Help please, initialized my USB Drive as GPT by mistake

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  1. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I just installed Windows 8 Pro, as soon as I connected my external HDD, it asked me how do I want to initialize it, by mistake, I chose GPT. now the partition is there in RAW format, if I try to convert it to MBR it fails. I have 2 TB on it, how can I save this mess
     
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    Now I unplug it and plug it in again Windows just prompts me to format it :(
     
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  3. s1ave77

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    Means there were data stored on that disk? It´s not clear from OP.
     
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  4. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    yes bro, there was 2 TB of DATA,now I don't want to format it in win 8 otherwise ill lose the data. My mistake was that I initialized it as GPT in the beginning
     
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  5. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    In Windows 8 pro desktop --. conrol panel --> all contol panel items --> computer management --> disk management --> choose drive where data is stored by right clicking "open" --> copy any data you want to transfer --> paste in partition or drive you want to move it --> when data is copied then change drive to MBR
     
  6. ian82

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    wish it was that easy, if I right click and click open, it just prompts me to format it! :(
     
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  7. s1ave77

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    Yep...you wiped your drive successfully clean. I always refuse such actions, as it happend years ago nearly same way. I needed to use a recovery software to retrieve my data partionally, thank god the majority wasw restored.
    I formatted it quick so the software can access it but no data is overwritten by format.
     
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    #8 redroad, Jul 27, 2013
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    If the partition structure of the drive is intact then identify the drive letter of the drive and use the "fixmbr" cmd pointed at drive from cmd prompt as admin .. This may or may not work .. If you lost your data and had no backup you will never do that again, right?
     
  9. ODY123

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    You could use Partition Wizard to get your data back.
     
  10. ian82

    ian82 MDL Expert

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    I have a licensed ACTIVE@ UNDELETE but I don't know how to use it
     
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    #12 s1ave77, Jul 27, 2013
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    Little challenge in that case is, that an additional drive with same size as the recovered one is needed, as afaik data cannot be restored on the same drive :coll2:.
     
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    Little challenge? crappppppp that's hell
     
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  14. s1ave77

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    As 'Murphys Law' correctly claims, there´s always something you don´t consider in your equation ;).
     
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    #16 ian82, Jul 27, 2013
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    all I can tell j00 r!ght now is...

    f**k Windows 8 :mad:
     
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  16. s1ave77

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    Never faced that problem with Win 8 :D. And i get offen USB-HDDs from friends. Even my one USB powered drive never prompted me to initialize it.

    The last time i had this, was after plugging in my new SSD. As it came RAW, Windows asked me how to initialize, but only after i started Disk Management.
     
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  17. EFA11

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    You know there is a lot of lost data coming from Win8. I copied a folder full of data into a new folder I just made a while ago and when I opened the new folder to view the old folder full of data... it was ... gone... I have since recovered all my data and more (was months ago). But.. it sure seems to be happening a lot, data loss that is.

    I was able to reproduce it. 500GB data in a folder -> make new folder -> drag folder with 500GB of data into new folder. POOF!.. but I cannot get it to do it anymore lol, I think something was WAY off with that install of Win8 at the time.
     
  18. s1ave77

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    Windows Explorer is known for that quite a long time, it´s not a problem that appeared with Win 8.

    One of the reasons i´m using Total Commander, luckily the 'Total' is meant literally. One of the best investions of my life, and not expensive at all, for what you get :good3:.
     
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