Disk structure is corrupt and unreadable

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  1. Posts : 108
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       #31

    jumanji said:
    OK, good.

    Boot is highlighted. In the normal course we will press Enter to go to the next screen.

    But I am just curious. So with the right arrow key move to List and press enter. We will see whether it shows all your files.

    Post that screen.
    List screen result attached.

    No way to go back to previous screenso I can enter Boot. Starting over. I do enter Boot, correct?

    edit: entering 'quit' brought me back to previous Boot/List etc.
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  2. Posts : 7,024
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       #32

    OK. Press enter to Quit.

    If it does not take you to the previous screen, repeat TestDisk till you come to the Boot screen and press Enter on Boot to go to the next screen.( make sure to select your 1 TB drive always.)

    If it goes to the previous screen, then move to Boot with the arrow key and press enter.

    Post that screen.
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  3. Posts : 108
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       #33

    Enter Boot screen result...
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  4. Posts : 7,024
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       #34

    Looks good so far. Now we shall know whether we can attain nirvana.:)

    Now with the right arrow key move to Repair MFT and press Enter.

    Report what happens. Post any screen that comes up.

    If TestDisk starts scanning in its attempt to repair MFT, let it do it. Again it may take a long time.
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  5. Posts : 108
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       #35

    Not a good sign :)
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  6. Posts : 7,024
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       #36

    That is bad luck. The mirror also is corrupted.

    So then data recovery is the only option. Quit Test Disk.

    Get on to PhotoRec.

    Follow the process under recovery in this guide. (Only that portion under recovery. What is earlier said there is how I created a corrupt disk to test PhotoRec for recovery. You need not format the drive and then run PhotoRec. You will simply run PhotoRec in the present condition of your faulty drive.)

    Take your time to read through the guide till you get a grip on it and then start. One redeeming feature of PhotoRec is that it does not write anything to the faulty drive and there is no way you can ruin the faulty drive any further even if you make any false moves. So you can play with it to your heart's delight.:)

    Before you run PhotoRec you have to connect the empty drive on which you want to copy.

    Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

    I am off for my dinner and will henceforth peep in once in a while as is my practice.
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  7. Posts : 108
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       #37

    At "11. Tenth Window" of the tutorial, the screen shows a line he has chosen for the destination that says "recovery". This is not among my choices. I quit photorec and put a folder in the testdisk folder named Recovery, but it does not show up when getting to the destination screen again. I need to figure out which choice to make.

    Guide to using PhotoRec recovery software.

    The screen captures are first visible portion of my choices and then the remainder further down after arrowing down.

    I would also like to know if the choices could be other than in the testdisk directory. I ask because if I choose .mp4, for example, the results (if most or all are found) would be huge and would not fit on C. It would have to be an external drive.

    Which also leads me to another question: will this program recover files that have been deleted over the past year? In which case, we're talking literally multiple terabytes.
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  8. Posts : 6,458
    x64 (6.3.9600) Win8.1 Pro & soon dual boot x64 (6.1.7601) Win7_SP1 HomePrem
       #38

    While jumanji enjoys his dinner, I can answer some questions.

    Yes, the destination folder can be any directory/folder.
    I'm wondering if the Recovery folder you created wasn't one level up
    Disk structure is corrupt and unreadable-capture1a.png

    The only stipulation is that the folder is NOT on the same partition / volume as the data you are trying to recover. I'll go one further and state that it should be a separate drive, which I believe is the case for your recovery.

    Suggest creating a Recovery folder in your Downloads folder, not under Testdisk.
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  9. Posts : 108
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       #39

    Slartybart said:
    While jumanji enjoys his dinner, I can answer some questions.

    Yes, the destination folder can be any directory/folder.
    I'm wondering if the Recovery folder you created wasn't one level up
    Disk structure is corrupt and unreadable-capture1a.png

    The only stipulation is that the folder is NOT on the same partition / volume as the data you are trying to recover. I'll go one further and state that it should be a separate drive, which I believe is the case for your recovery.

    Suggest creating a Recovery folder in your Downloads folder, not under Testdisk.
    Unfamiliar with DOS navigation. How do I get to a destination other than testdisk folder? See my edited previous post with related questions about old deleted files, huge results etc.. Thanks.

    edit: never mind, used arrow keys to get to a folder I created on a USB drive. Question is: is it wise to have this USB drive connected while running the PhotoRec recovery? Again, need to mention that my results for video files (if found) will be gigantic, too large for space on C, only an external drive.
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  10. Posts : 7,024
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       #40

    By way of some explanation,

    In the subject guide I created a Recovery folder on one of the partitions H on my internal drive ( Which shows up as drive H) and then navigated to it.

    I know it is a bit difficult to navigate till you get a grip on it.

    When this question was raised by a OP who used TestDisk I wrote this post My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated:

    You will now be using an external drive to copy the files. It is optional to create a Recovery folder in it ( Which you should before you started PhotoRec) but preferable, to segregate it in case you have other data present on the external drive.

    Depending upon whether you created such a folder on the external drive, you will navigate to that external drive or go one step ahead and into that folder on that external drive.

    Screenshot 7 onwards in the above referredd post should guide you on how to navigate to that external drive/Recovery folder in that external drive. ( Don't look at Screenshots 1 to 6 :). Those pertain to TestDisk.)

    Once you have the basic idea you can play around with the arrow keys and feel how it takes you everywhere.:)
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