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Problem: RAW partition on laptop drive

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Hi everybody, this is my first post on overclock.net!!!! I've been visiting the page many times lately to read up on overclocking my e6600 which is now oc'd from 2.4 to 3.42ghz!!! So thank you to the community for this!! Also my 8800gts 640mb is oc'd quite a bit.

Now my HDD problem.

I have a friend's laptop that I am trying to fix. It's an old Dell D600 (PP05L). It has a 60gb hard drive in it that just stopped working, apparently.

I don't have much info on exactly what happened to it (it's a friend of a friend's).

Here's the prob: I bought a cooler master xcraft 250 (vista model) to connect the drive to my computer through USB 2.0. The enclosure seems to work fine. When I plug the enclosure in, the drive appears as drive "I:" in "Computer." When I try to explore/open it, it takes a long time then tells me it's not formatted. I go to the disk management tool (also takes forever to load up with this drive attached) and i see that the drive has 3 partitions (sizes rounded):
-A 42mb partition
-A 3.5gb partition
-A 52gb partition
Obviously the 52gb partition is where all her data is. The drive says it's RAW format. I've been reading up on this so I know that this is a problem and I found a few software titles. I used Easeus Data Recovery Wizard Pro 4.3.6 to search the RAW partition for certain filetypes (jpeg, bmp, gif, png, doc, xls, etc.). The program found a bunch of files. I saved them to my D: drive (MY secondary hard drive) and a bunch of the picture files are messed up. They aren't completely there (pictures have large grey areas like they're chopped off).

Is there any other better way to do this?

Would it help to format the RAW partition as NTFS and THEN use that Easeus DRW program to look for files?

I ordered a laptop IDE adapter that hasn't yet arrived (just for this purpose), should I wait for that part to come in and try that instead? Do you think it will work any better?

Just so that it's known, I have a Hiren's boot CD, a program called "Recover My Files", bunch of other stuff but I'm too new to this to know which things to use and how to use them!

Also, what would I use (on the Hiren's CD) to test the drive when all of this is done to make sure it's not a dying/dead drive? I would hate to have to do this again lol.

Thanks a bunch in advance!
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If there are three partitions on it that sounds like there was a previous Linux installation or such. My suggestion is to get all the data off of that drive if you can or if you are not worried about it then just completely nuke the partition and create a new one. If you are trying to recover the data off of it then DO NOT touch the partition and use a utility to scan the drive for data and recover them that way. I think Hirens also has Get Data Back which I have used with success a few times.
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Thank you sir! I'll try that "Get Data Back" as soon as I have the time to.
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