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Old 04-09-2009, 08:16 AM   #1
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Hi, I'm having a problem. I recently got the Virut virus and was told to reformat my harddrive. I've currently done that but before I backed up some very important files to a second hadrdrive. The problem is the hardrive holding the files will not open and I get an error message about formatting this drive. In the properties of the harddrive the file system is set to raw. Please I' really like to hold on to the files on this drive as they are all irreplacable such as current school projects I'm working on. Any help is accepted.


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Old 04-09-2009, 08:46 AM   #2
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Either you wiped the wrong drive or windows isn't recognizing the partition. A Linux distro might be able to read it.
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so how would I go about fixing this problem with the distro. I've never used Linux.
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I don't use Linux myself so I'm not sure which one you should use. Perhaps somebody else here knows more about it?
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Start with testdisk as shown in theis sticky.. https://www.techsupportforum.com/f16/...er-194492.html
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ok I'll wait for help then.
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Hi raptor pa, firstly thanks for the help. I've run the testdisk file, but when I get to step H, I don't get the write option.

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P.S: Just as an edit to the post, after a deep search a backup partition was found but I still don't recieve the write option.
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Can you post a screenshot?
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OK what is the make and model of the drive? I think we may be on the track here, just want to verify it really is not a 30 GB disk....
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Always good to leave some headroom on a disk, the OS needs some breathing space for temporary files etc. next thing to try then is a recovery. Download r-studio or getdataback demos, run them and see which does the best job of finding your files. You can then purchase the license for the one that did the best job and recover your files to another disk. Do not try to install the software on the failed disk, install it to the functional disk then scan the drive. After it completes ( maybe a couple of hours) youcan vie the list of files it found. Both products are less than $80.00 US to register so you can recover.
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Its a Segate ST330013A 30GB. Before the installation on my 400gb I packed it to capacity with all I felt I needed.
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So these files will recover all data or most? I really need a definitive anwser on that.
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As in any data recovery, it is going to depend. They will recover the directory structure if they can find it, otherwise they will search for file header signatures and carve out the files. If the directory structure is not available they will determine the file type and then assign numric name portions. Unfortunately there is no definitive answer to Data Recovery till you try. You will be able to see what they find tho before purchasing since they will both run as a demo, and show you the files they found, they just won't write them out till they are registered.
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oh ok, thank you for your help.
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