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the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#1 Post by likefireflies » 30 Mar 2018, 01:12

I am trying to recover an external hard drive that is not able to be read and Windows wants me to format it. I use it for recording music and there is data on it that I can't lose. So I began the scan, it found partitions, but on a quick scan I get,
"The harddisk (500 GB / 465GiB seems too small! (,1429 GB / 1331 GiB)nCheckthe harddisksize: HD Jumper settings BIOS detection...."
and
"The following partition can't be recovered:
Fat16>32M then the start, end, and size sectors.
After a deep scan it tells me that it is an hpfs NTFS partition (it is) and the it gives me the "can't open Filesystem. Filesystem seems damaged. I couldn't find anything in the documentation about this particular error. Am I just SOL?

here is the content of the log file:



Thu Mar 29 16:40:01 2018
Command line: TestDisk

TestDisk 7.1-WIP, Data Recovery Utility, March 2018
Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
https://www.cgsecurity.org
OS: Windows 8 (9200)
Compiler: GCC 6.4, Cygwin 2009.0
ext2fs lib: 1.43.1, ntfs lib: 10:0:0, reiserfs lib: none, ewf lib: 20140608, curses lib: ncurses 6.0
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(/dev/sda)=256060514304
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(/dev/sdb)=500107862016
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\PhysicalDrive0)=256060514304
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\PhysicalDrive1)=500107862016
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\C:)=228168040448
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\D:)=4294967296
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\F:)=499971522560
Hard disk list
Disk /dev/sda - 256 GB / 238 GiB - CHS 31130 255 63, sector size=512 - SAMSUNG MZMTD256HAGM-000L1, S/N:S15GNYADB17393, FW:DXT43L0Q
Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63, sector size=512 - JMicron , S/N:DB987654321EF, FW:0223

Partition table type (auto): EFI GPT
Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - JMicron
Partition table type: Intel

Analyse Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63
Geometry from i386 MBR: head=256 sector=63
check_part_i386 1 type EE: no test
Current partition structure:
1 P EFI GPT 0 0 2 267349 89 4 4294967295

Warning: Bad ending head (CHS and LBA don't match)
No partition is bootable
Backup partition structure
partition_save

search_part()
Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63
BAD_RS LBA=2220327445 10806027
file_pread(5,3,buffer,2220327445(138208/252/50)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,2220327445(138208/252/50)) lseek err Invalid argument
check_FAT: can't read FAT boot sector
check_part_i386 failed for partition type 06
FAT16 >32M 138208 252 50 173849 9 17 572557324
This partition ends after the disk limits. (start=2220327445, size=572557324, end=2792884768, disk end=976773168)
file_pread(5,3,buffer,976773182(60801/81/15)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773182(60801/81/15)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976773198(60801/81/31)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,11,buffer,976773245(60801/82/15)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,976775167(60801/112/47)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,976773183(60801/81/16)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773206(60801/81/39)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773256(60801/82/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976775169(60801/112/49)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,14,buffer,976775170(60801/112/50)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,976775184(60801/113/1)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,976775231(60801/113/48)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976775247(60801/114/1)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,11,buffer,976775294(60801/114/48)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,976777216(60801/145/17)) lseek err Invalid argument
Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63
Check the harddisk size: HD jumper settings, BIOS detection...
The harddisk (500 GB / 465 GiB) seems too small! (< 1429 GB / 1331 GiB)
The following partition can't be recovered:
FAT16 >32M 138208 252 50 173849 9 17 572557324

Results

interface_write()

No partition found or selected for recovery

search_part()
Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63
BAD_RS LBA=2220327445 10806027
file_pread(5,3,buffer,2220327445(138208/252/50)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,2220327445(138208/252/50)) lseek err Invalid argument
check_FAT: can't read FAT boot sector
check_part_i386 failed for partition type 06
FAT16 >32M 138208 252 50 173849 9 17 572557324
This partition ends after the disk limits. (start=2220327445, size=572557324, end=2792884768, disk end=976773168)
NTFS at 60801/47/46
filesystem size 976506880
sectors_per_cluster 8
mft_lcn 786432
mftmirr_lcn 2
clusters_per_mft_record -10
clusters_per_index_record 1
HPFS - NTFS 16 113 34 60801 47 46 976506880
NTFS found using backup sector, blocksize=4096, 499 GB / 465 GiB
file_pread(5,2,buffer,976773183(60801/81/16)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773183(60801/81/16)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,976773200(60801/81/33)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773200(60801/81/33)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,976773182(60801/81/15)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773182(60801/81/15)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976773198(60801/81/31)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,11,buffer,976773245(60801/82/15)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,976775167(60801/112/47)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,976773183(60801/81/16)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773206(60801/81/39)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976773256(60801/82/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976775169(60801/112/49)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976773376(60801/84/20)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976773504(60801/86/22)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976773632(60801/88/24)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976773760(60801/90/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976773888(60801/92/28)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774016(60801/94/30)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774144(60801/96/32)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774272(60801/98/34)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774400(60801/100/36)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774528(60801/102/38)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774656(60801/104/40)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774784(60801/106/42)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976774912(60801/108/44)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,976775040(60801/110/46)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976775167(60801/112/47)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,976775168(60801/112/48)) lseek err Invalid argument
Disk /dev/sdb - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60801 255 63
Check the harddisk size: HD jumper settings, BIOS detection...
The harddisk (500 GB / 465 GiB) seems too small! (< 1429 GB / 1331 GiB)
The following partition can't be recovered:
FAT16 >32M 138208 252 50 173849 9 17 572557324

Results
* HPFS - NTFS 16 113 34 60801 47 46 976506880
NTFS found using backup sector, blocksize=4096, 499 GB / 465 GiB
Failed to open $MFT/$BITMAP: No such file or directory.
ntfs_mft_load(): Failed.
Failed to load $MFT: No such file or directory.
Failed to startup volume: No such file or directory.
Failed to open $MFT/$BITMAP: No such file or directory.
ntfs_mft_load(): Failed.
Failed to load $MFT: No such file or directory.
Failed to open $MFT/$BITMAP: No such file or directory.
ntfs_mft_load(): Failed.
Failed to load $MFT: No such file or directory.
Failed to startup volume: No such file or directory.
Failed to open $MFT/$BITMAP: No such file or directory.
ntfs_mft_load(): Failed.
Failed to load $MFT: No such file or directory.

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Re: the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#2 Post by cgrenier » 01 Apr 2018, 07:34

Choose EFI GPT, not PC Intel. After Deeper Search, set the NTFS partition to P(rimary).
On next screen, choose Write, confirm, BackupBS, confirm, Quit
After a reboot, if you still can't access your files, try PhotoRec on the recovered partition.

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Re: the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#3 Post by Jamsah » 10 Apr 2019, 15:55

I have a very similar problem, The following partition can't be recovered, and here is my log file;

Wed Apr 10 13:43:31 2019
Command line: TestDisk

TestDisk 7.1-WIP, Data Recovery Utility, December 2018
Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
https://www.cgsecurity.org
OS: Windows Vista (6002) SP2
Compiler: GCC 6.4, Cygwin32 2009.0
ext2fs lib: 1.43.1, ntfs lib: 10:0:0, reiserfs lib: none, ewf lib: 20140608, curses lib: ncurses 6.0
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(/dev/sda)=640135028736
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(/dev/sdb)=40020664320
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\PhysicalDrive0)=640135028736
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\PhysicalDrive1)=40020664320
disk_get_size_win32 IOCTL_DISK_GET_LENGTH_INFO(\\.\C:)=640132579328
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:)=40015954944
Hard disk list
Disk /dev/sda - 640 GB / 596 GiB - CHS 77825 255 63, sector size=512 - WDC WD64 00AAKS-00H2B0, S/N:W -DMWSA6Y449797, FW:1.00
Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - CHS 4865 255 63, sector size=512 - ST340810 A

Partition table type (auto): Intel
Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - ST340810 A
Partition table type: Intel

Analyse Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - CHS 4865 255 63
Geometry from i386 MBR: head=255 sector=63


test_FAT()
1 * FAT32 0 1 1 4864 254 63 78156162
sector_size 516
cluster_size 68
reserved 1056
fats 2
dir_entries 4
sectors 4
media FC
fat_length 1024
secs_track 1087
heads 1279
hidden 67109951
total_sect 78157186
check_part_i386 failed for partition type 0B
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=2
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=8 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=16 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=32 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=64 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=128 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=240 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=2
Current partition structure:
Invalid FAT boot sector
1 * FAT32 0 1 1 4864 254 63 78156162
1 * FAT32 0 1 1 4864 254 63 78156162

search_part()
Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - CHS 4865 255 63
FAT32 at 4864/254/63
FAT1 : 32-9571
FAT2 : 9572-19111
start_rootdir : 19112 root cluster : 2
Data : 19112-78156135
sectors : 78156162
cluster_size : 64
no_of_cluster : 1220891 (2 - 1220892)
fat_length 9540 calculated 9539
file_pread(5,16,buffer,78165796(4865/151/59)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,78165796(4865/151/59)) lseek err Invalid argument
comp_FAT: can't read FAT2
file_pread(5,64,buffer,78175336(4866/48/23)) lseek err Invalid argument
fat32_set_part_name() cannot read FAT32 root cluster.
set_FAT_info: name from BS used

FAT32 at 4864/254/63
FAT: Directory entry is marked as free.
FAT: cluster=2(0x2), pos=78175336
FAT: Can't read directory cluster.
FAT32 LBA 4864 254 63 9729 253 62 78156162 [NO NAME]
FAT32, blocksize=32768, 40 GB / 37 GiB
This partition ends after the disk limits. (start=78156224, size=78156162, end=156312385, disk end=78165360)
file_pread(5,2,buffer,78166015(4865/155/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,78166015(4865/155/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,78166016(4865/155/27)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,14,buffer,78166018(4865/155/29)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,78166032(4865/155/43)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,78166079(4865/156/27)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,78166095(4865/156/43)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,11,buffer,78166142(4865/157/27)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,78168064(4865/187/59)) lseek err Invalid argument
Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - CHS 4865 255 63
Check the harddisk size: HD jumper settings, BIOS detection...
The harddisk (40 GB / 37 GiB) seems too small! (< 80 GB / 74 GiB)
The following partition can't be recovered:
FAT32 LBA 4864 254 63 9729 253 62 78156162 [NO NAME]
FAT32, blocksize=32768, 40 GB / 37 GiB

Results

interface_write()

No partition found or selected for recovery
simulate write!

write_mbr_i386: starting...
write_all_log_i386: starting...
No extended partition

Analyse Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - CHS 4865 255 63
Geometry from i386 MBR: head=255 sector=63


test_FAT()
1 * FAT32 0 1 1 4864 254 63 78156162
sector_size 516
cluster_size 68
reserved 1056
fats 2
dir_entries 4
sectors 4
media FC
fat_length 1024
secs_track 1087
heads 1279
hidden 67109951
total_sect 78157186
check_part_i386 failed for partition type 0B
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=2
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=8 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=16 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=32 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=64 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=128 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=240 nbr=1
get_geometry_from_list_part_aux head=255 nbr=2
Current partition structure:
Invalid FAT boot sector
1 * FAT32 0 1 1 4864 254 63 78156162
1 * FAT32 0 1 1 4864 254 63 78156162

search_part()
Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - CHS 4865 255 63
FAT32 at 4864/254/63
FAT1 : 32-9571
FAT2 : 9572-19111
start_rootdir : 19112 root cluster : 2
Data : 19112-78156135
sectors : 78156162
cluster_size : 64
no_of_cluster : 1220891 (2 - 1220892)
fat_length 9540 calculated 9539
file_pread(5,16,buffer,78165796(4865/151/59)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,78165796(4865/151/59)) lseek err Invalid argument
comp_FAT: can't read FAT2
file_pread(5,64,buffer,78175336(4866/48/23)) lseek err Invalid argument
fat32_set_part_name() cannot read FAT32 root cluster.
set_FAT_info: name from BS used

FAT32 at 4864/254/63
FAT: Directory entry is marked as free.
FAT: cluster=2(0x2), pos=78175336
FAT: Can't read directory cluster.
FAT32 LBA 4864 254 63 9729 253 62 78156162 [NO NAME]
FAT32, blocksize=32768, 40 GB / 37 GiB
This partition ends after the disk limits. (start=78156224, size=78156162, end=156312385, disk end=78165360)
file_pread(5,2,buffer,78166015(4865/155/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,1,buffer,78166015(4865/155/26)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,78166016(4865/155/27)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,14,buffer,78166018(4865/155/29)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,78166032(4865/155/43)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,3,buffer,78166079(4865/156/27)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,8,buffer,78166095(4865/156/43)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,11,buffer,78166142(4865/157/27)) lseek err Invalid argument
file_pread(5,2,buffer,78168064(4865/187/59)) lseek err Invalid argument
Disk /dev/sdb - 40 GB / 37 GiB - CHS 4865 255 63
Check the harddisk size: HD jumper settings, BIOS detection...
The harddisk (40 GB / 37 GiB) seems too small! (< 80 GB / 74 GiB)
The following partition can't be recovered:
FAT32 LBA 4864 254 63 9729 253 62 78156162 [NO NAME]
FAT32, blocksize=32768, 40 GB / 37 GiB

Results

interface_write()

No partition found or selected for recovery

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Re: the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#4 Post by cgrenier » 11 Apr 2019, 06:04

Jamsah, run testdisk, select /dev/sdb, Intel, Advanced, Boot, RebuildBS, List.
If you can see your files, choose Write, confirm, Quit and restart your computer.

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Re: the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#5 Post by Jamsah » 11 Apr 2019, 13:23

Dear cgrenier,

Thank You for your speedy reply and instructions.

Just to make sure I don't mess up any more than I have done so far:
1) Do I have to choose ReBuildBS even if I think this is a physical fault (unusual noise; beeps, clicks etc as if though waking up from standby/sleep/power saving mode!).
2) Yes, I can see my foldres and files even in QuickSearch. But not able to copy them(completely corrupted garbage and empty folders).
Error message, Copy done! 0 ok, 3895 failed.

3) Should I choose Backup BS before ReBuildBS in case things don't work?

Once again thank you for reply and answers.

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Re: the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#6 Post by recuperation » 12 Apr 2019, 09:47

If you suspect physical dammage using your disk could cause further losses.
If you consider taking the risk log the the SMART parameters with tools like CrystalDiskInfo or smartmontools.
Clone the drive with ddrescue.
Rerun testdisk using the clone.
Backing up the bootsector is useful to get back to the original state if you don't have a second copy.

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Re: the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#7 Post by Jamsah » 12 Apr 2019, 15:47

Dear recuperation,
Thank you for your instructions.

Used GSMartControl and CrystalDiskInfo to S.M.A.R.T test the drive. But none of them recognised (showed generic symbols) and did not show anything other than, "Disk Not Found" and "No drive selected".
Sorry, could not attach images.

Update: SeaTools from Seagate also did not show my external HDD, just the OS hard disk.
Am I doing something wrong?

Checked my PC HDD/CD connections:
IDE Channel 0 Master : CD
IDE Channel 3 Master : HDD

Could this be (part of) the problem?

Thanks

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Re: the following partition can't be recovered/ filesystem damaged

#8 Post by Jamsah » 24 Apr 2019, 16:03

cgrenier wrote:
11 Apr 2019, 06:04
Jamsah, run testdisk, select /dev/sdb, Intel, Advanced, Boot, RebuildBS, List.
If you can see your files, choose Write, confirm, Quit and restart your computer.
Followed cgrenier instructions properly:
TesDisk > /dev/sdb > Intel > Advanced > Boot > RebuildBS > List.

And I successfully found and recovered almost all of my data (except few important files with login details and some jpg/png images that got corrupted beyond repair)! :)

Thank you very much.
A small donation went to PayPal (wish I could afford at least x5 of that, though).

PS; I did not get a prompt to reboot my PC. Instead, I kept choosing OK and/or Quit till I got out of TestDisk.
Then, I manually restarted PC.


--- Details ---
Started TestDisk.
Selected /dev/sdb > Intel > Advanced > using right/left keys on PC keyboard. Then, Enter.

Let 'Searching for FAT table xx%' complete to 100%.
(Sometimes, especially at start, it's very slow. I nearly panicked and thought of stopping it, thinking nothing was happening. But it was at a very slowly rate, eg 1% increase after a while).

-> [ List ]. Press Enter.
Saw a list of folders and files.
Pressed Down Arrow key for more.
Pressed Down Arrow key to see yet more folders and files.
-> [ Write ]. Enter key.

* At one point, I tried to back up data before Writing to disk! But I can't remember what happened. :) Sorry, it was some time ago.

Write FAT boot sector, confirm ? (Y/N)
Typed Y. (Not sure if typing lower case y would make any difference?)

-> OK -> OK to go back two screens.

In this screen, I see;
"Boot sector
OK
"

"Backup boot sector
OK
"

"Sectors are identical"

-> Quit (back to previous Boot selection)

-> Quit (back to previous Advanced screen)
-> Quit (to get out of TestDisk)

-> Manually restarted PC.

After rebooting, I checked if everything is OK by opening some files, browsing folders etc.
Then, backed up everything to a folder on local PC's HDD (with plenty of spare space).

Reformatted the external HDD (though it seemed OK now) to fix any disk issue and reuse it again - but with a second backup to a healthy disk in case the same/similar problem happens again.

Now, I'm back in business minus a few files/images. But that's nothing compared to how much valuable data I got back! :)
Once again thanks to cgrenier et al.

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