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Windows 7: Seagate FreeAgent 1TB now RAW files ystem

12 Jun 2013   #11
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Hi,

Based on your TestDisk screenshots, I expected the worst from the Partition Wizard screenshot. Unfortunately it turns out to be it.

Your Disk shows as bad disk and the prognosis is not good. Anyway, let us go through the rest of the drill.

Select your external bad disk and go through the drill of partition recovery. Follow the procedure outlined in my thread ( click on Partition Recovery wizard, run quick scan and see whether it recovers the partition.) If quick scan fails, do a full scan. The process may take a long time, and so wait patiently. If at the end of the full scan also the partitions/file system is not shown, bad luck. You have to run the HDD manufacturer's diagnostic utility, check the status of the hard disk and see whether it could repair any faults or it is beyond repair.

Do report after running the Partition Recovery Wizard.


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13 Jun 2013   #12
goke

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Partition wizard doesn't open.....it crashes
+ when it was working for the bad hdd...everything was grayed
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13 Jun 2013   #13
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

OK, now leave it at that. Download Seatools for Windows. SeaTools | Seagate You can also read the guide there on using it.

Perform the long test and get the results.

Note: If you can successfully run the PW, when it shows the drive as Bad Disk, do not right click on it. You will only click on it to select the drive, move your mouse pointer to the left pane and click on Partition Recovery Wizard to run it. Please read through my thread on it carefully.

Anyway that is only for information. Go ahead with Seatools and check your disk.
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13 Jun 2013   #14
goke

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

still no luck
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13 Jun 2013   #15
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

You are running Seagate File Recovery.

You have to check your disk with Seatools for windows.

After seeing the results, you can go ahead with any file recovery.
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13 Jun 2013   #16
goke

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

ran long test
got Long Generic - Failed
result
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13 Jun 2013   #17
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Because of frequent power interruptions, I had to shut down my computer and go shopping.

As expected your external hard disk is now confirmed defective.

Did you view the log file after the test? What does it say?

Did it find bad sectors?

If it did, then some or most of your data would have been corrupted already.

Did you attempt to fix the bad sectors? ( It is a long long time since I ran Seatools and so if you can elaborate the test process, the log file and other details, perhaps some others who are familiar with it can advise you.)

What all I know is if the drive is really beyond repairs, it would have prompted you to RMA it if still under warranty.

If your drive is not in warranty, or you do not want to return the drive for replacement before attempting some data recovery process, then you may try different recovery software in "as is" condition and try your luck but I am skeptical.

From my point, I would recommend that you try PhotoRec. It is unique in that it ignores the file system and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's file system has been severely damaged or reformatted. Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

Another Recovery software you can try is Zero Assumption Recovery. Digital image recovery - ZAR usage demo. The digital Image recovery part of it is free but I am not sure whether it will work with an external drive. But no harm in trying. We will also learn from your experience.. Again ZAR, if what it says is true, does not assume anything to start with much like PhotoRec. And that is the reason I have chosen these two for you to try first. Good luck, and yes we have to now depend/place hopes on it.

Also wait for other other experts' suggestions based on your reply to the many queries in this post on the Seatools test..
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13 Jun 2013   #18
goke

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

Thank you so much for your help, I'll post the log files as soon as I can.
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26 Jun 2013   #19
goke

Windows 7 Pro
 
 

been really busy because of work/travel.....have yet to try any other methods
most likely will have to use a data recovery service
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26 Jun 2013   #20
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Before you decide to go in for any data recovery service, try PhotoRec and then ZAR as advised in my post #17.
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