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#1 ThugTears666

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 03:46 PM

Hi all,

Typical problem here. My hard drive although being recognized by my computer, won't let me access any files and says it needs to be formatted.

Any recovery tools or ideas you recommend?

I'm guessing it's missing a partition or something. It froze and acted weird when I tried to transfer a huge amount of files and that's when this problem started.

I don't wanna lose all my music!!!!!!!!!!!
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:14 PM

You're on windows? Have you done a "chkdsk /R"? This is a secondary drive right?

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:30 PM

This helped me with similar HDD issues: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 04:44 PM

What's a chkdsk? Yeah secondary external drive.

Warpped I can't see any programs there that help with Hard drives? That's for deleted files? Will download it and take a look once I finish work though.
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:13 PM

Just a windows command that will scan the drive and attempt to repair bad sectors and things. Let's say your drive is letter E:

start > run > "cmd" > then type "chkdsk E: /R"

You can type "chkdsk /?" to see a list of options. It might take a while to run, especially if there are bad sectors on it. But it'll tell you about any problems. It's worth a shot just to see what happens, but be aware it could take an hour or two to run, depending on what's wrong with the disk. If you leave off "/R" it won't attempt to repair them, just dump a list of what's wrong.


I'll google a bit today at work to see if there's any programs I can find. But as far as that Recuva program warped linked to, you should be able to use that to find files on the disk and move them off onto a good drive. Haven't used it so I don't know, and it might only work on things you actually deleted (not just things that are not recoverable because of a bad disk). It's free and Piriform makes OK programs (I use CCleaner all the time, it works well for what it does) so no need to worry about that.

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Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:30 PM

Awesome I'll definitely give that a try when I get home. Thanks a lot!!!

I hear this tool is pretty good so I'll try this too: http://www.cgsecurit...sk_Step_By_Step
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Posted 04 October 2012 - 05:48 PM

Yeah you can use it to recover files from HDD's in cases like these usually. You just have to make sure you run it in advanced mode (that is, do not run through the wizard) and change the settings so that it collects non-deleted files. Then select the drive you want to scan for files. Its been a few months so my memory is a bit hazy.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:27 AM

Hey GR it says the selection is raw so chklist won't run.
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Posted 05 October 2012 - 12:37 AM

It was probably formatted as NTFS at some point, right? Do you know? Is it an external drive?

Here's an interesting page: http://www.z-a-recov...-filesystem.htm

Sometimes, the volume fails in such a way that it becomes RAW.


This page implies data is recoverable. The "raw" bit's a good hint, and you'll probably have to use some software to fix it, but you can search for like, "hard drive raw recovery" or something.

Maybe try this software: http://www.cgsecurit...g/wiki/TestDisk


This one costs money but if TestDisk doesn't work and you're desperate: http://www.z-a-recov...om/register.htm



If the hard drive isn't dying, and something just got corrupted somehow (any odd shutdowns? power failure? any crashes or anything?), you'll have to re-format the disk to use it again, but you will need to recover your files first because the format will delete them all. You can still recover them but it will be much more difficult and possibly expensive, so try to recover the data before you format it.


But if the drive is dying, and believe me once drives start to die all kinds of weird things start to happen (how old is it btw? less than a year? couple years old?), but if it's actually dying then I wouldn't recommend formatting and using it again, since it's likely to corrupt itself again and it's always bound to be unrecoverable at some point.

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Posted 05 October 2012 - 09:46 AM

Your partition seems to be dead/broken, use a file recovery program to scrape the files off of it that can still be recovered. Maybe it's possible to repair the partition (TestDisk could do this). But that most likely requires a bit of knowledge on how filesystems work, as I think you are required to have the drive mounted in order to run TestDisk on it.


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Posted 05 October 2012 - 03:58 PM

Thank you for all the replies. I'm going to try use test disk after I get back from going away this weekend to repair the partition, it does a scan which takes around 2-3 hours so after that I'll see what my next move is. Will probably try recovering the files otherwise with a file recovery program if I can find a free one. 
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Posted 10 October 2012 - 10:49 PM

So I've been mucking around with this for the past few days and it's really complex. Might have to try copy the files off and reformat.

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Posted 20 October 2012 - 06:07 PM

You could always try booting off of an Ubuntu live disk and copy the files you want to save to a different drive. I had a similar issue with windows recognizing a broken NTFS partition as RAW while it was still readable under Ubuntu.

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Posted 21 October 2012 - 01:31 AM

So I'd have to change my entire operating system? Ubuntu is a replacement for windows right
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Posted 21 October 2012 - 02:45 AM

A live cd loads all the programs to memory, so it won't change your computer's OS permanently. It might be slow at times because it gets files off the CD or USB instead of the hard disk. Also I have no idea whether fatty's suggestion will help you at all. I reckon Dada's suggestion of scraping files off the disk is most likely equivalent anyhow. Idk very much about using Windows though so I'm likely not much help wrt your actual problem.




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