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post #1 of 6
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Well, my buddy has a older Seagate drive that decided to not allow me to have permissions over it and is slow to detect in the OS and wants to be formatted to work. It is currently the F: drive in my system with no partitions. I can not run chkdsk on it since it is RAW. I ran photorec on it to see of i could grab any data from it, and it did. So next I used test disk to analyse the disk for partitions to restore but it came up with no partitions found. It gave me the option of doing a deeper scan but I didn't do that yet. I am about to dry SeaTools.

Do you guys have any quick ways to get this drive working?

Here is what it looks like:

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Thanks
post #2 of 6
Did you try and boot to a windows disk and use the recovery tools' command prompt and try a chkdsk in there? If it can recognize it, use diskpart and try and assign a letter then, if it does, do a check disk.

If you got the data off of it, do you just want to restore it so he doesnt have to reinstall windows?
post #3 of 6
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I fogot to add that yes i did try to boot up the windows disk and try chkdsk, but it hung multiple times when i tried to boot it so i gave up on it. Seatools told me it had bad sectors and to run the Seantools Dos disc to repair them so that is what i am currently trying next. This is a drive from a business so I definitely do not want to write over any of the data.
post #4 of 6
Did you not get all the data off yet? If not, I have a licensed copy of GetDataBack I can give you. we use it at work. It does a pretty good job but I wouldn't be able to get it until Monday. With the windows startup disk, you could leave the sata cable unplugged until you get into the command prompt if it hangs before you get there. I am guessing that it is hanging while looking for windows partitions.

Another thing that has worked for me once before was cloning the drive. Usually with bad sectors the clone fails but with the new version of acronis I was able to successfully clone it. I could also upload the bootable media for you as well through dropbox.

If worst comes to worst, you can always have them send it in to have it professionally done if they need to.
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Originally Posted by UsedPaperclip View Post

Did you not get all the data off yet? If not, I have a licensed copy of GetDataBack I can give you. we use it at work. It does a pretty good job but I wouldn't be able to get it until Monday. With the windows startup disk, you could leave the sata cable unplugged until you get into the command prompt if it hangs before you get there. I am guessing that it is hanging while looking for windows partitions.

Another thing that has worked for me once before was cloning the drive. Usually with bad sectors the clone fails but with the new version of acronis I was able to successfully clone it. I could also upload the bootable media for you as well through dropbox.

If worst comes to worst, you can always have them send it in to have it professionally done if they need to.

Well, the Windows disc fully load and still won't detect the drive properly. :/

I tried SeaTools in DOS but it won't detect the drive and my mouse won't work with it.

I may try that software, I have no disc to clone to btw. unless i can clone a image file to a folder on another drive.
post #6 of 6
Ouch... The drive is dead (or just about) unfortunately, some of the sectors that died/became corrupt are in the MBR, or the MFT, and that makes it just a little bit harder.. Unfortunately, I don't believe you will get the drive to come back on line, showing the old file system. if you do, it's gonna be a miracle. My suggestion is to stop trying to figure out why the drive died, and just recover the data. Once you do, tell your friend to toss the drive. Even if you get the drive reinitialized, the same thing will happen again, and probably in a rather short period of time.

As long as the drive is not physically damaged... (ie, it got dropped), you should be able to get the data. You're actually lucky the drive shows at all. At least that tells me the drive's controller is probably not dead. You'll need to run recovery software that can read a RAW drive, and do a deep (bit by bit) scan on the drive.

getdataback is a pretty good option, (actually very nice to have it offererd to you. thumb.gif ), but the quick scan is usually not enough to find everything. You need to run the deep scan, and it will take time.

Another program that is a worthy contender is RECUVA HERE... and it's free.

If you think there are additional files to be had, you can try Recover My Files HERE. The free version will allow you to scan the drive for files, but you will not be able to actually recover them without paying for the license. But you will get to see what can be recovered from the drive before paying. Also, you will need a spare drive for the recovered files if you go this route. This program is a 3 drive recovery program. 1 your OS, 2 the bad drive, and 3 the drive to place the recoverd files on.

Sean... hope you're "charging" all your "friends" that come to you with these things. wink.gif
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LG 24x super-multi  Corsair H70 Windows 7 Professional x64 DELL U2711 
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