- My Windows system disk crashed (taking away tons of personal and work related files)
- This disk was encrypted using BitLocker
- The IT guy did his thing using some BitLocker recovery tool and gave me a 40 digit key. 8 groups of 5 digits. (Sorry I do not know the details of what exactly he did or how)
- He gave me a "connector" that allowed me to plug in the disk as you would an external disk. And left me to save/extract any data I could.
- I plugged in the disk on a Windows 7 machine > a lock icon appears on the disc > I try to open > am asked for BitLocker key > I punch in the 40 digit key > unlocked icon appears on the disk > I try accessing the disk > dialog appears that says '
Data Error: cyclic redundancy check'
- I searched around to understand the problem and find a solution > find the best answer applying to my problem (of bad sectors) here - LINK to microsoft answers
- Method 1 in the above link does not help :(
- Method 2 in the above link fails too. I am able to run/schedule a CHKDSK on the "native" disk on the Windows 7 computer that I have connected my corrupt disk to, but not on the corrupt disk.
- I'm not able to pursue Method 3 in the above link as I do not have a Windows bootable CD/DVD on me anymore :(
I am trying to get access to a Windows CD/DVD and try Method 3, but meanwhile are there other ways that I can get my data back (whatever remains in the good sectors)?
I have access to a Red Hat Linux machine as root.