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I have several 2TB Western Digital EARS hard drives in my WHS 2011 server that suddenly became "not initialized".

I'm currently trying TestDisk, but after one quick analyze I get the following message:

Disk /dev/sdc - 2000 GB / 1863 GiB - CHS 243202 255 63
Check the harddisk size: HD jumpers settings, BIOS detection...
The harddisk (2000 GB / 1863 GiB) seems too small! (< 4000 GB / 3726 GiB)

I'm suspecting this might be due to the hard drive having 4k sectors.

Are there partition recovery software available that support 4k sector drives?

  • One workaround is to connect the drive to a motherboard and Windows OS that understands 4k sectors, then use a windows based recovery software like this one (this is the best imho)...runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm – Moab Aug 24 '11 at 16:03
  • I've always had good luck with Recuva – John Aug 25 '11 at 2:09
  • @Moab Thanks for the suggestion. GetDataBack is working great! I've already recovered data from one drive and the second drive is being recovered as I type this. If you could, please add your comment as an answer so I can accept it. – tgxiii Aug 25 '11 at 16:52
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One workaround is to connect the drive to a motherboard and Windows OS that understands 4k sectors, then use a windows based recovery software like this one (this is the best imho)

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In TestDisk, instead of Analyse, select Geometry. Select Sector Size, and set it to 4096.

  • After I'm complete with the recovery with GetDataBack, I will try this suggestion. Thanks for the response. – tgxiii Aug 26 '11 at 3:06

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