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Hey all, I have a few questions about recovering data.

Roommate has been having problems with his 2 month old 1TB WD black storage drive. No files will show up in the file explorer. All the folders are still there and when right clicking on the drive and viewing used space it still shows everything is there. Pulled the drive in tried it in my computer, same results. Also with the drive plugged in my computer booted very slowly. Took probably three times as long to get through windows boot. Tried copying a folder we knew contained something from the drive to one of my good drives but it still showed up as empty. Also the transfer speed was ~1.5MB/s. Any ideas on recovering the files or should he just cut his losses with the data and RMA the drive? Thanks in advance!

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Try booting with a LiveCD (plenty of Linux Distros to choose from) and use that to copy/move the files to a known working drive. After that, reboot back into Windows, format the WD Black and then open a command prompt (windows key + R then type CMD and press enter). Type chkdsk D: /f (Replace D with the letter of the WD Black). When chkdsk finishes, check to see if it has any bad sectors or errors of any kind. If it's clean, then give the drive another shot. If chkdsk has errors and/or bad sectors, OR this happens again, RMA the drive.
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Tuneup tilities 2010 has a feature that finds lost files.
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Sadly, nothing worked. Tried two different linux distros as a live boot, no go. Tried tuneup util, no go. Data gone. Time for an RMA to WD and a hard lesson to my roommate. ~100GBs of music and ~5 years of pics. I bet he'll back up now.

I wish I had copied his music for a back up, but I use Pandora and it's a better DJ than I'll ever be.
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Originally Posted by Camskee View Post
Sadly, nothing worked. Tried two different linux distros as a live boot, no go. Tried tuneup util, no go. Data gone. Time for an RMA to WD and a hard lesson to my roommate. ~100GBs of music and ~5 years of pics. I bet he'll back up now.

I wish I had copied his music for a back up, but I use Pandora and it's a better DJ than I'll ever be.
Have you tried PhotoRec yet?
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Download hiron bootcd

http://www.hirensbootcd.org/files/Hi...ootCD.13.2.zip

To make a bootable Usb disk with it
http://www.hirensbootcd.org/usb-booting/

Boot up with it then you can either run one of the disk recovery tools of it in a dos environment or you can boot up with xp on a ram drive and use of the get data back applications. But the first option is advised as it recovers the boot and all the data
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