Gparted has caused a DATA issue with my 1TB USB HDD

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  1. dejavu

    dejavu Registered Member

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    Hi All,

    I have used Gparted many times, to partition, resize, activate, deactivate internal HDDs and external HDDs partitions on my notebooks.

    Last night, I decided to reduce the 1TB (NTFS) partition, into two 500GB partitions. The pending actions completed without error, or issue.

    It was today, when I plugged this drive into a fresh install of
    Vista Ultimate 32-bit (SP2 Slipstream) on my Dell Studio 1735, that I found the problem.

    The first 500GB (while not appearing in Explorer) shows up, as a healthy NTFS partition, in Vistas' Storage MGMT. The second partition
    (which is empty) shows up in explorer just fine.

    They both have assigned letters by Vista, just the first partition(which is H)
    has no bar (data bar) as I like to call it, but the second (which is I) although empty does have a bar.

    Any Ideas on what might have happened, and what I might be able to do
    to get this 400GB of DATA as seen?

    I would really appreciate any advice.


    Thanks,

    Dejavu
     
  2. andyman35

    andyman35 Registered Member

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    When I've experienced the same thing previously,I found that re-booting the system restored the 'missing' partition,or sometimes just unplugging then re-inserting the external drive works.I presume that you've already tried this without success so you may need to run a partition recovery utility such as Easeus Partition Table Doctor or the free Tokiwa Partition Recovery.

    http://www.partition-tool.com/

    http://shareme.com/details/tokiwa-partition-recovery.html
     
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  3. dejavu

    dejavu Registered Member

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    Hi andyman35,

    Thank you SO MUCH! (for the info & extremely quick response)

    I was going o_O

    Vista was telling me that the partition (which it named "Access Denied")
    did not have any ownership rights. I was going to attempt to take ownership,
    however I was going to wait(untill I got a reply) considering how precious this data is.
    (the worst part was I had a backup of this data) but that drive
    (a 4 or 5 Year old Seagate,) died two days after copying it to the 1TB seagate, so there went my redundant backup:doubt:


    According to your posts' instructions, I used Easeus Partition Table Doctor.
    It saw the drive(as having the 300+GB's of DATA) as soon as I ran the App. My first thought was to copy the data
    to the unallocated space, that was the second half of the drive,
    (just in case, so I'd have the 300+GB of important data backed-up redundantly again)

    As soon as I tried that, it locked, scanned, and repaired the first partition, and it immediately appeared in Windows Explorer:)

    SO I grabbed an empty 500GB WD Caviar GP HDD
    out of my secondary Desktop PC, and put it in my TT BlacX External HDD toaster
    (I've heard them reffered to as toasters anyway, since you can pop any SATA HDD, whether Mobile or Desktop in & out ), & I'm in the process of backing it up now.

    After, I can then create a second and (maybe) third partition on the 1GB
    Using Easeus Partition Table Doctor, as it seems so tight

    Thanks again. I'll be here to help others with my IT Pro specialty
    (anti-hacking & networking security)

    Dejavu
     
  4. andyman35

    andyman35 Registered Member

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    Really pleased everything worked out for you.I know the sinking feeling you get when many months worth of data seemingly disappears.Easeus make some excellent disk utilities that preserve data integrity very well.Your input on security matters will be very welcome here.:thumb:
     
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