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After re-connecting HDD, reset to RAW from NTFS. Fix Needed.

By H3llion ยท 6 replies
May 1, 2013
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  1. So recently my machine has been in my backpack travelling with me due few reasons. When I came home today and mounted it all up again, one of my HDDs became RAW system and I am unable to access it. Now Windows keeps insisting that I should format the drive but I really need to preserve most of the saved data.

    Iv downloaded TestDisk but have no idea how to use it.

    Is there a way to at least recover my files? I really need to get another backup drive to have my important work saved on.

    Using Windows 7 x64 Pro.

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  2. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,281   +231

    Shall I let Windows format the drive? Would this make me loose all my data?
     
  3. stonarda

    stonarda TS Booster Posts: 143   +18

    Im not too sure about recovery, but DONT format it, otherwise teh data can be lost forever! Try finding a free recovery program on the internet :)
     
  4. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,281   +231

    Right now rebuilding the boot sector with TestDisk, let see what this does. No idea which data recovery program would be good, whether free or premium.
     
  5. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    I've had really good results with Runtime Software's GetDataBack program. It's somewhat pricey, but I've seen better results with it than a lot of other software.
     
  6. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,281   +231

    Thanks, I have GetDataBack (from work) but my HDD seems to have broken boot sector and it seems that I need to rebuild it which I have no idea how (so many tutorials out there, but which one to follow :/ )
     
  7. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

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