I moved my laptop (Lenovo W510 bought 2011) on another place (a chair) for my kid to watch some children songs. After 20 min I came to see a black screen that stated there is no bootable device found.
I called my friend who was a former PC technician and recommended I run GetDataBack on my disk (500 GB) while I connected it through an external mount to my wife's laptop and try to transfer all files that it should recover to her disk (1 TB).
GetDataBack appears to run 4 different escalating levels of search. It went through L1 and L2 within 2 hours each without finding any files, MFTs, indexes etc.
L3 took 72 hours to complete and found lots error 23 especially at the begining and end of searches. In this case for sectors 0-976773165, most of errors and delay was in 0-9000000 and 975000000-end. It found around 12000 files, 13000 MFTs, 2000 indexes when I last checked its progress towards the end.
Then during a night it switched to L10 (probably the last level) and started searching again for file systems. It is now the 5th day on L10 and has not found anything yet apart from errors 21. It is still on 0% ( around 2500000 out of 976773165 sectors and has not discovered anything. On L3 at this point it had found some files at least and all the errors were 23. Now L10 does not seem to find anything and everything appears as Error 21.
Could someone explain the difference between Error 23 and Error 21 and should I continue with the search? The time remaining is constantly increasing and is at an astronomical value of 42000 hours now.
Is there anything else I can do? I have some files in that disk that I do not have copies for them since they were recent, but very important.
Edited by hamluis, 21 May 2017 - 11:49 AM.
Moved from External Hardware to Backup/Imaging - Hamluis.