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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    Even if drive has issues you should be able to boot from CD or USB using BIOS or one time boot key (f12 on my system).

    We have seen were some systems need a cold reboot, or full power down. If laptop remove battery for a couple of minutes. Then you should be able to use BIOS or one time boot key to choose CD or USB to boot from.
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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    I just tried turning it back on, and it works from the CD!
    I'll be checking gparting and updating on what it shows in a second.

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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    Ah, looks like it still goes back to the original issue:

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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    Do you have data you want to try to recover?

    I might try testdisk once more and if not, then testdisk has photorec which scans drive for anything that looks like a file.

    With testdisk are you using Intel or efi-gpt?
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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    Yes, I do. Alright, so just testdisk, or photorec? How do I decide between the two? I think the one I tried was Intel. Whichever was first.

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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    Your first post said gpt?

    But sometimes gpt drives are mis-identified. Windows only installs to gpt drives with UEFI. And if installed to a drive with gpt it changes it to MBR if not in UEFI mode but does not erase the backup gpt partition table and Linux tools get confused if MBR or gpt as they see both.

    Try both with testdisk. Sometime testdisk will see all the files & let you copy to another drive or flash drive. You then will get file names.

    If you cannot get that to work then you have to use photorec. But that is a long process, only recovers file extensions and you then have to manually sort thru and rename files. It also recovers any old deleted versions also. I had to use photorec once. It recovered some of my same text files many times. I had an older backup and many updates but was never able to tell which was the newest saved copy. I got most of data back but it took weeks - off and on. There are some scripts to help sort and music & photos have internal data to help recover useful filenames.
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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    Alright, I mounted my external hard drive and by chance managed to find where I had mounted it to in the directory because that thing was like a maze for me. Anyway, it's saying that it's finding files and showing how many of each type!

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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    It looks like it didn't have enough space, and it had just started. What do I do now?
    Edit: Actually, it looks like I was saving the recovered files to the desktop's external folder within the media folder. I just had to go one step further to select the Seagate Expansion Pack External Hard Drive. Looks like everything is going smoothly, but wow. It's literally recovering every image the computer had on including stuff for programs. (Using photorec)
    Last edited by Cipher1874; October 17th, 2012 at 08:03 PM.

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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    If using photorec you do need lots of room. It recovers deleted copies also as it still is a file on drive. Deletion only removes entry in file table with file name, not data itself.

    These may help a little on sorting files.

    Use scripts to help sort and rename files:
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/After_Using_PhotoRec
    use flac tags to rename files
    http://lglinux.blogspot.com/2008/10/...ame-files.html
    http://system-tricks.com/index.php/d...overy-results/
    Best GUI Indexing/Search Tool for Local Files?
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1739701
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    Re: GParted says hard drive is "unallocated"

    Would it be possible for me to just stop photorec right now and let the files that have been recovered stay recovered and then just let testdisk run? Or is this not advised? Ideally I'd just use testdisk, because I probably don't have the space for photorec's finds and don't need most of them.

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