OneOfMany
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Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:38 pm

Hi,

I have a problem. My external hard drive, a 1TB WD Passport, the same place I've used to back up my entire life for the past decade, has been wiped. I mistakenly "quick wiped" it while trying to set up as a recovery drive. I understand that things are not good because the recovery drive process writes to the disk after wiping so I may not get everything. Since it happened, I've been learning and trying anything I can to restore my (800 gigs of) data. I've tried a bunch of the software but haven't really gotten the results I was looking for (or even understood the results that I've gotten half the time).

It is critically important that I'm able to recover the folder/organisation. Based off of what you see in these screenshots --- http://imgur.com/a/ibsVc, what can you tell me about my situation? Would you recommend a different strategy? What are my odds of success?

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Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:45 am

Forget all the programs you're trying. Scan the drive from beginning to end with R-Studio and see what results it gets.

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Sun Jul 16, 2017 10:03 am

the OP has mentioned in the title
OneOfMany wrote:Desperately need more than just "raw" files.

IIUC, the OP - wants the original file/folder structure + names and everything related
if the the root directory (AKA $MFT) has been wiped out, then there is no way to get the original file/folder structure + names...

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Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:20 pm

jol wrote:the OP has mentioned in the title
OneOfMany wrote:Desperately need more than just "raw" files.

IIUC, the OP - wants the original file/folder structure + names and everything related
if the the root directory (AKA $MFT) has been wiped out, then there is no way to get the original file/folder structure + names...



Is there any way, that you know of to restore/replace the MFT?

In the GetDataBack results there is something called an MFT. Is this what I'm looking for? If so, what should I do next?
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PS: I've tried R-Studio.

OneOfMany
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:44 pm

Jared wrote:Forget all the programs you're trying. Scan the drive from beginning to end with R-Studio and see what results it gets.


I've tried R-Studio. No dice.
Image http://imgur.com/a/4yQyw

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Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:34 pm

Just to be sure, did you set a password on your HardDrive before the 'wipe' ?
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Sun Jul 16, 2017 7:38 pm

OneOfMany wrote:In the GetDataBack results there is something called an MFT. Is this what I'm looking for? If so, what should I do next?

try to save it and upload it here or send it as PM

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Sun Jul 16, 2017 8:10 pm

Bankole Oladoja wrote:Just to be sure, did you set a password on your HardDrive before the 'wipe' ?


No password :)
Creating a windows recovery drive was my first step towards securing everything. Encryption/VPNs/etc were supposed to be next but, as you can see, I've hit a bit of a snag. Not much left to protect :)

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Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:18 pm

jol wrote:
OneOfMany wrote:In the GetDataBack results there is something called an MFT. Is this what I'm looking for? If so, what should I do next?

try to save it and upload it here or send it as PM



Did you get my message?

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Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:30 pm

I suspect from that R-Studio result that the file system is just too badly wiped out to get a meaningful recovery with file names and folder structure. Most likely RAW is the best you're going to get in this case. Too much has been overwritten.

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