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Hard drive conversion error, files are missing but still using space!?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by damntechnology, Dec 5, 2009.

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  1. damntechnology

    damntechnology Thread Starter

    Dec 5, 2009
    Okay so i was doing your usual conversion of a FAT32 drive to NTFS using Paragon partition manager. It was my external 500gb lacie hard drive (H:) and to my horror i returned from class to see my computer had rebooted during the process. It was my own human error as i forgot to stop the windows update process in the command prompt.

    Now i couldnt afford to let my pc convert it in the saftey of a no OS environment that day because i had to write an essay, but now im wishing i had. The problem is around 80% of my files are now no longer showing on the drive, but the space for them is still allocated. That lead me to the conclusion theyre still on the drive.

    I decided to finish the conversion on Paragon which kept bringing up an error. After running a CHKDSK /F fix acronis carried on the operation as per normal and reached 100%. STILL MY FILES WERE MISSING.

    I then decided to run numerous recovery programs to see if i could find the files. However they all picked up zilch...

    My final idea was to run the seriously time consuming CHKDSK /R as a last ditch attempt. All was going well until it came up with an "unspecified error" at the end of stage 5. Now im all out of ideas...

    I am going to try defraging and running CHKDSK /R again to see if the error is a reccuring one... If it is then im stumped. Its just really annoying because my files are still on there! The space is allocated but theyre just not showing up!!!! ARGH! :(

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