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I have a USB 2.0 external harddrive that I was moving some data from my Slackware box and something awful happened. Without going into too many details I need help getting the data off.
On a Windows box my findings include.
DEVICE MANAGER shows a USB DEVICE
when I go into the properties I find:
DISK Disk 2
Partition style unknown
unallocated space 0
reserved space 0
The HD was formatted with FAT32 so I could read/write with windows and Linux. The drive is a 250 MB and had about 10 GB on it.
When I go into DISK MANAGEMENT and REMOVABLE STORAGE it does not show the drive at all.
When it's connected to my Linux box
usb 1-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 2
usb 1-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
scsi2 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
usbcore: registered new driver usb-storage
USB Mass Storage support registered.
usb-storage: device found at 2
usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
Vendor: Model: Rev:
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
sd 2:0:0:0: Attached scsi disk sda
usb-storage: device scan complete
Unable to read /dev/sda
Unable to open /dev/sda1
Linux slax 2.6.16
Is there any hope of getting data off of it? Without spending hundreds+? Can the partition table be fixed without losing any more data?
I don't know if I can be of any help, but something similiar happened with my usb flash disk after trying to repartition it in Linux. I think it may have been sfdisk which was finally able to write partition table info despite not being able to read a partition table - and then I had windows reformat it, since after this it could handle it better.
This is assuming you don't want to save any of the info on the disk - I have no idea what to do if you do want to save it.
Probably better if someone who knew what they were talking about were making the suggestion.