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well all a graphic environment does is make command calls for you. I'm unsure at this point. My move would be to grab what i could get and sort it out later, so I'd go command line. if that fails, you might have a shot with a disk recovery utility. They're good at ignoring things like misallocated sectors and such.
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    Personally, I would just boot up your new Windows 7 OS (that you installed on your SSD) and head straight to the folder(s) that have your most important files and copy them first.  You never know when the drive will fail, and you're probably familiar with Windows Explorer.  Before you copy anything, I recommend that you enable "Show hidden files and folders" and disable "Hide protected operating system files" in Folder Options, so that you can see everything.  After you've got your files copied, you may want to copy your whole user profile folder (?:\Users\{your login name}).  It should contain your Internet bookmarks, e-mails, and address book.
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So the reason I am hesitant to do it in Windows, and especially in the File Explorer, is because last time I booted into windows on that HDD, the file explorer was extremely slow (it did that thing where the loading bar at the top gets 99% of the way complete, and then just hangs there).

First I have to see if I have an extra SATA cable laying around, then I'll give it a go... probably in linux... we'll see.
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    I understand.  There is one big difference with your setup now, though.  Previously, Windows was running from the HDD.  So any system files (and memory swapping via the pagefile) that Explorer needed in order to work, all were I/O requests to the HDD.  Now, all of that will be on your SSD (you'll be booting Windows from your SSD, right?), and the only requests to the failing HDD will be the folder search queries (and reads, once you start copying data).  I don't know if that difference will be enough or not. wink.gif  Anyway, if you experience messages about file system corruption, or see that folders are missing, I have written a simple disk imaging program specifically for getting as much data as possible from a failing HDD.  It is different from other disk imaging software in that it doesn't stop when it encounters a bad sector, and it doesn't get hung up trying to read it over and over again.
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So I finally got around to plugging this drive into my new machine to attempt to recover the data, and things have gone from bad to worse.

My plan was to create an image of the hard drive first, so I wouldn't have to work with the hard drive itself. In Arch Linux I used the "dd" command to accomplish this, but it was taking forever. After two days, and 864GB transferred (I was getting a lot of bad sector errors towards the end) I cancelled the process and deleted the img file.

I next attempted to mount the drive as NTFS in linux to no avail. I rebooted into Windows, but the system kept reverting back to the master boot record (MBR) on the old drive, and trying to boot into Windows off that drive, which was unbearably slow.

So I returned to Linux and ran GParted and (here's where things get bad) deleted the MBR partition off of the failing HDD. I then booted into Windows only to find that the disk was inaccessible without formatting. I returned to Linux, opened GParted, and added a 100MB partition, starting at 1, to the failing HDD. This partition fits into the space that the MBR once stood. I made this partition NTFS, just to see if it would mount.

I mounted the disk,
Code:
sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdc2 /mnt/temp
and was told that the NTFS disk needed to be cleaned, and that it was proceeding to clean. After which I had a (for the first time) successful mount and access to the files and folders on the disk.

Here's where things got really bad. In my excitement, I performed the following command in my Linux environment:
Code:
sudo cp -r /mnt/temp/.../Documents\ and \Settings/ /WDGreen/OldHDDRecovery

From what I understand, this should have copied the folder and all of its subfolders and their contents to my 2TB WD Green drive. When I went to check the WDGreen folder (which is a mount of the 2TB drive) the older folder I saw was OldHDDRecovery. I panicked and cancelled the copy.

When I inspected the drive in GParted, it had one 911GB (the same size as the one I am trying to recover) and the rest was unallocated space. However, I don't know at what time the WD Green 2TB was altered. I know that after running "dd" my files and folders were intact. Thus, I suspect the damage occurred within GParted, in Windows, or in my "cp" command.

I had data on that drive: photos, music, movies, etc -- all of which is now seemingly gone. I'm running TestDisk right now on this drive, but am unsure of what to do or how to do it. I'm not writing anything further to this drive and I have disconnected the failing hard drive from the computer.

I've made my problem worse. What did I do wrong??
Edited by redThunder - 11/11/13 at 9:17pm
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What you did wrong?
Using sudo for everything. Only use it if it's necessary. It's very dangerous, mainly because it's so easy to "just sudo it". Admin rights on windows has nothing on sudo. Of course, that doesn't do you any good now frown.gif

But regardless of that: I don't see how cp could mess with partitions and Gparted is pretty safe in that it doesn't do anything until you execute the tasks.

If you weren't sure you had all the files and folders after dd then I would say you basically cloned your partition with dd (like this: dd if=/dev/sdaX of=/dev/sdbX ) because it seems that is what happened.

Mind posting some screenshots from Gparted and an fdisk -l command?

I'm far from a linux or data recovery expert so no idea how to go about this. Might be a good idea to fork this thread into http://www.overclock.net/f/131/linux-unix because they will know more about what might have happened.
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I was using 'sudo' because as a user I don't think I had privileges to write/copy to and from those drives, but I could be wrong.

When I used 'dd', I had the output go to a file like HDDFailingRecovery.img. When I cancelled the process, I just deleted this file. I checked the rest of the file system, and all the folders and files were intact. I did not check the partitions though.

Here's a screenshot of what the good hard drive (WD Green 2TB) looks like now:
riKbKQq.jpg

I'll considering cross posting over to the linux forum if necessary, thanks!
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