FAT tables cannot be read- WD HDD drive

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FAT tables cannot be read- WD HDD drive

#1 Post by Avgis »

This is an extrenal drive FAT32 file system. All of the sudden the data was not accebile (windows (7)prompted me to format disk as could not recognize it). I run chkdisk (maybe a mistake) and it could find no files Error msg: "There are no readable file allocation tables (FAT)". I runTestdisk, which did find a partition, which looked to be correct but could not any read files (Error msg: "No filesystem found, filesystem may be damaged"). I then under the Advanced option run Boot. I get that Boot Sector and Bacup Bootsectors are OK and sectors are identical.

What can I do next? Could I run repair FAT? Is this dangerous for data loss (a lot of data on drive)?

Any help very much appreciated

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Re: FAT tables cannot be read- WD HDD drive

#2 Post by cgrenier »

Run PhotoRec, enable the expert mode in Options, select the partition, start a recovery, choose [Whole], try the unformat option, use the default options otherwise.
Good luck