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External hard drive shell broke, salvaged internal drive

  1. #11


    Posts : 21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by AiO View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post

    It'll take a LLOOONNNGG time for it to find everything. Just because it's at 7% and found 21 files, doesn't mean everything's lost.

    Seeing as it's 2 TBs and it was pretty full, it'll take a good while to scan it all.
    Thank you for the reassurance, here's a screenshot I just took : imgur: the simple image sharer

    I noticed it's saying it scanned FAT folders/files, my HDD was NTFS formatted, will this make a difference?
    No, it's not something to be concerned about. If you checked something like Scan Entire Drive or partition, it'll check EVERYTHING, there may be a small partition that is used up for something that is in the FAT system. So far, it's still at the outer edges of the disk and hasn't moved inwards yet.

    Try to be patient.
    Just finished scanning, It discovered a whopping 271 files, and I've never even seen half of them, others are just stock windows photos (such as: http://i.imgur.com/5J9Aq.png ), please, you have no idea how much this is bothering me, I have irreplaceable files on that hard drive.. I know I should of made a backup, and I intend to as soon as I recover them, but what do I do now?

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by AiO View Post
    I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Essentials, it's filled with tons of old photos, movies, docs, games, and I'm scared to think of what else. The SATA to USB connector broke on it, so I took the drive apart and put it inside my computer. I opened up device manager because it wasn't showing up automatically and the 2TB is showing up as unallocated, I'm freaking out now because I'm scared the data was somehow deleted.

    What do I do?

    edit: I realize also this isn't directly related to Windows 8 (besides the fact it's the OS I'm on), but I don't know where else to post it. I'd also like to say that I had a really deep feeling the drive was going to break continually for about two weeks before it happened, so if you have a similar feeling about something, don't ignore it!
    Your best bet is to repair the old cable or purchase a new one if it is still made and install the drive in the new one. Recover the files to a different drive.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8


    I'm gonna try one last scan, if that fails then I'm gonna take apart another WD drive and put this one in it.

    this is nuts, there was nothing wrong with the drive,just the SATA to USB adapter.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by AiO View Post
    I'm gonna try one last scan, if that fails then I'm gonna take apart another WD drive and put this one in it.

    this is nuts, there was nothing wrong with the drive,just the SATA to USB adapter.
    Have you tried putting a new enclosure for that hard drive? And did you use a freeware version of the data recovery tool, I noticed it only will allow 1 gig of free to recovery.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 21
    Windows 8


    No, I the paid version, and I'm going to use an enclosure from another drive after I try one other method (a guide from sevenforums).
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  6. #16


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I would suggest then to use a different program for such.

    I personally use EASEUS data recovery, haven't had really any problems with it.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8


    Try Recuva from Piriform. I've used it with great success on drives that Windows says need to be formatted and in situations like yours. Plus it's FREE. It searches the entire drive for lost files and will even recreate the complete directory structure.

    Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
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  8. #18


    Posts : 21
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I would suggest then to use a different program for such.

    I personally use EASEUS data recovery, haven't had really any problems with it.
    Well good old Windows updated and restarted during my scan, so I went ahead and tried repairing the sata to usb connector, I couldn't but I cracked open another wd drive and borrowed that part, it still showed up as unallocated.

    What does that mean exactly? Unallocated I mean, does it mean there's not even a file system in place?

    Now I'm running EaseUS partition scan and am going to bed. Goodnight!

    Quote Originally Posted by winterwar View Post
    Try Recuva from Piriform. I've used it with great success on drives that Windows says need to be formatted and in situations like yours. Plus it's FREE. It searches the entire drive for lost files and will even recreate the complete directory structure.

    Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
    As a last resort, I'll try formatting the drive and I'll definitely give it a try, I've used it as well to recover some small important swf files that Ccleaner (ironically another of piriforms products (makers of recuva)) deleted.thanks!

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  9. #19


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by AiO View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    I would suggest then to use a different program for such.

    I personally use EASEUS data recovery, haven't had really any problems with it.
    Well good old Windows updated and restarted during my scan, so I went ahead and tried repairing the sata to usb connector, I couldn't but I cracked open another wd drive and borrowed that part, it still showed up as unallocated.

    What does that mean exactly? Unallocated I mean, does it mean there's not even a file system in place?

    Now I'm running EaseUS partition scan and am going to bed. Goodnight!

    Quote Originally Posted by winterwar View Post
    Try Recuva from Piriform. I've used it with great success on drives that Windows says need to be formatted and in situations like yours. Plus it's FREE. It searches the entire drive for lost files and will even recreate the complete directory structure.

    Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
    As a last resort, I'll try formatting the drive and I'll definitely give it a try, I've used it as well to recover some small important swf files that Ccleaner (ironically another of piriforms products (makers of recuva)) deleted.thanks!

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    Unallocated... Huh. Usually if the file system got messed up, Windows detects the partition as RAW, not unallocated. Can you post a screenshot of Computer and from Disk Management?
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  10. #20


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Pro x64


    STOP!

    Sorry for shouting, but if you want to have a chance to get your data back, please stop what you are doing. I hate to say it, but most of the advice given here so far is dangerously clueless/wrong. Also, formatting your drive will NOT improve your situation, don't do it!

    And whatever you do, never ever just randomly use "tools" on your original drive that you want to rescue, especially if you don't know exactly what you are doing. ALWAYS make a sector image (i.e. DD) of the HDD and only work on that copy!


    In regards to your problem: Have a look here (which is a better place for data recovery question), this seems to adress exactly your problem:

    Western Digital MyBook essential data recovery : Hard Disk Drives: data recovery and repair


    Good luck!
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