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ok,how do I get my files back?

Posted: 21 Aug 2013, 22:34
by 2nzy
just signed up
because reading posts on here about similar situations arnt quite the same as mine and the fixes go off on a tangent.
I have a 3 tb seagate goflex that 1 day decided not to work any more :(
connecting it to pc gives the old 'must format the drive to continue' which i obviosly dont want to do
drive shows as raw :(
im assuming i should use testdisk to get my files back?
now the problem is that testdisk doesnt let me browse to backup files.
instead it awkwardly wants to look at partitions
then tells me its too small etc:

The harddisk seems too small!
The following partition can't be recovered:

how do i repair the boot sector so the drive works properly?
how do i recover the partition?
how do i backup my files?
theres no instructions so you just go round in circles not getting anywhere :(
plus the program is ridiculously slow,1000s of hours left,been on for 2 days etc :(

Re: ok,how do I get my files back?

Posted: 22 Aug 2013, 09:16
by Fiona
I'd need more infos.
How did you partition or format your disk.
Was your disk formatted using advanced format tools?
Intel-MBR doesn't support partitions bigger than 2.2 TB.
It must be either a GPT-disk or to bypass that limit an advanced formatted partition.
Requirement of advanced format, the sector size must be 4 KB.
But advanced format is not Standard, either Intel, GPT and anything else and makes it difficult to support.

Would it be possible to repeat your diagnose and you'll find in your TestDisk folder a file called testdisk.log.
Could you open it using a word processor like wordpad and copy and paste the content in your next post?

Before you go to repair any boot sector or superblock, your correct partition, which contains your data, must be in your partition table.


Re: ok,how do I get my files back?

Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 23:43
by 2nzy
not really
the program is too unstable
it would take a week maybe more to complete without the pc/electric or drive failing
all i want is those files back and boot sector working again
it's a goflex,its as sold

Re: ok,how do I get my files back?

Posted: 26 Aug 2013, 23:46
by 2nzy
the answer will do to the question/s asked not questions btw ;)

Re: ok,how do I get my files back?

Posted: 28 Aug 2013, 12:05
by causeway
I had a 1tb drive which went the same way - thankfully I found an easy fix for mine. I connected the drive to my laptop, then went into disc management where the drive showed up as RAW. I right-clicked on it and chose to assign it a drive letter; it appeared in Explorer after that and was working fine.

It's worth a try, if you haven't tried it already.

Re: ok,how do I get my files back?

Posted: 04 Sep 2013, 22:55
by 2nzy
so this cgsecurity stuffs no good then? :(