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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

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How to retrieve files from a drive needed to be re-formatted?

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I have a portable drive that has some files in it. Somehow all of a sudden the files in there are not visible or retrievable. Connecting it to a computer USB port, I can only see a message saying the drive needs to be formatted.

If I follow the prompt to format it, I can imagine I would lose all the files in there. Is there any way I can go around it? I wonder!
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    AkJohnDye

    How about Steve Gibson's "SpinRite" $ 89.00 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.
    See at (www.grc dotCom)
    I've never used it, but Leo Laporte recommends it, good enough for me.
    Good luck!
    John

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    Boris the Bold

    I've had it before where the internal drive connection (HDD to USB board) has fried.
    Open up the USB Drive caddy and remove the drive and stick it into another one, I bought one for ??5 and it has worked fine for over a year.
    Mine was a western Digital passport drive.

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    Healer

    It seems to me there is no screw or fastener that holds the things together. I am not too sure how to open it.

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    rj78

    you can use a minus screw to open it

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    jamblaster

    Many file access problems with Windows can be gotten around through using a Linux distro. They have so many that are easy to install and use from a USB drive (boot from USB) that its worth a try at least.

    Try Unetbootin --> http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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    Healer

    I am not too sure how this relates to my problem, to recover lost data.

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    Thmiuatga

    Linux is a solution in that it may allow you to access and read the data on the drive. Unlike Windows and Apple/Mac, Linux can access and read ALL formats. The suggestion I believe is to try a distribution of Linux on a 'live' CD. this means that the operating system is on a CD or a DVD and will boot and run completely from that. I use linux and have used it to access unreadable drives that I couldn't access with Windows.
    Knoppix, Ubuntu, and Puppy are three of the distros I have attempted (and with success) to access to read and access a drive that could not be accessed with Windows. The Linux distributions are FREE (in case you were unaware) and are downloadable in ISO files to be burned to CD/DVD. I hope this helps you.

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    techno0001

    it will really help when dealing with reformating

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    Healer

    I don't follow this.

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    Healer

    Thanks, I shall give it a go. I have to get the drive back and try. Hopefully it hasn't been dumped or re-formatted.

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    rj78

    hey you can use another usb cable to connect otherwise you can use hdd to usb converter (you have to release the hdd inside to see which type of hdd connector SATA or IDE).

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    OH Smeg

    The First recovers data from the drive and the second rebuilds Partition Tables etc.

    Different Data Recovery Software do different jobs in a different way that's basically the main difference. Some do a better job than others but basically speaking the Free ones are Data Recovery Software and read a Drive and recover Data from the drive. The more expensive types Generally Speaking Rebuild Partition Tables and the like and don't actually recover Data from the Drive and write it elsewhere they rebuild the drive and are generally speaking faster doing their thing than the Straight Recovery Type Apps.

    However saying that you could try Recuva Free from Piriform

    http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

    I don't use it personally bit others here have said that they find it very good.

    As to the new Design of the Site I hate it as it's way too easy to miss things now.

    Col

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    Healer

    Above is the drive from which I try to recover the files. I've got it back and tried again.
    Today when I first plugged into my Windows 7 system. It was not even detected. Likewise when I tried with the Recuva Free I've just downloaded and installed.

    So I switched over to Ubuntu which was installed on the same laptop. The disk utility detected it. It didn't seem to give me an option to mount it. I plugged in another working 4GB USB drive so that I could compare the information. I didn't remember where I could access the Windows partition or the peripheral drive from the Linux file manager though.

    Now I switched back to Windows 7. The portable drive was then detected but reported as healthy and raw. I tried the Recuva Free again and it said not formatted.

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    seanferd

    Use something more sensible for this approach than Ubuntu. A Knoppix live CD or something similar would be better. Anything that automatically displays all detected drives on the desktop would be a huge step in the right direction, just for ease of use.

    I've used various and several different live environments to access NTFS drives, and Knoppix almost always works when others don't, and was just easier to work with.

    Since you've already started file recovery - you are saving recovered data to a different drive? What did the vendor's hardware testing utility tell you? What were the results of the original scan from Easus or whatever testing you did? Was there just a bit of partition information corrupted, or was data lost, or Windows file/directory corruption...

    See, if you don't need to, you don't want to be taking hours of time scanning the raw disk data for probable files. If you can just fix an obvious partition error, you have the whole drive back pretty quickly. So you may want to scan with the Easus Partition software - if it has error-scanning abilities, I don't know.
    https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=partition+recovery

    Since Windows decided the drive needed to be formatted, this is the direction i would lean towards. Unless there was a major physical failure in the drive, which is what the vendor's testing utility would tell you about.

    Note: Sometimes you may yet need to run the Windows
    chkdsk /f
    after fixing a partition or marking damaged data blocks as bad.

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    Healer

    Thanks Seanfred for your recommendation. I am downloading the Knoppix live DVD V6.71 and shall try it. In the meantime, could you please refresh my memory where the windows drive and peripheral drive will show up under the Linux system. I can only see the Linux file system.

    The Easus software doesn't report the condition of the drive. However I did see quite a few lost/corrupted files. I have since uninstalled the software because it only allows free 1GB recovered.

    I have not tried any drive test utility yet. As I am not sure which to use yet. Will the drive test uitlity erase the file or make it worse? I can't use the chkdsk command because the Windows system doesn't detect it at all.

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    Healer

    Well, Knoppix v6.7.1 can't see the files though it sees the drive.

    So far only paid software did something. The EaseUS helped me recover about 900MB files. The limit is 1GB free. I am running MiniTool Power Data Recovery 6.6 at the moment. It has already been running for three days and it still hasn't got to 20%. It is very time consuming. However it does find some files. This one is also limited to 1GB free. I have also tried Find and Mount. It didn't see the partition in the drive at all.

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    Healer

    Thanks for the information. At this stage I am trying not to worry about saving the drive but saving the files in it until definitely there is no hope.
    I have been running the EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.5.1 for several hours since yesterday. It still hasn't finished. This software is supposed to work in the worst environment.

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    Healer

    I have managed to recover nearly 1GB data using EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.5.1. Now I shall try to recover a little more.

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    Healer

    I look at http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#samsung, I am not sure which utility I should use to test the portable drive. The label of the drive says Verbatim. However when I looked at it through ubuntu it reported it as Samsung.

    While testing the drive, will it erase the data?

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    OH Smeg

    Some may be part files and the like and not be readable even though they have a Header.

    Col

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    Healer

    I try my best Col. I haven't got round to look at the quality of every file recovered.

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    atsmar

    I've used both TestDisk and it's companion PhotoRec. I recovered 12 GBs off of a Sony 16 GB thumb-drive that I was sure had been fried. The thumb drive wasn't being recognized by three different PCs (two running XP and one running Win 7) and kept telling me it needed to be reformatted. I found this software while looking in Google and wow..., it worked. I had critical data on that Sony and I got all of it back. Once I recovered the data I reformatted the thumb drive. Good as new. You can find it here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk.

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    Healer

    I've just downloaded it and shall try it. Thanks!

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    Healer

    I tried it and TestDisk couldn't see anything but an unformatted drive.

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    AkJohnDye

    How about Steve Gibson's "SpinRite" $ 89.00 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee.
    See at (www.grc dotCom)
    I've never used it, but Leo Laporte recommends it, good enough for me.
    Good luck!
    John

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    Boris the Bold

    I've had it before where the internal drive connection (HDD to USB board) has fried.
    Open up the USB Drive caddy and remove the drive and stick it into another one, I bought one for ??5 and it has worked fine for over a year.
    Mine was a western Digital passport drive.

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    Healer

    It seems to me there is no screw or fastener that holds the things together. I am not too sure how to open it.

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    rj78

    you can use a minus screw to open it

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    jamblaster

    Many file access problems with Windows can be gotten around through using a Linux distro. They have so many that are easy to install and use from a USB drive (boot from USB) that its worth a try at least.

    Try Unetbootin --> http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

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    Healer

    I am not too sure how this relates to my problem, to recover lost data.

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    Thmiuatga

    Linux is a solution in that it may allow you to access and read the data on the drive. Unlike Windows and Apple/Mac, Linux can access and read ALL formats. The suggestion I believe is to try a distribution of Linux on a 'live' CD. this means that the operating system is on a CD or a DVD and will boot and run completely from that. I use linux and have used it to access unreadable drives that I couldn't access with Windows.
    Knoppix, Ubuntu, and Puppy are three of the distros I have attempted (and with success) to access to read and access a drive that could not be accessed with Windows. The Linux distributions are FREE (in case you were unaware) and are downloadable in ISO files to be burned to CD/DVD. I hope this helps you.

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    techno0001

    it will really help when dealing with reformating

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    Healer

    I don't follow this.

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    Healer

    Thanks, I shall give it a go. I have to get the drive back and try. Hopefully it hasn't been dumped or re-formatted.

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    rj78

    hey you can use another usb cable to connect otherwise you can use hdd to usb converter (you have to release the hdd inside to see which type of hdd connector SATA or IDE).

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    OH Smeg

    The First recovers data from the drive and the second rebuilds Partition Tables etc.

    Different Data Recovery Software do different jobs in a different way that's basically the main difference. Some do a better job than others but basically speaking the Free ones are Data Recovery Software and read a Drive and recover Data from the drive. The more expensive types Generally Speaking Rebuild Partition Tables and the like and don't actually recover Data from the Drive and write it elsewhere they rebuild the drive and are generally speaking faster doing their thing than the Straight Recovery Type Apps.

    However saying that you could try Recuva Free from Piriform

    http://www.piriform.com/recuva/download

    I don't use it personally bit others here have said that they find it very good.

    As to the new Design of the Site I hate it as it's way too easy to miss things now.

    Col

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    Healer

    Above is the drive from which I try to recover the files. I've got it back and tried again.
    Today when I first plugged into my Windows 7 system. It was not even detected. Likewise when I tried with the Recuva Free I've just downloaded and installed.

    So I switched over to Ubuntu which was installed on the same laptop. The disk utility detected it. It didn't seem to give me an option to mount it. I plugged in another working 4GB USB drive so that I could compare the information. I didn't remember where I could access the Windows partition or the peripheral drive from the Linux file manager though.

    Now I switched back to Windows 7. The portable drive was then detected but reported as healthy and raw. I tried the Recuva Free again and it said not formatted.

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    seanferd

    Use something more sensible for this approach than Ubuntu. A Knoppix live CD or something similar would be better. Anything that automatically displays all detected drives on the desktop would be a huge step in the right direction, just for ease of use.

    I've used various and several different live environments to access NTFS drives, and Knoppix almost always works when others don't, and was just easier to work with.

    Since you've already started file recovery - you are saving recovered data to a different drive? What did the vendor's hardware testing utility tell you? What were the results of the original scan from Easus or whatever testing you did? Was there just a bit of partition information corrupted, or was data lost, or Windows file/directory corruption...

    See, if you don't need to, you don't want to be taking hours of time scanning the raw disk data for probable files. If you can just fix an obvious partition error, you have the whole drive back pretty quickly. So you may want to scan with the Easus Partition software - if it has error-scanning abilities, I don't know.
    https://encrypted.google.com/search?q=partition+recovery

    Since Windows decided the drive needed to be formatted, this is the direction i would lean towards. Unless there was a major physical failure in the drive, which is what the vendor's testing utility would tell you about.

    Note: Sometimes you may yet need to run the Windows
    chkdsk /f
    after fixing a partition or marking damaged data blocks as bad.

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    Healer

    Thanks Seanfred for your recommendation. I am downloading the Knoppix live DVD V6.71 and shall try it. In the meantime, could you please refresh my memory where the windows drive and peripheral drive will show up under the Linux system. I can only see the Linux file system.

    The Easus software doesn't report the condition of the drive. However I did see quite a few lost/corrupted files. I have since uninstalled the software because it only allows free 1GB recovered.

    I have not tried any drive test utility yet. As I am not sure which to use yet. Will the drive test uitlity erase the file or make it worse? I can't use the chkdsk command because the Windows system doesn't detect it at all.

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    Healer

    Well, Knoppix v6.7.1 can't see the files though it sees the drive.

    So far only paid software did something. The EaseUS helped me recover about 900MB files. The limit is 1GB free. I am running MiniTool Power Data Recovery 6.6 at the moment. It has already been running for three days and it still hasn't got to 20%. It is very time consuming. However it does find some files. This one is also limited to 1GB free. I have also tried Find and Mount. It didn't see the partition in the drive at all.

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    Healer

    Thanks for the information. At this stage I am trying not to worry about saving the drive but saving the files in it until definitely there is no hope.
    I have been running the EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.5.1 for several hours since yesterday. It still hasn't finished. This software is supposed to work in the worst environment.

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    Healer

    I have managed to recover nearly 1GB data using EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition 5.5.1. Now I shall try to recover a little more.

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    Healer

    I look at http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287#samsung, I am not sure which utility I should use to test the portable drive. The label of the drive says Verbatim. However when I looked at it through ubuntu it reported it as Samsung.

    While testing the drive, will it erase the data?

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    OH Smeg

    Some may be part files and the like and not be readable even though they have a Header.

    Col

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    Healer

    I try my best Col. I haven't got round to look at the quality of every file recovered.

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    atsmar

    I've used both TestDisk and it's companion PhotoRec. I recovered 12 GBs off of a Sony 16 GB thumb-drive that I was sure had been fried. The thumb drive wasn't being recognized by three different PCs (two running XP and one running Win 7) and kept telling me it needed to be reformatted. I found this software while looking in Google and wow..., it worked. I had critical data on that Sony and I got all of it back. Once I recovered the data I reformatted the thumb drive. Good as new. You can find it here: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk.

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    Healer

    I've just downloaded it and shall try it. Thanks!

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    Healer

    I tried it and TestDisk couldn't see anything but an unformatted drive.