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Windows 7: RAW Drive


08 Jan 2010   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
RAW Drive

OK, so this has to be the biggest setback in my computing 'career'.
I installed Ubuntu to a 60GB external hard drive i have (EXT4). Ubuntu installed fine and i was able to boot into it.
When i went to access my data drive (G(NTFS) nothing was there. i though this to be odd so booted into Windows. To my utter horror, the drive has been replaced with a RAW file system, attempting to access the drive brings an error about not being able to access the drive due to an unknown file system.
Is the drive now completely wiped or do i have a chance at recovery? I have around 200GB important data on there and i cannot afford professional data recovery.

Here's a shot of disk management for clarification;
I do have a backup but not of the entire drive.

RAW Drive-08-01-2010-21-25-22.png



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08 Jan 2010   #2

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Here are some links to get you started

Raw Recovery: Recover files from Raw Partitions, Hard Disk Drive, Memory card, SD Card. Raw File System Recovery Software.

http://www.ptdd.com/partition-table-...lp/fixboot.htm

My File System Is Now Raw... Help ! - Tech Support Forum

That program IS $70 ....I hope someone can help you get better answers.

This would be a nightmare - I wonder how it happened....I have installed Ubuntu on a partiton before....this never happened to me....especially on an external....maybe that has something to do with this.

Maybe this trial will do it.

http://www.recovermyfiles.com/
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08 Jan 2010   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Thanks Nate, i've got about 12 recovery/partition tools downloading atm!! lol
i just hope to god that one of them can come to my rescue, this won't be the start to the year i was hoping for

Not sure about ubuntu, 'll look into it more once i've made headway with these tools. I suspect the s**t grub beta has something to do with it though.
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08 Jan 2010   #4

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It is probably just a partition table error.

Test disk is probably the way to go .

You will find it on various bootable apps. - UBCD4WIN - Is a good bet.

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

It is very likely you will recover the partition intact.

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08 Jan 2010   #5

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Yea, this is one I have not heard before. If I can find anything else I will let you know man.

I think you will be able to get the date, but it may be a pain in the A**.

I will be looking for a solution
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08 Jan 2010   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It is probably just a partition table error.

Test disk is probably the way to go .

You will find it on various bootable apps. - UBCD4WIN - Is a good bet.
Running testdisk as we speak
Also downloaded, i was just about to post the link! lol

Just gotta calm myself now, all this rushing around downloading this and that is confusing me, dont want to make things worse
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08 Jan 2010   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nate42nd View Post
Yea, this is one I have not heard before. If I can find anything else I will let you know man.

I think you will be able to get the date, but it may be a pain in the A**.

I will be looking for a solution
thankyou nate
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08 Jan 2010   #8

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
It is probably just a partition table error.

Test disk is probably the way to go .

You will find it on various bootable apps. - UBCD4WIN - Is a good bet.

TestDisk Step By Step - CGSecurity
SIW, what does that do? Will it convert it back to NTFS or do you believe it's just an error so Windows is reading it wrong?
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08 Jan 2010   #9

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Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It is almost certainly still NTFS - the entry in the partition table is not saying that.
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08 Jan 2010   #10

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Which bootable app. are you using that includes Testdisk?
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