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Windows 7: After reinstall, W7 says my 2nd hard drive is in RAW format..help

08 Feb 2011   #11
Accipiter

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by stve View Post
Try connecting the hard drive to a different PC to recover the files.
but if it's in RAW format wouldn't that prevent me from getting at them still?

I really need this stuff back. My house got broken into very recently and this computer was left, unfortunately all my backups were stolen. I'd lose all my correspondence from my parents growing up, old journals, photos, videos from my childhood.


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08 Feb 2011   #12
gregrocker

 

Focus on SIW2's recommendations.

Ask him the questions you need to proceed as he suggests.
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09 Feb 2011   #13
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

It is likely the filesystem is still intact - in that case you should be able to recover data.

If sys resc cd picks up the drive as raw - then test disk may be able to recover your files .

TestDisk: undelete file for NTFS - CGSecurity


http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Data_Recovery_Examples
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09 Feb 2011   #14
Accipiter

Windows 7 x64
 
 

ok, I'll give that a shot when I get home...the system rescue CD you were speaking of before is the one W7 helps you create I assume
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09 Feb 2011   #15
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Accipiter View Post
ok, I'll give that a shot when I get home...the system rescue CD you were speaking of before is the one W7 helps you create I assume


Have a look at post #9 in this same thread.
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09 Feb 2011   #16
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

In case you missed BFK's post.

The system rescue is not the one you run of from within windows - it is here:

Screenshots - SystemRescueCd
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09 Feb 2011   #17
Accipiter

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
In case you missed BFK's post.

The system rescue is not the one you run of from within windows - it is here:

Screenshots - SystemRescueCd
boy am I a dummy. I thought he had hosted a few pictures for my benefit and posted them in this thread lol. Didn't see the beginning of that URL.
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09 Feb 2011   #18
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

See if test disk can recover the partition first - if not, try the file recovery.

Recovery of a lost and damaged NTFS Data Recovery Examples - CGSecurity
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09 Feb 2011   #19
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

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09 Feb 2011   #20
Accipiter

Windows 7 x64
 
 

ok, so I ran testdisk, the weird thing was after I selected the partition, instead of it coming up as NTFS I had to scroll through a list of like 75 different format types, only one even had NTFS in the name, I selected that one, and when I went to undelete it told me it couldnt do anything and that the file system appeared to be damaged
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 After reinstall, W7 says my 2nd hard drive is in RAW format..help




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