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September 14, 2011 4:50:03 AM

Hallo esteemed community? My harddisk contains important files but currently unreadable. How do I get to recover my files?
September 14, 2011 5:09:52 AM

Hehe, I just learned how to do this the other day with the help of a person on this forum. Just out of curiosity, was it a virus that made the drive unreadable?
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September 14, 2011 5:30:44 AM

I think it must be a virus
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September 14, 2011 5:46:08 AM

I had this problem with a hard drive.... did it show up as a raw partition after a reboot? If it was a corrupt partition.... partition wizard did the trick, just analyze the drive and let it fix it for you.... i cant count how many articles i ran through over the months to recover a partition.... I tried so many different boot disks, data recovery, partition table, mbr fix programs all to no avail..... Partition wizard was so easy and fast. Good luck
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September 14, 2011 5:52:34 AM

If I boot from a different computer with the corrupted disk connected, it shows but with no details unlike the boot disk which shows the details of free and used space. Do I still try the partition way
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September 14, 2011 6:05:25 AM

Have you tried booting via command line?

I caught a disk infected with Blaster this way once.
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September 14, 2011 6:17:34 AM

How do I do that?
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September 14, 2011 6:20:42 AM

You are presented with options.

Boot to safemode.

Boot using network

Boot using command

Boot to normal windows.

I would try safe mode first and scan if possible for infections.
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September 14, 2011 6:39:26 AM

I get this when I run chkdsk
CHKDSK is not recognized as an internal or external command
operable program or batch file
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September 14, 2011 1:41:36 PM

Try this: connect the drive to your computer, download and install Recuva (http://www.piriform.com/). When you first start it, it will ask you to go through a wizard, click Cancel, bringing you to Advanced view. Got to the Options button, and select "Deep Scan", "Scan for deeply overwritten files" and one more that I can't remember, there's also a fourth tick box if you want to select that. And make sure you have the corrupted drive selected instead of C: ( or whatever letter it is, it might vary. And once it's done, you can recover the files to a different location. Oh, and there's also a tab where you can specify if you want it to scan for say, Document files. Choose whatever you like.

EDIT: the parentheses are not part of the URL, I just did that to make it more clear.
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September 14, 2011 1:49:36 PM

Thanx for the advices. But unfortunately I have just formatted it. How do I recover some of the important files
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September 14, 2011 1:54:01 PM

How did you go about formatting it? Just a simple Windows format or one of those overwrite programs?
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September 14, 2011 2:00:45 PM

Windows format
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September 14, 2011 2:17:41 PM

what does this achieve?
orMiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
Recovery or partitioning?
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September 14, 2011 2:43:46 PM

Jimmkibogo said:
what does this achieve?
orMiniTool Partition Wizard Home Edition
Recovery or partitioning?


they both can recover data from formatted,lost, corrupt partitions you would need an external drive,udb flash drive or dvdwriter to copy the data to.
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September 14, 2011 3:17:23 PM

I say just plug it into a Windows computer, boot into Windows, and run Recuva. Worked for me.
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March 18, 2013 11:46:27 AM

chiefkikaho said:
I had this problem with a hard drive.... did it show up as a raw partition after a reboot? If it was a corrupt partition.... partition wizard did the trick, just analyze the drive and let it fix it for you.... i cant count how many articles i ran through over the months to recover a partition.... I tried so many different boot disks, data recovery, partition table, mbr fix programs all to no avail..... Partition wizard was so easy and fast. Good luck


FUCK that's good advice! I cannot thank you enough! :) 
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