CHKDSK deleted all files

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jonno1805
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CHKDSK deleted all files

#1 Post by jonno1805 » 14 Jun 2019, 00:41

Hey guys,

I ran CHKDSK after being prompted by Windows, which then appeared to delete all my files. I have tried to recover files through recovering the partition, but when I list files, they are all just random letters and symbols. using Recuva, I can see the files which can be recovered to an extent. Unfortunately my external HDD is now failing, and connects/disconnects at random. This means I can't recover files through Recuva. Any advice on how to get my data back? I assume if it is visible to Recuva, testdisk must be able to see it somehow?

Thank in advance!

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Re: CHKDSK deleted all files

#2 Post by cgrenier » 14 Jun 2019, 05:51

You should clone your disk to a new empty one using ddrescue as described in https://www.cgsecurity.org/testdisk.pdf
Once it's done, remove the original disk and try to recover your data from the clone.

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Re: CHKDSK deleted all files

#3 Post by jonno1805 » 14 Jun 2019, 19:50

This is on an external HDD, how can I run drescue on Windows?

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Re: CHKDSK deleted all files

#4 Post by recuperation » 14 Jun 2019, 22:36

You can only run ddrescue on linux.
ddrescue comes with various live linux distributions like Knoppix p.e.
Such distributions can be booted from CD, DVD or even a USB-stick.

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