Please help this poor idiot

Discussion in 'PC Hardware' started by Whiznot, Apr 8, 2016.

  1. Whiznot

    Whiznot MDL Member

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    Today I screwed up. I'm running Windows 7 64bit. My external 2TB NTFS drive of movies and recorded TV is connected by USB3. I was trying to write a 16GB Raspbian recovery image to a USB-connected micro SD card and I accidentally wrote to the large NTFS drive. Now my large movie drive identifies as a FAT partition. I'm hoping to be able to recover my movies. I need the ability to convert FAT to NTFS without losing the NTFS files that were not overwritten by the Raspbian image.
     
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    Whiznot MDL Member

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    #3 Whiznot, Apr 9, 2016
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    Thank you for a great suggestion but I have to laugh at myself. After realizing that I'd screwed up I got physically ill and my mind was frazzled. I was miserable for hours and unable to think clearly. Later, while watching the Masters golf tournament I remembered that six months previously I'd purchased a 2TH WD Green drive and backed up my media drive. I lost almost nothing because my recent media is on a 64GB thumb drive.

    It sucks to be 67 years old.
     
  3. EFA11

    EFA11 Avatar Guru

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    lol our minds come back to us from time to time in moments of clarity. You happened to have your moment of clarity during a tournament. I usually have mine while I am watching the coffee brew :D
     
  4. Flipp3r

    Flipp3r MDL Expert

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    Years ago I formatted the wrong hard drive. When I boot into Windows it had changed the drive letter order & I hadn't noticed. Never made that mistake again & always check.
    I actually couldn't remember what I had on the drive so figured I hadn't lost anything except gained extra storage space :death:. What a dibbley!
     
  5. KNARZ

    KNARZ MDL Addicted

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    I recommend testdisk.
    Maybe it's able to find the backup bootsector and partition alignment. - If partions are listed after search/deep search (will take long time) you should be able to browse files if you select a partition and press "p". If files are listed read the description above the files (C copy files and so on) if you can see the files you can reliefe yourself.
     
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