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  1. Joined : Apr 2015
    Posts : 9,142
       13 Aug 2016 #31

    sam1964 said: View Post
    You are right, thats what happen with my external hard drive. Its now showing on 32GB FAT 32 and rest is unallocated.
    Based on my reading,
    I should try to recover the formatted data from unallocated space on 1TB external hard drive.
    Once I recover all data, I can recover partition.
    Am I Right ???
    Please re-read posts 20 and 27 by @Slartybart. Based on his extensive experience, he recommends recovering your partitions first, then your data. If you decide to go that route, I'm sure he will be more than happy to walk you through the steps.
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  2. Joined : Oct 2013
    Penns Forrest
    Posts : 3,506
    Win_8.1-Pro, Win_10.1607-Pro, Mint_17.3
       13 Aug 2016 #32

    sam1964 said: View Post
    Once I recover all data, I can recover partition.
    Am I Right ???
    Almost ...

    Hopefully the partition recovery will bring most of your data back without having to resort to data recovery.

    Partitions are defined by where they start and where they stop
    Data is scattered around on a partition in bits which point to the next bit

    PW allows you to test the scenario recovery and even explore the files before you apply the changes.

    Whatever magic PW does is very cool - when the partition is recovered, files that have not been overwritten are where they were before. Because you wrote to the drive, some files will be garbage (old pointers reference the new bits)

    I don't know of any recovery software that can fix that - the bit is no longer part of the original file, it's part of the file that overwrote the original.

    There's a key message in this - do NOT muck around too much with the drive. The more data written to it, more original files get overwritten. That's why data recovery tells you to write the recovered files to another drive. Partition recovery is different - it's telling the file system where the partitions are and then traces the file bit pointers to reconstruct the file table.
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  3. Joined : Aug 2016
    Posts : 5
       14 Aug 2016 #33

    This is what happened to me after 1607 Install.......I decided not to wait and go ahead and Clone my OS "C" Drive w the Upgraded OS etc. on it. So I turned on my External 2TB Fantom USB 3 but I noticed that it's wee blue light seemed to be blinking MUCH longer than sure was.....IF left on it goes into eternal blink mode.
    OK - with Ext. HDD OFF when I open Disk Management: I SEE my two interior HD's NTFS Healthy! OK - Turn ON Ext. HDD - Disk Management shows NOTHING!
    IF I open This PC - even with Ext. HDD ON, I see ALL 3 drives and BOTH Partitions of the ext. drive.........but a blue bar is running across the "address" bar above as the blue light blinks on..........BTW - when this 1st started, I noticed an Icon on Task Bar I had never seen before and it was telling me that W10 was SettingUp a Device [forever it appears now].
    This might tell u who are in da know something that might help..... I tried turning the PC OFF, turning the Ext. HDD ON, start PC UP, the Boot Up is interrupted/stopped by the symbol for BUSY [circle going around] in center of the screen.......then Turn OFF Ext. HDD - the Boot Up of the W10 OS continues to completion.
    I hope/pray for a solution for us ALL!
    TKS michael
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  4. Joined : Nov 2016
    Posts : 1
    Windows 10
       11 Dec 2016 #34

    Hi Guys,

    Exactly having the same issue.

    I just wanted to create bootable device and i never thought USB Drive was same as WD My Passport Ultra.

    Anyhow, i lost all my 1 TB Files.

    I tried, EaseUs, Recuva and Get Data - Recover My Files (still scanning on).

    Will Partition Recovery Works? as suggested from your end ?
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