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Fix a Raw Hard Drive

LiquidRetro 12,661 4,824 March 14, 2016 at 10:23 AM
I have an external drive that is "Damaged" to windows. I have been using it to store some Clonezilla images on. Clonezilla will still read it but complains. Windows however detects it as in RAW format and wants to format it. I did boot up a USB stick with Linux Mint and it wanted to format the drive as well.

I did run Spinrite on it and this helped clonezilla to complain a bit less. I don't want to format the drive as I want the data. I don't believe the drive is physically damaged or dying just the partition is messed up. Looking online there looks to be a few tools to fix the partition but reviews seem varied and mixed. Wondering what you have used in the past?

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Wanting your data and 'fixing' the drive assuming there's nothing physically wrong with it are two separate tasks. It's always safer to get at your data without modifying the drive.

Personally I'd make a ddrescue image of the drive and then feed that image into a computer forensics or data recovery program. http://slickdeals.net/f/8445337-is-my-usb-flash-drive-dead-help?v=1#5

In a perfect world you'd have a copy of the hashes of the images so you could verify their integrity.
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Quote from LiquidRetro View Post :
I have an external drive that is "Damaged" to windows. I have been using it to store some Clonezilla images on. Clonezilla will still read it but complains. Windows however detects it as in RAW format and wants to format it. I did boot up a USB stick with Linux Mint and it wanted to format the drive as well.

I did run Spinrite on it and this helped clonezilla to complain a bit less. I don't want to format the drive as I want the data. I don't believe the drive is physically damaged or dying just the partition is messed up. Looking online there looks to be a few tools to fix the partition but reviews seem varied and mixed. Wondering what you have used in the past?
Sounds like it lost it's partition table so the O/S' don't know how it's sliced up. Something like 'testdisk' would be worth a try.
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SMART says perfect? why you think it's not physically damaged
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