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    arrrrrrgh!!!

    somebody please tell me they can help me fix this.
    This has got to be the worst day ever for me.
    I just lost 80GB of data on a external usb drive (maxtor)
    The drive was completely full of very important data that I absolutely MUST recover!!!!
    I looked online at some data recover services but these guys must be out to get rich charging upwards 5k, i dont have that kind of cash to recover data.

    Basicly here is the run down, not sure how it happend, everything was fine, i rebooted my computer (installing a new bluetooth2.0 device) and the comuter took a long, long time to shutdown, when it came back up, windows would not detect my usb drive anymore, device unknown everytime i plug it in. It finally detected it, but the file system is jacked (RAW), used to be FAT32. Now i know the actual disk is still OK, and im certain the data is still on there and still good, i just need to get it off.
    How can i convert the RAW file system, and restore the system volume information without destroying the data on the disk?
    If anyone can give some helpfull info it would save me BIG TIME.

    Ill keep googleing in the mean time.

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    Maxtors suck. Throw it away!

    Search for file recover 5.0 for windows. Woops trial cant recover. you could download it and see if your files are there first. then buy it
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    Sorry to hear about your drive.

    Keep in mind that external HDs are just normal HDs (normally IDE) in a USB enclosure. I would pull the HD out of the case and try slaving in my desktop. If it's a 2.5" mobile drive, there are adapters that will convert the smaller 2.5" HD connector to a standard 40pin IDE cable.

    Geeks sells a USB 2.0 to IDE Adapter Cable. It’s fairly slick. I use one for my portable HD. They come with power supply that uses a standard computer power cord and the PS has a standard 4-pin Molex style connector on the end. This is what I use to recover customer drives.

    For recovery software, I use Ontrack Easy Recovery Pro. If the drive is readable, it can probably recover the data.

    Just a warning about drives with physical damage, they tend to get worse the more you run them. In the case of physical damage, get the data off as fast as you can. If this is just a SW/Driver type issue, the drive itself is probably fine and just the dir structure may be hosed. This also gives you the luxury of time to try things.

    Good Luck,
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    ive been there. omg it sucks..and your right they are ou to get rich quick,. anyway always remember to BACKUP all your data. whenever you go to a buddies house just back it up on his computer or wherever you go lol thats what i do. i have backups on 4 or 5 computers and on a external laptop hd

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    I'd try to use the older tools, such as Norton Disk Doctor etc to try to fix it. Failing that find Hirens Boot CD on the net - has loads of disk recovery tools on it.

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    been trying to reply to this thread for a while now, Im also having problems with SBC (*****ES) my connection keeps dropping. I think im having sync issues, they've been out to my house like 5 times in the past 2 months.
    But anyway, i downloaded the ontrack easy recovery trial and it is able to read the drive and so far it seems like all the data is still good and intact. It wont let me copy the data (trial) but it has a viewer and im able to view the files. So i feel a WHOLE lot less ****ed than a few hours ago.
    Thanks for the links and info , helps a lot.
    First thing in the morning im going to BestBuy to buy another HD (recommendations?) and copy all my data to it. Then make a few backup copies on every computer i have. I can not afford to loose this data again. If i do, i starve.

    I was just at the store the other day looking at getting another usb drive to back this data up, but they didnt have the drive i wanted in the size i wanted.
    Are file sytem errors common on usb drives (this is the first one ive had), and ive never lost data on or had a internal HD go bad in 10years. This brings back nightmares of zip and jazz drives going bad on me years ago.

    well i gotta get some stuff done quick before my connection craps out again.

    Thanks everybody.

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    Hey,

    Glad to hear things are looking up.

    I am not picky about HDs. I take any of the big 3. I would not pay extra for a USB drive. I would just get a bare drive and an enclosure(Geeks has them for under $20).

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    Depending on which Oss you are dealing with it can be a pain to decide which file system(FS) to use. Personally would not deal with any FAT FS. They are a ***** to recover. If you spend part of your time in Linux Land, then you will have to use a common file system. If you have to work with W9x then you are stuck with FAT. Personally I use NTFS on any Windows system I have. Now the gamers will tell you that it's not as fast as FAT. This is true until you try to recover data. Once something is corrupted in FAT, it's gone unless you are either VERY good or VERY lucky. Most of the time, NTFS is recoverable. In fact, I had a power outage today and my front line W2K server did not finish booting. It just stopped at the last of the progress bars on the color windows boot screen. I rebooted into Safe Mode (command prompt), ran “chkdsk C: /R”. It had to reboot to scan the drive. It scanned the drive, fix/recovered, rebooted and it was back. It took me 45 minutes to get it back up and running. It's a small partition 8GB so it's not a lot to scan. This is my normal experience recovering under NTFS. Now Linux has some killer file systems, but I do not use much Linux.

    Anytime you carry an HD around with you, it's a risk. I have not had any problems with the 120GB I carry with me and I am not real careful.

    If your data is REALLY important, look at good RAID card that support RAID5. I do not know how much space you need, but RAID5 is a good way to get a lot of redundant storage together in one box at a good price. I have almost 1TB of RAID5 storage. That is 5 250GB Maxtor SATA drives on an Intel 6 port RAID card. I can lose ANY 1 or my 5 drives and my data is safe. It's much slower when one of the drives is down, but I can still get to my data. All I have to do is pick up another 250GB SATA replace the bad HD and let it rebuild the RAID array. If you only have a little bit of data to secure, most any card that claims RAID will do RAID1. You just have 2 drives with the exact same data on them and if one dies you replace it and the card copies the data back to the new drive. The difference is how much of the space is usable.

    With RAID5 you get

    (Size Of HDs) X (the number of HDs) – (the size of 1 HD). So if you have 5 250GB drives, you get:

    250GB X 5 -250GB or 1000GB

    With RAID1 you get
    ((Size Of HDs) X (the number of HDs)) / 2
    Or:

    250GB X 4 /2 gives you 500GB

    You can do RAID5 with as few as 3 HDs. You can do RAID1 with as few as 2 HDs.

    Anyway, I hope this was helpful and it continues to go well.
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    one time when iwas doing video editing i lost almost 180 gigs of files like that i got the program and got em all back :-) i forgot the name of wat i used so sorrry if i find out ill tell u

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    I've never had problems with any of my Maxtors. I still have a 4.3GB Maxtor in a P200MMX. It's from like 1997.

    Whenever I get Western Digital HDs I always end up getting bad sectors/other problems within like 3-6months of getting the drive.

    I'll stick with my trusty Maxtors and Segates. No more WD and/or IBM!!

    Peace,

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