My external hard drive suddenly became raw after a power outage. The computer the external hardrive is normally attached to is an hp pavillion dv5000 laptop operating on windows xp.
I am using a toshiba satellite laptop operating on windows xp to try and repair it. I first tried to copy an image per James Litten's site instructions and am unable to. I proceeded to using the TestDisk tool on PartedMagic Linux boot CD to repair it. I have been following the instructions from James Litten's site. Posted below:
I have followed his instructions exactly. Everything was identical to his instructions until I got to the quick search. When I did the the quick search nothing came up under partitions. His instructions showed that something would. I then continued to the deeper search and there was then one partition listed. I did see my files/folders from the external hard drive within that partition. I chose write. The boot sector was also bad, so I chose rebuild bs - per his instructions. It’s at this point where my screen is different from his instructions. Instead of asking to confirm writing to the partition table, it goes to a screen that lists the partition, then it says
Cluster 2, Directory / found?
Answer Y(es), N(o), Q(uit or A(bort interactive mode), N or A if not sure.
Below that is listed 3 options I can highlight with my arrow keys.
drwxr-xr-x 0 0 0 6-Mar2013 00:22 Recycled
drwxr-xr-x 0 0 0 22-Feb-2012 19:27 My Documents
drwxr-xr-x 0 0 0 12-Jan-2013 12:02 My Music
I do not know which line to select and I also do not know what answer to choose? This is what I need guidance with. I would like to be able to get the files from My Documents and My Music. I'm not too concerned about the Recycled...other than it would be nice to be able to see it again while using the external drive.
As far as I know, I am not in 'expert mode'.
I deeply appreciate any guidance one can give. Thank you very much for all your time and efforts,