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decibel
12-07-2010, 09:59 PM
Appear to have had a disk failure in one of my PCs. I have removed the disk and put it in an USB enclosure and can see all the partitions. One is shown as NTFS and I can see the folders in it but the others are shown as "RAW".

Any clues as to how I can recover anything from these?

Thanks.

Greven
12-07-2010, 10:02 PM
That means it is pretty far gone. Try booting off a Ubuntu live CD - sometimes I have more luck reading bad drives in Linux.

decibel
12-07-2010, 10:05 PM
May have been hasty posting this - I have found what looks like being a fix.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/hardware-support/hard-drive-support/192014-my-file-system-now-raw-help.html

Too much watching "Generation Kill" and not enough concentrating on the PC.

wainuitech
12-07-2010, 10:11 PM
Just because a Drive is showing as RAW doesn't always mean its stuffed. Usually means its lost the windows formatting for some reason. Most of the time you can recover the data, or fix the fault.

That link posted, basically covers the nuts and bolts of it.

fred_fish
12-07-2010, 10:14 PM
Yup.
Testdisk is an excellent tool for the job.

decibel
14-07-2010, 10:33 PM
Unfortunately, this didn't work.

Testdisk only sees the primary partition and not the logical drives.

Any other suggestions ?

wainuitech
14-07-2010, 11:47 PM
How important is the data -- Meaning are you willing to pay for it -- Try getData Back (http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm) -- the trial allows you to scan the drive and show what it will recover -- if it can recover back what you want to recover cough over the $$ to unlock it.

The software is good -- Just recovered from a customers drive that was formatted 5402 photos they forgot to back up - 29GB DUH!

1101
15-07-2010, 12:27 PM
http://www.myharddrivedied.com/

Thry that site for really good info. He even happily gives away trade secrets for those brave enough to try....

http://www.myharddrivedied.com/presentations/presentations_software.html

Agent_24
15-07-2010, 12:56 PM
File Scavenger is what I use. Works pretty damn well.

Cellux
15-07-2010, 01:55 PM
http://www.myharddrivedied.com/

Thry that site for really good info. He even happily gives away trade secrets for those brave enough to try....

http://www.myharddrivedied.com/presentations/presentations_software.html

That guy is awesome.

decibel
19-07-2010, 08:19 PM
Apparently external USB enclosures only like to see one partition?

Anyway, I ended up with a guy at work who has Spinrite looking at it.
His diagnosis was the on-board disk controller was stuffed, so I have kissed it goodbye.

Thanks for your suggestions, guys. (we can't win 'em all)

Snorkbox
19-07-2010, 08:40 PM
I have an External USB 200 Gig drive here with two partitions. No probs reading either partition.

decibel
19-07-2010, 09:13 PM
I have an External USB 200 Gig drive here with two partitions. No probs reading either partition.

Is this with IDE or SATA ?

also NTFS ?

Snorkbox
19-07-2010, 09:18 PM
IDE in enclosure and NTFS file system.

Agent_24
20-07-2010, 12:13 AM
Apparently external USB enclosures only like to see one partition?

Anyway, I ended up with a guy at work who has Spinrite looking at it.
His diagnosis was the on-board disk controller was stuffed, so I have kissed it goodbye.

Thanks for your suggestions, guys. (we can't win 'em all)

The fact that you get as far as the partitions showing but listed as "RAW" tells me that there may be nothing wrong with the board.

Spinrite makes for a good hard drive stress tester but that's about it.

If you want to actually try and recover data, you need something which will copy data to a known working drive.

If you do suspect the drive is faulty then it's best to image with Gnu DDrescue or such first, then mount and scan the resulting image with a data recovery program.

The more work you make a faulty drive do the quicker it will deteriorate.