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Directories and Files on HDD no longer visible

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Aaarrrrrrrgh, May 8, 2019.

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  1. Aaarrrrrrrgh

    Aaarrrrrrrgh Thread Starter

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    Recently I performed a clean install of Windows 10 on my PC.

    All of my Data was on a separate Storage HDD, which I thought I would be able to access after the install. I had disconnected the said drive so that the data wouldn't be lost or wiped during the install.

    The drive consisted mainly of Folders that contained Photos and other items that I would like to access again. I purchased an IDE to USB cable, which I thought would enable me to read those Folders and Files and then copy them to a new location. This unfortunately has not been the case.

    Windows sees the drive, claiming that 56GB has been used, however, I am not seeing any meaningful Folders or Files. It is like they are invisible. I have tried "making hidden files visible"- No Luck there. I downloaded a free copy of MiniTool to see what results I would get running a scan - The recovered files unfortunately didn't recover the Folders structure that I was hoping for. It would be beneficial to get the Folder Structure to see what's what.

    Any advice or utilities that could aid the recovery of the Folder structure and the files would be most appreciated.
     
  2. 8biosdrive

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    What are the specifications of your system? What is the brand, storage capacity and speed of your hard drives? Is your "separate Storage HDD" an internal or external drive? Why did you purchase an IDE to USB cable to access the data hdd? How did you access it before purchasing this cable?

    It sounds like you were reinstalling Windows 10. What was the reason for the reinstallation? It's not clear why you aren't seeing your data if that drive was not connected during the reinstall. My guess is your data is ok. When you say that "Windows sees the drive..." is this in Windows Explorer or Disk Management? What does Disk Management tell you about the status of the drive? Do you see the drive in Device Manager?
     
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