Terabyte suddenly blank?

Discussion in 'backup, imaging & disk mgmt' started by BlackScarletLove, Apr 23, 2013.

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  1. BlackScarletLove

    BlackScarletLove Registered Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    I have a terabyte full of stuff, and I recently went to open a directory via a shortcut and was informed that the drive path did not exist. I opened Computer and saw the drive wasn't listed there. Assuming it had somehow lost connectivity, I switched the drive off, waited for a few seconds and turned it back on again. This has solved this problem when I've discovered 'missing' drives in the past.

    However, when I switched the drive back on I discovered that it was completely 'erased'. Nothing is on the drive, and that is confirmed by Computer's space analysis. This is mildly disturbing. What happened to all my stuff?

    Operating System
    Windows 7 Ultimate (x64) Service Pack 1 (build 7601)

    3.20 gigahertz Intel Core i5-3470
    128 kilobyte primary memory cache
    1024 kilobyte secondary memory cache
    6144 kilobyte tertiary memory cache
    64-bit ready
    Multi-core (4 total)
    Not hyper-threaded

    Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd. H77M-D3H
    Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
    BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. F5 03/29/2012

    Slot 'ChannelB-DIMM0' has 8192 MB

    NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 [Display adapter]
    Samsung SyncMaster [Monitor] (24.0"vis, s/n YCUYHVDZ702086, July 2010)

    NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    VIA High Definition Audio

    Edit: I did a scan and found these (picture attached)

    Does anyone recognize these or if they may contribute to the problem?

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  2. Brian K

    Brian K Imaging Specialist

    Jan 28, 2005
    NSW, Australia

    Malware can do this. The files are still there but are hidden from Windows Explorer. Have a look at that drive in a WinPE.
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