I'm asking this question because: 1. I'm desperated, 2. I couldn't find any other answer resolving my problem, 3. All my attempts to fix it by myself failed.
I have got an external HDD 3,5" that is no longer recognized by the system(win7). One day I moved most of my laptop's data to it prior to system reinstall. The backing up process went well. The next day when I tried to copy the data back to the laptop, the system could not recognize the file system anymore (assuming it is RAW) and asked me to format the disk. Other computers I tried the drive with also show the same problem.
I didn't delete anything or formated the disk. My aim is to recover the entire folder structure, not just files.
The first step was to create a full disk image using Macrium Reflect. It took some time but it worked. mounting... mounted After mounting the image, I could observe the same behavior(RAW / needs to be formated before usage). mount result 1
I then tried to recover the ntfs partition using testdisk but don't quite know how to proceed.
here are the steps I have completed so far with testdisk
- choose the disk
- partition type intel - initially 'none' was preselected
- choose operation - analyse
- quick search results result 1 continue result 2 5.Deep search mode result 1 result 2
I'm stuck here, tried before to change the partition type to only logical(because it is not bootable, although there was an Ubuntu running on this drive shortly long time ago - thus the two ext4 partitions).
Does anyone know what steps should I do next toin be able to use this partition again? Or maybe there are some other tools I sould go for?
The testdisk halts on the last screen(deepsearch result 2). It takes hours to rescan it so I wait for your answer before I go any further.
Any help will be trully appreciated. There are thousands of pictures of my family, especially my daughter (over 10 years of detailed documentation ;((((( )