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By alldtoys ·
I NEED to recover corrupted files from a 30 gb USB2 external hard drive. The drive was connected & working with no problem all day, until one time I did a re-boot and when the machine re-booted, the windows 2k message about one of the drives needing to be checked for integrity came up. It appeared to be starting to do the windows 2k integrity check, but it never actually started, the percentage never changed off 0%. I finally shut down the machine after a long period of no action. When I restarted the machine & plugged the external drive back in, no files are visible, although the disk shows that it has approximately 13 gb of data. I ran Norton Disk Doctor, and it found 4,000 plus files, but they are all shown as file fragments & have no extensions or other means of identifying what files or types they are. I then went out & bought IOIO's Search & Recover. However, when I ran the program, it did not find any files, When I ran the advanced file search, after unchecking the box to hide folders that aren't deleted it did "see" the 2 FOUND folders from the previous attempt to recover data but none of the other "data". I was able to use that program on a couple of jump drives & did recover some deleted data from them, so the program does work to some extent. I also tried running the program against another hard drive that had previously contained most of the same data, but which has since been re-formatted & partially reloaded. Although the program says it can recover files under those circumstances, it didn't find any of those documents. The original computer was running Win2k Pro & all drives were / are formatted as FAT32.
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by Cactus Pete In reply to Recover data from corrupt ...

Hard Drive Mechanic may help you. It has received pretty good reviews.

http://highergroundsoftware.com/?hop=webtechgee

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by alldtoys In reply to

thanks for the advice, but I found a program that did a fantastic job. It's called Get Data Back by Runtime software.
http://www.runtime.org/ It really saved me. I downloaded the demo version, which let me see exactly what I would be recovering before I had to pay their registration fee of $69. It appears that I was able to recover every file. (approx 13 gb)I was on vacation at the time & was lucky enough to be able to access a computer to run it on, because the actual recovery was very lengthy. I would definitely recommend this software to anyone in a similar situation. Thanks for your time & advice.

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by pierrejamme In reply to Recover data from corrupt ...

My money is Ontrack, they are the best. you can get a trial version at:
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoverylite/ for $89 to see if it will work, or you can get the professional version for more $$. You can also do a remote recovery with them or send them the hard drive.
good Luck,
Peter

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by alldtoys In reply to

See comments to dpetrak. I had looked at the ontrack, but didn't like the idea of paying just to see if I could recover anything, especially since I had already blown $40 on an off the shelf "solution" that didn't do anything. Thanks for your advice.

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by 1stladytech In reply to Recover data from corrupt ...

I would try removing the drive from the extenal case and connecting it directly before running the recovery tools. Many of them don't work very well through the usb port. Slave it in and bring it up on either a Win2k box or even Win98 since it is fat32. Good luck,

Vickie

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by alldtoys In reply to

See comments to dpetek & pierrejamme. I was going to try making it an internal, but since it was a 2.5 drive, didn't have the adapter with me on vacation to make that feasible. Luckily, the Geta Data Back software I was able to download did the job for me. Thanks for your advice.

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by johnj In reply to Recover data from corrupt ...

I had a similar just two days ago with my wife's 2nd HD on a Win98 box. The DOS version of Scandisk had reported an illegal file name and directed me to run the Windows Scandisk. After the second Scandisk run, only two folders showed up in Windows Explorer, though the disk was 80% full.
I connected the drive to my Linux box, and Linux was able to see ALL of the files. I then copied the files off my wife's HD onto my Linux box, then copied them back to another drive.
If you have access to a Linux box, try using it first before you shell out money for a recovery program.
BTW, if you can manage it, convert your drives to NTFS. It is more reliable than FAT32.

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by alldtoys In reply to

See my comments to dpetek,pierrejamme,& ladytech. Since I was on vacation, I didn't have access to any linux box or as I was going to try, a MAC. (I had good luck in the past recovering files from a PC hard drive that had gone Tango Uniform (TU)using my Mac after the PC's wouldn't even see the drive!) Thanks for your advice, tho.

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