Help!!! Accidentally Deleted MyBook Partition

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  1. iraklis01, Sep 29, 2013
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    iraklis01 macrumors newbie

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    Hi there!,

    I am very worried, because yesterday deleted the partition from my external hard drive (Western Digital). It has been used for 3 years as my source for backups (using Time Machine). Unfortunately, yesterday was the only place where I had all my information from 10 years ago.

    I've deleted it accidentally using the utility disk, and now appears one called "Untitled" instead of the previous partition "My book". It was a "default erased" (not secured), only lasted five seconds. I have read that I must be capable to recover the partition.

    I have read that another option would be to try to recover all the files but apparently I would recover without folders and names of the files. This would be a huge disorder for me.

    I guess the information has to be there, because no more data has been written to the disk.

    I tried some tool but until now I have not recovered the partition. I'm not sure if I should unmount the partition "untitled" because maybe the programs need to search into "unallocated space" but I'm not sure which is the best way at this time.

    I don't know why, but if I connect the external disk to windows XP, I can't see the partition "Untitled".

    I appreciate any help on this.
     
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  3. iraklis01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your reply.

    It seems to be a program to recover files. I would like to recover the partition that I have deleted.... because If I use a data recovery software, I will get the files without folders and without names.... and it would be very difficult with more than 10.000 files.
     
  4. northernmunky macrumors 6502a

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    I've done the same thing before, Data Rescue is the best and saved my life once before. You'll need to use 'Deep Scan' for a partition wipe. It should be able to recover everything even in their original folder structure.
     
  5. iraklis01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your comment!

    If finally I can't recover the partition "My book" I guess I will use Data Rescue or something like that to perform a deep scan.

    How long did it take to do the deep scan? My external WD drive has 1 TB capacity.


    Is someone have had any experience in recovering a deleted partition, similar to my case, I appreciate your comments and experience.


    Thanks again
     
  6. northernmunky macrumors 6502a

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    Deep Scan can take an age because it looks at literally every sector on the HDD, so the larger the drive, the longer it take. You might be waiting a full day or longer on a 1Tb.
    I would try this first before anything else though, any further changes to the hard disk could cause irreparable damage that even Dara Rescue can't bring back.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    First, DISCONNECT the external drive RIGHT NOW.
    DO NOT connect it again, until you are ready to begin file recovery.
    This ensures that you will not over-write data or directory information.

    Second, take a deep breath and realize that although there is a chance you may get file names and folder hierarchies back, there is an equal chance that you're going to LOSE such things, and have to reconstruct names and folders "by hand". Sorry, this can be a "price that you pay" for data recovery. The consolation is that you get the _data_ itself back.

    Third -- you are going to need ANOTHER drive to serve as the "scratch drive" to which a data recovery app can save the data it scavenges and reconstructs.

    I'd suggest you buy a USB3/SATA docking station, a bare drive of sufficient size, and use that as your scratch drive.

    Finally -- do not keep 10 years's worth of old data on only ONE drive. You see what kind of problems that is causing for you now.
    Once your data is recovered, you can use the USB/SATA dock and the bare drive, and use CarbonCopyCloner to create a "dupe" of the recovered drive. Then you'll have two copies on different drives.
    To be extra-safe, store the second drive "off-site" (not in the same building the computer is in). This provides protection against fire, theft, disaster. If you don't have an off-site location, I'd recommend a fire-resitant/waterproof chest in the basement...
     
  8. iraklis01 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Firstly thanks for the support to everyone.


    I did the first deep analysis with Data Rescue 3. On one hand, I got two folders: one folder named "Found Files" and a second folder named "Reconstructed Fiiles". On the "Found Files" folder I have another folder called "Untitled" (which is the name of the partition that utility disk was created automatically when I deleted accidentally my partition "My book"). On this folder I can see the entire folder structure, file names (apparently its size is also correct), date of creation / modification ... BUT none of this files are working.

    On the other hand, I got a second folder called "Reconstructed Files" where everything is ordered by file type and the files work. However, the problem is that there are many many files and they are completely disorganised. Since I used to do the back up using Time Machine I have up to 20 versions of the same file. Also it appears without titles, folders or date. This causes a huge disaster for me.

    I have read a lot about it and it seems that you can not recover the folder structure and names either.I would like to try with another software to try to obtain the folders and names (and files working...). However I 'm afraid I will not be successful.

    I don't know what to do at this moment. Maybe could be a solution "dismount" the partition "Untitled" to see if there are any chance to recover the old partition "My Book" and therefore the entire folders and names structure? (with the files working...)

    If anyone has any idea how can fix this ... I would be very grateful.
     
  9. northernmunky macrumors 6502a

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    That's unfortunate, the partition may be more damaged than usual, Data Rescue is the best, and I cannot think of any other software that might help you.

    You're only option may be a data recovery company, who specialises in this area and might have more luck recovering the folder structure intact, but that's not guaranteed. The good thing is your drive is physically working so data CAN be recovered. Not necessarily as it was.

    Have a google for data recovery companies near where you live.
     
  10. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    [[ On the other hand, I got a second folder called "Reconstructed Files" where everything is ordered by file type and the files work. However, the problem is that there are many many files and they are completely disorganised. Since I used to do the back up using Time Machine I have up to 20 versions of the same file. Also it appears without titles, folders or date. This causes a huge disaster for me. ]]

    There is no disaster. You got the files back. As I pointed out in post #7 above, data recovery software WILL NOT (in most cases) reconstruct folder hierarchies or file names. What it DOES do for you is "get the data back". DR3 _did_ "get your files back" for you, and as you said, "the files work". DR3 did its job.

    The "disaster" occurred when _you_ made the mistake of deleting the partition. Yes, I realize that this can happen to anybody at the wrong moment. But to this point, you have done about as much as you can do, by recovering the files -- even though you can't recover the file names and folders.

    [[ I have read a lot about it and it seems that you can not recover the folder structure and names either.I would like to try with another software to try to obtain the folders and names (and files working...). However I 'm afraid I will not be successful. ]]

    No, you won't be successful. I doubt any other app is going to do "more" for you than DR3 has done. It got the files back. That's what data recovery software does.

    Here are a few questions for you:
    Why did you save all those Time Machine backups?
    Did you really have to save essentially the same files over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over (had enough yet) again?
    Would a simple cloned backup using CarbonCopyCloner have sufficed?
    Perhaps along with an "archive" of older files, i.e., no longer on your "working hard drive" but still files you wanted to keep around?

    The point is, most people will turn on Time Machine, and backup again and again and again and again and again, when they really only need to save/archive a miniscule number of files (compared to all the files that comprise a working drive running OS X).

    If you had been using CCC with the "archive old files" feature turned on, you would have had all the benefits of TM, without the headaches you are having now.
     
  11. northernmunky macrumors 6502a

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    Not everyone is you or I!
    And I think the poster mentioned he used this as a time machine as well so of course there will be thousands of duplicates.

    I did once recover an entire harddrive plus folder structure before, so it is possible. It just depends of the type of damage.
     
  12. Aeneas Williams macrumors newbie

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    If you are not satisfied with the software as you mentioned above then I suggest you software named as Remo Recover. Many industry experts believes this tool is helpful for recovering the deleted or lost data. so you can also use this utility. Hope you will be able to retrieve your data.
     

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