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I've used the site for a long time but for once, my problem can not be found. I transferred an old hard drive to a better computer as a slave drive but I cant access it. Chkdsk doesn't fix it and in disk management, it's listed as a raw when it is, or at least was NTFS. When I try to explore it it simply tells.me the structure is corrupted and unreadable. This drive did work perfectly. I tried some other solution which included running test disk but it couldnt find any partitions.

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You ran chkdsk D: /x /r ?

If that doesn't fix it, then the drive has seemingly failed (electrostatic shock ?) - you could try using Recuva for files you need (maybe it'll work even tho Test Disk didn't).
 

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Thanks for the reply!
Ok, I did that and left it to it. When I came back to it the cms prompt read:
Chkdsk is verifying.... <stage 1 of 5>
Truating badly linked attribute records from files.

When I went to explore the d drive it did say the parameter is ivalid or something. Now it's gone back to the corrupted structure error.
 

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As CCT said, download the ISO image for Seatools in my signature and burn the image to CD using IMGBurn also in my signature and boot off of the newly created CD and run the short and long tests on the drive. If either test fails the HDD needs to be replaced.
 

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Great news. It passed both tests -_- this is sarcasm as it now means i've got a working drive which is broke yet works.......

So yeah, anyway. What am I supposed to do now? As mentioned before when I run a chkdsk in the cmd prompt I don't actually think it finishes because it still says stage <1 of 5> and it never seems to pass this, yet the information such as record file attribute etc or something it claims to have done changes sometimes..? The other night I just kept pressing up to bring up the last command which was chkdsk and i think /f and it would come up with something new each time, like a different number that it fixed, but its not exactly efficent as i had to go out and couldn't be there to constantly press up and enter.

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Interrupting an active Chkdsk can cause issues that are not repairable.

The nature of the fist level test, given the 'corrupt' indications you had for the files, might take a long time.

With it slaved, does it show in the defrag window?
 

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Oh, Ok. I just typed chkdsk D: and left it. I got back to my computer and theres just a list saying 'truncating bad file from record attribute' or somethinng like that and then it just lists numbers... The oldest is 41 as i cant scroll up past that and the most recent is 384.

Will the chkdsk command pssobily fix it by itself or will it be worth running something like chkdsk d: /x or /r or /f or all? after it has (hopefully) finished.
 

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You need to add a switch ( /X, /F, /R) to make repairs, if you just run chkdsk it is read only. If you run chckdsk /r it may possibly loose data. run chkdsk /F
 

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Ok, so it took like six hours for chkdsk to finish. Which was like 2 in the morning so I have just got up and turned it on. I typed.in chkdsk d: /f and it said the type of file system is raw and it can't do it. Also, when I click on the d drive now it asks me if I want to format it and in disk management, it only says there is a capacity of 7.88 fb and it's all free.
 

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Ok, just restarted computer and now it's gone back to being corrupted and saying that there is a capacity of 37 fb and it's al ll free. It did attempt a chkdsk on start up but only got to record attribute.7 before continuing to load windows.what I dont fetus that when the chkdsk worked it said it was an ntfs yet it's listed as raw in disk management.

Omg, plz help!!!! I can't lose this data!
 

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Your choices are limited - you've tried 'free' data recovery at least once and no luck, chkdsk doesn't achieve anything, and the drive shows as raw instead of ntfs.

As you feel the data is valuable (sadly NOT backed up) you can buy a 'better' data recovery software (pig in a poke) OR call a few shops, find someone that has data recovery software and get a GOOD estimate on what the'll charge to use it on your drive.
 

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Check Disk taking a long time, means there are many bad sectors and the drive is failing. Your will need to try Data Recovery software. You can try the totally free TestDisk or Easeus Data Recovery I have had the best luck with GetDataBack NTFS. If all of these fail, your only other option is to take it to the Very, Very Expensive Data Recovery Specialist
 

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Hi, so im still maintaining hopeful and have been looking for solutions to the problem of my NFTS drive being displayed as raw in the disk management and ended up trying partition table doctor. However, it found no bad sectors, it said the mbr, fixbbot and partition properties and it could not find any bad sectors.... I simply refuse to give up on a 2 year old working drive!

Is this information useful at all? Also, is the fact I plugged the drive in as a master straight away into the new computer helpful. It was a silly mistake and I wad unaware it would matter
 

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Possible resolution. I believe I may have to replace the $usnjrnl file and maybe another file called log file or something. It says I should replace using the recovery console or fsutil.exe. I dont know how to though. Any ideas?
 

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I may have to replace the $usnjrnl file and maybe another file
I transferred an old hard drive to a better computer as a slave drive
Your will need to try Data Recovery software. You can try the totally free TestDisk or Easeus Data Recovery I have had the best luck with GetDataBack NTFS.
You consider a 2 year old HDD to be an Old HDD? Anyways, You cannot replace any files on a HDD that is reported as RAW (RAW=Blank, no partition, no file system, no accessible files)
Recovery software however can see your files. After you have successfully recovered your files, then you can try formatting the drive again. You can also Download WD DataLifeGuard for Windows from my signature and run the Short and Long tests on the Drive if either tests fails, the HDD needs to be replaced.
 

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I tired easeus recovery but it didnt find anything... However, in partition table doctor there is an option to browse root and the files are there but you can't do.anything with them...
 
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