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Windows 7: HDDGURU - HDD Raw Copy Tool: any users?

18 Nov 2011   #1

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HDDGURU - HDD Raw Copy Tool: any users?

I just found this program this morning, it is supposed to be able to recover data from a failed hard drive, by-passing the OS, using a sector by sector approach.

HDDGURU: HDD Raw Copy Tool

It sounds promising, but has anyone here used it?

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18 Nov 2011   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Though this program seems to have been on board since atleast March 2010, there seems to be very little information by way of expert reviews/user reviews. Even in CNets's there is not a single user review.

I could get a small video review here HDD Raw Copy Tool Video Review - HDD Raw Copy Tool Video Trailer - HDD Raw Copy Tool Screenshots

May be someone here - who actually needs data to be recovered - should try and report. A mock trial can only be a second best. :)

Looks to be a promising program using which one can make a sector to sector copy of a battered HDD to another good HDD and try recovery on it, keeping the original HDD unscathed. ( More often when one tries Data Recovery using various Data Recovery tools, the chances are that one can muck it up further and stress it further.)
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18 Nov 2011   #3

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1

Yes, that is why I am checking. It sounds very promising. Almost too good to be true.

I'm working with someone right now who may need to recover data from a unrecognized drive. I hate to recommend a program that I have never used or seen recommended by trusted, knowledgeable people.

Maybe I will ask him if he wants to to be our lab rat!
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05 Dec 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium (x64) (build 7600)
Some info here

This review seems to imply the reviewer used or tested the software, but very thin review. FREE: Raw Copy - Create a raw image to rescue data of a hard drive - 4sysops

I am using TestDisk freeware right now and have recovered my data successfully with lost partitions/corrupt MFT and am about to image the partitions to see what I can do later.
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14 Aug 2012   #5

windows 7 home premium 32bit

I see there is not a lot of feedback on this tool so I thought I would post our experience with it. Our problem was not with recovering a damaged hard drive, but making a clone of a drive with an unrecognizable format. We have an older radio system that utilizes 3 Posix boxes (probably early 90s) as part of the system. We need to keep these going for about another 5 years so we wanted spare hard drives ready to go. We do not foresee any new configuration changes since the system is End of Life, so a cloned drive was a good and fast solution for us if we were to have a failure. They each contain a Seagate ST34520N 4.55GB SCSI hard drive. The first thing we did was to purchase a couple of used external SCSI hard drive boxes. We also purchased a couple of USB to SCSI adapters on the used market since we could not find any manufacturers of these any longer. We did initially try using 1 USB to SCSI adapter with a SCSI chain but discovered only SCSI 0 would work with the USB adapters. We also purchase another Seagate ST34520N drive to clone to. Initially we tried using Clonezilla but found it difficult to use, and we did not have any success with it. Then we came across HDDGURU HDD Raw Copy Tool. It has a very user friendly GUI and was simple to use. It took 3.5 hours to clone the drive (USB to serial adapters USB 1.1), but in the end we had a cloned drive. We plugged the new drive into our spare Posix box and everything worked fine.
I found HDD raw copy tool to be the best solution for our situation. I would mention that we done this on an XP machine. We do have a Windows 7 machine but have not tried it on there yet, but I thought this experience with HDDGURU HDD Raw Copy Tool may be informative and useful for others .
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14 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit

Welcome to SevenForums and you start your journey here with a rep.:)

Thanks ka0jdn for sharing your valuable experience and bringing back to life this almost 9 months old thread.

This almost immediately set my mind rolling. We have been discussing ways and means of cloning a bootable flash drive which brought to the fore two programs ImageUSB and USB Image Tool.

Why not use this HDD RAW Copy Tool? And so here it is.

Plug in the Source UFD (here my 1 GB Imation bootable Lucid Puppy drive) and the Target UFD ( my 8GB HP v220w UFD) and run HDDRawCopy1.02Portable.exe . ( I downloaded the Windows executable requiring no installation - portable)

Rest of the story in Screenshots.

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In about 6 minutes my bootable Lucid Puppy on the HP UFD was ready.

Confirmed that I could boot Lucid Puppy.

So then here is another easy way to clone your pendrive and on the fly - tried and tested.

Thanks again to ka0jdn.

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4 Weeks Ago   #7

7, XP, all.
HDDRawCopy 1.10 does not see two SCSI disk drives??

I am trying to clone my Solaris system disk (SCSI) as a spare system disk using HDDRawCopy 1.10 on Windows. I use AHA 2940U2 to connect two SCSI ST32430N disk drives. The system BIOS sees and power up both SCSI disks at the power up. The Windows boots up all right. My goal is to clone one SCSI drive (Solaris system disk) to another SCSI drive. When I run the HDDRawCopy 1.10 (2028KB) and the app only sees one SCSI disk drive. So, my task failed. Does anyone know how to resolve this?
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4 Weeks Ago   #8

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

One well-known idea amongst data recovery folks concerning usage of any data recovery utility: single sector single pass, meaning, the utility only attempts to read each sector once and only once, and moves onto the next sector, and so on.
One of the things that shorten the life of going-bad HDDs is the usage of utilities that are "told" to read, re-read, re-read, etc., each problematic sector encountered.
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4 Weeks Ago   #9

win 8 32 bit

The one problem if you clone a drive with bad sectors is it then writes bad sectors to the new drive unless there is a special settings not to copy bad sectors
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3 Weeks Ago   #10
F22 Simpilot

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Funny I see this thread now. I wanted to just clone an encrypted drive to a SSD via USB to SATA adapters. I tried HDDGURU HDD Raw Copy but it kept stalling out and would have took forever. So I tried Roadkil's RawCopy instead and that seemed to work, at least with a full progress and copy. However, I discovered my older laptop was not compatible with the new SSD since the connector port was too small. Never had that trouble before replacing HDD with SSDs in laptops, but this one I did. I think I was able to insert the SSD into the laptop's connector port without the adapter that inserts in the laptop which was a real PITA to get the SSD aligned right to insert into the laptop's connector. I booted the laptop and it said no boot device found. So that figures.

I'll try Roadkil's RawCopy again in an unencrypted environment and see if it will work.
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