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HDD failure - how to proceed with imaging HDD and data recovery

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#1 doctorbonez


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Posted 21 December 2017 - 08:58 PM

The HDD was the primary drive on my windows 10 (lots of family pictures that are not backed up :unsure: ) and it failed somehow (i get an error of OS not found when I boot up). My 1.5yr old son has a tendency to sneak onto the computer and mash buttons and sometimes hit the power button - I wonder if he powered off the pc when it was writing data or something.


I suspect it is a logic error, maybe a problem with teh boot sector. I do not hear any weird sounds or beeps when I boot up. It vibrates like normally when it is plugged in.


It is rarely recognized in windows (only when I use a external HDD dock and use Seatools to scan for it) but beside recognizing it as a drive, it does not do anything else and anytime I try to access it it takes a while. There is no further information when I click on properties on the disk in windows.


I had plugged it in as a secondary drive on an older functioning PC, and when i booted it up, it went into chkdsk and fixed a couple of errors but I am not sure what actually ahppened since i could not access it once i booted up.


I have an new unformated 3TB HDD that I would like to backup/create a disk image of the failed HDD to so I dont put my data at risk (if i havent already messed it up with that chkdsk scan) - then I would like to attempt to recover the data however I can. (hopefully it is just the equivalent of a failed mbr /boot sector that i can fix and just boot back into windows!)


It was recongized by testdisk when I ran analyize on it, it kept on coming up with a read error.

How do I go about it at this point? Do i leave the 3TB unformtted? should I create a partition for the new disk image? am I actually creating a disk image or a clone? what software (ideally free) should I use? I have an older version of parted magic at my disposal as well as a copy of SystemRescueCD. I have an older PC runing Vista and an newer PC with windows 10. (i am much more comfortable in the windows environment fwiw)


btw - I booted into SystemRescueCD on my new PC with the faulty HDD connected via SATA cable and it is recognized on testdisk - here is the screenshot - Imgur. not sure if this is helpful or anything.


any recommendations on how to proceed?

any other information that may be helpful for further diagnosis?



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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 22 December 2017 - 11:30 AM

Run Testdisk again. This time select Advanced and not Analyze. Highlight the MS Data partition with the up/down keys if found. Use the left/right arrow keys to select List. Press Enter. Do you see your files?

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