attached to my WinXP SP3 machine (using NTFS), my Toshiba Canvio external HD (G:) recently became inaccessable, and I used Piriform's Recuva to successfully recover my data, approximately 190GB. I recovered to a brand new WD Passport 1TB external drive, labeled F: with 963GB of free space.
Now when checking properties of the F: drive, it indicates 658 GB are in use. Inside the Recuva results window, I see the file $Badclus is 466GB in size. From the file info tab:
Size: 466 GB (500,105,760,768)
State: Not deleted
Creation time: 7/27/2010 03:56
Last modification time: 7/27/2010 03:56
Last access time: 7/27/2010 03:56
Comment: No overwritten clusters detected.
Data streams: 2
My original goal was to simply save the entire drive before it fails. But after some research I think I may have copied the MFT and bad sector info to the new drive? I did tell Recuva to recover the entire drive by checking G: in the file tree, rather than pick and choose files to recover.
So has 466GB of new drive been marked as bad? Can I get chkdsk or a third party software to recheck the disk and straighten this out? This is new territory for me, I am somewhat confused and not sure of the risks to my data. I couldn't find an exact solution on the web.
Thank you for any guidance you can supply.