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Old 03-31-18, 10:22 PM
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OK so coming to you from a new Windows 10 PC
My barebones kit crapped out on me few weeks ago. It's a good 12 years old and all sorts of shit happened all at once.
At first I thought it was RAM so I got replacements from Crucial. That didn't solve my issue and PC finally stopped reading one storage drive while also taking ages to boot up, then finally wouldn't boot.

So here I am now. New PC and I wanted to plug in my 2 storage drives (movies). One is a 3TB the other 4TB
I place the 3TB drive in a Thermaltake BLACX external and I get nothing. Wont even show up. The 4TB, while it comes up, not all of the drive is there. Like half my shit is missing. Even a couple folders are empty when I know they are not. These drives were single partition drives and damn near filled up. I used them with PLEX to stream to my TV.

I plug the 3TB back into the external carrier and use Testdisk and it see's it, but not all of it. It's showing at a 1TB drive. I didn't have it scan because that would take ages. Did the same with the 4TB drive but forget what size it said. I know on my PC it is showing as barely 2TB

What it all comes down to is I'd really hate to loose all these damn movies. I am not about to rip and convert 7TB of movies!

*side note
I had an issue with a 40GB drive that I had my audio on. Windows couldn't see I so opened disk management and it said disk was Dynamic and Invalid. So I used Testdisk and was able to se full disk and copy all of my music over to my new PC (again using the external carrier)
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Old 04-01-18, 02:04 AM
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Re: Need serious help with data drives

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OK so coming to you from a new Windows 10 PC
My barebones kit crapped out on me few weeks ago. It's a good 12 years old and all sorts of shit happened all at once.
At first I thought it was RAM so I got replacements from Crucial. That didn't solve my issue and PC finally stopped reading one storage drive while also taking ages to boot up, then finally wouldn't boot.

So here I am now. New PC and I wanted to plug in my 2 storage drives (movies). One is a 3TB the other 4TB
I place the 3TB drive in a Thermaltake BLACX external and I get nothing. Wont even show up. The 4TB, while it comes up, not all of the drive is there. Like half my shit is missing. Even a couple folders are empty when I know they are not. These drives were single partition drives and damn near filled up. I used them with PLEX to stream to my TV.

I plug the 3TB back into the external carrier and use Testdisk and it see's it, but not all of it. It's showing at a 1TB drive. I didn't have it scan because that would take ages. Did the same with the 4TB drive but forget what size it said. I know on my PC it is showing as barely 2TB

What it all comes down to is I'd really hate to loose all these damn movies. I am not about to rip and convert 7TB of movies!

*side note
I had an issue with a 40GB drive that I had my audio on. Windows couldn't see I so opened disk management and it said disk was Dynamic and Invalid. So I used Testdisk and was able to se full disk and copy all of my music over to my new PC (again using the external carrier)
First the obvious question... this info was not backed up?
You have to scan the drive, it won't take as long as you think. If you connect it directly to the PC instead of using the external dock it might scan faster.
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Old 04-01-18, 07:32 AM
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Re: Need serious help with data drives

Were these drives plugged internally on the old PC or via the BlacX? There have been several versions of the BlacX... I believe the early model(s) only recognized 2TB max drives.
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Old 04-01-18, 05:58 PM
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Did you try plugging it into the new computer directly? Where should be at least one free SATA port.
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Old 04-02-18, 10:49 PM
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Create a Linux recovery bootable USB memory stick.

Plug both drives into the physical, internal SATA ports of the motherboard in your new PC. You might have to disconnect your other drives. Try to connect each drive into a seperate SATA port. You should have 2 free internal SATA III ports on your new PC. Have a new, blank hard drive available to use as a backup for an image of your bad drive(s). If you've got a 3rd internal sata port, plug it in there. If not, an external port should work, but not be as fast.

Boot the linux recovery stick. R-drive image is a good program which has a linux version available. It's simple to use and will enable you to create an image of the readable sectors on your bad drives. Work with the images, not the drives themselves, to try to recover the data. Testdisk will read drive image data as if it is a physical drive. Then you can copy the files found in that image to a real drive, and not risk further hardware errors by reading the image data, not the bad drive.

Hopefully both drives will mount, as sda and sdb. Your (blank) drive will also mount, and you should try making a full image copy to that blank HD, of each of your bad drives.

I've had success with this method with three drives. One wasn't recoginzed in Windows at all. One gave "cyclic redundancy check" when trying to "dir", the 3rd drive gave SMART status BAD. Backup and replace, as a BIOS message). I recovered 100% of my data (also movies, one drive was 2TB the other 1TB, they were 90%+ full).

Good luck, and this method will take some time (it took 83 hours for me), but I got all my data back.
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I place the 3TB drive in a Thermaltake BLACX external and I get nothing. Wont even show up. The 4TB, while it comes up, not all of the drive is there. Like half my shit is missing. Even a couple folders are empty when I know they are not. These drives were single partition drives and damn near filled up. I used them with PLEX to stream to my TV.

I plug the 3TB back into the external carrier and use Testdisk and it see's it, but not all of it. It's showing at a 1TB drive. I didn't have it scan because that would take ages. Did the same with the 4TB drive but forget what size it said. I know on my PC it is showing as barely 2TB
You're using controllers or bridge chipsets that only support 32-bit addressing, and so only work with drives up to 2TB. You need a new external case or controller that supports 64-bit addressing in order to see the 3 and 4 TB drives properly. Something made in, say, the last 5 years.

If you try doing anything with those drives on a 32-bit controller, you may end up hosing your data.
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Old 04-04-18, 03:21 PM
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Thanks for all the help guys.
I'm going first try and put the drives in my new PC which only has 2 slots (1 for OS drive and 1 for storage) since it's a small form factor DELL
If that don't work, I'd like to give the zyzzle test a go but limited slots may prevent that.
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