disk.

    If the drive shows up in Explorer, but you get an error about corrupted directory structure, then run chkdsk.  It should fix the problem just fine.
 
Edited by Techie007 - 8/18/13 at 6:21am
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Thanks so much guys ,

got most of it back

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