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Storage 4 TB becomes a 2 TB and all datas are gone ???

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by kim, 13 Aug 2020.

  1. kim

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    I recently bought a Seagate Baracuda 4TB HDD, I use it to transfer the datas from the Download folder of my M2 SSD, mostly movies, videos, and music.
    First time I ran it, I did format it in GPT to have the 4TB in a single partition.
    Until today, I used it with an external drive enclosure, plugging it via USB when necessary to backup files, but as I had some free sata ports on this MB, I decided to plug it permanently as a secondary drive.
    I did so, and the computer started normally, and my 4TB was visible with all the datas...but suddenly, a message appeared mentioning disk issues to fix, and a restart was required...so I did it :eyebrow:
    But now, in Windows explorer, my drive appears as a 2TB, and all the datas are gone :duh:
    In PC managment, disk manager shows the disk with an active partition of almost 2TB, and another unallocated space of 2TB....WTF :wallbash:...Where are my datas ???
    Honestly, I know some about data recovery but this particular issue never happened to me and this time, I don't know what to do to get it back :waah:
    Any ideas?
     
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  2. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    Step 1, unplug it. This will minimise data loss
     
  3. kim

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    Thank you for such a fast reply, well, this is the first thing I've done, and then I replaced it into the external enclosure and plugged it like before, via USB...of course the result was the same :miffed:
    I am actually running Easeus data recovery, 255 GB of lost datas are already listed, but the scan requires almost 5 hours... it says :sad:
    may be I should wait and try to save it this way, before doing anything else :worried:
     
  4. saspro

    saspro IT monkey

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    Sounds like you're already on step 2 then.
    Just make sure you've got another drive to copy the data to once it's discovered it (as you can't write it back to the same drive)
     
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  5. Cheapskate

    Cheapskate Insane? or just stupid?

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    FYI: NEVER leave a usb drive plugged in during an update. Win 10 has conveniently bricked five USB sticks on me.
    (You'd think I'd remember that by now. - Lost one last week.)
     
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  6. kim

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    Thank you for passing by Cheapskate :grin:, always a pleasure, and I should say, "I will remember your advice", but the truth is, (and I don't boast about it here), but I had sooo many issues with updates under Windows 10, that I totally stopped it with the help of a little soft called StopWinUpdates :naughty: :worried::worried:
    ... sorry for your lost sticks, I am also going through a bad streak of "loss of data" those last months, I know how it can be stressing so I empathize :grr:

    A big thank to you @saspro , it's really great to have someone who cares when posting our mishaps, very appreciated :thumb: ...Yes, I have another 2TB empty but that's my last unwritten drive :rollingeyes:
    Actually, Easeus found almost a TB of lost datas wich is pretty encouraging, but the scan countdown still displays 4 hours remaining time...so I will know more tomorow :cooldude:
    Thank you to all for help and comments
     
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  7. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Just seen this @kim , hopefully it keeps finding more of your data even if it does take its time in doing so.

    Let us know how it goes, fingers crossed :thumb:
     
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  8. kim

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    Good evening @adidan :grin:, that's so cool to have comments like this :rock: it feels good to have some support ... well, yes, Easeus is great but it takes ages :hehe:, for sure I will update the thread :thumb:
     
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  9. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Well we all know the pain of thinking or actually losing data.

    Hope the recovery gods are on your side :happy:
     
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  10. kim

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    May they be yes...:grin:
    :grr: especially as I lost already a 3TB of precious datas 3 months ago and Easeus managed to save only the half of it :sigh:
     
  11. Arboreal

    Arboreal Keeper of the Electric Currants

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    Good Luck Kim, I'm watching with fingers crossed...
    Remember you should be recovering TO of data! Those nasty English TB may not be the same.;)
     
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  12. kim

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    Thank you for your support Arboreal :grin: :rock:that's great :thumb:
    :jawdrop::hehe: you're kidding me ? :grin: I made the effort to write TB for a better understanding of english readers, and remembering our late co-member Jeff Hine's comment :p: :hehe:
     
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  13. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    I wonder why you're having such bad luck? :sigh:
     
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    Yeah :oldconfused:, that's what I am wondering :miffed:, fact is, I am hoarding an insane amount of datas, I have backups for a large part of it, and it turns out that it is always with the drives that aren't backup, where the loss of datas happen :eyebrow::waah::wallbash:
     
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  15. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    It is always the drives that aren't backed up that decide to cause problems.

    The must know :worried:
     
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  16. Arboreal

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    Vive La Difference! Is nice to remind us Brits sometimes that our language isn't 100% universal :lol:
     
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  17. kim

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    :grin: I ought to know... and BTW, you also learned me my mistake :worried: the drives that aren't BACKED up and not backup like I wrote, thanks for that too, l hate to make mistakes :grin:
     
  18. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Well I wrote 'the' instead of 'they' so I have no room to comment :grin:
     
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  19. adidan

    adidan Guesswork is still work

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    Mate, it's not even universal in our own country :lol:
     
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  20. kim

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    You may be right, but from my point of view, being a member of an English language site, requires to express yourself properly, and thank god I was not bad in english, because there is nothing compared to Bittech in France :grin:
     

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