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I have an external HD I use for backups. I recently had a drive fail in my rig, so I replaced it. Well, unfortunately, after I get the new OS installed with the new HD, I plug the external drive in, and everything was there for a minute, but before I could transfer everything over, I stopped being able to open folders, etc. Next, I get a message that I need to format the drive to be able to use it. I haven't formatted it yet. I want to know if it's possible to recover the data some way. I'm sure it's all still there, and that the drive still works fine, but some kind of bug caused me to lose the file record. How do I get the data back?

I've got like 300GB of music and a bunch of movies on the line, as well as all my personal photo and tax docs, etc. Its kinda a big deal....

Thanks for your help.
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post #2 of 8
Does the drive show up in BIOS? Does it mount in windows (get a drive letter)?

To *help* avoid this, you can keep an internal mirror of your drive AND an external backup. I've even burned my pics and more rare music to blueray. Though there is always the risk of drive failure or disc degredation, damage, theft, etc.
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This is what I got. It thinks it's not formatted. But there's actually like 500GB of data on it.
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Some things to check first.

I'd pull the drive gently from the enclosure and install in the machine, to rule out the enclosure's failure. You could test another known working drive in the enclosure to be sure. Maybe the enclosure's electronics are at fault.

You could test the drive with another machine also to make sure that you aren't experiencing an issue related to your specific PC. You could also potentially use the command line utility FIXMBR to repair the master boot record of the disk.Barring that - you could run recovery software such as testdisk or recuva - though large files sometimes don't recover so well.

Maybe someone else will have better advice, but I've used a combination of hardware elimination and recovery software (including FIXMBR) to get data back from failing or lost drives in this manner. Though not large movies and things like that.
    
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Yes you can get the data back. Even if you format it. Let me look for the program

Edit: Name of program is Find and Mount
    
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post #6 of 8
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Some things to check first.

I'd pull the drive gently from the enclosure and install in the machine, to rule out the enclosure's failure. You could test another known working drive in the enclosure to be sure. Maybe the enclosure's electronics are at fault.

You could test the drive with another machine also to make sure that you aren't experiencing an issue related to your specific PC. You could also potentially use the command line utility FIXMBR to repair the master boot record of the disk.Barring that - you could run recovery software such as testdisk or recuva - though large files sometimes don't recover so well.

Maybe someone else will have better advice, but I've used a combination of hardware elimination and recovery software (including FIXMBR) to get data back from failing or lost drives in this manner. Though not large movies and things like that.

I was just using it for data storage. No bootable sectors on this one. Would FIXMBR do anything in that case?
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I was just using it for data storage. No bootable sectors on this one. Would FIXMBR do anything in that case?

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Wow, I wasn't talking about the MBR at all - I was talking about the MFT and didn't even notice I used the wrong acronym. Running CHKDSK (not FIXMBR) or using the MFT repair utility in testdisk (software package) could repair the MFT if it is for some reason corrupt.

Caveat - both will access a lot of your disk, and if you feel like it might be mechanically failing, these could hasten the failure. Though so would reading data from the drive for recovery.
    
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R-Studio is a powerful program as well. Lets not forget UFS Explorer. It can find file systems pretty quickly.


I dont have much time right now but I will review and look further into this.
 
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