1.    28 Mar 2016 #1
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    Files disappear from a second drive after reinstalling OS


    Two weeks ago my primary hdd, a Samsung 850 Pro 1TB died, but I wasn't very worried being the drive in warranty and having a second hard drive (a WD 2 TB) where I store photos, documents, saves and other important files.
    I proceeded to reinstall the OS on the new drive and something weird is going on; on the second drive many files just disappear, like it was restored a older version of the content. Basically latest files are time stamped june 2015.
    I tried different recovery programs with both light and deep scan (Data Rescue 3, Ease Recovery, Getback, ecc.) but none of those programs can find any trace of the files I am looking for and I am going crazy to understand what is going on.

    The only difference is that I am using a different SATA port on the MB than before.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

    AC
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  2.    28 Mar 2016 #2
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    Did you disconnect your 2TB drive before reinstalling Windows?
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  3.    28 Mar 2016 #3
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    No I didn't
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  4.    28 Mar 2016 #4
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    When reinstalling an OS on a new drive it's always recommended all drives be disconnected except the drive you are installing to.

    However, if you made sure you installed to Disk 0 "which should have been the 850 PRO" Windows probably created the necessary partitions for proper install.

    Recovery
    System
    MSR Reserved
    Primary Partition 1

    So in your install program you probably seen Disk 0 as unallocated space, and Disk 1 as the 2 TB drive. If you didn't do anything with Disk 1 "2TB" Then it should have been OK.
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  5.    29 Mar 2016 #5
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmaneke View Post
    When reinstalling an OS on a new drive it's always recommended all drives be disconnected except the drive you are installing to.

    However, if you made sure you installed to Disk 0 "which should have been the 850 PRO" Windows probably created the necessary partitions for proper install.

    Recovery
    System
    MSR Reserved
    Primary Partition 1

    So in your install program you probably seen Disk 0 as unallocated space, and Disk 1 as the 2 TB drive. If you didn't do anything with Disk 1 "2TB" Then it should have been OK.
    I'll keep in mind for sure for the next time...
    I was suspecting also some problem about partitions... Indeed the drives before the damage were:

    disk0 = Samsung SSD with the 4 partitions
    disk1= WD 2TB with datas

    after installing the new drive I switched the SATA port and the two diskid switched with having 0 for datas and 1 for system. Also, when I reinstalled, the drive D was without letter, so i had to assing it through admin panel, but since the disk structure was identical I didn't check the content until I had to.

    Said so, even if it is a problem of disk table, how it is possible that a surface scan cannot recover any file?
    There is a way to recover it? Does connect the disk as an external drive on another PC would help?

    Thanks
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  6.    29 Mar 2016 #6
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    You could try it.
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