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Hi All,

So i recently bought an internal 4TB hdd and a JBOD dock. I had a 3TB WD mybook drive which stores all my data plugged into my computer. Being a total computer noob I opened up the 3Tb to take out the HDD in order to put it along with the 4Tb drive on the JBOD dock.

I plugged into the computer and the computer reads the drive but nothing shows up. I then tried to troubleshoot by google and came across a thread that showed me how to go into disk management and name the letters for the Drives. The 4tb had nothing on it so i formatted it and it reads on my computer. the 3tb however is almost filled up with my data and i didn't want to format it. The drive now is asigned a letter but none of the data shows up. Everytime i try accessing the drive it asked to be format before i could use it.

So that leads me to my question. How do i recover those data and transfer to the 4tb drive before formatting the 3tb drive? I tried a few free programs online but not luck. I'm current running this software below to try and recover the data.

http://www.easeus.com/data-recovery/other-recovery-software/retrieve-data-external-hard-drive.htm

It's reading the drive but the process takes 11hrs (still running to find all the files).

Is there any other ways to recover my data if this fails? Are there any free softwares i can try after this?

Thanks for the help!
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wow no help at all?
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    Yes, there is a good free software program that could help.  Try these steps:
  1. Download, install and run Piriform Recuva.
  2. When Recuva opens, close its wizard that appears by default.
  3. Click [Options] and go the Actions tab.
  4. Make sure that the following options are ticked:
    • Scan for non-deleted files
    • Restore folder structure
  5. Click [OK].
  6. Select the disk that you want to recover from the dropdown box next to the [Scan] button.
  7. Click [Scan].
  8. If it finds your files, you can recover them directly to the other (4 TB) drive.

    If it doesn't find anything:
  1. Click [Options] and go to the Actions tab.
  2. Tick Deep Scan and click [OK].
  3. Click the [Scan] button.  Since this is a large drive, it will take a long time.
  4. If it finds your files, you can recover them directly to the other (4 TB) drive.


    Something else you could try: It sounds like the problem was caused by removing the drive from its original enclosure.  Try putting the drive back in its original enclosure and see if your files can be accessed afterwards.  If so, you could copy them to the other (4 TB) drive, remove this drive from its enclosure, and then reformat it.
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