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Windows 7: External Hard drive has changed to RAW file system

31 Oct 2014   #31
Kaktussoft

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So you did copy "x:\Windows\System32\bootsect.exe c:\" in recovery environment.
Please boot to recovery environment ->command prompt again
Code:
dir  c:\bootsect.exe
dir c:\
dir c:\users
Is bootsect realy there? In users folder is your account name? So C is really the OS partition?


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31 Oct 2014   #32
Kaktussoft

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In winre ->command prompt do:
Code:
move  c:\bootsect.exe  d:\
Reboot normally and do
Code:
c:\bootsect.exe /nt60 J:
OS drive is called C in win7 and D in windows recovery!
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31 Oct 2014   #33
gd5583

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It looks like bootsect.exe is there for first 2 commands.

For c:\users however it says File not found.

When in Windows 7 normal mode my OS is installed on C:
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31 Oct 2014   #34
Kaktussoft

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Do #32
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31 Oct 2014   #35
gd5583

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Managed to do that, results as follows:


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External Hard drive has changed to RAW file system-bootsect2.png 
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31 Oct 2014   #36
Kaktussoft

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You can delete c:\bootsect.exe later if you wish.

Try to make a linux boot cd with testdisk. I'm almost sure it's a faulty ntfs boot sector or faulty $MFT. testdisk can fix that.... normally
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31 Oct 2014   #37
gd5583

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Kaktussoft View Post
You can delete c:\bootsect.exe later if you wish.

Try to make a linux boot cd with testdisk. I'm almost sure it's a faulty ntfs boot sector or faulty $MFT. testdisk can fix that.... normally
OK thanks, I'll look into that. I have never used Linux so will have to research into it more, so it may be a few days before I post anything further on this. Thanks very much for your help so far with this, much appreciated.
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31 Oct 2014   #38
Kaktussoft

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Just a boot disk with testdisk on it. Can be anything. Download the ISO, burn and boot from it.

TestDisk on Live rescue CDs

TestDisk (not always the latest version) is included on the following free rescue CDs:
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31 Oct 2014   #39
Kaktussoft

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03 Nov 2014   #40
gd5583

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I have tried using this over the weekend but still no luck

First I followed Create a Bootable USB Flash Drive to make a bootable USB flash drive, it wouldn't boot from it (bootmgr missing) so I burned it to a blank DVD.

From the DVD I was able to boot into ubunto program and I managed to find test disk on there. The bad news however is that my faulty drive is not listed in the test disk list of drives (2nd screen).

Any idea how to get this to appear?

If possible does anyone have a basic step by step guide for someone who has no experience of doing this?

Also do you have a list of basic commands for using the ubunto software, I found the test disk one but cant seem to find any others, not even to exit the program.

I was going to ask in the forums on the above site but no one has posted in them in almost 3 years.
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