spammsmcghee
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Can't access data on HDD

Sun Sep 01, 2019 3:31 am

The attached screenshot really says it all. I have an old laptop hard drive that I've been using with a USB enclosure as a specific backup for certain files that I want to keep. As the screenshot shows, Windows Explorer says the drive is empty, but under Properties it shows 32.5 GB used... those are my files. I've tried data recovery software (Recuva and EaseUS Data Recovery), and was only able to recover the contents of one subfolder, roughly 18GB. This surprises me because, since initially removing the drive from the laptop and formatting it, I've never put anything else on the drive other than these missing files, so one would think data recovery would be fairly easy, as these files should be on the "top layer", so to speak. Also, this drive is showing to be FAT32, but I'm positive I would have never formatted it that way. It would've most definitely been NTFS. I really need to get to the rest of my files. Any ideas?
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Sun Sep 01, 2019 4:55 pm

What kind of drive is it? SSD or mechanical?
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Sun Sep 01, 2019 10:50 pm

>> What kind of drive is it? SSD or mechanical?
Really it does not matter. According to description hard drive works fine.

Scan you data with TRIAL version of UFS Explorer Standard Recovery : https://www.ufsexplorer.com/download.php#tab-std
And share results here.

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Mon Sep 02, 2019 10:34 am

Iurii wrote:Source of the post Really it does not matter.

Really it ABSOLUTELY DOES matter. Ever heard of T.R.I.M.?

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Mon Sep 09, 2019 8:15 am

Sorry for the delay, I went out of town. It's a mechanical drive... Seagate Momentus 5400 120 GB.

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Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:16 pm

I have used UFS Explorer, but it was not able to find my missing files. Just a thought... Does anyone think it would be beneficial to do a Quick Format to NTFS and then run the data recovery software again? Or wll this bury my files even deeper?

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Fri Sep 13, 2019 3:23 am

Don't format nothing...
Have you checked the health of the drive too?
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Mon Sep 16, 2019 10:51 am

spammsmcghee wrote:Source of the post Does anyone think it would be beneficial to do a Quick Format to NTFS

No one who has a clue would ever recommend you write any data to a drive you're trying to recover from. Formatting is always the wrong thing to do.

Have you actually scanned the drive with UFS or did you just open up the file system with it? Also, are you sure you checked the correct file system boxes for the original formatting of the drive?

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Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:31 pm

pclab wrote:Don't format nothing...
Have you checked the health of the drive too?


Appears to be Healthy


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Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:35 pm

Jared wrote:
spammsmcghee wrote:Source of the post Does anyone think it would be beneficial to do a Quick Format to NTFS

No one who has a clue would ever recommend you write any data to a drive you're trying to recover from. Formatting is always the wrong thing to do.

Have you actually scanned the drive with UFS or did you just open up the file system with it? Also, are you sure you checked the correct file system boxes for the original formatting of the drive?

CheckBoxes.jpg


Yes I did. I didn't check Mac and Sun because I didn't think they would apply. But I did have all 3 of the Windows options checked. I will run it again, and get screenshots along the way this time.

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