Takes 10 years and has error reading every sector [Updated]

Using PhotoRec to recover lost data
Post Reply
Message
Author
Sapphiresky
Posts: 3
Joined: 18 Mar 2013, 03:55

Takes 10 years and has error reading every sector [Updated]

#1 Post by Sapphiresky » 18 Mar 2013, 04:04

So, I've tried several times with both photorec and testdisk and every time I reach no success and it gives me some bizarre time like, what I've calculated to be around 10 years. I've let it run for at least 2 days before. It seems to say it has an error reading every single sector and it doesn't find any files.

Some background info: I run windows 7 and the disk in question is a 1 tb WD harddrive which got screwed up when, after unsuccessfully trying to cancel a file transfer I disconnected the USB. Because of this, I don't believe it to be a hardware failure. Some other info, when I go to disk management, it says its unallocated but when I try to initialize it says cannot find selected sector or whatnot.

Clearly I'm missing something here, I haven't found anyone else with similar problems on the forum. Have I any hope?

Sponsored links

Sapphiresky
Posts: 3
Joined: 18 Mar 2013, 03:55

Re: Takes 10 years and has error reading every sector [Updat

#2 Post by Sapphiresky » 20 Mar 2013, 01:22

Well I figured out what was wrong. Image

There's a pin missing in the usb receptacle. Unless you just happen to know how to replace it, feel free close this thread.

User avatar
cgrenier
Site Admin
Posts: 3419
Joined: 18 Feb 2012, 15:08
Location: Le Perreux Sur Marne, France
Contact:

Re: Takes 10 years and has error reading every sector [Updat

#3 Post by cgrenier » 25 Mar 2013, 21:44

Open the USB case, maybe your WD model will have a SATA connector.
If it's the case, connect the disk directly via SATA inside your computer or eSATA.
Good luck

Sapphiresky
Posts: 3
Joined: 18 Mar 2013, 03:55

Re: Takes 10 years and has error reading every sector [Updat

#4 Post by Sapphiresky » 25 Mar 2013, 22:33

It does have it on the hard drive but the only desktop we have only has ether IDE or SCSI cables and i don't have any spare SATA cables. :( I almost bought some but from what I've read, I wouldn't have been able to get data off of it anyway because of the firmware. I bought a new hard drive enclosure but that also didn't work. So the only options i saw were soldering a new mini usb port to the circuit board or buying a new circuit board so I bought a new one off of Ebay (which I assume someone in China ripped off an old external of the same model.) Hopefully due to the faulty connection, any formatting of the drive from recovery efforts were prevented and I can easily get the stuff off of it. If not I'll be turning back to teskdisk or photorec once again.

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests