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I have a 160GB Iomega drive for storing my music and backups. It's worked reasonably well until now (though sometimes I need to restart PC to get PC to see it...)

The big problem is that since last week it 'looks' empty. There's ~100GB of data on it but if you open the drive in Explorer, it looks empty. It says there is only ~50GB free, so that means it's not been wiped, but I can't see the files.

If I save something new, it is visible.

Help?
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by:My name is Mud
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Format...
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by:teallach
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format? lose everything?
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by:jdietrich
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Go to the drive in windows explorer, go to tools, folder options, view and make sure for that folder that you can see hidden file and system file.  Maybe the attributes got hosed on the drive.  You can also try the old dos XCOPY command from a dos prompt (type start-->run-->cmd) and try xcopy /s x: c: where X: is the assigned drive letter of the iomega.
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Oh sorry, I thought you wanna recover the space in the HDD, not files... try unistalling the Drive from Device Manager...

On Computer right click on Properties... Hardware tab... Device Manager... select device... unistall...

If you installed some drivers, try and see if you can unistall the drivers (programs) from Add new software...

Start... Control Panel... Add remove programs...


the install all drivers/programs that came with it...
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Try GetDataBack and see if it will recover files.  There is a trial version.

http://www.runtime.org/
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by:riteheer
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can you access the drive from command prompt?
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by:teallach
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Hi all,

jdietrich your command doesn't work (syntax error/), and anyway, the c drive is much smaller than the f drive.

whatboy - tried that but no joy

willcomp - tried but nothing found

riteheer - how? sorry, i'm stupid!



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Was GetDataBack able to see partitions on drive?  What partitions (how many and size) were listed?
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There only 1 partition. Yes it sees it. 149GB
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riteheer - I think so. If I type F: then return, I get prompt

F:\>
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oK from the f: prompt,  type   dir/w and then hit <enter>  This should give you a list of directories (folders), if it does look thru them and see if the stuff you are wanting is in there, let me know the results and we'll help you from there...
Also, right click on my computer, then choose manage, then go down the left side and click on> disk management, the post the info on the f: drive here.
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do you have another PC you can hook it up to and test?
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asian_niceguy - I use a wheelchair and can't get under the desk to unplug the drive. On Wednesday I have a helper here and we'll plug it into my laptop. Thanks!


riteheer:
It is a 160GB drive. I know there is about 90GB of info that I can't see or access. Thisis music and various backups.

Since the disk began appearing epty, I've saved another backup of 7GB and a text file named 'test'

When I did the dir/W I get this:

F:\>dir/W
 Volume in drive F has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 543A-5738

 Directory of F:\

[Backups]  test.txt
               1 File(s)              0 bytes
               1 Dir(s)  55,141,072,896 bytes free

F:\>
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Dir /ah /s


What do you see???
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Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\>f:

F:\>Dir /ah /s
 Volume in drive F has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 543A-5738

 Directory of F:\

23-10-06  07:46    <DIR>          FOUND.000
22-10-06  19:57    <DIR>          Recycled
26-10-06  17:44    <DIR>          System Volume Information
28-10-06  08:10               250 __IOM_DEVLIB__.__ATTRIBUTES__
               1 File(s)            250 bytes

 Directory of F:\Recycled

27-10-06  19:43                20 INFO2
27-10-06  19:43                65 desktop.ini
               2 File(s)             85 bytes

 Directory of F:\System Volume Information\_restore{40FBAB19-5B9A-4519-B86A-97E1
C07F6F96}\RP125

22-10-06  19:57                65 A0045759.ini
               1 File(s)             65 bytes

     Total Files Listed:
               4 File(s)            400 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  55,140,974,592 bytes free

F:\>
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chkdsk f:
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F:\>chkdsk f:
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Volume 34&#9824;%&#9824;{5FOU created 04-11-05 20:24
Volume Serial Number is 543A-5738
Windows is verifying files and folders...
Windows found errors on the disk, but will not fix them
because disk checking was run without the /F (fix) parameter.
The size of the \FOUND.000\FILE0012.CHK entry is not valid.
File and folder verification is complete.
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Damn... Now we now... the disk is corrupted... now if you proceed with the "chkdsk f: /f" it might repair something, or it might do more "damage" (not physical), so unless you have money to spend for professional recovery software, I suggest you do, most of the trial recovery software will do nothing, it will only tell you what you already know... so I guess it is up to you, if you want to proceed...
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Physically damaged? ie. if I format and start again will it be fine? I know this will mean I lose everything....
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No... Not Physical Damage...

Now, If your last resource will be to format it... then run CHKDSK F: /F and see if you can get ANY info at all... then copy that info to a Temp directory maybe in C: and then format the F: drive, and when finish, put what ever chkdsk found back in F: (after format that is)...
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by:teallach
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thanks whatboy

i've no time left today but will get back to asap with results

what would cause such a thing?
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Apologies... an extra piece appeare & I typed 'y'.
Now I must go!




Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\>f:

F:\>Dir /ah /s
 Volume in drive F has no label.
 Volume Serial Number is 543A-5738

 Directory of F:\

23-10-06  07:46    <DIR>          FOUND.000
22-10-06  19:57    <DIR>          Recycled
26-10-06  17:44    <DIR>          System Volume Information
28-10-06  08:10               250 __IOM_DEVLIB__.__ATTRIBUTES__
               1 File(s)            250 bytes

 Directory of F:\Recycled

27-10-06  19:43                20 INFO2
27-10-06  19:43                65 desktop.ini
               2 File(s)             85 bytes

 Directory of F:\System Volume Information\_restore{40FBAB19-5B9A-4519-B86A-97E1
C07F6F96}\RP125

22-10-06  19:57                65 A0045759.ini
               1 File(s)             65 bytes

     Total Files Listed:
               4 File(s)            400 bytes
               3 Dir(s)  55,140,974,592 bytes free

F:\>chkdsk f:
The type of the file system is FAT32.
Volume 34&#9824;%&#9824;{5FOU created 04-11-05 20:24
Volume Serial Number is 543A-5738
Windows is verifying files and folders...
Windows found errors on the disk, but will not fix them
because disk checking was run without the /F (fix) parameter.
The size of the \FOUND.000\FILE0012.CHK entry is not valid.
File and folder verification is complete.
Convert lost chains to files (Y/N)? y
Insufficient disk space to recover lost data.
82647232 KB in 330622 recoverable files.
Windows found problems with the file system that could not be corrected.
  156,250,144 KB total disk space.
    3,774,592 KB in 8 hidden files.
       28,992 KB in 903 folders.
   15,950,688 KB in 21,864 files.
   53,848,288 KB are available.

       32,768 bytes in each allocation unit.
    4,882,817 total allocation units on disk.
    1,682,759 allocation units available on disk.

F:\>
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hi,

You can recover your files using getdataback from www.runtime.org

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Not this time it doesn't... read above before you post.
;-)
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The more you chckdsk on your ZIP disk it will get worse.
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Sorry, advice is to do a non destructive recovery.
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In my experience, if GetDataBack fails to recover the drive, only other option is a data recovery service.

See if you can remove drive from its housing and connect via internal IDE cable.  That might (very small might) allow recovery software to do a better job of reading drive.
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Thanks all. I tried it on another PC and same problem. I split oints as fairly as possible. whatboy did most work.
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