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Background: Visual Studio 2017 was release two days ago, 2017-03-07, and to get a clean install I decided to format and reinstall my OS, Windows 10.

For my storage disk, I use TrueCrypt 7.1a. After formatting my OS-hard drive, reinstalling Windows 10 and TrueCrypt the errors started. When I mounted the hard drive in TrueCrypt it said that my Volume Header was corrupt and that I needed to restore it. After doing so I saw a new drive like before but I got the error You need to format the disk in drive X: before you can use it.

I then tried running NTFS Data Recovery Toolkit v. 8 and TestDisk 7.0 to recover my partition but this failed. I only got the error below which I don't know what it means from TestDisk Dump.

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A disk error occurred...BMKRI is missing...BMKRI is compressed...Press Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart

When this failed I installed TrueCrypt 7.2 and managed to decrypt the hard drive. When checking my storage drive now my new error is: E:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect.

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If I try to run chkdsk I get the following message:

The type of the file system is NTFS.
Unable to determine volume version and state.  CHKDSK aborted.

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In Disk Management the disk is marked as File System RAW:

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I then tried NTFS Data Recovery Toolkit again and now I could actually see my content! I used the tool Active@ Partion recovery and QuickScan/SuperScan. The only error that I can see is Overlapped partition detected.

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My question now is where do I go from here? I do not wan't to risk anything now that I have gotten this far.

Update:

Tried this guide to restore a partition, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_kvJF87Drc

TestDisk -> Create -> Select Disk -> Proceed -> Intel -> Quick Search -> Enter -> Write -> Reboot.

I still can't view the disk in Windows but in NTFS Data Recovery the Recovery Status changed to Existing Volume and the drive is now marked as green instead of red.

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  • If you can browse the content, first of all make a copy of it into a clean and working drive. Then attempt whatever you want to attempt. – Andrea Lazzarotto Mar 9 '17 at 19:18
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Ended up doing a Deeper Search in TestDisk which resulted in a lot of partitions. First tried making one NTFS partition Primary bootable and delete the others. When this did not work I did the scan again and selected the other NTFS partition as primary bootable but it did not work either.

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Since most of my files were backed up I used the freeware Recuva set to Deep Scan and Scan for non-deleted files and recovered the two files I was unsure about. If I needed the entire partition I would have bought Active@ Partion recovery from NTFS Data Recovery Toolkit but since I only needed two files this seemed unnecessary.

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