Need to recover files from crashed SATA drive

March 13, 2012 at 17:11:41
Specs: Windows 7, Core 2 Duo T6570 @ 2.10GHZ / 4GB RAM
I have an SATA drive that developed a number of bad sectors, then suddenly could not be booted. I pulled the drive and put it in an external usb case.by Rocketfish. When plugged into the windows 7 system, Windows will assign two new drive letters. First, it always assigns a drive F: with the notation of "Recovery." Windows also assigns a drive letter G: and calls it a "Local Drive." I am unable to get into the drive at all. Drive G: will open up into a blank folder. Not sure if that is where the files should be for the former drive or not.

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#1
March 13, 2012 at 19:13:00
Testdisk may help. Other recovery software also exists.

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#2
March 14, 2012 at 05:45:52
I will download and try that. It obviously seems that there is some partition or mbr issues, as it shows up as a Raw drive. I've already tried getting into it from Windows, as well as Ubuntu. I couldn't even force mount it with Ubuntu.

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#3
March 14, 2012 at 08:58:18
Well I tried Testdisk but to no avail. Evidently this particular external drive has something in the firmware to help create a backup, which is why it created a partition called "recovery." However, I can't get the Testdisk software to recognize the whole drive. It won't recognize the drive that Windows now calls "G: Local Drive."No sure why. When I get to the point with testDisk when it ask to search for a partition, it won't allow me to choose a certain type of partition. Then when it asks if this is a Vista or later partition, I cannot choose Y or N.

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#4
March 14, 2012 at 13:00:33
No, recovery is the partition used for save the original OEM data.

There are other recovery applications that can be tried.

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#5
March 14, 2012 at 13:15:53
jeff, jefro is correct. The recovery partition is normally hidden when in use in the original computer. Did you read ALL the tutorials for testdisk? If testdisk is seeing both partitions you should be able to do something with them but you really need to read those help files.

I don't suppose you ever made the restore disk set so you can restore the computer to the factory state?

If the drive is showing as having bad sectors it is probably failing. I suggest you figure out where you can store files off that drive and then try recovery software. A good free one is recuva. Get recuva from the link below.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#6
March 14, 2012 at 13:24:34
I have a restore disk, but it does no good to get the data folders off it I need. I already put a new Seagate drive in the lappy and reinstalled using the restore disk. The bad one is now in an enclosure.

Testdisk only sees the recovery partition, but there is nothing on it. It's not showing the other one at all. :( I will try recuva.


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#7
March 14, 2012 at 13:30:18
If recuva doesn't work for you there are others but most are not free. Below are some links.

PC Inspector (freeware)
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/pcinsp...

Zero assumption Recovery
http://www.z-a-recovery.com
The demo is limited
It will only recover 'up to' four folders per run
But you can make multiple runs
not free

GetDataBack
http://www.runtime.org/


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#8
March 14, 2012 at 20:19:35
I DO hope you recover what you need.
Next time make sure you have two or more copies and ANY important file.
Let windows make a periodic back up to an external hard drive.
Anything that is REALLY critical, also make a copy to a CD or DVD and put it away, possibly in a fireproof safe or to a completely different location (home, work, bank vault, etc).

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#9
March 17, 2012 at 19:30:00
TestDisk is a nice tool that can fix such problem especially on not formatted problem.

Cons: it is command line built program with poor GUI.

You should take a look at this freeware. If you want to restore files, you can try freeware like Recuva, PCinspector or EaseUS.

You can google to find download link. Or check out a freeware roundup http://www.free-recovery.net


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