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Posted 17 June 2013 - 21:58
I had a similar problem with a 2tb Mybook. What I discovered is that the mybook disk format and partition information is contained on the board with the SATA bridge inside the enclosure. This is why partition recovery does NOT WORK in this case. I tested this by buying a similar MyBook version and looking at the disk structure while in the enclosure and after it was removed from the enclosure. The result is without accessing the drive through the enclosure, the drive will appear as all unallocated space and disk management will view it as not initialized and not formatted. SOLUTION - (1) Buy a similar version of your Mybook ( I suggest if you need an older MyBook - go to a small mom & pop computer store). (2) Take the new Mybook apart (careful it's only 4 little plastic clasps inside the enclosure. (3) Swap your old MyBook drive for the new MyBook Drive. (4) Plug & Play, you'll find all your files intact and accessible.
RECOMMENDATION - Copy everything over to a ANYTHING BUT a MyBook. Throw away MyBook and get a hard drive enclosure that does not hold disk format, partition, or anything else on an intermediary board. This was a bit of a ripoff because it seems like lots of people have had this problem. Western Digital will not sell you the board, but they will sell you their data recovery services (which probably involves the same steps I just shared for an additional minimum of $500.00
Posted 18 June 2013 - 02:06
this is going to be a nightmare if you are going to recover through USB, because instead of taking 24 hours it will take 4-5 weeks.
i have never had to do this when recovering a patrician, but it should work just the same, do a 'quick format' and GDP if it's a none boot drive.
dont add any files or folders to the drive.
once the drive is accessible (i seriously suggest you take it out of the enclosure and use it in a PC) you will need to have another drive to save the recovered files to.
run this, do a 'deep scan' (which will take 1-2 hours usually, on USB 2.0 much much longer) i'm not sure if it's still default on, but you can in the options recover file paths.
once the deep scan is complete, it will show you a list of all recoverable files and the chances of recovering the whole file.
you will need to select which files you are going to recover, and save them to another drive.
this is also a slow process, can take 24 hours if you are recovering the whole 2TB.
Recuva suggests that it will recover from formatting.
Posted 23 June 2013 - 06:33