Windows 10: MiniTool Power Data Recovery to the rescue!!! Solved

  1. Posts : 4,887
    Win 10 Pro x64
       15 Mar 2015 #1

    MiniTool Power Data Recovery to the rescue!!!

    Just sharing this.
    I made another boo-boo today and deleted 500GB worth of media files (just movies and music). Don't ask me how because that's something nobody wants to do. :)

    I don't keep a backup of these files. For me these are disposable files. But it would be nice if there's a way to get them back easily. And luckily, there is.

    This is the 3rd time this software has saved me. The MiniTool Power Data recovery. The first one was accidental deletion of an entire partition. The second time was also accidental deletion of big files. Accidental=stupidity for me. But hey, things happen whether you like it or not.

    Today I am not recovering a partition but rather "undeleting the 500GB+ of files"..

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    It will take probably a few hours before this process gets done.
    So, to avoid stressing out the hard drive (Seagate 2TB external drive) due to heat, I placed 4 USB fans around it.

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    To those who are accidentally wiping out their hard drives while testing out Win 10 TP, there is a simple solution and I highly recommend this software. The good thing about this recovery software unlike other software, you can get your files back in the same organized manner you lost them with original filenames and folder tree intact. And the best thing is, I got this software FREE from a Giveaway!

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  2. Posts : 11,937
    Windows 10 Pro X64
       15 Mar 2015 #2

    I hope they all get recovered for you. Good job with the fans.
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  3.    16 Mar 2015 #3

    Thanks for the info. I'll put this on my list of programs to try. Hope the recovery goes OK for you.
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  4. Posts : 4,887
    Win 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       16 Mar 2015 #4

    It was an easy recovery except around 20% of the media files I recovered are sort of corrupted but most of the files I care about are fine. I made a mistake of doing "undelete recovery". I should have done a "partition recovery" instead which is what I did in the past. "Undelete recovery" is very fast. I finished recovering 500GB media files in less than 2hrs. But the only catch is that some files got corrupted. Partition recovery takes twice the time depending on the size of the hard drive but 100% of the recovered files are clean and usable. For example, 2TB hard drive can take up to 5 hrs of full scan before you can see the files that you lost. Plus, maybe, the corruption issue is due to the fact that I saved my recovered files on the same hard drive I lost them. Must be the read-write bottle neck on the same drive. Lesson learned for me this time. But I am happy I got most of them back.

    2 important points:
    1. always do partition recovery (full scan) even if only the files are lost and not the partition itself.

    2. Always save recovered files on a different hard drive.

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  5.    17 Mar 2015 #5

    80% success isn't bad at all.
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  6. Posts : 4,887
    Win 10 Pro x64
    Thread Starter
       17 Mar 2015 #6

    Winuser said: View Post
    80% success isn't bad at all.
    Yup. Not bad at all. Some of the lost files have copies here and there. Not a total loss. :)
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