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November 21, 2012 3:39:25 PM

I have a Major problem. We lost the power last night and when I got up and booted my computer, my external eSATA drive appeared to be dead. What I mean is, the power light would not come on and the drive didn't show up on the computer when I booted to Windows 7.

So, I disconnected the eSATA cable, removed the expansion card, pulled the hard drive out of the external mount and installed the drive into the computer.

It is seen in the BIOS, but when I run Disk Management, this is what shows up.



This disk contains ALL of the music that I have produced in my Recording Studio for the past two and a half years or more. I am desperate to get the data back!

I am praying that someone can point me in the right direction to recover the data.

TIA :) 

Bill
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November 21, 2012 5:13:21 PM

Hi...

You can try this trial and if it does indeed work then it would be cheaper now than an actual hardware recovery which may cost thousands.
http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/power-data-recovery.ht...

Also, please pay special attention on how the drive is removed and inserted. And avoid accessing the drive unless you really need to.

You can also try to mount the drive with a slack-ware boot-disk or Ubuntu (my favorite flavor).
With this method once the boot-disk/live disk is inserted and booted, then you may be able to mount the affected drive and then drag the contents to a backup drive - 50/50 it it works though!

There are other tools that are free online however some are better than others.

Hope this helps and good luck!
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November 21, 2012 6:54:11 PM

I am currently trying Easeus Data Recovery Wizard and using the Partition Recovery portion to try to get it back.....It is slow going right now. But, in fairness this is a 1.5 Terrabyte Hard Drive.

I will post back with the results when it is finished doing it's thing.

Thanks for the reply! :) 

Bill
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November 23, 2012 2:13:18 AM

What is the model number of the external drive? Some WD My Books, for example, are encrypted, so installing them inside your PC will just produce gibberish.
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November 23, 2012 11:25:39 AM

fzabkar said:
What is the model number of the external drive? Some WD My Books, for example, are encrypted, so installing them inside your PC will just produce gibberish.


It's a WD15EARS.

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November 23, 2012 11:43:02 AM

ELMO_2006 said:
Hi...

You can try this trial and if it does indeed work then it would be cheaper now than an actual hardware recovery which may cost thousands.
http://www.powerdatarecovery.com/power-data-recovery.ht...

Also, please pay special attention on how the drive is removed and inserted. And avoid accessing the drive unless you really need to.

You can also try to mount the drive with a slack-ware boot-disk or Ubuntu (my favorite flavor).
With this method once the boot-disk/live disk is inserted and booted, then you may be able to mount the affected drive and then drag the contents to a backup drive - 50/50 it it works though!

There are other tools that are free online however some are better than others.

Hope this helps and good luck!


Well, EaseUS found all the partitions (I think)(ended up with 100 of them). Then this morning, I put a check mark in one of them, and after about 10 or 15 minutes, got the dreaded Windows pop up telling me "This Program has stopped working" :fou:  This after taking the entire day and most of the night to run through the disk.

I think I am going to give your recommendation a try. Have you ever had the occasion to use it?

TIA

Bill
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a c 312 G Storage
November 23, 2012 12:24:50 PM

"WD15EARS" is the model numbeer of the HDD. What is the model number of the external device? Is it a My Book Essential? If so, it will be encrypted, in which case you will only be thrashing the drive for hours without any result.
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November 23, 2012 1:09:43 PM

fzabkar said:
"WD15EARS" is the model numbeer of the HDD. What is the model number of the external device? Is it a My Book Essential? If so, it will be encrypted, in which case you will only be thrashing the drive for hours without any result.


This hard drive was mounted in an Azio case (there is no model number) for an eSata connection, but I have removed it from the case and installed it into my computer.

Thanks,

Bill
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November 23, 2012 5:57:17 PM

@Bill, if I were approaching this problem, I would take stock of the situation, rather than randomly trying all sorts of data recovery software.

Since Disk Management is reporting that your drive is "unallocated", this means that the OS cannot find a partition table in sector 0. Therefore I would use a disc editor (in readonly mode) to examine this sector. I would also look for a boot sector at sector 63 or 2048, depending on which OS formatted your drive. I'm assuming that the drive was partitioned in MBR mode rather than GPT.

One or more of these editors should work for you:

Roadkil's Sector Editor:
http://www.roadkil.net/program.php/P24/Sector%20Editor

HxD - Freeware Hex Editor and Disk Editor:
http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd

DMDE (DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery):
http://softdm.com/download.html

If you could upload sectors 0, 63, and 2048, then perhaps someone would be able to narrow down the problem for you.
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November 23, 2012 8:24:32 PM

fzabkar said:
@Bill, if I were approaching this problem, I would take stock of the situation, rather than randomly trying all sorts of data recovery software.

Since Disk Management is reporting that your drive is "unallocated", this means that the OS cannot find a partition table in sector 0. Therefore I would use a disc editor (in readonly mode) to examine this sector. I would also look for a boot sector at sector 63 or 2048, depending on which OS formatted your drive. I'm assuming that the drive was partitioned in MBR mode rather than GPT.

One or more of these editors should work for you:

Roadkil's Sector Editor:
http://www.roadkil.net/program.php/P24/Sector%20Editor

HxD - Freeware Hex Editor and Disk Editor:
http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd

DMDE (DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery):
http://softdm.com/download.html

If you could upload sectors 0, 63, and 2048, then perhaps someone would be able to narrow down the problem for you.


I really appreciate your help....but in all honesty, I am lost. I downloaded and ran Roadkill and selected what I believe is the correct drive.

This what I got:



I know this probably doesn't help a lot, but it is what it is.

Another issue I am having now.....I bought and installed a new 1 Terabyte WD Blue hard drive. When I go to Disk Management, and try to set it up as a "New Striped drive" the next screen shows the drive and the size on the right side, but the "Next" button is grayed out.

I was going to use that drive to copy any recovered files I could get back. Now I really am feeling frustrated and disappointed and more than a little desperate.

Thanks Again for the hand holding ;) 

Bill
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a c 312 G Storage
November 23, 2012 9:09:09 PM

Your screenshot shows a standard Windows 7 MBR. As expected, all 4 entries in the partition table are filled with zeros. This is not something that happens by accident, or as a result of a power outage. :-(

An Examination of the Windows 7 MBR:
http://thestarman.pcministry.com/asm/mbr/W7MBR.htm

Can you now show us sector 2048 (and sector 63)? It will probably be a Windows 7 NTFS boot sector, and it should look something like the following.

An Examination of the Windows 7 VBR (Volume Boot Record):
http://thestarman.pcministry.com/asm/mbr/W7VBR.htm
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November 24, 2012 12:22:17 PM

I went ahead and purchased a different program. QueTek Mini Power Data Recovery. It worked flawlessly and I have recovered all the files I was concerned about having lost.

Now, I get to fight with EaseUS to get the money back that I paid for that worthless crap. :p 

Thanks For Your Help Everyone!

Bill
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