1. Josiah23's Avatar
    Is it possible to recover something like this?

    I just lost everything on my 2TB secondary hard drive!...

    Tons of photos, videos, documents, games, game engine projects, visual studio projects, etc... was on there.

    Anyone have any suggestions?



    Edited: Recuva doesn't work

    Currently trying testdisk
    Last edited by Josiah23; 04-11-2017 at 01:58 AM.
    04-11-2017 01:39 AM
  2. xandros9's Avatar
    Depends on whether we're looking at file deletion or hardware failure.

    If it's hardware failure, we're in trouble. I remember once where the backup hard drive I had was first to die. I think we're talking either professional recovery services or some MacGyver hacks like the freezer trick. (really depends though, I had a stuck head so the freezer helped temporarily but...)

    If Recuva doesn't work, that's not good. Recuva is my go-to... Any sounds? I also hope that you had backups of at least the most important data there.
    04-11-2017 07:06 AM
  3. Josiah23's Avatar
    It's a file deletion.

    My external HDD not only got erased but formatted into something else so Recuva couldn't recognize it And the drive shrunk from 2TB to about 140GB?

    I did find some document and application backups on another drive but a good chunk is still missing. The rest can be replaceable but will be a pain to do, lol.
    04-11-2017 07:23 AM
  4. xandros9's Avatar
    I would pull up Disk Management to see what the partitions look like, maybe you need to expand that 140 to its rightful 2000-something.
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    04-11-2017 11:57 AM
  5. Josiah23's Avatar
    @xandros9

    I already went ahead and fixed it back to the 2TB partition, but I had no luck with restoring my data back...


    Edited: I'm running Recuva again with the formatted HDD, and it's now finding some stuff. It says it's going to take a few hours but I'm hoping for the best.
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    04-11-2017 12:08 PM
  6. Josiah23's Avatar
    No luck.

    It recover thousands and thousands of .Ogg .Wav .Png and .jpg files but non aren't anything I know of...
    Man!! It's alright though.
    04-11-2017 03:45 PM
  7. matt john2's Avatar
    I once had this problem I accidentally deleted the partition, testdisk was the one I've used. I did recovered most my files even the ones I've deleted long ago but man was it tedious to sort those millions of recovered files. Photos and music were my main priority of recovering so I move all the image files and music files to their own folders. Imported the images to Lightroom and bam! they're automatically got sorted out and I basically did same thing with my music files. And btw, there's this live OS forked out of Windows (8.1?) I use for maintenance called Winpese loaded with lots of powerful recovery and maintenance tools and softwares though I've never used the recovery softwares as it was after the incident that I discovered Winpese. Winpese is a very handy tool for all sorts of Windows maintenance you might want to look at it if Recuva didn't work.
    Edit: I believe some of the loaded softwares in winpese are "premium(?)" versions as I've used the Acronis True Image once and I believe I've also seen the data recovery software called EaseUS which you might want to try
    Last edited by matt john2; 04-11-2017 at 05:29 PM.
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    04-11-2017 04:43 PM
  8. matt john2's Avatar
    For sorting out songs just load it to a music player, I personally used Mediamonkey as I find it easier to deal with in these situations, the metadata of the song will do the job for you. For accurately renaming those songs I use Musicbrainz. As for the other files, I didn't bother recovering them as it was a complete chaos, so for those other files like games you have lost you might be out of luck as I don't of any tools that will sort them back to their original package folder
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    04-11-2017 04:59 PM
  9. Augustine09's Avatar
    A USB flash drive is a USB drive, USB stick and a variety of other names, is a data storage device that includes flash memory with an integrated USB interface. Sometimes we lost our data From USB flash drive.The files deleted from usb flash drive are not permanenlty removed. You can get back deleted files from usb drive with usb data recovery software.

    My suggestion is that you stop creating the new files or softwares on the same hard drive. As your hard drive is being used all the time, it becomes harder to fully recover all lost data. Once overwritten, lost data become impossible to retrieve.

    And maybe you can try data recover to recover them. You can read this article:How to Recover Data from External Hard Drive (Step-by-Step Guide)firstly.
    08-29-2018 05:54 AM
  10. midnightfrolic's Avatar
    most likely data recovery time.

    use this opportunity to invest in online data backup and redundant backups.
    09-05-2018 05:43 PM
  11. Stuart William's Avatar
    I had also tried using recuva in the past but did not got my data back. I would suggest for Stellar data recovery software. It costed me $99 but it did the job and was able to recover my documents I had accidentally shift deleted. There are a lot of other software in the market you can try like easeus and ontrack but I would suggest to go for a paid version only since the free software are hardly able to recover any data.
    09-28-2018 01:13 AM
  12. singhmanojkumar's Avatar
    Hi,
    There are many data recovery software which are free, type "free data recovery software for Windows" on google and you will see there are many. I found one software "IGEO Undelete" which recovers files up to 512 KB for free.
    10-21-2018 03:28 PM

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