Missing 2 partitions

How to use TestDisk to recover lost partition
Forum rules
When asking for technical support:
- Search for posts on the same topic before posting a new question.
- Give clear, specific information in the title of your post.
- Include as many details as you can, MOST POSTS WILL GET ONLY ONE OR TWO ANSWERS.
- Post a follow up with a "Thank you" or "This worked!"
- When you learn something, use that knowledge to HELP ANOTHER USER LATER.
Before posting, please read https://www.cgsecurity.org/testdisk.pdf
Post Reply
Message
Author
bullitosaladino
Posts: 7
Joined: 16 May 2020, 16:25

Missing 2 partitions

#1 Post by bullitosaladino »

Greetings all,

I had upgraded my internal hard drive from a 3 tb to a 4 tb hard drive a little while back. All went well for awhile, until 2 partitions disappeared. I have a 2011 iMac with a SATA SSD for booting and a spinning hard drive divided into 3 partitions: 1 was a secondary boot Macintosh HDD with lots of data on it, 2 was a bootcamp of Windows 7 with various programs on it (hoped to update to windows 10 at some point), and 3 was "Mac Data" with downloads and other data on it. The SSD is for primary booting and most often used apps.

After I upgraded internal storage I checked to make sure all partitions on the new 4 tb were booting well and reinstalled into my iMac. All went well until 1st 2 partitions on the HDD became unmountable out of the blue. I figured the hard drive is dying and ordered a replacement hard drive. However, I am trying to use testdisk to reconstruct the partition table to access these 1st 2 partitions (Macintosh HD and BOOTCAMP) to put them onto my new 4 tb HDD. My backup is not as recent as what is on the hard drive that I suspect to be dying.

Testdisk ran once and pulled up partition sizes that seemed too small for what they should be, so I've been running the deeper scan to analyse sectors. It is at 43% and been going overnight. I will let this finish and am hoping it will resolve the sizes of the partitions. Is there anything else I should be doing, or doing instead, or is this the right path to try to get data off of these missing partitions on my internal drive.

Thanks so much in advance for your help! Image

Sponsored links

recuperation
Posts: 576
Joined: 04 Jan 2019, 09:48
Location: Hannover, Deutschland (Germany, Allemagne)

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#2 Post by recuperation »

I don't have experience with Apple computers but your contribution is not understable as it's unclear if you have one or two broken devices.

bullitosaladino
Posts: 7
Joined: 16 May 2020, 16:25

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#3 Post by bullitosaladino »

I have one device with two hard drives: a 500 GB SSD for booting and primary programs, and a 4 tb hdd with 3 partitions. The partitions on the 4 tb HDD are as follows: one is a secondarily bootable Macintosh HD partition, the second, a BOOTCAMP partition, and the third, a storage partition "Mac Data" for documents and such.

The 4 tb hdd with 3 partitions only has one partition that I can mount (the third storage partition "Mac Data") and the other two will not mount.

I hope this clarifies my issue.

As a further update, it is now only at 45%.

Image

recuperation
Posts: 576
Joined: 04 Jan 2019, 09:48
Location: Hannover, Deutschland (Germany, Allemagne)

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#4 Post by recuperation »

bullitosaladino wrote:
17 May 2020, 19:44
I have one device with two hard drives: a 500 GB SSD for booting and primary programs, and a 4 tb hdd with 3 partitions. The partitions on the 4 tb HDD are as follows: one is a secondarily bootable Macintosh HD partition, the second, a BOOTCAMP partition, and the third, a storage partition "Mac Data" for documents and such.

The 4 tb hdd with 3 partitions only has one partition that I can mount (the third storage partition "Mac Data") and the other two will not mount.

I hope this clarifies my issue.
No.
bullitosaladino wrote:
16 May 2020, 18:03
I had upgraded my internal hard drive from a 3 tb to a 4 tb hard drive a little while back. All went well for awhile, until 2 partitions disappeared.
Assumably the first and second partition of your 4TB drive disappeared.
I have a 2011 iMac with a SATA SSD for booting and a spinning hard drive divided into 3 partitions: 1 was a secondary boot Macintosh HDD with lots of data on it, 2 was a bootcamp of Windows 7 with various programs on it (hoped to update to windows 10 at some point), and 3 was "Mac Data" with downloads and other data on it. The SSD is for primary booting and most often used apps.

After I upgraded internal storage I checked to make sure all partitions on the new 4 tb were booting well and reinstalled into my iMac. All went well until 1st 2 partitions on the HDD became unmountable out of the blue. I figured the hard drive is dying and ordered a replacement hard drive. However, I am trying to use testdisk to reconstruct the partition table to access these 1st 2 partitions (Macintosh HD and BOOTCAMP) to put them onto
Two new broken partitions on your SSD obviously.

bullitosaladino
Posts: 7
Joined: 16 May 2020, 16:25

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#5 Post by bullitosaladino »

There are no partitions on my 500 GB SSD. That drive is used just to boot.

My HDD is a 4 Tb HDD with 3 partitions. The first two will not mount.

Been running testdisk for 3 days on a deeper scan in attempts to recover the first two partitions of my 4 TB HDD.

bullitosaladino
Posts: 7
Joined: 16 May 2020, 16:25

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#6 Post by bullitosaladino »

Day 4 and I’m still at 45%. Is this normally how long it takes for a deeper scan of a 4 tb HDD?

bullitosaladino
Posts: 7
Joined: 16 May 2020, 16:25

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#7 Post by bullitosaladino »

Day 5 and I'm at 47%.

I'm just trying to see if this is a typical length of time for a Deeper Scan to take?

I'd appreciate any help.

Image

Also, this is what I get if I do a quick scan:

Image

bullitosaladino
Posts: 7
Joined: 16 May 2020, 16:25

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#8 Post by bullitosaladino »

So, I made it to 52% and then we had a power outage.

I have this screen from test disk. Because it says "Restored" I was wondering if there was a way to resume this operation where it left off. HELP PLEASE!

Image

bullitosaladino
Posts: 7
Joined: 16 May 2020, 16:25

Re: Missing 2 partitions

#9 Post by bullitosaladino »

I started the process again and I'm at 45% from doing an overnight run. This seems like a decent speed, however it did seem to slow down around this percentage the last two times I ran it. I will keep it going.

I have got my system running on a battery backup in case I lose power again as I did in the last two attempts at running testdisk on my failing drive.

Image

Post Reply