View Full Version : Backup drive listed as unallocated BIG TROUBLE PLEASE HELP

29-07-2011, 01:08 AM
So my brother was using my computer to reformat a hard drive and install xbox stuff,
I don't know how but it seems that a backup drive I have got mixed up in his shenanigans
and it's been fiddled with. This contains some stuff that's fairly important to me, mostly
music files that I've been working on for the past three years, it doesn't exist anywhere
else because I just put it there recently so I could reinstall my os.... yeah, I know.

It's a Seagate 160g connected by USB, the jumper pins are set to Master.
In disk management it's listed as Disk 1 (the primary disk is 0), it is Unknown,
Not Initialized and Unallocated. Could it be a partition problem? Not sure how
to test if everything is still there, I'd like to try that first....
Any help would be appreciated :)
As long as it doesn't make it worse.
I'm a bit nervous here.

29-07-2011, 03:19 PM
And yeah, it's been helpfully pointed out by a few of my friends that my definition of backup is not accurate...

29-07-2011, 08:13 PM
You could grab a live CD of Ubunu and boot that up. It will detect any functional drives and mount them read-only. This will let you see if the files are still present. If they are you can then either 1) remount the drive Windows recognises read-write, and copy the important files across, or 2) get hold of a recovery application which will do it for you. Neither option is particularly difficult, but I wouldn't be able to suggest an application to you.

29-07-2011, 10:55 PM
You could do that thing where you, you know, you kinda like put your drive into the freezer. Maybe that would help. I mean, how could it possibly do any harm?

Keep cool.

30-07-2011, 10:08 AM
Provided you haven't gone and overwritten anything, you may be able to recover the partition. Some free tools are here (http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilities/partitioneditors.shtml) - I seem to recall GParted being pretty good.

30-07-2011, 11:27 AM
GParted is the Gnome Partition Editor, it comes with many linuxes or as a standalone live CD. But copy any vital data to another drive befor you start trying to do repairs! It's possible, even likely that you could fix the disk without doing any further damage, but there is always the possibility that some data will be lost. Don't risk it.

30-07-2011, 12:07 PM
That's for the advice people :) It seems that the drive was treated to a quick format with nothing over written and it's actually grand, used recova over night http://www.piriform.com/recuva and I've got everything back now.
I was freaking out though :)