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The harddisk seems to small - Partion cannot be recovered?!

Posted: 28 Mar 2013, 02:42
by AU77

My PC is unable to read an external HD which worked fine until last year. After searching the Internet many sources agreed TestDisk was the best solution out there so I hope you can assist me.

After running the Testdisk diagnostic I've come across the following message:

<<The harddisk <250 GB/ 232 Gib> seems to small! <<500GB / 465 Gib>>
The following partition can't be recovered.

At this point I am not entirely sure what should I do as my goal is to preserve the information stored in the disk.

Below a reading from the log:

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Thu Mar 28 01:39:49 2013
Command line: TestDisk

TestDisk 6.14-WIP, Data Recovery Utility, March 2013
Christophe GRENIER <>
OS: Windows XP SP2
Compiler: GCC 4.7, Cygwin 1007.17
Compilation date: 2013-03-27T18:51:31
ext2fs lib: 1.42.2, ntfs lib: 10:0:0, reiserfs lib: 0.3.1-rc8, ewf lib: 20120504
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(/dev/sda)=250000000000
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(/dev/sdb)=250059350016
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\PhysicalDrive0)=250000000000
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\PhysicalDrive1)=250059350016
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\C:)=137378626560
filewin32_getfilesize(\\.\D:) GetFileSize err Incorrect function.

filewin32_setfilepointer(\\.\D:) SetFilePointer err Incorrect function.

Warning: can't get size for \\.\D:
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\E:)=502536192
filewin32_getfilesize(\\.\F:) GetFileSize err Incorrect function.

filewin32_setfilepointer(\\.\F:) SetFilePointer err Incorrect function.

Warning: can't get size for \\.\F:
Hard disk list
Disk /dev/sda - 250 GB / 232 GiB - CHS 30394 255 63, sector size=512 - WDC WD2500JS-75NCB3, FW:10.02E04
Disk /dev/sdb - 250 GB / 232 GiB - CHS 30401 255 63, sector size=512 - Maxtor OneTouch, FW:0125
Drive E: - 502 MB / 479 MiB - CHS 119 64 32, sector size=2048 - TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-H553A, FW:DE04

Partition table type default to Intel
Disk /dev/sdb - 250 GB / 232 GiB - Maxtor OneTouch
Partition table type: Intel
New options :
 Dump : No
 Align partition: Yes
 Expert mode : No

Analyse Disk /dev/sdb - 250 GB / 232 GiB - CHS 30401 255 63
Current partition structure:
No partition is bootable
Thanks in advanced for any guidance you can provide,