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I recently experienced a nightmare scenario where both my 4TB hard drives which were attached to my Nvidia Shield TV were inexplicably wiped for no apparent reason. I was using one drive as media storage for Plex  and the other for Emby. I have no idea what caused the data loss and will not be using the shield again.

After taking advice I downloaded and used Recuva.

I must admit I was sceptical but after a few false dawns all of a sudden all my deleted files appeared. I was delighted as we're talking an awful lot of files that had been accumulated over years.

However, I have an issue that I don't know if it's normal or not.

The drive I've recovered the lost files from contained nearly 4TB of data comprising around 20,000 files.

My issue is:

a) None of the recovered files have filenames which, obviously, makes identification impossible meaning I'd have to open every single file to identify it. (Image 1)

b) When I recover the deleted files thay are all restored as filetype "file" meaning I have no idea what type of file they actually are. (Image 2)

Interestingly I am able to open all the files using VLC which, incidentally, then displays the correct file name in its header.

Am I missing something or am I resigned to going through every single one of the 20,000+ files in order to identify them?

Any advice gratefully reeived,



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Sorry I can't offer any comment on this particular topic but I'd welcome any follow-up regarding advice by Moderator Augeas some time ago advising opening Recuva into Deep Scan mode.

In that mode the drive I need to scan (an external HDD which otherwise would appear as drive G:) is not in the pull-down list, presumably because Windows identifies it as RAW (although it should be NTFS - and was until recently!).  If I select "All local disks" will Recuva find the missing drive?

I'll be grateful for any advice.

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Hi, have you checked to see if your 4tb has become the default drive for your Nvidia.

This happened to me once, and after returning the shield default drive back, I could read my external drive again.

It's so easy to do, Nvidia don't make the swap clear when it happens.

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