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HDD Recovery (Partition Issue?)


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#1 Excess

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:31 AM

Hi All,

I had my Laptop of 4-5 yrs fail a few weeks ago with a constant BSOD on boot, rather than explore any further I saw this as the perfect excuse to get a new desktop. I also had an external drive which I would use to back up the laptop every month or so and thus I have managed to recover most of my important files (accounts, work stuff etc) before that decided to die no big problem I thought and also I was particularly happy with myself for actually being this prepared!

Unfortunately I've now realised that there are a few more files which I wouldn't mind having (photos etc) and some more up-to-date versions of my work files since it failed just before I was due to back it up.
I've removed my SATA HDD from my laptop and have it plugged into my desktop currently. I can access its recovery drive (which has nothing of use in it) but I can't access the local drive which it says is unreadable/corrupted. I'm a bit confused as I assumed that the whole drive would be corrupted rather than one partition?

If I right click I'm given the option to format the old local drive but will this remove all the data I'm trying to recover? Is it a lost cause or is there any freeware/open source programs to help gain access to this part of the HDD ?

Thanks in advance.

(oh and if its any use running Win7)

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:41 AM

Try running the chkdsk /r command on the partition you cannot access.

Corruption is just another word for damaged...generally, either files, file structures, or the file system can become damaged...the chkdsk /r can overcome some (not all) of these situations.

Generally...when XP cannot read the partition structure, I assume that it's damaged. In such instances, XP will often view the partition as nonexistent or nonreadable.

At that point in time, IMO, it's best to try data-recovery software before turning any more attention to trying to effect a repair of any sort.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 07:44 AM

Thanks Louis,

Ill give it a go and let you know how I get on!

Edited by Excess, 02 October 2010 - 07:45 AM.


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Posted 02 October 2010 - 08:34 AM

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Works for me on corrupted drives.

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 11:16 AM

Thanks Louis, it's working for now :thumbsup:

Thanks dpunisher, that might be handy in the future.




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