I am trying to recover data for a friend. I have cloned their drive and ddrescue reported no errors.

When I try to access the destination drive I can access it, it reports 200 GB free space of 2 TB so I know there is something on it but I can't see any of the files. I think that ddrescue got all the files but not the filesystem. I was using ddrescue in Linux Parted Magic.

The command I used was:

ddrescue /dev/sda /dev/sdc /media/sdh2/log/log.log

The log file also reported no errors.

  • Could you tell, when you cloned original drive, how it was mounted? I mean - had that drive write permission? – Alex Jan 13 '17 at 16:24
  • I'm not actually sure I just ran the command and it worked.it failed the 1st couple of times till I got the correct path for the usbstick for the logfile .But then it just worked and it has definatly cloned stuff from damaged drive to new drive I can open the drive I just cant see the files but the drive is reporting 1.6tb used. – Simon Jan 13 '17 at 16:40
  • Any chance that it's a permissions issue? Did you try accessing the files using the owner's userid? – fixer1234 Jan 14 '17 at 5:00
  • The reason I asked you about mounting is what I learned hard way once. Read carefully this. – Alex Jan 14 '17 at 5:05

Good news I think I've got the whole drive back .I removed the clone from my parted magic linux system put it on a windows 10 system ran chkdsk driveletter: /f /x which rebuilt the file system /f finds errors /x forces drive dismount . If I find any files that wont open I will run chkdsk driveletter: /f /r /x adding the /r which locates and recovers bad sectors.

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