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recovering a SATA HD - first time

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  1. bsacco

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    I have a SATA 2TB HD that became corrupted.

    I downloaded MiniTool Power Data Recovery tool.

    I ran a lost partition deep recovery scan.

    The tool returned a total of 124 different partitions with various recovered files inside different folders.

    Now, I've got 124 different folders of scrambled eggs....

    Not sure, if i ran the right scan from the start or how to even begin the process of reassembling the recovered data in any meaningful and organized fashion. I'm totally overwhelmed.

    I have precious family photos on this disc I need to recover.

    Can anyone help?
     
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    I have never used that recovery app; I use O&O disk recovery. It is not free however it does an excellent job.

    The very first thing I do when attempting to recover data is to make an image of the drive [if possible] using acronis true image. Mount that image and do all recovery work on the image. This way you are not causing any further damage to the actual disk/files.

    If that does not work, then I would use a different recovery app.

    Just one of the reasons why we stress backups SO much. Data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives fail; it is only a question of when your drive will fail.
     
  3. bsacco

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    I have CDBurnerXP...I believe it can do ISO images...would that work?
     
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    well...I tried using CDBurnerXp but it doesn't recognize the drive...so can't use it...
     
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    Acronis true image is by far the best imaging app ever made. It is like Snap-On tools; the standard by which others are judged. Believe whatever you want however IF you want to make a successful image, you use acronis.
     
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    You do not have to make an image first. I was just telling you how I do data recovery.
     
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    BTW those reviews are for the 2013 version which may or may not have problems. I use acronis 2012 and have never had any issue whatsoever.
     
  9. bsacco

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    OK I got Acronis True Image Home and ran a backup image. It ran for 2 days then today I got error:

    Failed to rea data from disk.

    Failed to read sector 63 of hard disk 1
    Linux device node with internal number 3 not found - 0x1000FF

    should we run a check disk to repair disk first? will that wipe out my data? Or will it just repair the disk and leave data alone?

    please advise
     
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    bump?
     
  11. crjdriver

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    chkdsk often results in lost data. At this point, I would consult a data recovery service [if the data is that important to you] This is NOT cheap; basic prices start @ $125 or so plus the media on which to place your recovered files and goes WAY up from there. Get an estimate before having any work done on the drive since it may end up in the $500 and up range.
     
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    the error message was very specific. There is no software that can go in and just make the repair and leave the rest of the data alone?
     
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    Up to you if you want to try other software however with a damaged disk, I would not hold out much hope.
    Acronis should take 5~10min to make an image depending on how much is on the disk. Taking hours or days indicates a damaged disk. If you have a LOT of info on the disk, it might take 15~20min however not hours.
     
  14. bsacco

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    Ok, now that I'm using Mini Tool Power Data recover software it's able to do a damaged disk recover and it returns over 164 different partitions. I can copy the files from each partition over OK. The question I have is I'm wondering about the duplication of files and what is the best method for organizing such a large task of copying over 2TB worth of recovered files?

    Since my primary goal is to recover my photos, I'm wondering if the photos which are .jpg files will retain their original "Date taken" info so that i can eventually put them back in an organized folder structure.
     
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    You can recover deleted pictures from memory card by using photo recovery software.
    When i am facing same problem i have used photo recovery software and i get back all deleted
    photos. It recovers all photos within few minutes. Now you can download demo version
    of this software.
     
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