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Adskii

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Data recovery
« on: October 27, 2017, 06:45:22 pm »
So the inevitable finally struck and I lost something valuable on a hard drive.

In this case the fairly new drive was assisted from this mortal coil by my no longer youngest who is well on her way to three years old.

It is an odd situation where some disk management suites will recognize the drive, but not see any partitions on it, but no BIOS I have connected it too can see it. Every google search yields plenty of results for the opposite, showing in BIOS but not in windows etc, which isn't helpful.

This was on my wife's laptop, and the data that was lost was all the kids' pictures, especially the pictures of the youngest (she's 5 months old yesterday) which aren't in any form anywhere else.

We are willing to pay for data recovery, but I'd like to get suggestions first.

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    Re: Data recovery
    « Reply #1 on: October 27, 2017, 11:43:12 pm »
    The first thing I would try is booting from a Linux thumbdrive Live distro, like Mint.  It won't change the hard drive until you tell it to, but will (hopefully) read the files and copy them off to another external drive.

    PM me, if you need help. I'll be happy to walk you through it; it's easier than it sounds.
    « Last Edit: October 28, 2017, 12:03:37 am by booksmart »

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    Re: Data recovery
    « Reply #2 on: October 28, 2017, 11:03:43 am »
    Booksmart beat me to it.

    IF you run a linux live disk or USB, the operating system that comes up will view your old hard drive as if it were an external hard drive, and you should be able to copy to a new HD. 
    Super simple.

    I would suggest that you have a new HD on hand and ready to go, as there's no telling how long that damaged drive might keep working once/if it starts.

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    Re: Data recovery
    « Reply #3 on: October 28, 2017, 01:39:19 pm »
    Yeah,  what they said.     
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    Re: Data recovery
    « Reply #4 on: October 30, 2017, 10:01:04 am »
    So... the first thing I tried was dropping into my linux machine to take a look.

    Linux has allowed me to get stuff off of damaged or failing drives so many times in the past, but none of my USb to SATA adapters (nor plugging it directly into the motherboard) would let me do anything with it.

    Like I had said the drive manager in Linux could see the drive, but just showed a big empty partition.

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    Re: Data recovery
    « Reply #5 on: October 30, 2017, 10:17:25 am »
    Let me start by saying I have never recovered a drive in this state.  I am sharing my thoughts of things I would try.

    First, I would try to make a bit copy of the drive and work from the copy.  This would ensure if I screw up my recovery steps, I can start over.

    Second, it sounds like the FS has been stripped and you now have a RAW drive.  There are utilities to rebuild the filesystem and index from RAW.

    But, those are kinda blind guesses. I have touched these procedures before, but it was a LONG time ago, and I was never proficient.  Just did things like this once or twice.
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