External Hard Drive Did Something Undesirable
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:28 AM
Let me try and explain a few things ok, when a person gets a new PC these days from someone like Dell or Gateway for that matter, that person does not get an Operating System disk and the onus is on the person to make them, these are called Back To Factory Recovery disks and can be used if for example your hard drive dies.
Backup and Recovery however, found in Control Panel, is a completely different animal and it looks to me like Windows 8 has backed up your files and even perhaps a system image to that D: drive.
Your files are on the main C: drive and a copy will of those will or should exist on the D: drive also.
The spare space in the newly made partition can be used for anything.
If you're confused over anything then please let me know.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:32 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:35 AM
Nothing at all was on the Unallocated partition so logic dictates that a copy has been made on the Recovery Drive.
All your main files will still reside on Disk 0 in the C: drive.
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:55 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:58 AM
Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:13 AM
The 0.22 discrepancy is just a tiny file that Windows needs to identify the drive, just ignore that.
Are you happy that the files you thought you had lost are in fact on the D: drive my friend?
Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:21 PM
I think what happened was windows quick formatted his external drive to use as a recovery partition. This "got rid" of all the files he had on his external drive. However, they are still there, but the file structure is gone. I think there should be some way to get them back.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 02:25 AM
As I was starting it up for the first time, I plugged in my FlexDrive. PC asked if I wanted to use the drive as recovery. I clicked yes in my stupidity.
The initial state of the OP's PC was very similar to a new laptop (even though we know it to be a desktop) because of the fact that there was no dedicated partition to make a backup to.
The ONLY Recovery aspect on Drive 0 is in fact the back to factory partition that is set at the very right as shown in disk management.
This "got rid" of all the files he had on his external drive. However, they are still there, but the file structure is gone. I think there should be some way to get them back.
Before Win 8 decided to make the partition, with the OP's permission, there were no files on disk 1 whatsoever and the whole drive would have been unallocated space.
Easeus quite rightly showed that the files in question were indeed in the Recovery entitled drive D: on disk 1.
So all is well with the world and the very last thing that needs to be done, should JKOR72 read this again, is to make some back to factory recovery disks unless he has already done so.
Posted 14 February 2013 - 07:47 AM
How do I get it back to 1.5 TB with all my files and folders?
I backed up my personal folders onto the external because I was in need of a new PC
Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:04 AM
If he chose to do that then that would be a mistake because if the drive 0 died then all backups are gone.
To my mind the OP was confused as to where the files actually were and as Easeus pointed out they were in fact on the Recovery partition.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 11:07 AM
He then should have used a partition or data recovery software to see what could be salvaged before making any partitions.
If he has not added anymore files or folders to the external I would first run data recovery, the recovered files should go to a different place ie not the external drive if he has sufficient room.
Then try partition recovery software, to recover the original partitions as some of these external drives have their own software programs on them.
Some data recovery software will mark the found files as 100% recoverable or not.
He maybe lucky to recover all or most files.
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