1. Welcome to TechPowerUp Forums, Guest! Please check out our forum guidelines for info related to our community.

Sudden Data Loss...why?

Discussion in 'Storage' started by Michael1337, May 16, 2014.

  1. Michael1337 New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2013
    Messages:
    3 (0.00/day)
    Thanks Received:
    0
    Sudden memory loss, why?
    The other day I was installing Elder Scrolls Online and during the proccess I noticed that some of my games and gaming applications just disapeared at the same time, such as Battlenet, Origin and Steam. The shortcuts still existed but didn't work obviously, so I checked my hard-drives and all the files for the applications and games were gone. Is the guilty one for this fault the installation of Elder Scrolls Online or is it the fact that the hard drives is 4 years old and pretty worn? Everything else in my computer is less than 5 months old. Any ideas? I've been considering purchasing new hard drives for a while but all the work that is needed to be done to get Everything installed have stopped me.
    And if I do have to get new ones, will I be able to use my old Windows 7 copy on the new drive? Just to save Money you know.

    So please share your ideas, if you want info about my setup just tell me, very gratefull!
     
  2. RCoon

    RCoon Gaming Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 2012
    Messages:
    10,990 (6.78/day)
    Thanks Received:
    8,839
    Location:
    Gypsyland, UK
    Check smart data on your HDD with CrystalDisk INFO and it could be some dodgy sectors. I highly doubt ESO deleted everything.

    Either that or you became temporarily possessed by the mischievous Lord of B***ardlyness and proceeded to delete all your games.
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2014
    Sasqui says thanks.
  3. Sasqui

    Sasqui

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2005
    Messages:
    8,695 (2.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,693
    Location:
    Manchester, NH
    I suspect the NSA
     
    95Viper and RCoon say thanks.
    10 Year Member at TPU Crunching for Team TPU
  4. Ferrum Master

    Ferrum Master

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Messages:
    2,948 (1.38/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,562
    Location:
    Rīga, Latvia
    Or Alcohol :D
     
    Sasqui says thanks.
    Crunching for Team TPU
  5. Sasqui

    Sasqui

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2005
    Messages:
    8,695 (2.20/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,693
    Location:
    Manchester, NH
    I forgot about that one. Wait, what?

    Me thinks this is devolving into a very unhelpful thread. I'm punchy and digress...
     
    10 Year Member at TPU Crunching for Team TPU
  6. sneekypeet

    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 12, 2006
    Messages:
    23,153 (6.06/day)
    Thanks Received:
    7,722
    Try restoring the drive to a date previous to the installation of Elder Scrolls and see if that brings your games back?
     
    10 Year Member at TPU
  7. 64K

    64K

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Messages:
    2,547 (2.74/day)
    Thanks Received:
    2,923
    If you do have to get a new HD you can install your Win 7 on that HD. For OEM Windows it's tied to the motherboard.
     
  8. Steevo

    Steevo

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2005
    Messages:
    9,291 (2.34/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,797
    For files to disappear on a NTFS drive they have to be deleted physically, and or the MFT entry has to be erased and the file header damaged. NTFS is a journal system, which are only deleted on success of a write or copy. Run scandisk with a free space check.
     
    10 Year Member at TPU 10 Million points folded for TPU
  9. Random Murderer

    Random Murderer The Anti-Midas

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2006
    Messages:
    6,816 (1.90/day)
    Thanks Received:
    1,675
    Can't believe nobody has asked this: Is your system overclocked? Can you please go into your user control panel and fill out your system specs for us?
     

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guest)