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I have been all over the web today with no results.

So my drive was encrypted (truecrypt) the whole drive where windows resided. I decided to partition it to install W8 and forgot it was encrypted. So the drive got damaged and not accessible. When connected to a computer it asks for formatting. Somehow I enabled the drive through TrueCrypt on another computer and I could see and get all the files. Then I decided to decrypt the drive thinking that everything would be back to normal. After decryption my drive is not NTFS it is in RAW format. I am trying every possible way to recover, and I am desperate enough to ask lol.

I tried: ddrescue (linux) (not mountable, no signature, ntfsfix no good) testdisk (linux and windows) Sees the partitions but cant do anything Many recovery applications. etc etc.

I read in different places that doing a quickformat to NTFS and then doing a data recovery might help. I would definitely like a second opinion. Any suggestion would be really helpful

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Hi There. This question isn't programming related and is off-topic here. – Alan Nov 15 '12 at 6:20
First of all, If you can, before you start using any program to recover, copy whole raw disk with dd or ddrescue. Just do something like dd if=/dev/sda of=/mnt/backup/backup.image – week Nov 15 '12 at 10:34

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