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Having trouble accessing hard drive (No Partition)

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Treyes3, May 13, 2015.

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  1. Treyes3

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    I was moving some files between my external hard drive and computer, but my cat knocked over the external, causing it to disconnect. I am now having trouble accessing the hard drive. I'm thinking that the hard drive became corrupt (like when it does not get safely removed). I've tried to use Testdisk to try to repair the hard drive, but I keep getting "Partition: Read Error". I cant access the hard drive at all, but it does get detected by the computer. Is the data still salvageable? The drive is a 1TB toshiba external SATA drive.
     
  2. KomputerKid

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    If you haven't tried yet, shut down the computer, unplug the external drive, replug it and restart the computer. That has worked for me in the past. It is possible that a program like recuva can help you recover your data if it's recognized.
     
  3. Dougx789

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    Have a look at Easeus.com they have a free version of their software which has partition recovery and data recovery.

    I advise your get a seconded external hard drive and move any data you can recover to the new drive.

    Don't write anything to the one that has been damaged.

    Once you have recovered everything you can, you can then look at using the drive again but remember onces its had a fault its more likely to have another.
    Never keep one back-up of your data. Two minimum on different media.
     
  4. KomputerKid

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    Easeus is a great partition manager but the free recovery program only lets you recover 1 GB without paying for the paid version which is expensive.
     
  5. DaveBurnett

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    Have you checked that the cable inside the case to the disk has not been disturbed?
    If TESTDISK is struggling with it then any software will struggle.
     
  6. dustyjay

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    It is possible that when the external drive was knocked over the HDD was actually damaged.
     
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