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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:27 am 
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So, this week I've had a major scare, nearly losing all the work I have ever done including like 1000 music recordings, all my buzz files, all my photos etc.

I kept all my data mirrored on 2 hard drives, but in the end it was human error that caused me to have a massive data loss.

All the files appear to be there after doing a deep scan taking about 8 hours per hard drive. I haven't recovered the data yet because I'm going to be doing a complete copy, including empty space of the two hard drives, so that I can recover again from those if anything goes wrong in the process.

I am moving to a new regime where I will be keeping all my data in 3 hard drives in 2 physical locations. 2 in the computer and 1 in a lock box.

Anyways, I tried recuva. It was not able to find all the files. I had best results with ontrack so far, but it's also the most expensive. I need software that will keep the file structure, as that's how I have organized everything, by what file it was in.

I wanted to see if anyone had any recommendations for good data recovery software. Recovery rate is the most important metric.


PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 9:53 am 
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I've only really used Recuva but I think I've saw some heavy forensic disk scanning software for linux systems when I last looked into it.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 11:48 am 
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Hello, have you tried HDD Docking? I saved some hard drive data with it.

PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 2:54 pm 

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For Windows:

(beware there's another software called Get Data Back which is not the same)

If you have a spare computer with Linux, I recommend ddrescue (here too: not dd, not dd_rescue) though. Had to rescue a hard drive myself and found out it's way better than any Windows software.

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