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November 15, 2010 10:54:17 AM

This is related to a post of mine from last week but I got no replies so I guess my external usb drive is dead.

Quick back story before the question.

500 gb usb drive. found corrupt sectors; so chkdsk; hung on stage 4 of 5 killed power after 10 hours; now can't this drive can not be seen on any of my 5 computers at home! Not through my computer right click manage or utilising device manager!!

I now therefore want to see if I can get in and salvage what I can before I pay through the nose and take it to someone with the software and possibly (probably) more know how than me to recover. Can anybody recommend the best FREE software to utilise in this situation.

oh and by the way we are talking about 400 plus GB of data here.Images, software, docs the lot...

Cheers.
November 15, 2010 11:07:44 AM

I have corrected the bad English below as it will not let me edit it.

This is related to a post of mine from last week but I got no replies so I guess my external usb drive is dead.

Quick back story before the question.

500 gb usb drive. found corrupt sectors; so chkdsk; hung on stage 4 of 5 killed power after 10 hours; now this drive can not be seen on any of my 5 computers at home! It still powers on and I can hear the disk spin. I have tried changing the connections with ones that I know work also but all to no avail. I can not detect this drive through my computer, right click, manage or utilising device manager I have however not checked via the bios!!

I now therefore want to see if I can get in and salvage what I can before I pay through the nose and take it to someone with the software and possibly (probably) more know how than me to recover.

Can anybody recommend the best FREE software to utilise in this situation.

oh and by the way we are talking about 400 plus GB of data here.Images, software, docs the lot...

Cheers.
March 17, 2013 7:54:47 AM

originalmcblood said:
This is related to a post of mine from last week but I got no replies so I guess my external usb drive is dead.

Quick back story before the question.

500 gb usb drive. found corrupt sectors; so chkdsk; hung on stage 4 of 5 killed power after 10 hours; now can't this drive can not be seen on any of my 5 computers at home! Not through my computer right click manage or utilising device manager!!

I now therefore want to see if I can get in and salvage what I can before I pay through the nose and take it to someone with the software and possibly (probably) more know how than me to recover. Can anybody recommend the best FREE software to utilise in this situation.

oh and by the way we are talking about 400 plus GB of data here.Images, software, docs the lot...

Cheers.


I have used r-studio for data recovery and it is working for me but it is paid one. You can see here complete list of best data recovery tools. Most of them are open source and free
http://techathon.mytechlabs.com/free-data-recovery-soft...
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December 9, 2013 7:15:35 AM

The file was fragmented. To fully recover a file it needs to be continuous on the hard drive. If the file was fragmented it was broken into pieces across the hard drive. The recovery program can't know this so would each piece as a different file as it no longer has a map to go off of.

There will probably be many files with a random letter/number combo for a name. Within these may be the missing parts of the video. While there may be some advanced forensic techniques to reconstitute the files. I think that would go beyond some forum advice to needing years of advanced training in data recovery.

You can try Nucleus Kernel Macintosh. It is by far the most thorough and robust data recovery I have used but requires Windows to run even though it recovers Mac volumes.

For OS X native try Stellar Phoenix. I didn't find it as good but it is definitely the best I know of for OS X.

I would not bother with Data Rescue or Disk Warrior. They will not do a deep scan of the hard drive. They also won't do a scan if the partition table was lost and won't try to plow through disk errors.

Also $70 to $100 for data recovery software is very cheap compared to professional.

Edit: I also hope you are recovering files to a different drive than that external you wiped and that you have not been adding any files to it. Otherwise that data will be mangled fast.
December 22, 2013 3:41:41 PM

no, stella is not free.
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