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Hard Drive repair / data reovery
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Posted October 22, 2012 at 3:05PM
Hi, Looking for help and advice!
I have a PC with 3 HD's in it, fortunately the main C: Drive with windows 7 on it is fine and is backed up weekly to the second drive D: .
I have another drive E: , a Hitachi SATA drive of about 300GB, on which I had copied an old laptop hard drive. I rarely use it but sometimes access some of the old files on it which were stored in one main folder containing multiple subfolders.
The other day when I started the PC I caught the tail end of a Checkdisk running then the PC seemed to run fine. Yesterday, when I powered it on, it went straight to Checkdisk for the Hitachi Drive, which is drive E. When windows started up there was no sign of the Hiatchi E drive, so I shut down the PC and checked all the SATA cables disconnecting and reconnecting them.
When windows had started up again the Hitachi E drive was showing. Though when I went to explorer I found that it looked empty, no files were visible. I checked its properties and it showed 52GB used space. I ran tune up utilities and it recovered about 3 files which I restored as advised. I now have a 300Gb drive with only one folder called “MFT 22” and a subfolder which contains 1 MS Access Database ! After some Googling I downloaded a program called “Pareto Logic” and am running an advanced scan. It is almost 50% complete after about 2.5 hours and shows 24,500 items.
When I check the descriptions of these items it shows many of the files I would expect with their filename and date modified/ created/ accessed as I would expect it. It also shows lots of other files with random filenames and date modified/ created/ accessed as 1970/01/01 12.00.00, I imagine these are deleted files, as some of them I can preview and they are audio files which I once stored on this drive before deleting them.
What I would like to do is obviously restore this drive to how it was before this happened, but I am not sure of the best way of doing this,
I can find lots of software to recover these files, like the trial of “Pareto” that is scanning the disk, but I wondered if there was an easier way to do it. I don’t want any of the deleted files just the ones that were on the disk the other day. I am thinking that if I use Pareto, it may recover everything leaving me with maybe 50,000+ files to sort through and also not in any folder structure.
Is there a way of just repairing the disk structure without having to recover everything from it, I came across discussions of MFT records?
Or if not does anyone have any software to recommend that will allow me to copy the disk contents to one of my other hard drives, whilst maintaining the folder structure and filenames?
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Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:23AM
Cleaner is free and has a drive wiper tool
3 passes will be sufficient to stop anyone other than CID, 7 you will need a forensics team, 35 is just paranoid.
if you're a spy or terrorist smash the drive with a lump hammer :0)
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Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:46AM
AD2012, re the program you say you ended up purchasing from (bottom of page 1) I would not purchase software or trust anything that came from recoveryfix.com (the download website) is listed on Host-file.net "Classification: FSA - sites engaged in the selling or distribution of bogus or fraudulent applications, This classification also covers sites involved in fraudulent activity"
I noticed that you have just joined and this is your one and only thread on pca forum.
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Posted November 1, 2012 at 11:55AM
Not sure the relevance of "I noticed that you have just joined and this is your one and only thread on pca forum"?
Yes this is my first thread, so what?
I have already purchased, downloaded the program and used it, I can only go on my experience of it and as I have already said that was positive. It did what it said it would do and that is good enough for me!
I paid using Paypal and have only been charged the correct amount?
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Posted November 1, 2012 at 12:28PM
AD2012,it was meant as friendly advice to a new forumite to be careful before parting with money.
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