External drive got erased somehow! :(

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  1. IMcD23 macrumors regular

    IMcD23

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    Yesterday, I was copying files onto a Seagate FreeAgent Go external HD. Once the copy was complete, I absentmindedly just unplugged it. When I plugged it into my other mac, there was nothing in the drive.

    This drive is formatted NTFS, because I use it for files on the PC too. I am using NTFS-3g to be able to read and write to the drive. I have heard that the most recent files might not be applied to the drive if i forget to hit eject before unplugging it. But every single file I have on it (some were up to 5 months old) is gone.

    Overnight, I used Data Rescue 3 to try to restore files, but nothing much showed up with a Deep Scan.

    Any help is appreciated
    -IMcD23
     
  2. tonyburkhart macrumors regular

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    Since it's NTFS, are you able to connect it to a dedicated Windows machine and view the files?

    Just incase there is something wrong with your read/write program (3G) and it's ability to view files after an incorrect eject.
     
  3. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    Good suggestion.

    If this doesn't work, you might want to give SpinRite a try.

    Worth it's weight in gold. :)
     
  4. IMcD23 thread starter macrumors regular

    IMcD23

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    Ok thanks guys, i am trying it now!

    UPDATE: When I plug it into my Windows 7 box, there are two items that show up. one is the common .DS_Store file, and the other is the .Trashes folder with 501, 502, and 503 empty folders inside it.

    Should i run CHKDSK or something on it?
     
  5. jensanau macrumors newbie

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    Sorry I cant answer that IMcd23 :( but I had the exact same problem and gave it to my son who is recovering them by using a recovery program to copy them to another drive (not sure which one but I will ask him). Apparently my files were still there even tho I couldnt see them but he found them. I will let u know how we get on, it may or may not help you if you still havent had any luck retrieving yours.
     
  6. IMcD23 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Ok thanks! Yeah that would really help!

    -IMcD23
     

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