|Dear forum fellow members|
Yesterday when I connected my WD 500GB Passport Essential into my laptop it said that I need to perform a scandisk. I took about 6 hours and I canceled at about 70% as it stopped on this 70% for one more hour. Nothing special happened, I was working on the external HD for couple more hours, plugging and safetly unplugging the device. Today morning I wanted again to plug my device, but when I plugged it it said that the device in drive letter H: must be formated in order to use it. I cannot do it because of very vital information on that disk ,especially pictures from my wedding, my book that I'm writing etc. I tried the thread recovering files for dummies by japp but the UFS doesn't find any files to recover, and what's more when I got Administrative tools->storage->disk management it says that the disk has RAW partition (why? from where? how come?!). I BEG You, please help.
System is : Windows 7 US Professional SP1 x64. Laptop is MSI EX628, but I tried on Vista 32 bit on my wife's computer as well as Win XP Home on my HP Mini 1000. Everywhere it says about formating, if I want to use the hd.
I also read about 90% questions here, people have similar problem to me, but even though I remember the times of Dune 2 and UFO : Enemy unknown...*sigh*... I don't know what does it mean when TestDisk asks me for Partition Table Type. As far as I remember shipped WDs have FAT32 system, so I believe I nad FAT 32 but was it Intel/Humax/or EFI GPT I unfortunatelly don't know. I have pictures from my wedding there my unfinished book and a lot of other documents (no games,no movies but still around 400GB of files diffrent types). I can say that I tried WD Data Lifeguard Diagnostic->Full Scan, but I didn't tried to repair the 3 bad sectors that it found, because it says that it will delete those files stored in those sectors, and I don't want to change anything on the HDD, to keep the partition stable.
I also found a tutorial ->http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Data_Recovery_Examples#The_type_of_the_file_system_is_RAW_-_Recovery_of_a_damaged_FAT_boot_sector but I just don't get it.