Primary partition on external HD gone
Posted 21 September 2007 - 01:58 PM
Posted 21 September 2007 - 03:22 PM
I don't know of a free application that will recover from a raw partition, nor would I attempt to rebuild or convert the partition that contains the data for fear for causing further corruption to the files.
However, GetDataBack will probably be able to recover your files. It's not free (around $90 US), but you can download it and run it at no cost. It will show you what can be recovered and let you look at the files to check for corruption. To actually recover the files, though, you will have to purchase the license key. Download the version for the type you file system the drive was formatted with (either FAT of NTFS).
Posted 21 September 2007 - 06:34 PM
It sounds like your external drive is dying. Check your warranty and see if you can get a replacement.
$90 is a lot of money to pay for a program. I'll guess that's a big percentage of the purchase price of the external drive itself. You'll have to decide whether that program is worth it or not. Remember that the program may not get any/all your files back.
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