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1 First we will make a bootable LiveCD or USB key (your choice) of PartedMagic which is a free Linux system that has current versions of some great open source tools preinstalled for fixing and recovering data from disk drives.
2 Hook up the good drive and the bad drive to the computer and boot it into PartedMagic.
3 Then we'll run a simple command that will tell us what the names of the good disk and the bad disk are.
4 Next we will click some buttons that will mount the internal drive of the computer (where Windows 7 is installed) so we can save a small log file to it that will keep track of the copy job and will allow us to resume it from where it left off instead of restarting it if it is interrupted at some point.
5 Then we will run another simple command that starts the copying process. This could take 20+ hours to run. Be aware of this and try not to use the computer for other stuff while it does this.
6 Now we'll have a perfect copy of the bad disk and will be able to attempt recoveries or repairs without the risk of losing everything for good if we make a mistake or something goes wrong.
A clone would erase everything currently on the new drive and attempt to make it look just like the bad drive.
An image is just a huge file containing every bit of the bad drive. We can use special software to mount the image so it looks just like another drive even though it is kind of a virtual hard drive and almost all recovery tools work with images the same way they do with real drives. This is usually for when you want to recover a few files from the image and then delete it.
Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:54 PM
Edited by rdallas, 07 November 2012 - 10:04 PM.
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If Windows cannot read the file system it reports it as "RAW", no matter what the situation actually is. There is the very real possibility of complete recovery, and if not complete then at least recovery of the contents of the drive.
I went to BestBuy's GeekSquad today, and the guy said the partition with the files are "RAW" meaning the drive has lost its system structure, and that if the files were to be recovered, they would all show up as 0s and 1s.
- is this true
- if its true, i still want to recover the files, and is it still possible given the state of the drive's RAW format?
The reason for cloning the hard drive to another is so that we can work on the cloned copy without risking the original hard drive. The first thing we want to try is to repair the drive using TestDisk if possible with the aim of returning it to its former working state with all files intact and readable.
... I don't understand why we're cloning the drive ...
Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:19 AM
Edited by rdallas, 13 November 2012 - 01:30 AM.
Posted 13 November 2012 - 01:30 AM
You should be able to use Firefox in PartedMagic to connect to the internet, access the forums and post your reply.
You can make the PartedMagic CD and try out the command that we are going to use to find the names of the drives to make sure that you can boot with and use it.
Download the PartedMagic ISO for your computer (you probably need the one labeled "Most people will only need this file") ask me if you aren't sure.
Decide whether you want to boot from a CD or a USB Flash Drive and follow the appropriate directions below.
Instructions for making a Boot CD
Download and install Infrarecorder
and place a blank CD in your CD writer then run Infrarecorder
Click WRITE IMAGE
Navigate to the PartedMagic ISO that you downloaded and click the OPEN button
Click the OK button and it should burn your CD. When it is done it will automatically eject the CD and you can close Infrarecorder, you can now use this CD to boot your computer.
Instructions for making a Bootable USB Flash Drive
Follow the instructions here for UNetbootin (the download buttons for UNetbootin are at the top of the page) and select DISK IMAGE and navigate to the PartedMagic ISO that you downloaded. Pay very close attention to the USB flash drive that you select to write to in order not to overwrite data on the wrong device by accident.
Instructions Booting From The CD or The USB Flash Drive
Press the F12 key or sometimes the Esc key when you turn the computer on in order to choose the boot device containing PartedMagic.
When you boot the computer that has the bad drive connected to it with the PartedMagic CD/USB that you made a menu will pop up, please select
1. Default Settings (Runs from RAM)
When it finishes booting you will notice that it looks kind of like a Windows desktop. The button in the lower left works like the START button in Windows XP and allows you to select and run various programs or shutdown the computer. To make things easy, I'll just refer to this as the START button.
At the bottom of the screen near the START button you will see a picture of a computer monitor. Click it to open a terminal window. In the terminal window type
(that is fdisk SPACE DASH l as in Linux) and press ENTER
This tells us the names and partitions of the drives connected to the computer.
Edited by AustrAlien, 13 November 2012 - 01:31 AM.
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Posted 29 October 2013 - 02:39 PM
James et al,
Thanks for this write up all. I am hoping after a year you guys are still monitoring this board.
I did the same thing as OP and need similar recovery step.
I used an IMG file (~75MB) and wrote it to my Seagate BackupPlus 3TB drive. There was only one partition.
Using CloneZilla it sees the external drive only as a 500MB, not 3TB.
How do I copy the whole 3TB image (not the 500MB that appears in CloneZilla) unto another external 3TB Seagate BackupPlus?
-Hoping to create the IMG file without the need to make any modification to the 'damaged HDD'; is this possible?
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