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Data recovery from external USB hard drive that shows as RAW


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#1 I-was-STOOPID!

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Posted 21 September 2013 - 02:41 PM

I'd appreciate any help to recover my data from an external USB hard drive that now shows as RAW when connected to a DELL Latitude E5520 laptop under Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit.  Windows asks to format the drive when it is connected.  I have said "No" to this prompt.  The external hard drive is a laptop-sized 250GB Western Digital brand housed inside a 3rd party (Rosewill) enclosure.  I've never had any problems with this drive before and it worked fine the previous time I used it.  I always eject my external hard drives properly.  I hope we can rescue the important files.  I have a blank 1TB Western Digital external USB drive that can be used to store any recovered data.

 

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Posted 22 September 2013 - 11:09 AM

You could use Recuva to recovery your data.


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 12:44 PM

Thanks for the suggestion, dc3.  Will Recuva work on a hard drive that Windows does not recognize as formatted?

 

This external hard drive when plugged into the computer will show a drive letter, but as soon as I try accessing that drive it asks me to format the disk.   The Windows Disk Managment shows the hard drive with a healthy partition but as RAW.



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Posted 22 September 2013 - 01:02 PM

Give it a try using the deep scan.


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Posted 22 September 2013 - 03:08 PM

Using the deep scan seems to be promising so far.  Stage 1 of 3: Scanning drive for deleted files is showing 15,838 files found.  Looks like this will take some time since this is a 250GB drive.  I will report back on any additional progress/trouble once this process finishes.



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Posted 23 September 2013 - 02:40 PM

Recuva seemed to work like a charm, dc3. :thumbup2:  15,745 files were found out of the original 15,838 deleted files found.  278 were ignored.  I ended up fully recovering 15,105 files total.  I'm a bit concerned about the 278 that were ignored, but it looks like the majority of what wasn't already backed up was recovered.  Is there any way to tell what files were ignored via Recuva? 

 

Now I have to look through a bunch of files that got generic filenames when they were restored to see what they really are.  But I got them!   Thanks a bunch, dc3!

 

Once I've verified the recovered files, can I just reformat the bad hard drive?






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