Quote: Originally Posted by thisisrealmark
i have downloaded and burned ubcd...
and i have also tried booting it..
can i have a tutorial on how to recover my data using ubcd?
After you boot the CD and have the UBCD main menu on your screen, use the arrow keys to highlight the following selections and press enter: HDD Diagnosis
There are two Western Digital HD diagnostics programs here, labeled as DLG Diagnostic
, two different versions. V5.19 is the DOS alternative to the Windows version you've already tried. You ought to try it to see if you can get it to run some valid tests.
When done, left click "X" to close all windows, until you get to a command prompt. It would be a good idea to have a drive connected now (either internal or external) that has enough space for the files you may want to recover from the crippled drive. That way if Testdisk gives you the opportunity to copy files from it you'll have a place to put them. At the command prompt type reboot
and boot again from the CD. This time select: Parted Magic V6.6 Default settings (Runs from Ram)
-- it may take quite some time to load.
Once loaded you'll find yourself in the PartedMagic GUI. Left click the PartedMagic icon
(where you normally find the Windows' start icon in the lower left corner of the screen), select System Tools
, and then TestDisk
TestDisk will open in a DOS-like window, and you can then follow the steps outlined in the following links from the Testdisk website:
Step-by-step guide here: TestDisk Step By Step - CGSecurity
Also check this out (for more specific help): http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Data_Recovery_Examples
Be careful with drive selection and your keystrokes. If you see the option to view the file/folder structure, you can select the option to copy out your files to another location (either the internal hard drive, or an external if you have it connected) before trying to recover partitions.