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    I'm desperate for some help from someone who knows testdisk or can recommend another program that will recover my data.

    It suddenly started to report that it was raw data and when I ran testdisk (as advised by Western Digital) it appears that the partition table information is corrupted. I believe I need to change the geometry information but Idon't understand how this works.

    I really would appreciate any help with this as I am sure the data is still there. The disk has all my partner's music files on it, which were transferred because he has just got a new PC. As he has just had Chemo for liver cancer the stress of losing all his data is really not helping a very sick man.

    I am trying to recover a NTFS file system and when I run the program analyse option it shows me two identical partitions both labelled primary. Above them it says invalid NTFS or Exfat boot and below no partition is bootable.

    When I ran search and then deeper search (both of which took more than four houss) it came up with bad ending head (cma and lba don't match) No parition is bootable.

    Can you help me further, I really am worried I may do harm if I do the wrong thing.

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    The more you use the disk the less likely it is that you'll be able to recover your data.

    Here are some services that may help, but forensic data recovery is expensive.

    Getdataback
    http://www.getdataback.com

    Active Partition Recovery
    http://www.partition-recovery.com/products.htm

    Easis data recovery
    http://www.easis.com/

    Useful FREE tools:
    http://www.thefreecountry.com/utilit...recovery.shtml

    Partition Table Doctor
    http://www.ptdd.com/
    Alan Vallis
    http://mywitsend.co.nz

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    In the case of a corrupted Master Boot Record, I can cofirm that R-Studio will definitely help recover your data. It *seems* that that is your problem, but other Loungers can add perspective......
    Gre

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    Just to say I have now fixed my disk with Partition Find and Mount - only took 1/2 hour to find the partition and all I had to do was tell it the drive letter to mount it to. (just in case anyone else has a similar problem.)

    Thanks for those who responded......

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    Val, in case you check this forum again...

    I would first do a backup to more permanent media such as DVD. Then, I would replace the drive.

    Too often, this sort of thing is a sign that the drive may be starting on the slope to becoming a doorstop.

    For anyone who has drive problems, a program I used years ago and which is still around is SpinRite, from Gibson Research Corporation. It's at http://www.grc.com and was quite good if all else fails.

    David

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    The problem is the drive is only 6 months old! I will certainly be sending it back to Western Digital (who were not very helpful in terms of getting my data back). All the data is now on my partner's new machine's hard drive and we will have to rethink our storage strategy (not sure I trust an external hard drive now)!

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    External drives are certainly not reiliable. They should never be used as the only storage medium. Only use them for backup and transport of data.
    On my local forum I have seen these problems occur over and over again. I believe it is not a failure of the drive itself but rather the USB interface.

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