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Partition now shows as Free Space

  1. #1

    Posts : 2
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Partition now shows as Free Space


    This is my first post to any forum, a good friend of mine recommended you and thought you may be able to help.
    My Laptop was setup with 2 partitions, Local Disk C: and a DATA F:, it has been working fine like this for the past 12 months or so and everything was ok about 3 days ago.
    However....... yesterday when i tried to copy some pics from my phone to data drive I found the partition had gone!! I'm now left with 167GB of free space that used to be my data drive e.g. pictures, software, music.....

    I've had a quick look but don't want to go too far and risk causing more damage without some guidance

    Things I've tried

    Ran HP built in Hard Drive Test (Passed)

    Tried to recover the partition using EaseUS, Partition Master Free but the only partitions it found using the complete scan were about 3mb in size, I can supply a picture if it will help.

    Any help or advice will be much appreciated.



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  2. #2

    Hi Ryan,

    Good to see you here.
    I'm sure someone will be able to offer some assistance soon enough

    I don't want to offer too many suggestions as i wouldn't want to compromise the abilty to recover any data from the Free Space.

    @Ryan, if you can post a screenshot of the Disk Management screen i think that would be helpful.
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  3. #3

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    Win8.1Pro - Finally!!!

    Try GetDataBack for NTFS from Data Recovery - Data Recovery Software - RAID Recovery - NAS Data Recovery
    It's free to see what you can recover - then it's $79 (US) to actually recover it.

    PCInspector also will recover your data, but I found it too difficult for me to use (several years ago)
    But it's free, so it may be worth a try: PC Inspector - kostenlose Software für die Datenrettung von CONVAR - Die Datenretter.
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  4. #4

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    Linux Mint 17.2

    There are also some Forensic tools for Linux, that you can run on a bootable USB with Linux installed.

    Or you can pull the existing drive, use a caddy to attempt to use the Forensic tools that way. There is also a set for Windows.

    Top 20 Free Digital Forensic Investigation Tools for SysAdmins

    List of digital forensics tools - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Tools - ForensicsWiki
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  5. #5

    I used to recommend GetDataBack but recently, I had a file system corruption and the best utility that recovered the most data was Active@File Recovery. It's free to download and try out, and it's only $30 USD to activate online.
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  6. #6

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Active@File Recovery

    Thanks Mark, I used the SuperScan feature of Active@File Recovery and can see the missing partition. I'm now, browsing the folders and comparing to my backup's and will decide whether or not I need to purchase the software to complete the recovery.

    Nice Software Thanks for your help
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