Using testdisk to recover data ?

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  1. pasc
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    Well, since I was stupid enough to pull (an unrelated) usbstick while my ext hdd was busy copying something to my intern hdd and therefore ejected itself I lost quite some data.

    To put this in perspective:

    Space the Harddrive is "showing as used"
    [​IMG] => ~3,30 TB SHOULD be used...

    Space actually seen when calculating all of it together:
    [​IMG]

    => about 600 GB seem to be "Lost" (they ARE on the disk however the files are not there, empty folders where files used to be).


    I tried using testdisk which usually helped me in such cases:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    The problem now however is the reproted
    "disk too small issue"

    Is there any way I can copy ALL of the found files to another disk perhpas ?

    I have another 4TB ready for migrating files over.

    Except if there is a way to fix this without using that disk.

    Thanks in advance to those of you who know more about testdisk than I do
     
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    Here's my helpful response - yes, you can, but I haven't used TestDisk in a while, and I don't remember how to access that option.

    It could also be that I had accessed it through the bootable version. You might try that, too.
     
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    pasc GBATemps official GBA Freak

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    don't worry :)

    A quick
    Code:
    chkdsk /f d:
    completly fixed it :)

    All files are back.

    This thread can be closed

    (On a note though: Testdisk can help if your harddrive shows up as "do you want to format")
    (Photorec will help with issues of accidentaly deleted files, so will recuva)
     
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    I recommend using "GetDataBack for NTFS" which is really great and easy to use! I'm glad you solved it, but for future accidents it might be good to know about a few different options.
    (this can possibly (has done for me) help you if you have deleted files, if it got corrupted, if you get "do you want to format" messages, if you have formatted, etc)
     
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    I've used both testdisk and GetDataBack, and I recommend testdisk only for some specific cases where you can't access the drive at all, nor any data shows up.

    For the rest of the cases, GDB does everything awesomely ;)
     
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    TestDisk was of no use to me when I wanted to recover some files from my moms laptop. Tried Recuva and PhotoRec but GetDataBack did the best job at recovering files. PhotoRec didn't recover any directory names, and Recuva simply wasn't able to recover a lot of files.
     
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    I see I see! I've never had problems (yet) using GDB even when there was no access to the drive. However, I find GDB for FAT not being as good (result wise), but I think that's caused by the formatting. Ever tried testdisk on FAT drives?

    (FAT doesn't have some kind of index that NTFS has, or something)
     
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    yes, getdataback! is also awesome.

    For matter of fact: I mirrored my Harddrive using a bit by bit copy, so that should be taken care of in the future.
     
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    Only used it on NTFS HDDs for now. Almost all the pendrive failures I had were hardware failures, and to fix those I used a soldering station ;)

    I remember using GDB for FAT drives quite a bit too, works wonders.