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External hard drive has lost all its data
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External hard drive has lost all its data
About a year ago, I bought a  LACIE 500Gb external hard drive, I wanted to have a drive which used an external power source.

Used it for larger files, mainly videos, a total of about 350GB

Had not used it for about 6 months.

Yesterday,I attached it to my Imac. When I opened it, the only thing showing was one folder; "BUDA"

As far as I'm aware it's unusual for a hard drive to suddenly delete everything.  That leads me to believe there is a software issue. That the files  are probably still there.

I also have a laptop, which runs Windows 10 and Linux Mint Cinnamon, as dual boot.. have also tried the Lacie drive on each OS. Same result.


Does anyone happen to know of any troubleshooting I can do?
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=...sLyC6EHWlo
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
(February 22, 2019 at 9:33 pm)Gawdzilla Sama Wrote: https://www.google.com/search?newwindow=...sLyC6EHWlo

Excellent. Thank you so much.

-I'm really out of touch with Windows; these days I mainly use the Imac and Linux on the laptop. (crap Celeron processor, Linux is faster. My fault, the PC was cheap, should have bought a better one)


ADDENDUM;

Have installed "EaseUS data Recovery Wizard".So far has recovered 2678 files, with 5 hours to go. 

What can I say? I'm so pleased I could just shit.  Worship

ADDENDUM: Just discovered "EaseUS ' ain't free.

I may buy it if it's cheap enough.
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
Oh, I've been there, so I don't hesitate to provide what little information I can come up with. Good luck to you.
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
(February 23, 2019 at 7:34 am)Gawdzilla Sama Wrote: Oh, I've been there, so I don't hesitate to provide what little information I can come up with. Good luck to you.

 Well,  they wanted $50.  I looked around and found a free app called "Disc Drill" .It's very slow, but works.

Thanks for pointing me in the right direction, saved me a lot of stuffing around.


It found a LOT of stuff which had been deleted. The drive is 500GB. The recovered material is over 1TB, but I can choose what to recover. I think I might need to do some sifting.
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
All I can offer is brass knuckles and pepper spray. Or lighter fluid and matches.
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
(February 23, 2019 at 4:40 pm)Brian37 Wrote: All I can offer is brass knuckles and pepper spray. Or lighter fluid and matches.
Or GPS and an amphibious vehicle. You won't need that again, will you?
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
(February 22, 2019 at 9:04 pm)fredd bear Wrote: About a year ago, I bought a  LACIE 500Gb external hard drive, I wanted to have a drive which used an external power source.

Used it for larger files, mainly videos, a total of about 350GB

Had not used it for about 6 months.

Yesterday,I attached it to my Imac. When I opened it, the only thing showing was one folder; "BUDA"

As far as I'm aware it's unusual for a hard drive to suddenly delete everything.  That leads me to believe there is a software issue. That the files  are probably still there.

I also have a laptop, which runs Windows 10 and Linux Mint Cinnamon, as dual boot.. have also tried the Lacie drive on each OS. Same result.


Does anyone happen to know of any troubleshooting I can do?

Glad you're getting it sorted.  If it happens again, try whinging in a plaintive voice, 'Honey, how do I fix this?'  It works more often than it doesn't.

Boru
'A man is accepted into a church for what he believes.  He is turned out for what he knows.' - Mark Twain
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
(February 23, 2019 at 5:30 pm)BrianSoddingBoru4 Wrote:
(February 22, 2019 at 9:04 pm)fredd bear Wrote: About a year ago, I bought a  LACIE 500Gb external hard drive, I wanted to have a drive which used an external power source.

Used it for larger files, mainly videos, a total of about 350GB

Had not used it for about 6 months.

Yesterday,I attached it to my Imac. When I opened it, the only thing showing was one folder; "BUDA"

As far as I'm aware it's unusual for a hard drive to suddenly delete everything.  That leads me to believe there is a software issue. That the files  are probably still there.

I also have a laptop, which runs Windows 10 and Linux Mint Cinnamon, as dual boot.. have also tried the Lacie drive on each OS. Same result.


Does anyone happen to know of any troubleshooting I can do?

Glad you're getting it sorted.  If it happens again, try whinging in a plaintive voice, 'Honey, how do I fix this?'  It works more often than it doesn't.

Boru

Who's Honey? My dog's name is Major, an unbelievably loud and distressingly  energetic Jack Russell terrier.

I have lived alone  for long time.

One benefit of living alone has been the eliminating the common learned helplessness of the Aussie male. Any problems, I go online. Cool

Whirlpool Forum is especially helpful. However, on this occasion, the most practical help came from here. 


 The domestic blindness still needs work. 
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RE: External hard drive has lost all its data
Try a hammer.
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