|I am attempting to recover data from the hard drive of Toshiba Satellite L830. So far, no luck. I tried using the recovery booting option with the laptop it was installed in which resulted in black screen and a mouse pointer and nothing more. I hit F12 on startup to enter into the boot menu and it didn't even recognise that there was a hard drive installed however on the second attempt of this it did recognise that there was a drive but it made no difference. I removed the drive and using the base of a seagate external hard drive I had lying around that is independently powered and has a SATA connection I was able to view the drive on my PC in "This PC" (This port may in itself be the problem?). When I tried to view it it says, 'E:/ is not accessible - the device is not ready' (using Windows 10 btw). I ran chkdsk E: /f and chkdsk E: /r and it says the type of the file system is RAW. CHKDSK is not available for RAW drives. In device management it says, Volume - (F:) / Layout - Simple / Type - Basic / File System - RAW / Status - Healthy (Primary Partition) / Capacity - 284.1- GB / Free Space - 284.10 GB / % Free - 100%. I have tried using easeUS, DMDE and ZAR data recovery software without any success. I thought I may be onto something with ZAR however it can't see the drive at all even though I can see it in 'This PC'. I tried using gsmart control to view the SMART data with no success and Test Disk 7.0 to analyse the drive but it says Partition: Read error. Then during the quick search it says as (an example) Read error at 557055/0/1 (1ba = 557055) which it says for all sectors and never passes 00%. Any help here would be greatly appreciated as I feel as though I have exhausted my free options. Next step would be buying the correct SATA cable and power cable instead of using the one out of my seagate external however I feel as though since I have been able to do this much it probably isn't an issue with the cables. Then I guess I will have to take it to a professional or figure out how it is they would do it and if the cost of the tech required is less than the cost of paying a professional then perhaps buy what I need and do it myself.|
I forgot to mention that after following some troubleshooting tips online I changed the drive letter from E:/ to F:/ which is why you may notice above that I have used both. Sorry for the inconsistency there.
Cheers for any help here,
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