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EMERGENCY!! help needed My hard drive seems to have been wiped !!

Discussion in 'Computer Components' started by jamieuk23, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. jamieuk23

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    Hi I cant explain to much as I stilll havent got a clue on wots happend. I have 3 x lacie usb external hard drives on my PC on 1 of my hard drive - DRIVE F I have all my DVD backups + games

    any way Just tried to click on the hard drive and it wont open !! it says

    ""the disk F is not formated.

    do you want to format it now ?""

    I have right clicked on my computer and gone to manage + disk managment and it is showing . capacity 233.76 >> free 233.76

    what has happend to all my data I had stored on it

    as you imagine I feel sick !! I no longer have the DVD`s any more to be able to backup again or the games !

    what are my options here ????

    :lease: :lease: :lease: :lease: :lease: :lease: :lease: :lease: :clap:
     
  2. The Dude

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    it could well be shagged, it could just be a simple problem..

    try running chkdsk on the affected drive and see what you get..?
    this should fix any errors that may be causing windows to mis-report the drive contents...

    useage: (from command prompt)

    chkdsk f: /F

    you might get lucky.... :rolleyes:
     
  3. jamieuk23

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    can you explain a little more how I do that.

    I click start then run then type in command ??
     
  4. The Dude

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    sorry mate...

    start > run > cmd


    then type in chkdsk f: /F

    :)
     
  5. jamieuk23

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    just say type of file system is fat32

    thsn after that I get the windows error "send " dont send"

    isnt there away of recovering the data ?
     
  6. The Dude

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    what OS are you on, XP, or something older?
     
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    give this a try if using /F throws up an error....


    chkdsk f: /F /X


    any different?
     
  8. jamieuk23

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    yes mate running on XP will try wot you said now and let you no

    thanks mate !
     
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    I still get that wondows report error send dont send
     
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    I just dont understand how all my data as gone as its not like I have just pressed somehting by mistake as it would take ages to do and give me loads of promts "are you sure you want to delete all data" etc.

    I am thinking maybe the drive is some how faulty.

    but as its showing 100% free space it leads me to think that I am not going to get my data back.. would you agree ?
     
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    that doesn't look too good, if chkdsk wont run looks like the disk is FUBAR.

    just to make sure chkdsk itself is OK, just try running it on your c drive and see if it errors...

    chkdsk

    - that's all this time.... you should see a quick check take place, with some file/cluster/volume information reported after it finishes ??
     
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    it sounds like the drive may have been physically disconnceted, or had a problem, while windows was still running....(without using the 'eject device' thingy in the systray)..... I've seen more than a few 'die' this way... including one of my own! :blush:

    as far as i know, recovering the data won't be cheap, probably cheaper to buy the DVDs back in fact!.. :(
     
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    is there anything I can do in the future. is there any software or somehting that will backup my data or somehting like that. ?

    or is it just a case of burning everything of on to DVD-r disks ?

    thanks for your tiem and help mate !! :thumbsup:
     
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    I just keep two copies of everything on two seperate external drives...costs a bit more initially, but worth it when things like this happen..:eek:
     
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    I have had a similar problem which I put down to an iffy USB implementation on the motherboard or in the external disk. It happened twice with the same disk. The first time it happened I ran chkdsk & it found lots of errors that it said it had fixed. Unfortunately an awful lot of data got lost too. The second time it happened I carefully shut down & powered down everything & when I powered it up again everything was magically back to normal. I swapped to a firewire connection (the external drive had both interfaces) & have never had a problem again.

    If you haven't already run chkdsk I suggest that you don't but take a look around for data recovery programmes. This is a not uncommon occurrence so there are plenty of tools that will attempt to get your data back. Whatever you do don't attempt to write anything to that disk or allow chkdsk to screw it up. You want to read the data that is on the disk & write it out somewhere else.

    I haven't got any recommendation for any particular Data Recovery Program I suggest that you do a quick Google & find several. They normally have a downloadable trial that will tell you what data it has found on your disk but will not recover it until you pay for the full version.
     
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    how many times have you actually seen chkdsk screw up a disk Nigelbb?
     
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    I have used some software called Get Data Back before which succesfully recovered my unrecognisable hard drive - it took may hours IIRC.

    lisa
     
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    I had a similar problem with my old 30gb IBM Deskstar ?(oh should i say Deathstar)
    It just died one die, never to rise again. I gave up trying to retrieve my data.
     
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    If it was FAT32 which makes sense for an external, try PC File Inspector, I've run this on a 2.5" HD and a 1GB USB key with excellent results. Your mileage may vary. ALways remember though that recovery works best of you never store anything in the root of the drive.

    PS I'm with the crowd that says never run anything in this situation, expecially not CHKDSK, as it will play with the FAT. It should be inncouous enough, but you want to avoid writing to a corrupt disk until you are sure a FAT recovery tool such as PC File Inspector has done the best it can.

    Cheers

    Rajv
     
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    I haven't specifically seen chkdsk trash a disk as it may well have done its best but it is designed to repair disk strutures not to recover specific files. I would want to try & use a file recovery utility before allowing chkdsk to do anything irrevocable.
     
  21. The Dude

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    fair doos, you had me worried for a minute there! :D
     
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    one word..........RAID 5
     
  23. SimonO

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    That's two words...
     
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    is the number 5 really a word though?
     
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    Good question, five is a word, 5 is a number..? I've never really thought about it :confused: ...
     
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    Sorry if its too late to help (been away a few days).

    WinXP just does this to external FAT disks from time to time, not entirely sure what triggers it but its likely to be a shutdown problem - either Windoze or turning the drive off when WinXP has decided to throw 30s delays into everything.

    Your symptoms suggest the FAT has been destroyed rather than damaged. The good news is there's a backup copy on FAT32 partitions and its probably intact. If you've not attempted another repair its likely just copying the backup FAT will recover *most* of your files. testdisk http://www.cgsecurity.org/index.html?testdisk.html lets you do that. As always ghost the drive before messing, or at least the FAT before trying to recover.

    If the problem is more severe it will also attempt to recover missing partitions but I wouldn't hold out much hope of getting files back on FAT32.

    Unless you need to swap files with another OS reformat your drive as NTFS, its much harder to trash.
     

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