Can only read disk with Linux :-(

Seagate / Barracuda 7200.9 st330082...
July 12, 2009 at 04:10:47
Specs: Windows XP Professional, Pentium D 3.00GHz / 2 GB RAM
Hi boys and girls.
This is my first post at this forum, and I'm from Norway so please excuse my english...
Well, here's my problem. I have a disk that's been used in a Win computer from ut was new. Then I used it for a couple of days in a Linux based machine (but Linux was not for me) so I switched back to Windows on my computer. Now the disk can't be read, except on another Linux based machine. I'm finding this wery strange since it's first connection, and format was with a Win machine and NTFS. How can I get this disk to work under Windows again??? I have ALL My stuff on this disk as it has been my backup for many years now!
Please somebody help a Norwegian noob with this.

Torbjørn, Norway

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July 12, 2009 at 05:41:02
Need to see the partition structure of the hdd. From XP get into Disk Management and post a screen shot. Or from linux 'fdisk -l' (-l is a small L), and post output.

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July 12, 2009 at 06:04:18
Can't get fdisk to read it from Linux, screenshot of diskmanagement here: target="_blank">
It's the "Disk 1" that's the problem. You can see it's listed as healthy, but with unkown partition.

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July 12, 2009 at 08:14:21
Now I got fdisk working, just had to sudo it ;-) Here's the result:
Disk /dev/sda: 8069 MB, 8069677056 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 981 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000d0272

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sda1 * 1 933 7494291 83 Linux
/dev/sda2 934 981 385560 5 Extended
/dev/sda5 934 981 385528+ 82 Linux swap / Solaris

Disk /dev/sdb: 300.0 GB, 300069052416 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 36481 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x98b75309

Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 1 36481 293033601 83 Linux

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July 12, 2009 at 13:56:59
It does not look good, your Windows partition was deleted and you only have a Linux partition. If you had important files on the hdd , your only option is try a data recovery program but I do not give it much hope.

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July 12, 2009 at 14:15:58
Relying on ONE hard drive to archive years of data is risky as you have found out. In the future you should maintain at least TWO copies of any data that you want to keep.

Try one of the recovery programs below. Courtesy of another CN menber.

PC Inspector (freeware)
Zero assumption Recovery
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
IMO the best, but not free

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July 12, 2009 at 14:21:37
I fixed it! It turned out the Linux distro had automatically formatted the disk to EXT3. So I downloaded a EXT3 Driver for Windows, assigned the disk a new driveletter with EXT2 Volume manager and then I could read/write from the disk. I have now copied all my stuff over to another disk. I had two copies, but I was sure the disk I had the backup on was NTFS and so I was sure I could use it in Windows. Therefore I deleted all my old files when I made a fresh Win install.... Now I now better! I always keep two kopies, from now on, I'm keeping three copies of my most important files!

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