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Author:  Mr T [ Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Dropped USB External Hard Drive

Here are some tools that can explain it better than I can using Linux. I have also used Gparted to repair a bad partition, but it doesn't work too well. It is always better to copy the drive to another drive even though nothing appears to be there and using the copy as a test (I have some hardware that specifically does this and locks the bad drive so it is read only, forensic data recovery practitioners do this).

Author:  BIGMAN131307 [ Mon Oct 08, 2018 12:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Dropped USB External Hard Drive

I'm trying to using TestDisk for Windows.

I Start TestDisk
[Create] log /enter

Select disk: 3000 GB / 2794 GiB - TOSHIBA
[Proceed] /enter

Select [Intel] /enter
Select [Analyse] /enter
-------------------------------------------
Image
Select [Quick Search] /enter

Image
What do I do here?




I tried running the RAW Drive Recovery feature using the "M3 Data Recovery Free". It looks like my files are intact. But the [Fix Drive] feature requires a paid key. :(
At the moment I don't have the extra money for it.

Are there any "free" data recovery software that works like M3 Data Recovery, that don't require a license? Anything that fixes the RAW drive back to NTFS, or offers
recovery options?

With this new information, can I get TestDisk to fix my hard drive?

Author:  Mr T [ Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:42 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Dropped USB External Hard Drive

Always better to use Testdisk from DOS(Hirens boot disc)or Linux. It means Windows won't get in the way of any operations. Check out the Testdisk Wiki, it will give better explanations than I can.

Author:  BIGMAN131307 [ Tue Oct 09, 2018 7:36 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Dropped USB External Hard Drive

Is this the right program?

https://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/


I've read the TestDisk walkthroughs, but I'm not sure what I need to select next. IE: Change type, list files, add partition, etc?

Author:  BIGMAN131307 [ Wed Oct 10, 2018 12:23 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Dropped USB External Hard Drive

Ok, so using TestDisk I managed to get the files I needed off the hard drive copied and moved. :)

I really would have "liked to save" this hard drive. But it looks like this thing is toast. :?

I tried to format the hard drive. First using Win10 then trying Ubuntu. Neither would work. All that would happen is my computer locked up. It even messed with my internet connection.
Once I turned off the drive, everything was working fine again.

Looks like I will be getting another Hard drive DTL.

Any recommendations for drives to use with:
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6817392075
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product. ... 6817182347


Thx, for the help. :)

Author:  Mr T [ Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:58 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Dropped USB External Hard Drive

You are welcome. Once a hard drive does that, never trust it again. I generally bin them, but keep the circuit board and label (top cover), it may come in handy for a board recover at a later date.

On the enclosure front make sure it supports large hard drives, some (cheap) support up to 3 or 4Tb and fail to work with certain 4Tb. Most of my docks and enclosures wont see anything over 4Tb so I had to buy a new dock.

On the drive front, WD blue, black or yellow (or gold) are good. Purple are for CCTV storage and will work, but not give the performance as do the reds (reds are aimed at NAS). Most of my recent drive failures have been Seagates desktop drives, and WD greens failed (4Tb) due to a bug in the firmware.

Author:  BIGMAN131307 [ Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:14 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Dropped USB External Hard Drive

Mr T wrote:
On the drive front, WD blue, black or yellow (or gold) are good.


Sounds good. I'll check some of those out. 2-3TB models would be fine.

Thx again for your help. :)

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