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Old 03-16-2011, 06:08 AM   #1
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Default Data recovery help- external hard drive showing up as unallocated

I have a 2tb WD Essentials drive that had problems with a loose usb connection. I think the drive got messed up some how with it connecting and disconnecting. So I purchased an new enclosure to solve the issue and now the drive shows up in disk management as "unallocated".

Last night I tried a program called active partition recovery and with that I was able to actually see all folders I need and all the sub folders. Problem is that I don't think it fixed anything.

So....does anyone have any suggestions on how I can recover the data on this drive? I'm assuming that once I pull it off I can format the drive and that should get the drive up and running again?

I'm going to try test drive and getdataback ntfs tonight and see what I can come up with.

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Old 03-17-2011, 05:55 AM   #2
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Well if anyone runs into a similar issue, I used testdisk and I was able to get the drive to show up again.


Now in the process of backing up 1.5 tb....which windows estimates taking 12 hours
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Hey I'm having the same problem. How did you go about getting all the data back? I download testdisk, but was unsure what i need to do.
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