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Missing files on unplugged drive

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by Clearcut, May 13, 2018.

  1. Clearcut

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 28, 2004

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    Hi, I unplugged an internal storage drive containing 700gb of data whilst tidying case.

    When I plugged it back in, the computer is showing it as a blank drive.

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    Any idea what has happened to the data? I never formatted anything? Appreciate any help as I have lost a lot of stuff.
    Thanks
     
  2. bledd

    Don

    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

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    Location: Parts Unknown

    Restore from your backup.
     
  3. Clearcut

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 28, 2004

    Posts: 1,420

    I did a System Restore prior to my screenshot.
     
  4. PiKe

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

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    Location: Lake District

    Run Recuva and see what it brings up.
     
  5. zola25

    Wise Guy

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    I know this helps little now but system restore is not a backup, it protects core operating system files rather than user files on a separate disk. As above, try Recuva before doing anything else.
     
  6. Sasahara

    Mobster

    Joined: Feb 12, 2009

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    Do an error check on the drive first, it could just be a basic file system error due to not begin shut down correctly.
     
  7. postmanfw

    Mobster

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    Location: Fort William

    +1....run chkdsk on it
     
  8. Clearcut

    Wise Guy

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    Thanks for the replies, I ran Recuva and it returned thousands of files scattered to the wind, it's a shame it doesn't return them as the full programs.

    I recovered a lot of photos, will I still be able to run chkdsk on the drive if I have put photos on it and get all my other stuff back?
     
  9. zola25

    Wise Guy

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    Personally I'd not run chkdsk until you have backed up the files you've recovered so far. Once those files are safe, then definitely worth proceeding with the chkdsk.
     
  10. Clearcut

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jul 28, 2004

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    Thank you.
     
  11. Clearcut

    Wise Guy

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    chkdsk just told me the disk was fine but didn't reveal or restore anything - unless there was something else I should have done.
     
  12. zola25

    Wise Guy

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    I think you've taken the best approach, the odds of recovering everything are far from certain. Running chkdsk before Recuva may have made even more files unrecoverable. It's generally best to run a recovery tool prior to making ANY changes that will write to the disk.

    I appreciate this is an odd situation in that the disk appears otherwise fine, but unfortunately this highlights why a robust backup strategy is required for anything you'd rather not lose.
     
  13. APM

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 9, 2011

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    Location: Wales

    Do you have access to a linux system?

    If yes plug it in and see what you get,if not maybe try running ubuntu from a usb stick.
     
  14. Clearcut

    Wise Guy

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    Somebody kindly provided me with some good recovery software last night but alas it only yielded about 1gb of nothing (out of 800gb of data). One thing listed in the result was indeed chkdsk so I think you are right.
     
  15. Habakkuk

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 7, 2017

    Posts: 1,004

    That's unfortunate - there are latching sata cables that will prevent accidental removal if you'd like to prevent this.