So i got back 85% of my lost 2T worth of harddrive space.
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Unfortunately after the "accident" happened i also made a new 2G formatted partition, and that overlapped one 150G partition so i couldn't get it back, it only had about 60G worth of files which i'm not sure yet what they were till i find some missing stuff.
I got back all my 3drad and 3dsmax etc important files, so i suspect most of the lost stuff was just storage and not a big loss.
I recommend EaseUS software cause its completely free without restrictions and worked for me on my 2T external USB drive, and no installation required either.
Welp.. i had the laptops harddrive attached to my desktop as an external USB drive.
Then ran rufus to adjust/create the USB flashdrive as bootable.
A did see a warning about something or another but ignored it.
That seems to to be the issue here......
Also rufus is a specialize utility that most people will never have a use for...
What i ussually do when i need to transfer files en-mass i use 1 or more of 3 process's
#1 hook up the harddrive to my desktop #2 use tightVNC ( quite slow and not recommended if moving large amounts of data ) #3 use a USB stick as the transfer medium
I was at the time trying to install a new OS cause the laptop had a win7 installed, but somebody screwed it up and deleted a ton of important system files. I didnt have that version of windows ( win7 home premium 32bit ) I tried to download it from MS, the download center accepted the windows serial number but says they don't support OEM installations, so wont allow the download and instead tell me to contact HP for a restore disk. It's not my POS laptop, he's looking for a cheap fix, and i'm sure the hell not paying HP either. Soooo I installed winxp MCE, but during install, i kept getting a blue screen crash half way into installing. I even re-created the install disk, but kept getting the blue screen. So i installed win7 pro, registered it as genuine, but windows update refused to work.. even scurity essentials wouldn't update the virus definitions ....
So i tried to download the win7 update client from MS's website, get to the download page and get a 404 file not found... WTF
So i chat with a MS guy on the support website, he tells me win7 end of support is here so he cant help me... I reply "WIN7 END OF SUPPORT HAPPENS JAN/14/2020" it's nov2019 still, it's 6 weeks away ... I get no reply on this from the tech guy... just that i need to contact HP......
Apparently MS has decided to remove win7 support files BEFORE end of support arrives... I assume this is intentional to say FU to win7 supporters who maybe rushing to MS downloads to get as many win7 support files as possible before MS removes them to help extend win7s lifetime.
So anyway now i'm installing win7 home premium again and if windows update doesnt work, thats his problem, i've done all i can for free.
Also my first choice to repair this POS laptop was to use the restore partition, almost all new computers these days come with a restore partition instead of CD/DVD OS disks, This saves the OEM a ton of money, even though you can still buy the CD/DVD disks from them. In this case the original laptop owner installed ubuntu and i can only guess removed or damaged the restore partition ( if it even had one ) so that wasn't an option anymore.
To add to the confusion, on HP's website they list this laptop ( identified by serial and models numbers ) as being 64bit, but the laptop its self only allows 32bit OS installs.. i cant say i've ever see or heard of this, and all the stickers that HP puts on the laptop case have been removed, so i have no reference on the case to identify it as 64 or 32 bit sooooo, it's been a major headache ........
I posted a message on MS support forums about the missing download hoping somebody mite supply a link to this from somewhere else. I instead get a reply that the file i need is available as part of a system update and gives me a link.
Turns out that this link has all the win7 updates available (120ish worth) going back to June 2016...
Sooooo, against my better judgment i decide to download ALL these updates individually for both 32bit and 64bit just in case MS does decide to remove these too.
So i got all the update files, and started installing them 1 at a time ( i still cant believe i'm doing this all for FREE ) and last night got maybe 20 updates installed.
This morning when i boot up the laptop I noticed security essentials auto updated itself and now works.. and windows update also seems to be working tooooo, it currently at 40% installing the updates ( the same updates i manually downloaded ) were auto downloaded again and fingers crossed will install most of them.
Those first 20 or so updates from 2016ish seem to be all that was required to fix the windows & security auto update process. ( i basically wasted 2 or 3 hours manually downloading those updates... but i also have them all now too so if i ever decide to clean install win7, i have all the updates in-hand so MS can go F*ck them selves... win7 will continue to survive in my hands for quite a while ).
Do you use dropbox ? have you ever wondered why it keeps a copy of your dropbox content on your harddrive as well as on dropbox..
Turns out, dropbox by design is a syncing software, more so than online storage.
I was considering upgrading to a paid plan to act as a on-line backup system that auto syncs my files.
Buuuttt If dropbox keeps a copy of all my files on my HD and online, that means there twice as much space will be used in the process.
The solution here is to uninstall the desktop dropbox app, and only use the web page to upload / download stuff, this prevents doubling of storage space and also wont auto sync your files either..
Sooo thinking about this, realize a better solution would be to just buy another portable USB harddrive to ONLY use for backed up data and only connect it when adding or removing files, protecting it from damage and unnecessary usage to, plus its way cheaper than online storage, small enough to put in your pocket, and the one i plan to get doesn't use an external power supply, it runs using only the USB power. WIN WIN.
Also i plan to create this storage drive as bootable and install a version of windows onto it just in case i need to boot from it at any time, either locally or at somebody else's place and have all my files with me too.. again WIN WIN.