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External NTFS HDD now RAW and PartedMagic "Can't open filesystem"

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#1 Basterisk


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 06:04 PM

Hi.  My 500GB 2.5" HDD would often not be able to be safely removed from my Win 7 laptop even though resource monitor showed no activity on the drive.  So just as often I had to unplug it without safely removing it.  After the last time, the filesystem is now showing up as RAW.


I have enough HDD room for essential file recovery on my Vista Desktop PC, so I booted it in PartedMagic via USB Flash drive and ran TestDisk with the HDD connected via USB.  After the "Deeper Search", when I try to view files it says, "Can't open filesystem.  Filesystem seems damaged."  Also when I try to mount it in PartedMagic, it doesn't show up with the other mountable partitions.


Additional info:

-HDD sounds fine

-I can connect it directly via SATA if needed

-HDD contained several very large files (128GB, 2x 100GB, 16GB)(Truecrypt container files)

Edited by Basterisk, 08 April 2013 - 06:06 PM.

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#2 James Litten

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 06:56 PM

Sounds like this might help.



It works very well so if it does not do find anything, there is probably some physical damage and making an image, then running TestCrypt against the image might be your best option.



#3 Basterisk

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:33 PM

Thanks.  I was able to recover the essential files with the program GetDataBack.  It looks like I'm going to have to hold off on a reformat until I get another HDD so I can recover the rest of the files.  The drive still is unable to be safely removed even with no shown activity in Windows resource monitor.  Might a reformat fix this?  BTW the drive was the originally the system drive in my laptop before I upgraded to SSD, and I do vaguely remember having to, through dosprompt, delete some system partition to free the whole drive which I then NTFS formatted.

Edited by Basterisk, 17 April 2013 - 08:55 PM.

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