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#1 mikey11

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Posted 01 June 2016 - 11:58 AM

i posted another thread this morning about re-installing windows because of a faulty hard drive,

 

its a laptop and says "no boot device detected"

 

i removed the hard drive and hooked it up to another working computer thru USB enclosure,

 

i went to disk management and it shows all the partitions on the drive as "healthy" but lists the main partition as file system type "RAW"

 

tried to run chkdsk from command and it says the same thing, cant do it cause file system type "RAW"

 

tried to format it and it came up with another error,

 

is it safe to assume this drive is toast?



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 01:13 PM

RAW indicates either a corrupt file system and or partition table. If the drive is connected via USB then download and install MiniTools Partition Wizard. Use the partition recovery wizard and scan the drive using the Quick option on the Full Disk. See if it detects any partition(s). Double click the partitions it finds and you should see files in that partition. Do this for every partition found. If there is a partition missing then do a Full Scan which will take awhile depending on the size of the hard drive. If all partitions are found and double clicking each one shows your files then place a check mark next to each of the partitions you want to recover. Click Finish then Apply.

 

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https://www.partitionwizard.com/help/partition-recovery-wizard.html



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Posted 01 June 2016 - 02:14 PM

thanks for that,

 

i installed that program to the working computer with the "faulty drive" hooked up to USB

 

started the program, it took about 3 mins before it recognized the drive, then it listed all the partitions as NTFS,

 

i clicked on the main partition on the drive and clicked on "check file system" at the left, which is what its currently doing, should i just let this complete?.....or any other suggestions?


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Posted 01 June 2016 - 02:18 PM

Did you double click each of the partitions it found? Did it bring up a list of files on the partition?

 

Edit: Select Check only. Do not let it fix any errors yet.


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 07:10 AM

thanks for the help, the check disk did not complete, it ended in errors, tried it 3 times same result, i think its safe to say its toast, i bought a new one and installed windows, everything working now



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Posted 02 June 2016 - 08:32 AM

Glad you are up and running now. Did you ever run a diagnostic on the drive using Seatools for Windows? If that passes you can try zeroing out the drive and use it as an external.



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Posted 02 June 2016 - 09:06 AM

Glad you are up and running now. Did you ever run a diagnostic on the drive using Seatools for Windows? If that passes you can try zeroing out the drive and use it as an external.

 

yes i did try to run seatools,

 

it got to the point where it said something like "searching for drives" and when it was searching for USB drives (which this one was) it would not go past that point, i left it for about 20 mins



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Posted 02 June 2016 - 09:27 AM

Please tell us you're going to begin routinely making full images of your OS and data partitions using something like Macrium Reflect. And you need only make System Reserved partition maybe once or twice yearly.


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Posted 02 June 2016 - 09:33 AM

Please tell us you're going to begin routinely making full images of your OS and data partitions using something like Macrium Reflect. And you need only make System Reserved partition maybe once or twice yearly.

 

 

thanks i might do that,

 

although i backup my files and documents on a regular basis, so i didnt really lose much (if anything)






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