Originally Posted by aliaskary77
Originally Posted by Conquerz
^^ Phewww... never mind. I used a data recovery application. All the directory structure and files were there without a scratch and I was able to recover everything quite easily. Had me worried. (although I did try a few apps that failed badly first.)
Now I am even more convinced that I need to make backup of my drives.
which tool worked? would be nice to know as i have not had much luck the 1 or 2 times i could have used it.
First of all I tried Handy Recovery. The 4TB drive was not even scan-able. In the past I had good experience with undeleting deleted files with this app. But this time it failed and it worried me.
I ran the following 3 tools together in parallel, as I did not want to run them one after another and waste time (even though I knew they would run faster if run alone):
EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard - Took over 36 hours to finish quick scan and then intelligent scan on the 4TB drive. In the end, the file system shown was mashed and only around 40GB out of 1TB was shown as recoverable. File and folder names were lost and orphaned and most files that were recovered were corrupt and damaged and could not be opened.
Stellar Phoenix Partition Recovery - This took over 36 hours again to scan the 4TB lol. Same problem as above.
RecoverMyFiles - This froze after few hours. I just let it continue in case it will refresh information. But I cancelled it when the above two programs finished scanning. File and folder names were lost and the recovered data was corrupt just like the above applications.
In the end, believe it or not, I prayed to God cos the data was so valuable to me and was almost in tears lol! For some reason I tried Handy Recovery again. This time I noticed that there was an option where you can choose a corrupt or missing partition. I did this and within minutes all folder structure and files were shown. Not a single scratch on any file. Everything was recoverable very quickly.
I think the reason why Handy Recovery worked so well was because it was a fresh drive. I did not have any deleted files on there. The only operation I had performed on the drive was a copy of the 1TB data, albeit bit at a time. After that the only problem I ran into was an accidental format of the drive. If the drive had been heavily used with a lot of deleted files in the past, and junk like that, I would have ran into big problem of sieving out the good files from the deleted ones that would show on these data recovery apps. Best practice: never delete your backup unless you have at least 2 copies.