Solved Hard drive became RAW, tried everything

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October 20, 2011 at 13:45:15
Specs: Windows 7, 2gb ram
Hello,im a big fan of the online community, and expect great results. Any help would be appreciated.
Alright so i have a 1tb HP hard drive, worked fine for more than 1 year, then one day i turn it on and it says I need to format it "drive not formatted". i have irreplacable documents on that drive and refuse to format it. i have nero rescue agent, and i think that might work, but i dread running that for 5 days.

This is what i have done so far:

Change Drive letter
run WinTest and every option

This is what programs have told me:
the drive is in RAW format
it has all my files
Accrording to Wintest my bootsector is OK
and backup boot sector is OK

I am not an expert in computers but i am willing to learn.

I have read many threads about people who have had similar problems and have solved theirs but no solution has worked for me.

MY computer :

Del E5500 Lattitude
Windows 7 Ultimate
Hp SimpleSave 1TB Hardrive (aforementioned)
WD 3tb hard drive (possible recovery target location)

please feel free to ask any questions, any help would be appreciated.

Also please recomend any software including paid as money is no object.

you can also reach me at aaron_33@Live.ca


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October 21, 2011 at 15:53:48
"Hp SimpleSave 1TB Hardrive"

So it IS an external hard drive.

HP SimpleSave

The series is a collaboration between HP and Western Digital. The hard drive is just a simple USB-powered compact external hard drive, much like a My Passport external hard drive, but with HP branding and HP's SimpleSave feature built-in. This SimpleSave software only works with computers running Windows.

Since it last worked properly...

Have you, or is it possible anyone else who had access to it...
- dropped it, or subjected it to a physical jolt
- spilled liquid on it, or exposed it to liquid such as rain, or sprayed it with liquid ?

Hard drive enclosures are relatively cheap to replace if there's something wrong with it.

"USB-powered compact external hard drive,"

It has a laptop sized (2.5") hard drive inside of it. They never have a warranty longer than 3 years. They are much more likely to be damaged if you dropped the external enclosure or subjected it to a physical jolt than desktop sized drives are.

It probably has a SATA hard drive. If so, the SATA data and SATA power sockets on it are exactly the same as on a desktop sized (3.5") drive. The hard drive can be removed and be connected internally to any desktop computer that has a spare SATA data header, and then be tested on that computer.
....

If there is nothing wrong with the external drive enclosure's circuits or the hard drive inside of it, the most common reason for a problem like yours is you unplugged the external hard drive while Windows was running WITHOUT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your Taskbar and choosing to STOP accessing the drive.

When the drive's data area is seen as RAW (un-allocated) usually what the problem is, is the partition table data for the drive is damaged - that damage must be fixed in order for you to be able to access the data on the drive that you know was there before you had this problem. Usually you can use certain data recovery programs, e.g. Recuva, to fix that problem and have access to your data, or most of it, again.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...



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October 20, 2011 at 13:59:11
Aaron, edit your post and remove your email address. You can try this free program called Recuva. See if you can get the data off the drive.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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October 20, 2011 at 15:28:03
If not recurva, other apps like testdisk may work. Unstoppable copier.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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October 20, 2011 at 17:55:01
Im a little hesitant to use recovery programs because of the time it would take. but i do have Nero 11 RescueAgent, im asuming that a little better than the freee ware ?
Also Test disk didnt help me, but maybe i was doing something wrong, could u let me know what steps i should take.

Thank you for ur support


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#4
October 20, 2011 at 17:56:00
Lol i feel stupid, but i dont see an edit button .

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#5
October 21, 2011 at 13:07:47
It is testdisk not test disk.

I run it from a live linux cd or usb. I just type in testdisk and it asks me some questions. There are many features to it also.

Might start here. http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Test...

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#6
October 21, 2011 at 15:02:11
"Lol i feel stupid, but i dont see an edit button "

For a long time until not long ago, there WAS a icon at the top of your own posts that looked like a notepad that you clicked on to edit your own post, but it was removed and now there is a line at the bottom of each of your own posts that says Edit this Message instead that you can click on.

You can only Edit your own posts for a limited time.

There was a problem with the former icon not appearing in the first post of a topic - that was fixed eventually - but it's possible the Edit this Message line does not appear at the bottom of the first post when you made that post.

If you don't see that in your first post, if you send a PM to one of the forum moderators he can remove your email address for you.
E.g.
At the near the top right, under Your Tracked Posts/Messages, click on xxx Private Messages, scroll to the bottom of the resulting screen and send a PM to: OtheHill and tell him what your problem is - include a copy of the link to where your topic is.
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Is this problem 1tb an external drive ?
If yes, there are more things you need to be informed about.
We get frequent reports of hard drives inside external drive enclosures being seen as RAW - if there's nothing wrong with the hard drive itself, usually that problem can be fixed.

If it's not an external drive................

Test your hard drive with hard drive manufacturer's diagnostics.

E.g.
Seagate's SeaTools will test (almost) any brand of hard drive.
http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.j...

Do the long test.

The Dos bootable versions of SeaTools can test the hard drive when Windows will not load properly, or even when the drive has no data on it.

It the drive itself passes the test, any data problems on the drive can be fixed one way or another.

...

If it IS an external drive, the Dos versions of Seatools cannot test a hard drive when it's in an external enclosure, but the Windows version(s) CAN.,
However, there must be nothing wrong with the external enclosure, or it's USB connection to the computer, and the USB port you plug it into MUST be able to supply 500ma of current and recognize the external enclosure's circuits fine otherwise.


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October 21, 2011 at 15:48:18
You can use a Live Linux program burned to a DVD and the machine can boot to that (not install). Once you are in Linux, if you can see the drive/files you can copy them to the other hard drive.
If it does not see the files, then testdisk as mentioned above or mfg's utility would be my next step.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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October 21, 2011 at 15:53:48
✔ Best Answer
"Hp SimpleSave 1TB Hardrive"

So it IS an external hard drive.

HP SimpleSave

The series is a collaboration between HP and Western Digital. The hard drive is just a simple USB-powered compact external hard drive, much like a My Passport external hard drive, but with HP branding and HP's SimpleSave feature built-in. This SimpleSave software only works with computers running Windows.

Since it last worked properly...

Have you, or is it possible anyone else who had access to it...
- dropped it, or subjected it to a physical jolt
- spilled liquid on it, or exposed it to liquid such as rain, or sprayed it with liquid ?

Hard drive enclosures are relatively cheap to replace if there's something wrong with it.

"USB-powered compact external hard drive,"

It has a laptop sized (2.5") hard drive inside of it. They never have a warranty longer than 3 years. They are much more likely to be damaged if you dropped the external enclosure or subjected it to a physical jolt than desktop sized drives are.

It probably has a SATA hard drive. If so, the SATA data and SATA power sockets on it are exactly the same as on a desktop sized (3.5") drive. The hard drive can be removed and be connected internally to any desktop computer that has a spare SATA data header, and then be tested on that computer.
....

If there is nothing wrong with the external drive enclosure's circuits or the hard drive inside of it, the most common reason for a problem like yours is you unplugged the external hard drive while Windows was running WITHOUT clicking on the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your Taskbar and choosing to STOP accessing the drive.

When the drive's data area is seen as RAW (un-allocated) usually what the problem is, is the partition table data for the drive is damaged - that damage must be fixed in order for you to be able to access the data on the drive that you know was there before you had this problem. Usually you can use certain data recovery programs, e.g. Recuva, to fix that problem and have access to your data, or most of it, again.

Troubleshooting USB device problems including for flash drives, external drives, memory cards.
See Response 1:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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