My 300 GB 3.5" PATA hard drive Maxtor 6L300R0, in an external enclosure, was used as an external hard drive on occasions. It was working normally until the hard drive enclosure started having issues not connecting through the USB any more. I bought a new enclosure to put the hard drive in. I properly grounded myself to prevent electrostatic discharge, removed the hard drive from the old enclosure, and installed it in the new enclosure. I powered it on and Windows XP Pro 32 bit said it wasn't formatted. I checked the disk manager and it said it was RAW. I didn't format the hard drive or do anything to it. I installed a PCI RAID PATA controller card into my motherboard, as I don't have any connections to plug my PATA drive into. I plugged my hard drive into the RAID card and booted into Parted Magic with a USB drive, as per the info I have found from James Litton on here and his website (http://html5.litten.com/how-to-fix-external-disk-drive-suddenly-became-raw/).
In Parted Magic I don't see my drive in the Parted Magic Mount. In Disk Health I can see my hard drive. I double click on it to open the Device Information. I click on Perform Tests tab and ran the Short Test. I didn't get any errors and there isn't any Error Log in that tab. In Attributes, the RAW values for ID's 1,5, and 197 are:
1-There is nothing listed for 1. It's not on the list. The first thing on the list is 3.
I ran fdisk -l in the terminal window:
Disk /dev/sdc: 300.1 GB, 300089646592 bytes, 586112591 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk label type: dos
Disk identifier: 0x0182d8d0
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 63 586099394 293049666 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT
I've tried to run gdisk -l/dev/sdc:
root@partedmagic:~# gdisk -l/dev/sdc
GPT fdisk (gdisk) version 0.8.6
Problem opening -l/dev/sdc for reading! Error is 2.
The specified file does not exist!
I tried testdisk in the Terminal. I followed the steps of No Log, Proceed, Intel/PC partition, Analyze, Quick Search, and I only see one partition.
Disk /dev/sdc - 300 GB / 279 GiB - CHS 36483 255 63
Partition Start End Size in sectors
>* HPFS - NTFS 0 1 1 36482 254 63 586099332
I pressed p to list files and I get:
* HPFS - NTFS 0 1 1 36482 254 63 586099332
Can't open filesystem. Filesystem seems damaged.
If I go to File Manager on the desktop in Parted Magic I can see my hard drive. I click on it and I get:
Run: Mount /dev/sdc1
Status: Finished with error ( exit status 1 )
udevil: error 64: unable to determine device fstype - specify with -t
I saw somewhere that told me I should run chkdsk/f and reboot twice.
I have a 500 GB SATA hard drive waiting to transfer data into from my 300 GB hard drive. I'm not sure where to go from here. Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Edited by Schris, 24 April 2014 - 10:59 PM.