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Windows 7: RAW Drive 500GB HD on laptop.

12 Apr 2016   #1

Windws 7 32bit
RAW Drive 500GB HD on laptop.

I have a laptop running Windows 7 32bit. It has 500GB HD. It has a recovery partition, system partition and data partition. I accidently dropped the latop. It fails to boot. There were clicking noises from the heads not a good sign. Upon putting the drive in external enclosure and running it off my desktop, a drive letter was assigned to this HD under computer management and in My Computer.

This drive has over 5 years of data with very important work files on it. When I clicked on the drive with the assigned drive letter, it asked me do I want to initialize it using MBR or GPI. I don't know if I could explore the drive at this stage so I clicked on MBR. After that the hardisk was no longer seen by Windows as an assigned letter drive. Instead it became unallocated RAW. I ran WD smart diagnostics . It came back as passing, no errors. The drive no longer makes a clicking sound. I believe their may be bad sectors on it since this is a samsung HD and I was using WD diagnostics so there may be errors

I do have windows backup on this drive both VHD and imagebackup folder that is different without the VHD images just a bunch of files with letterandnumbers. Windows does not recognize any of these backups which I have quite a few unless I need to back up to a 500GB HD using the same laptop.

I ran minitools test disk but not sure if I am seeing just files in recovery partition only. I also ran eraseus recovery which the free verision allows to recover 1 GB. I have over 400GB of data. I also understand that it recovers files and folders without the partition structure so that the files and folder names are lost. I would not want to look at over 400GB of data files to rename each one.

Best solution is to recover from the backup images. The next best thing would be to rebuild the partition table. I also tried booting with Linux disk as I heard you may recover that way. But with so many versions of Linux out there I did not know which one to use. I tried knoppnix linux but it did not see my drive or I was doing it all wrong not knowing Linux. I believe the HD has a backup mbr on it but it is probably in RAW if that is possible.

Any help would be appreciated!

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19 Apr 2016   #2

Desk1 7 Home Prem / Desk2 10 Pro / Main lap Asus ROG 10 Pro 2 laptop Toshiba 7 Pro Asus P2520 7 & 10

Hello and welcome GeekEco mate have a try with this ditty of mine it runs in a non Windows system so is not affected by any of it's settings or features I cannot promise it will recover everything but it should see something
Make a bootable Ubuntu disk Download Ubuntu Desktop | Download | Ubuntu
Set the BIOS to boot from the optical when the machine boots it will show you a screen with TRY or INSTALL > select TRY not INSTALL
When it is finished - it takes very little time you will get a screen like in the pic .
Open the drive you want > User and dig down until you get to the data / settings you may be able to copy / paste the material you want to an external source or other installed drive doing this.
I am not sure if it will but I have recovered tons of data etc using this method both on "dead" or just plain drives that you cannot get data from using Windows.

Edit there is also this Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS very similar and you can try Linux on a stick too!

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