Harddisk too small?

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Harddisk too small?

#1 Post by widstje » 19 Dec 2015, 22:18

I'm working on recovering an old 80GB Maxtor of mine that came out of a Windows XP machine. It stopped functioning properly after a power interruption. I ran TestDisk analyze twice (once quick, the other deeper) and got the same results. Here's the screenshot. Not sure what to do now.
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Re: Harddisk too small?

#2 Post by Fiona » 20 Dec 2015, 08:27

Your found partition displays a size of 163 GB.
Your disk size is 81 GB.
That's why, you can´t recover it, because your partition ends after disk limit.
Can you run "Deeper Search too?
It's a try to find your partition by the backup of the boot sector.

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Re: Harddisk too small?

#3 Post by widstje » 20 Dec 2015, 15:33

I think I figured out what's going on.

I haven't used this disk in awhile so I didn't remember it was last part of a RAID 0 setup that went bad. I guess the partition is set to run both disks of the array. When I attempted to recover the files off this disk I got a few smaller images and pieces of others. From what I've read there is no putting the array back together without the second disk (which I don't have because I formatted it long ago).

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Re: Harddisk too small?

#4 Post by windy91 » 28 Dec 2015, 13:21

widstje wrote:I think I figured out what's going on.

I haven't used this disk in awhile so I didn't remember it was last part of a RAID 0 setup that went bad. I guess the partition is set to run both disks of the array. When I attempted to recover the files off this disk I got a few smaller images and pieces of others. From what I've read there is no putting the array back together without the second disk (which I don't have because I formatted it long ago).
hello widstje, I encountered the same problem as you did with the screenshot. Only difference is I don't know a single thing about what's going on and I'm pretty sure I have not formatted the second disk or anything like that. Is there anyone who can help me with this problem?

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#5 Post by Fiona » 29 Dec 2015, 08:17

On RAID0 data are written rotative in Blocks on both disks.
When only 1 disk is available you would only have file fragments on your disk.
For a successful recovery, you'd need both disks.

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Re: Harddisk too small?

#6 Post by windy91 » 29 Dec 2015, 08:46

For cases like this, do I really have to approach professional disk recovery services?

Thanks a lot Fiona !

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#7 Post by Fiona » 29 Dec 2015, 09:00

Datarecovery services can't help in your case.
You'll need both disks.
Might be possible that few files are recoverable?
In case you can try datarecovery software like PhotoRec.

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#8 Post by windy91 » 29 Dec 2015, 09:04

Will give it a try, thanks again Fiona !

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