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Windows 7: External HDD with all pictures corrupted. Help with recovering.

23 Aug 2010   #1

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External HDD with all pictures corrupted. Help with recovering.

I have an external HDD that I've been using to store pictures on, as I've gone through various computers I've used it to keep them safe. It corrupted today and how do I recover it. I live in a small town (in canada) and the only tech store is The Source, can they recover stuff from hard drives or is it a better idea I do it myself? I really need these pictures, lot's of them are family photo's (and videos) so I am really stressed right now. What is my best option?

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24 Aug 2010   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate Professional x64
 
 

What ever you do Len, don't try to do this yourself. I have know so many people who think that they can fix it, and they end up making it so that the professionals can't even recover it. Your best bet, if it means enough to you, is to ship it to a Data Recovery Facility. It will cost you a lot, I'm sure, but they will most likely be able to recover it without any problems.

Let us know if you decide to do this, cause if not, im sure there are DIY tutorials out there, but they are very risky, and dont always work.

Good luck,
Ben
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24 Aug 2010   #3
whs
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What is the nature of the corruption. If it is just the MFT, that can be fixed from the mirror.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
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24 Aug 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
What is the nature of the corruption. If it is just the MFT, that can be fixed from the mirror.
TestDisk - CGSecurity
Not to sure what MFT means whs. Can you explain more? And how does it have a mirror. I love learning new things.


Thanks,
Ben
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24 Aug 2010   #5
whs
Microsoft MVP

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MFT = Master File Table
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24 Aug 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
MFT = Master File Table
Ok,
Compared to a HDD, what is the difference?

Thanks,
Ben
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24 Aug 2010   #7
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Ben, the MFT is inventory list of all files in a partition. E.g. if you delete a file, it does not disappear from the partition. All that happens is that a bit in the MFT pertaing to that file is set saying that the file is deleted. That is why programs like Recuva have a good chance to recover data even after the user "deleted" it.
When a data partition or disk is shown as corrupted, it is very often the MFT that is on the blink. But fortunately there is a double (mirror) of it from where it can be reconstructed (most of the time).
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24 Aug 2010   #8

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 x2 + x86 + Windows 8.1 x64 x2
 
 

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24 Aug 2010   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Barman58 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Ben, the MFT is inventory list of all files in a partition. E.g. if you delete a file, it does not disappear from the partition. All that happens is that a bit in the MFT pertaing to that file is set saying that the file is deleted. That is why programs like Recuva have a good chance to recover data even after the user "deleted" it.
When a data partition or disk is shown as corrupted, it is very often the MFT that is on the blink. But fortunately there is a double (mirror) of it from where it can be reconstructed (most of the time).
Thank you both very much. Going to relax with my lady. Will take a look at the articals later.

Talk to you all later,
Ben
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24 Aug 2010   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lanthus20 View Post
I have an external HDD that I've been using to store pictures on, as I've gone through various computers I've used it to keep them safe. It corrupted today and how do I recover it. I live in a small town (in canada) and the only tech store is The Source, can they recover stuff from hard drives or is it a better idea I do it myself? I really need these pictures, lot's of them are family photo's (and videos) so I am really stressed right now. What is my best option?

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