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  1. you can run it but i don't see it changing anything.
  2. what i think you're hoping to find is a partition that says ms data, start sector should be something like 2048 end sector something starting with 586??????? then check what files are on it and if happy write it to drive then see what shows in windows. if things still aren't right, to be honest i'd just use windows disk management, delete all partitions do a quick format gpt so it shows a single 3tb ntfs partition then copy over your backup files to it, deleting and/or renaming any that need it.
  3. yes there is a difference between quick and full format but not a difference that will effect in anyway how things work and whether it shows if it's safe to remove the drive or not. see if these 2 links explain things and give you a fix that works for you. :- https://www.howtogeek.com/118546/htg-explains-do-you-really-need-to-safely-remove-usb-sticks/ http://www.thewindowsclub.com/safely-remove-hardware-not-working
  4. was that last screen after doing a deeper search? if it wasn't i'd first run a deeper search if it was then i'd make it primary anyway even though i'm not happy with it's start sector and write it to drive, and repair bootsector again if needed, then go into windows and see what it shows in disk management and what files are shown, maybe do a chkdsk again on it. if that didn't put everything 100% back to how it was before the case migration, then i'm out of ideas and don't know what else to try.
  5. list files on the one that's highlighted if they are all there then yes make that one P for primary.
  6. hit continue what's shown is no help to you.
  7. yes all replies need you to come here to view them. what exactly is the problems you're having? all safely remove usb does is make sure everything has finished being written to the drive that is meant to be written to it so you don't lose any data then let you know when you can unplug it. when you write data to a drive it first goes into memory then gets written to the drive, when the last piece is written to memory windows says it's finished, but in reality it hasn't finished writing what's in memory to the drive so if you remove the drive to soon, you'll lose that data and that's why you have the safely remove usb so this doesn't happen. now doing a quick format or full format of the drive makes no difference to when you plug unplug a drive and if you lose data or not, so am really not seeing why you need to format the drive at all. if you're having problems with lost data even after waiting to safely remove the external usb drive then i'd think the problem is with the drive itself failing and formatting quick or full will not make any difference, in fact doing a full format can even make things worse. some links with useful info http://knowledge.seagate.com/articles/en_US/FAQ/202435en https://support.wdc.com/knowledgebase/answer.aspx?ID=940 http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-signs-hard-drive-lifetime/ https://www.howtogeek.com/134735/how-to-see-if-your-hard-drive-is-dying/
  8. if it only says write protected in that one laptop then i think you may have a hardware problem where the write protect circuitry in the card reader itself may not be closing with that card. try putting a bit of tape over the write protect tab and with luck it may now be usable.
  9. i'd just leave every as is for now but if you want just expand the 2TB partition to use all the drive. using easus or windows disk managment makes no difference. don't use that space to create a second partition though whatever you do, and then run chkdsk on it again. caintry the reason files are found on the unallocated space is because it wasn't always unallocated it was 1 big partition that included the now unallocated partition. i've no theory of why testdisk is running slow now when checking the gpt partition, like i've said i've never ever used it on a drive that large where gpt was needed. at the end of the day if we can't get everything reading how it was before the enclosure migration then i'm afraid yes you're going to have to copy over the backup files and overwrite the 0kb files and rename them. i'm wondering why it shows an unused 8mb partition at the start of the drive, looks wrong to me and i'd expect just one 2tb partition on there, and if at the end of the day we can't fix things and it still shows the unused 8mb partition at the start of the drive, then i'd delete all partitions on there and do a quick gpt format so it shows as just 1 partition for all the drive and then copy all the files over from your backup. i think most such files are probably old file left overs from other things that used to be on the drive, when you use file finding software like photorec to find files it doesn't just find files that were shown in windows before the problems it finds files and parts of files of everything that was ever written (and not overwritten after deletion in windows) to the drive, that's why a lot of stuff is junk, and usually where you had say 200GB of real data on there you wanted, after such a search it might find 400GB of data leaving you to go through it and keep what you needed and deleting everything else. yes please, got a feeling you're going to need to do a deep search too, so might as well do that at the same time and report back what that found too, if the searches find a partition that uses all the drive and all your files are on that partition as they were before the enclosure swap then write it to the drive.
  10. yes and no. yes it would look like there were no files on there in windows but no a quick format doesn't actually delete the data on the drive so the files are still there and it's just windows doesn't know how to find them any more, but if you used photorec or the other windows program you originally used to find and backup the files it would still find them. testdisk should also still be able to find the files and fix things again so windows sees them and shows a 3TB drive. i'd think you'd choose the same options as if you started with the intel option, analyse, show files, etc. like i said earlier haven't actually used testdisk on a gpt drive and it's been a very long time since i've used testdisk at all now. if you're happy with how things are at the moment and just want to see a 3TB drive then maybe just converting it to gpt will do that for you. https://www.easeus.com/partition-manager-software/free-convert-mbr-to-gpt-without-data-loss.html i doubt it because testdisk would show you 2 partitions when you analyse it and if that was the case then i'd think windows (don't use windows myself.) disk management would show you a 3TB drive with at least a 2TB partition and the rest of the drive as empty space but from my understanding it only shows you a 2TB drive which to me means it only sees a mbr(basic) 2TB drive where it should see a gpt 3TB drive. i'm wondering if the enclosure you bought is capable of using hard drives greater than 2TB not all are, but if it is then i'd think not seeing the drive as gpt for some reason in the first place is why you had the problems to start with.
  11. ok. i didn't notice/realize it was a 3TB drive, which means it was formatted as a gpt drive, and because windows now sees it as a 2 TB drive i think it must be seen as formatted with mbr and not gpt partition table now. i've never used testdisk on a gpt drive so don't know what exactly caused this issue, at a guess i think it must be choosing the wrong partition table type to analyse it in the first place, i'm also not sure if we can still repair it now, especially as chkdsk made changes to the files by the looks of things, so all data is seen and usable exactly like it was in the old enclosure. the way i see it is you have 2 choices. first is to just use windows to delete the partition and then do a quick format of the drive as gpt so windows now see's it as a 3TB drive and simple use it. second is to continue using testdisk to analyse the drive but this time using efi gpt and not intel partition table and see if it can find and repair things. might even need to rebuild the bootsector again. you may need to run chldsk again when windows sees it as a 3TB drive with all your files and see if it will put things back to how they were before it made the changes it did when it saw the drive as 2TB, then again you may not if everything is seen and works. (you could try this second option even after doing the first.) all drives are partitioned, they won't store data otherwise. you may not have partitioned it or formatted it yourself, but all drives need to be formatted and a single partition created before they can be used to store your data. think of it like this, a hard drive is a flatpack filing cabinet, useless until built. formatting is building the filing cabinet but it still doesn't have any draws to hold your paper work/data yet. partitioning is building the draws and inserting them into the filing cabinet. so now you have everything needed to store your paper work/data. good thing about a hard drive compared to a filing cabinet though, is you can easily change the layout and number of draws available to you at any time.
  12. choose rebuild bs in 3rd screenshot :- http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Advanced_NTFS_Boot_and_MFT_Repair quick video :-
  13. well i know for a fact vlc can play blurays on linux because i've done it, so don't see why it won't play them on any other os, yes it can be a hassle to get working because if memory serves i had to find the vuks for the bluray's and add them to a file but if you're going to pay for software then there are 2 i'd recommend. powerdvd that edw6698 suggested :- https://www.cyberlink.com/products/powerdvd-ultra/features_en_US.html?&r=1 or anydvd (highly recommend by my mate john44. it's not actually a player but decrypts the blurays so you can do things like watch them with other players. etc..) :- https://www.redfox.bz/en/anydvdhd.html only problem is i don't think either of those 2 make a mac version so they can only be used with windows machines, but at least with anydvd you can rip the movies to hard drive and then transfer them to your mac to watch, not sure about powerdvd because i can't remember ever using it personally but think it just plays them. (trial them first and see if they are what you need/want.)
  14. on a windows system chkdsk is always the first and easiest thing to run, and if it can't fix the problem then move onto other software. forgot to say the seatools long test may not show up because it also see's the drive as raw and unformatted. which with luck you'll be able to fix either by running chkdsk or testdisk which i have used at least once to fix the exact same issue you're having where a hd showed as raw without losing anything on it, was a long time ago but if memory serves all i had to do was repair the boot sector from it's backup. http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step#NTFS_Boot_sector_recovery
  15. do you have a bluray drive in your mac anyway? thought they only came with dvd drives. without a bluray drive to actually read the bluray disks you won't be able to play blurays anyway no matter what software player you use. personally not having a mac and never wanting to spend money on software i'd first try vlc player because it can play anything in my experience even blurays with a bit of work. some links you may find useful. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ http://vlc-bluray.whoknowsmy.name/ http://www.labdv.com/aacs/
  16. it doesn't matter where the data is on the c drive because when you shrink it to make room for a new partition then the data will get moved. so your c drive is 132GB in size and there is 102GB of free space on it which means you only have 30GB of data on there, could be anywhere on the drive like i said this doesn't matter. you can shrink the c drive to any size you like as long as it's bigger than 30GB. (you'll find windows won't let you shrink the drive less than what's needed for the data on it anyway.) so in your case i'd shrink the c drive to 90GB leaving 42GB to put your linux os on or if you don't need/use the d drive for data then i'd just move everything from that onto the c drive and put the ubuntu os on that instead.
  17. once you have backed up your files using whatever software and chkdsk doesn't fix the problem then i'd suggest trying to fix the hard drive using photorecs companion software testdisk. step by step guide. :- http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step with luck this will fix the corrupted partition/file tables and you will now have the drive back exactly how it was in the old enclosure but now in the new enclosure with all your files still on it and readable.
  18. the 2d score difference is down to screen resolution difference. Rmegi7 is running a lower screen resolution at 1920x1080 so will score higher in the pit test video score and that's why the pit test is not really a reliable test for comparing a systems performance. you can score a lot more video points just by running low resolution and low bit colour. they are both very very nice systems and i'm totally envious of you both.
  19. you need a motherboard with the correct socket type for the cpu, so for ryzen am4 cpu's you need an am4 socket motherboard. :- https://www.singular.com.cy/motherboards/motherboard-amd-socket-am4/ no, you always install the cpu and fit the heatsink and fan with thermal paste, then never remove heatsink and fan unless you have a problem. thermal paste will probably already be applied to the bottom of the heatsink and will just need fitting if not then you will need to add thermal paste before fitting the heatsink. how to build a pc :- just for info. from my understanding with amd ryzen cpu's if the code ends with box it comes with heatsink and fan and if it ends with wof then there is no heatsink and fan included so you will need to buy one as well. so looks like all the x family cpu's don't come with a heatsink and fan same as all new intel k cpu's don't.
  20. just for added info to give an idea about differences between i5's and ryzen cpu's. best rendering cpu :- https://www.cgdirector.com/best-cpu-for-rendering/ notice i5 7600k only scores 710 while ryzen r5 1600x scores 1136 the cost of the i5 is 280.27 euros and the ryzen costs 292.08 euros from the site you linked. https://www.singular.com.cy/intel-cpu-intel-1151-i5-7600k-3-8ghz-kaby-lake-bx80677i57600k.html https://www.singular.com.cy/amd-cpu-amd-am4-ryzen-5-1600x-yd160xbcaewof.html
  21. ok just read old topic here :- https://forums.pcpitstop.com/index.php?/topic/206467-dead-computer-where-to-start/ and am now a bit confused, did you get that pc working or is it the same one your working on now and think the problem with it is the bios for some reason and not anything else? if so what made you think it is a bios problem? this motherboard you want to flash the bios on, you say it's not populated so am assuming you want to use asus flashback feature here :- http://event.asus.com/2012/mb/USB_BIOS_Flashback_GUIDE/ never even knew such a feature existed till i just went looking at the specs of your motherboard. if you want to use that feature then step 3 in my last post when you extract the file it will be and you need to rename it to or whatever the tech told you it should be renamed and copy that to the flash drive step 4 is make sure to insert the flash drive into the correct usb port, look in motherboard guide book if not sure because only 1 of them will be correct and work to flash the bios. step 5 would then be to push and hold the button to start the flash as per the guide in above link. to be honest though i don't see how you know if the bios works or not either before or after the flashing without populating it with cpu/heatsink and ram (and graphics card if required) then connecting it to a monitor to see if anything shows up.
  22. you need to install cpu into motherboard and ALWAYS!! attach the heatsink and fan on top of it before ever running power through it, even just to test things. do your research, cpu's can be sold as a retail package which comes with the heatsink and fan and also the same cpu can be sold without a heatsink and fan. also some cpu's can only be bought without a heatsink and fan. eg. i5 7600 with heatsink and fan included, notice model number BX80677I57600 :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819117729 same i5 7600 cpu but no heatsink and fan included, notice model number CM8067702868011 :- https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA98C5MK9836 BX means it comes in a box so much more likely to also come with heatsink and fan included, CM means no box so definitely no heatsink and fan included. i think all intel k cpu's are now only sold without a heatsink and fan whether bx or cm since skylake but may be wrong on this. the cpu you originally linked to didn't come with heatsink and fan. :- https://www.singular.com.cy/intel-core-i5-7400t-2.40ghz-cm8067702867915.html so you would have needed to buy one separately and have both cpu and heatsink to hand before you could begin the build. also i'd never recommend buying T cpu's unless you were putting it in a low power system. eg. a media server running 24/7. i still think you'd be better off building a ryzen5 1600x with it's 6 cores and 12 threads system over an i5 4 core 4 thread system, but the choice is yours to make. the i5 system will still be a good pc especially if you go for the faster i5's like the unlocked i5 7600k.
  23. seems i was still editing and posting my original reply when you added more reply's, sorry about that, it's a bad habit i have of posting then instantly editing it for clarity or more info i think is relevant, so i suggest you re-read it again. visit that site and it should show up in the currency you require, if not change it near top right. thought you was in america when you said a budget of between 600-1000$. the motherboard and cpu combo in the build comes to about 325 euros if my price conversion is correct for dual channel i'd suggest memory stick's of the same size, but motherboard dependent you can run dual channel with 8GB+4GB sticks, 4GB of the 8GB stick would be accessed in single channel though. with intel this is called flex mode. see this article all about ram. :- http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ddr-dram-faq,4154.html#p5
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