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Well I was recovering some data for a mate and I had the recoverd data on my HDD and it was coping back to his external. The ETA on the copying was 5 hours so I went on MW2, playing for a while and boom, random BSOD.

Now windows asks me to format it whenever I play it in, Linux doesn't read it ether, it says it cannot read it because the NTFS file system is inconsistent or something.

Please help guys!!!

EDIT: When opening in windows it says "E: is not accessible the parameter is inncorrect"

Also in the Windows partition manager it shows the file format to be RAW
Edited by overclocker23578 - 3/16/11 at 1:33pm
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Does Pc post with drive?
can you hear a loud scratching noise?

My old 160gb hdd died and bios would refuse to post with it attached and later on it made a loud scratching noise
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Most likely your drive is dead. There are services which you can pay for that can attempt to physically rebuild the drive and recover your data. Besides that your only bet is to try and recover it yourself.

I would suggest freezing the drive in a plastic bag in the freezer for about 8 hours. Then try to get the drive to read. Once you do, copy all your data off. Don't play any games or do anything on the PC while the transfer is going.

Sometimes freezing the drive works, sometimes it doesn't. I have had a lot of success with it.
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It's not a physical issue. The file system is screwed
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You could always try a chkdsk /r to repair the file system (done from the recovery console on the Windows CD).
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How would I go about that?

sorry only read the first part of post
Edited by overclocker23578 - 3/16/11 at 1:46pm
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You could always try a chkdsk /r to repair the file system (done from the recovery console on the Windows CD).
Do NOT do any CHKDSK. That is a LAST resort. CHKDSK can very well make your file system disappear if it feels that will fix it.

The problem can easily be a physical one even if there is not a noise to the drive. If the controller is gone bad then your screwed no matter what but I urge you to try freezing it first. If it doesn't work, try whatever you want after that.
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chkdsk works in cmd scanning my HDD for errors but when I try it with the external I get

C:\\Users\\Jacob>chkdsk volumeE: /f
The drive, the path, or the file name is not valid.
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I am so screwed, any way to fix an NTFS partition that has turned to a RAW partition? Or shall I put a gun to my head right now?
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It hasn't really turned into a raw partition. Most of the data most likely still exist. Just the beginning of the drive is being misread. Often happens when the drive arm is no longer calibrated properly, heads are damaged, something physically broke, controller went bad, etc.

Doing anything to the data right now, such as a CHKDSK, will most likely destroy your existing data.

I really am not joking. You might be surprised with the result of freezing your drive.
Edited by Sarec - 3/16/11 at 2:04pm
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