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Windows 7: WD Elements being read as RAW // Contents readable through app

05 Dec 2016   #11

Win 7 Ultimate x64

I accidentally closed it before taking a screenshot but it said it MFT fixed or something like that then when I tried going to the same thing I got this new message.

WD Elements being read as RAW // Contents readable through app-mft-mft-mirror-perfect.png

Also, side question: why do I have to keep closing the program? I usually study for an hour every time after I post then look back here which is why I answer in roughly hourly intervals.

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05 Dec 2016   #12

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I want you to close the program since I may not be online to see your post and you may do something else on the PC. I never want data recovery program to remain open while you do other things on the PC.. No multitasking.

OK, now what is the status of your external HDD? Are you able to access the drive after the MFT Mirror repair?

Reboot your PC and check whether Disk Management still shows it as RAW.

Now I am going offline and may not see your post till I return :).
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05 Dec 2016   #13

Win 7 Ultimate x64

alright, thanks for the info.

Windows still sees it as RAW, unfortunately.
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05 Dec 2016   #14

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

OK, we shall now shift to data recovery mode.

To copy all data you must have another external drive of sufficient capacity. On this external drive create a folder named Recovery. This external drive and the Recovery folder in it will be your destination to copy the files.

Boot your PC, plugin your faulty drive (source drive) and your destination drive with Recovery folder..

Open Widnows Disk Management and note down the drive letter of the destination drive. You will require this to navigate to your destination drive in TestDisk. Close Windows Disk Management.

RunTest Disk.( It should now show all the drives including your destination drive) Go upto the fifth screen in my post #6. Move the highlight from [Boot] to [List] and press ENTER.

WD Elements being read as RAW // Contents readable through app-8-list.jpg

WD Elements being read as RAW // Contents readable through app-9copy.jpg

How to copy the files to the Recovery folder on the Destination Drive:

See my post #28 here My external hard drive suddenly became unllocated:

Follow the procedure outlined from screenshot 5 in that post which is akin to the second screenshot in this post.

: to select the current file ( Shift+: )

a to select all files: a is lowercase. Just press Key A

C to copy selected files: C is uppercase (Shift+C)

c to copy the current file : Lower case Just press Key C

When you have finished copying the files, check the integrity of the files.

Report when done or if you need any clarification.

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05 Dec 2016   #15

Win 7 Ultimate x64

I currently don't have another drive with sufficient space to recover 2TB. I'll be back in a couple of days after purchasing a new device. Unless of course there's a way to make this work without a spare drive?
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05 Dec 2016   #16

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Read this thread External hard drive visible in Partition Magic but not explorer

It was a thread wherein TestDisk found the boot sectors OK and MFT also OK. As a last resort he was advised

"Run check disk from command prompt.

Open Command prompt. Start > All programs > Accessories > Command Prompt

CHKDSK K: /f /v /r /x Press enter. Note: Replace K: with the actual drive letter of the external drive

Allow check disk to complete."

And that resolved the problem.

In your case I would hesitate to recommend this since your HDD seems to have only 2% free space.There is, in my opinion, every chance that check disk may fail with the limited free space for it to operate. A failed checkDisk will leave your data in further shambles. I have already indicated this in my post # 5
"Your external drive shows 98% space used and so I have to proceed through a circuitous route without taking any risk. A failed check disk which possibly cannot run with only 2% free space can kill your data or so I would believe.. So out of consideration."

That is why I strongly recommend that you recover the data first to another external drive.

Do it slowly after getting a new drive. But till such time keep the external drive unplugged safely.

In the meantime, to assess that all your data is there and not corrupt, you may run the trial version of GetDataBack Simple and scan your external drive. If it shows all your files, you can open and preview the files and check their integrity. The program does not write anything to the drive and so you can afford to do any number of mistakes :). To copy the files to another drive, you have to buy a licence USD 69/- if I remember correctly. You can do it with TestDisk for free.

After you have copied all the data to another drive, you can try CheckDisk and see whether it restores the drive. Not until then :).
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05 Dec 2016   #17

Win 7 Ultimate x64

I see. Is there a way to delete some files so I can do the normal chkdsk stuff? I don't necessarily need everything inside the broken drive.
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05 Dec 2016   #18

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

I wouldn't go with or buy such a proposition, given the already existing uncertainities in Data Recovery.
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