I have an older 80GB IDE internal hdd, with a few files on it that I would like very much to recover:
- some word documents
- some latex documents (text files) and pictures (png, jpg, eps files)
- some other text documents and visual studio project files
I had backed them (not the latex ones though) up using svn, but have not committed lately, and would lose a lot of work if I can't recover.
The HDD seems to have lost its filesystem, I have no idea how it came about.
I know it has/had 3 NTFS partitions, I know the files I want are on the second or third partition.
I read Recover hard disk data?
Partition Find and Mount did not see all the partitions using intelligent scan TestDisk does (I think), I followed the step by step instructions here, but when I try to list the files it says:
"Can't open filesystem, filesystem seems damaged."
I'm not sure how to proceed here, as TestDisks wiki does not contain this error message afaik.
I don't know if the HDD is going to fail, or some program has caused the filesystem to be corrupt, the HDD doesn't make a sound, so I guess that's good.
I would like some guidance so I don't accidentally cause more damage. (eg. is it ok to let testdisk write the filesystem to disk? I'm pretty sure the partitions are listed ok, but not 100%)
EDIT: running photorec atm