I've just lost everything, Please help!

Posted by pironi14 
I've just lost everything, Please help!
Date: October 28, 2019 05:38AM
Posted by: pironi14

My HDD with a decades worth of GP3 stuff on it has died. I did have a backup once (Multiple in fact) but for the life of my I can't find it. :(:(:(

I'm in mourning as I've lost all my custom stuff that I can never hope to get back (though I will try data recovery).

Can I call upon the community to help me in my time of need? I need tracks, carsets, carshapes, helmets. Just everything really. If someone could share their stuff on Google Drive i'd be eternally grateful.

It's hard to describe how I feel, as a 31 year old I've been playing this game since I was 14. GP3 has played such a huge part in my life, I've been running my own custom championship for all that time. I was upto the year 2053 lol. In that time I've made drivers that have had 30 year careers that I've kept track of. I've made custom helmets for them and edited them season by season. I had custom cars and teams.

I'm so angry at myself for allowing this to happen and it's 4:30am and I just can't sleep. It was so much more to me than just a game, it was a personal world I'd made for myself and had been playing in for years and years. And today it's all gone.

Please if you can find the time help me rebuild my library, it would mean so much to me right now.

Thank You
Re: I've just lost everything, Please help!
Date: October 28, 2019 10:15AM
Posted by: LDR647
Sorry to hear about your difficulties. It should be possible to recover the data however. Professional help would be expensive. There are tools to assist in data recovery. Unfortunately I can't assist with files as I just play with the default setup. I am sure you will be able to get back the data (or most of it anyway). It's unfortunate you didn't get some kind of warning that the HDD was about to fail. I've had a few failures but invariably there was some sort of indication of failure. Good luck with the recovery anyway.
Re: I've just lost everything, Please help!
Date: October 28, 2019 12:13PM
Posted by: evroic
I have the same problem. I lost everything. Years and years of archives.

I saw some videos on the internet and I'm taking courage to do that.

I made a budget and they charged me a fortune. I can not pay for it. So I sat down and cried.

First I will buy another External HD and if this procedure works I will back up what I can. If I can't, patience.

Here is => [www.youtube.com]

I connect my External HD and make the following sound: "tec-tec-tec-tec" and was not recognized by my computer

If anyone here has a better option before opening it and it worked out please let us know. It does not hurt to try.

I also saw this video but it is in portuguese. => [www.youtube.com]

One of the things mentioned is that failing to do the right thing could break the head of the read and write needle.


Evandro ( Brazil )

Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 11/02/2019 03:40PM by evroic.
Re: I've just lost everything, Please help!
Date: November 02, 2019 10:41AM
Posted by: elio2012
Hi Pironi

First thing: DO NOT TRY TO DO THE RECOVERY YOURSELF or open up the drive, you will do more harm.

I had this same problem in June. But I got all my files back using a data recovery company. Are you in the UK? If so, I'd recommend them. They charge fixed fees of £80 or £180 depending on the nature of the problem and nearly always succeed. You'd also need to buy another drive (or two).

If that is not an option for you, I am really sorry and feel your pain. Sounds like the elements you are most sad about are things unique to you, so I can't help with that. But if you are looking for items uploaded to sites or made by me (I've got a huge collection) you can get from these pages or I can arrange for you to have them if you get in touch.


What I learned was to have everything on two drives and upload to onging sites (like this one) as a third back up. If you are into using the Cloud that's another one.

Really hope you can get this fixed. If it was me I'd find the money to get the recovery done - if at all possible.

Good luck!

Re: I've just lost everything, Please help!
Date: November 02, 2019 03:59PM
Posted by: evroic

The tool that opens mine (Seagate 2T Barracuda External HDD 3.5 - Sata 3 6gb/s 7200rpm) is called: TORX and its measurement is 9 inches

I bought this tool yesterday.

But before doing this "procedure" I will try new budgets and also read reports.:-o


I bought a new External HD

Seagate Expansion 1T External HDD 2.5 - USB 3.0
Model: STEA1000400
Rotation: 5400 rpm

Link: [www.seagate.com]

Now I will back up what I can .... ;)

Evandro ( Brazil )

Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 11/02/2019 04:15PM by evroic.
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