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Data missing after moving harddrive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by gldean95, May 1, 2017.

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  1. gldean95

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    A little while ago my old computer finally died, my cat spilled water onto the pc and it managed to get into the motherboard and it stopped working afterwards. Anyway, I removed harddrive which had windows 7 running on it. as it was the only thing worth saving from all the hardware. I inserted it into a rig I was given by my brother that's running windows 10. After I installled the harddrive into the pc I decided i'd just use the harddrive with windows 10 as my primary harddrive, after attempting to access the files on the old harddrive I came into a problem, after I gave myself permission to access the drive I noticed the 'last date modifed' was from 6 15 2015, which was the last time I reinstalled windows 7. After looking through every windows old, program files ect I realized I couldn't find any of my saved files from the latest installation of windows 7.After looking at the amount of space left I realized it was exacty the same as when it was on my old computer. So I used a file recovery software on the harddrive in hopes of finding my most recent pictures and videos. Instead I found files that I had deleted that were from old harddrives previous installation of windows 7. So I booted up the older harddrive as the primary drive and loaded into windows 7 with the same wall paper desk top icons ect that were on the previous installation that I made in 2015. So, is there anyway to recover the files that apparently have disapppeared?
     
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    Did you have two hard drives in that computer or maybe two partitions on this hard drive? Maybe an mSATA drive on the motherboard.
     
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    I didn't have two hard drives in my old pc and I don't believe I had two partitions either :/
     
  4. crjdriver

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    Did you by chance ever use an external drive and or flash drive with your old system?
    Can you post a screenshot of disk management showing the drive in question?
     
  5. gldean95

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    I previosuly did use an external harddrive frequently but that died sometime duri ng 2013. I did often use a flash drive on my old computer to transfer anime and stuff. I believe this is what you're looking for in the screen shot? disk management.png Drive in question is E:
     
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    I'm not sure what you expect. If a file recovery program didn't find them and installing the hard drive did not produce anything newer than 2015, then they are gone.

    Files that I consider important, I store in at least 2 different places, off the computer. Like CDs, DVDs, flash drives, external portable drives.

    Pictures I take on trips are burned to CDs as soon as I return from a trip and before I start editing anything.
     
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    Are you sure you are looking at the correct Users directory? It makes no sense unless you aren't looking in the right Users directory or the wrong drive.
     
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