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Old 03-16-2011, 01:05 PM   #1
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Unhappy Access files in Windows from partly formatted SATA drive (linux)


I have purchased a DLink Sharecenter Pulse NAS as my PC failed. I wanted to put the two SATA drives in and extract the data before formatting to use as JBOD or RAID. However, before I managed to access my data, the setup software started formatting the drives. I switched it off immediately.

Purchased a SATA to USB2 lead and connected to my work laptop but I cannot see the drive(s). Used Partition Magic and each drive has 3 partitions - of which show about 74GB as used and 2 x 512MB as not. Looks like the drives have been partly set for Linux but the format was not comlete. Have tried to use explore2fs to read them but I cannot access the 74 GB partition only one of the 512MB partitions.

I'm a bit stuck now - any one got any ideas how I can get my files off the 74GB partition before I put them back in the NAS to format.

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I would go in with testdisk and photorec

Be careful with testdisk - let it take it's time and come up with stuff. It also helps if you know what drive formats were there, so, for instance you could reject an ext4 partition as new but restore an ntfs one.


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