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Initialized HDD now data not visible how can I retrieve

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  1. rubyandy

    rubyandy Thread Starter

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    Hi,
    I have a WD external HDD which is full of photos and music. It became non operational, appeared to be the chip that burnt out. So I took it out of the case and connected it to my Desktop PC. On boot up Windows recognised the drive and installed drivers but 'my computer' could not see it. so I dug further into device manager and there it was and also checked BIOS and it was there.
    I looked at disk manager and it said I needed to intialise the disk. I was worried about losing data, so did some research that said it should still be there after initialisation but not able to be seen or accessed. So did initialisation and sure enough Windows recognised Drive in 'my computer' and I can access it with new data but not see the old.
    I have tried a program or two that have worked previously to restore lost data in other circumstances but they are not working for this.
    This drive had everything I own regarding photos etc. and I am desperate!
    Thanks
     
  2. ninjatex

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    If I were you, I'd take this drive to a computer shop that does data recovery -- getting anything off this drive is gonna be pretty tricky since you initialized/formatted it. This is a job for a pro as if you try and do this you risk losing whatever might be left on that drive. If that data is really important, do not plug in or use that drive until you get it to a pro.

    If you insist on fixing this yourself, you'll have to do the following things:

    1. Clone your drive including the free space to another drive of at least slightly larger size
    2. Run testdisk on the drive and try to recover the partitions.

    I would suggest doing both of these from an Ubuntu live CD. Here's some related tutorials:
    http://www.lifehacker.com.au/2010/04/recover-data-like-a-forensics-expert-using-an-ubuntu-live-cd/
    http://www.epyxforensics.com/node/36
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=387922
     
  3. rubyandy

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    I thought as much, thanks very much for your time
     
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