Newbie help with inaccessible drive

How to use TestDisk to recover lost partition
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Newbie help with inaccessible drive

#1 Post by Henners » 05 Oct 2018, 18:04

Hi all

Hoping I can get some help with recovering data from my external drive. I have a Samsung S2 1tb drive which was unplugged accidentally, since then I can’t access the drive. My laptop recognises the drive (I can click to safely remove) but if I click on the drive letter I’m asked to format.

Turning to TestDisk, when I go into the program:
the disk is listed as Disk/dev/sdb - 1000 GB / 931 GiB - Samsung S2 Portable
Proceed > Select Intel > Analyse
1 E extended LBA 0 1 1 121600 254 63 1953520002
No partition is bootable
5 L FAT32 LBA 0 1 2 121600 176 32 1953515056 [SAMSUNG]
Quick search
>L FAT32 LBA 0 1 2 121600 176 32 1953515056 [SAMSUNG] (all highlighted in green)
P to list files, all my files (mostly music) are there

Here’s where I’m struggling, do I need to change the partition characteristics to make it Primary or *bootable?
What do I need to do to get my laptop to access the drive again and hence the files (which are clearly still there).
Any help would be massively appreciated.

Cheers in advance

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Re: Newbie help with inaccessible drive

#2 Post by cgrenier » 06 Oct 2018, 07:29

Run "cmd" (right click run as administrator) and "chkdsk /f d:" (replace d: by the correct drive letter).
Does it solve the problem ?


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