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Old 10-12-2016, 02:50 AM   #1
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Recovering Data from an Uninitialized Drive


One of the administration personnel I support reached out to me regarding a data loss issue. She stated that, after a Windows Update restart, the secondary drive of her computer is not showing up in Windows Explorer (Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit). The drive is a 500GB HDD previously formatting as NTFS.

I did some cursory troubleshooting and it appears the drive may have become corrupted as Disk Management indicates the drive needs to be initialized. I shut down the computer and removed the drive to begin data recovery. The BIOS of my test computer recognizes the drive. Any Windows-based computer I connect the drive to prompts for initialization. This goes the same for any Mac OS X-based computer. This essentially rules out any OS-based data recovery option. action movies free

I also tried Linux-based options - SystemRescue, Trinity Rescue, and GParted. None of them recognized the corrupted drive. I tried Knoppix 7.6 and it finally recognized the drive. However, I received the following error message when trying to access the drive:

mount: /dev/sdb: can't read superblock
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Is there a way to mount this drive within Knoppix to access the content of the drive without initializing or formatting the drive?

Last edited by Luxion; 10-24-2016 at 03:42 AM.
 
Old 10-12-2016, 03:04 AM   #2
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https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/TestDisk
 
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Old 10-12-2016, 03:23 AM   #3
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I also tried Linux-based options - SystemRescue, Trinity Rescue, and GParted. None of them recognized the corrupted drive. I tried Knoppix 7.6 and it finally recognized the drive. However, I received the following error message when trying to access the drive:

mount: /dev/sdb: can't read superblock

Is there a way to mount this drive within Knoppix to access the content of the drive without initializing or formatting the drive?
Very unlikely Windoze would use the entire drive (unpartitioned) like that. Best to assume Knoppix has been misled by coincidental data - what does this show from one of your Linux systems
Code:
lsblk -f
Testdisk as suggested may help find "lost" partition definitions.
 
Old 10-12-2016, 05:27 AM   #4
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There are copies of your super block distributed throughout your disk for this reason, locate one & copy it over.
http://unix.stackexchange.com/questi...t4-superblocks

Edit: Oops, sorry, yours is a 'Windows' problem.

Last edited by fatmac; 10-12-2016 at 05:37 AM.
 
Old 10-12-2016, 03:48 PM   #5
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There may be extra copies of ntfs formatting data too. Forgot how to recover that.


As above, testdisk is my first choice.

If this is some encrypted data then you won't get it in linux.

Never tried dynamic disks in linux.

Last edited by jefro; 10-12-2016 at 03:50 PM.
 
Old 10-14-2016, 03:16 AM   #6
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Hi, try Linux data recovery software of Stellar Phoenix as this tool can detect and recover data from the uninitialized hard drive. Good Luck!!
 
  


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