Windows 10: Hard Drive seems corrupt. 1 Partition now showing as 3 Partitions? Solved

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  1.    18 Feb 2017 #11

    I was meant to get some of this data back by Monday, its abut 2TB+ so I imagine it's going to take a while, but I can be patient...unless I've simply gone too far and made it worse, or beyond saving.
    Timelines will have to wait I guess.

    Thanks again
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  2. Posts : 531
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       18 Feb 2017 #12

    OK. We shall now try TestDisk on your 3TB drive as it is.

    First reconvert your 3TB drive from GPT back to MBR using PW. In theory converting it from MBR to GPT and GPT to MBR should not affect your data. But still I would have preferred that you had not converted it into GPT to maintain the original MBR.

    Now download "TestDisk & PhotoRec 7.0 (18 April 2015), Data Recovery" from here TestDisk Download - CGSecurity Extract it to the root of your system drive C:. ( Download only the Windows version and not the Windows 64 version)

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    Now you are ready to run testdisk_win.exe in the testdisk-7.0 folder. Please follow the instructions scrupulously. Do not deviate and try to do things on your own. TestDisk is highly interactive. If you have any doubts on how to proceed next, post a screenshot and then close TestDisk by clicking on X on the top right of the Menu Bar and wait for my instructions.

    Run Test Disk. ( You will be using the up/down, Left/Right arrow keys to move in the TestDisk Window}

    First screen: Highlight/select [No log] Press Enter Key
    Second Screen: Highlight/select your 3TB drive. [Proceed] is highlighted. Press enter
    Third Screen: [Intel] Enter
    Fourth Screen: Highlight [Geometry] and press Enter.
    Please post the the fifth screenshot. Close TestDisk and wait for further instructions.
    Last edited by jumanji; 18 Feb 2017 at 20:58. Reason: Typos corrected.
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  3.    18 Feb 2017 #13

    5th screen.

    If it's useful, converting back to MBR has recreated the 3 partitions again (as it was prior to the GPT conversion).




    Patiently awaiting you help.

    Thank you so much for the second chance.
    Last edited by mfx; 24 Feb 2017 at 12:45.
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  4. Posts : 531
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       18 Feb 2017 #14

    OK, you are quite fast and I didn't expect it, . But I am always slow.

    Now move the highlight to [Sector Size] Press Enter and change the sector size to 4096. I do not know what will be the screens that follow. Whatever, you have to change the sector size to 4096. If you are in doubt post each screenshot so that I can see and instruct further. After TestDisk effects the change what is the next screen? Post it.
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  5.    18 Feb 2017 #15

    Done.



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    Thank you

    jumanji said: View Post
    OK, you are quite fast and I didn't expect it, . But I am always slow.

    Now move the highlight to [Sector Size] Press Enter and change the sector size to 4096. I do not know what will be the screens that follow. Whatever, you have to change the sector size to 4096. If you are in doubt post each screenshot so that I can see and instruct further. After TestDisk effects the change what is the next screen? Post it.
    Last edited by mfx; 24 Feb 2017 at 12:46.
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  6. Posts : 531
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       18 Feb 2017 #16

    OK as you can see in the topline the sector size has changed to 4096 from 512.
    [Ok] is highlighted. Press Enter key and post the next screen
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  7.    18 Feb 2017 #17

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  • Posts : 531
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32bit
       18 Feb 2017 #18

    OK now move to [Analyse] and press Enter. Show me the next screen.

    I am damn hungry. Dinner time. Will be back in half an hour after dinner.
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  •    18 Feb 2017 #19

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    Enjoy your dinner.
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  •    18 Feb 2017 #20

    Im off to the park with the lad for an hour, will be checking when back.
    Thanks
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