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Help w/ Data Recovery

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#1 MattJ147


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Posted 18 July 2013 - 12:05 PM



I'm looking for any help/tips that you're willing to give, as I've gotten outside the scope of my tech knowledge.  I have an old Dell XPS desktop that I had previously upgraded to Windows 8 that will not boot up on me anymore.  I had almost everything backed up to cloud storage, with the exception of a couple folders of pictures that my wife had very recently put on there, because she did not save them to the cloud, nor did I back them up before the PC went kaput.


The PC had two 250GB hard drives that I have removed.  I borrowed a Thermaltake BlackX hard drive dock from a friend and connected it to my laptop (which runs Windows 7).  Here is my dilemma.. All I want to do is get those couple folders of pictures and move them to my laptop, but I don't know which of the two hard drives was being used on the PC.  


-When I put one of them in the hard drive dock, nothing happens but when I go to Disk Management it pops up saying it needs to be initialized using either MBR or GPT method.

-When I put the other one in, it adds E: as a drive on my laptop and pops up saying the drive needs to be formatted.  It shows this drive in Disk Management also and says it has a RAW file system.


How do I know which drive has my PC data on it, and how can I retrieve it?


Thanks in advance



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#2 hamluis



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Posted 18 July 2013 - 02:38 PM

FWIW, reference materials: 


RAW Volume (Quietman) - http://www.theeldergeek.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=36698


CHKDSK error message - The type of the file system is RAW - http://www.z-a-recovery.com/art-raw-filesystem.htm


What is RAW file system - http://www.raw-file-system.com/


External Drive Suddenly RAW Repair Guide - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic471852.html



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