How to recover data off of RAW hard disk.

By Kelby232 ·

I need some help recovering data from my 1.5 TB Freeagent External Hard drive. It has about 700 GB of music, photos and documents. I believe it is an NTFS file system but started out by showing 0 bytes free of 0. I have tried changing the drive letter and letting windows scan and fix the drive. It is now visible and showing 800 GB free of 1.5 TB. Although when I try to open the drive I get an I/O error.

I have tried using easus data recovery but it is showing that it will take 772 hours to scan. Which is way to long. I do have a linux machine (ubuntu) which I am able to mount the drive on to. However, when I open the window the files are not showing.

The most important thing I want to do is get the files off of the hard drive. I would also like to be able to use the hard drive again but we will see.

Thanks for any help that is given.

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If you mount the drive in a computer.....

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to How to recover data off o ...

as opposed to in the external case you most likely will have more options.....also....Easus will scan it quicker through the SATA connection as opposed to the USB connection on the external case.

There's usually just a couple screws that have to be removed to pull the drive out of the external case.

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by Kelby232 In reply to If you mount the drive in ...

That's a good idea. I haven't thought of that. I will do that tonight. Do you think that will drastically lower the time to finish though?

Is there a quicker option through Linux?

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Connection problem

by Boris the Bold In reply to How to recover data off o ...

If the External drive you are using is inside a Caddy (nice pretty casing) then it will most likely be the internal connection that has fried.
You can remove the drive and plug it into another case (fairly cheap) or if you have a USB multi connection cable where you can connect various drive connections to USB (IDE, SATA etc) then it should work.

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Partition table repair

by Rajeshnyk In reply to How to recover data off o ...

Hi kelby,

Looks like your data is not corrupted/damaged and only partition table must have been corrupted. In such cases recovering data of 1tb is a hassle n time consuming. Meanwhile you can try using partition table rebuild/repair tool. These tools will rebuild the index in a table based on existing data inside without modifying the data. You can try partition table doctor which is freely available on net and try your luck. If this doesn't help, then you can proceed with any data recovery tools. Personally I suggest get data back for NTFS.

All the best!
-Rajesh Nayak

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recover data from hard drive

by tj243025 In reply to How to recover data off o ...

There are a couple of options here.

There is an undocumented parameter with fdisk. it is FDISK /MBR You can go to this link to find out how to format a corrupted Master boot record so it can get access to the files on the disk.
This is a dos or windows fix.
If that doesn't work you can use this program to retrieve the data.
It seems to work good and is free. I have used it for several years.

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recovery partition table

by ViktorM In reply to How to recover data off o ...

Hello, I assume that your hard drive has a damaged partition table. According to own experience I would recommend using Linux tools testdisk. Its use as an analysis and reconstruction of the partition table. (DOS fdisk is not a safe way), TestDisk can be run from a Linux LiveCD http://www.sysresccd.org/System-tools # or install TestDisk in your Ubuntu system. For faster results, I would recommend to connect a separate hard disk from the box to S-SATA controller on your PC.

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by Kelby232 In reply to recovery partition table

Thank you for the response.

I decided to try test disk in Ubuntu. I ran testdisk as root but I think I may have hit a snag.
I do not have any partitions listed in my "current partition structure"
Here is the output of my terminal:

TestDisk 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>

Disk /dev/sdg - 1500 GB / 1397 GiB - CHS 1430799 64 32
Current partition structure:
Partition Start End Size in sectors

Partition: Read error

*=Primary bootable P=Primary L=Logical E=Extended D=Deleted
[Quick Search]
Try to locate partition

Am I doing something wrong?

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by ViktorM In reply to How to recover data off o ...

I do not know exactly what you've tried the program testdisk. The program can select the type of partition table (IntelPC / EFI GPT) for recovery. After analyzing the structure of the partition table.
It is possible to use deep Analyse.
As is always the result of the read error, can be assumed that this is a hardware failure in the drive.

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You could use Recuva to have a try.

by techformore In reply to How to recover data off o ...

Recuva Data Recovery Free is a professional tool for you to recover the deleted or formatted data.

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RE: How to recover data off of RAW hard disk?

by Rawrecdataovery In reply to How to recover data off o ...

Apparently, you got a typical RAW drive problem. Don

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