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Old 09-28-2007, 05:23 PM   #1
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Hello,

I have a problem with my externally usb to IDE adapter mounted WD400
Western Digital hard disk drive. I was downloading some files from the
Internet and suddenly the hard disk stopped responding.So disconnected
using the task bar and it didin't respond so I restarted my Windows XP pro using the reset button as the OS also stopped responding.
But after I have restarted, to my horror my hard disk have changed from
NTFS to RAW. And when I tried clicking it windows said the drive is
corrupted. I have searched in the Internet and I have found two solutions.

First is using a software called drive test and scavenge the files and copy it to another drive. Second is using an app called Spinrite. I'm going to choose the second option because I don't have 40 gigs of hard disk space to spare but I am unsure as how to go on with this. In spinrite there are two basic options.

One is to recover unreadable data without first reading and rewriting it
and the second option is to read, rewrite and read again. I have tried the first option in SpinRite (I connected it directly to the IDE of the
mainboard) spinrite did processed the hd but nothing happened.

Anyone had any luck with SpinRite to recover a harddisk that has been
reverted to RAW using the second option? I am worried if it wouldn't work.

Will choosing the second option guarantees safe data recovery?

Any reply would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance. :)

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Hi,

I don't know SpinRite. You could try repairing the partition table with TestDisk.

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Thank you. I'll try that once I have adequate space. :)
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Didn't you mean master file table? Because I didn't find any option for repairing the partition table. Only master file table. And I tried that. Didn't seem to work. :( Tried repairing the boot sector. Nothing happened.

I wasn't sure if it was Fat 32 or NTFS. Is it possible the partition size of 37 gigs is a fat 32 because when it initially scanned it it says fat 32?
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:01 PM   #5
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Don't know how to edit my posts,

An update. I have used Getdataback for NTFS instead and it worked!

The directories seem to be intact and I have saved the recovery search result, so when I have adequate space I'll copy it little by little by little.

Thank you everyone!
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I'm glad you fixed it. (I meant partition table).

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