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TestDisk Quik Search

#1 Post by j7m1 » 09 Oct 2018, 13:37

Hi Folks, new to all of this , I got the improper boot device message at the weekend on windows 8 laptop, took out the hard drive and connected to a windows 10 laptop it could not read it, download testdisk and have been following the guides, I got the detail below and hit return for quick search about 2.5 hrs ago, has this frozen or does this take time, Im not sure if the drive is 500gb or 1TB, I do hear clicking from the disk every now and again so assume something is going on?


Thanks a mill in advance, I have years of song making on the drive and really don't want to lose it. (should have backed up, yes)

TestDisk 7.1-WIP, Data Recovery Utility, June 2018
Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
https://www.cgsecurity.org
Disk /dev/sdb - 1000 GB / 931 GiB - CHS 121601 255 63
Current partition structure:
Partition Start End Size in sectors
Trying alternate GPT
1 P EFI System 2048 616447 614400 [EFI system partition]
2 P Windows Recovery Env 616448 1845247 1228800 [Basic data partition]
check_FAT: can't read FAT boot sector
No FAT, NTFS, ext2, JFS, Reiser, cramfs or XFS marker
3 P MS Reserved 1845248 2107391 262144 [Microsoft reserved partition]
3 P MS Reserved 1845248 2107391 262144 [Microsoft reserved partition]
check_FAT: can't read FAT boot sector
No FAT, NTFS, ext2, JFS, Reiser, cramfs or XFS marker
4 P MS Data 2107392 782796799 780689408 [Basic data partition]
4 P MS Data 2107392 782796799 780689408 [Basic data partition]
5 P Windows Recovery Env 782796800 783513599 716800
6 P MS Data 783513600 1911560191 1128046592 [Basic data partition] [Data]
7 P Windows Recovery Env 1911560192 1953523711 41963520 [Basic data partition]
P=Primary D=Deleted
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#2 Post by cgrenier » 10 Oct 2018, 06:12

I think your disk contains bad sectors.
Try to clone the disk to a new empty disk using ddrescue as described in https://www.cgsecurity.org/testdisk.pdf
Once it's done, remove the original disk and try to access your data on the clone.

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#3 Post by j7m1 » 10 Oct 2018, 09:50

Thank you kindly for the reply, I really am a complete novice here but will have a go at what you have suggested, can I use a 1tb external usb harddrive for this?

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