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April 27, 2014 8:41:51 PM

Hi,
I had to purchase an encrypted hard drive for work. It is a McAfee/MXI security external drive with biometric/finger identification. I think someone unplugged my drive without properly ejecting it. It is now corrupted. Using testdisk, I can see that all my files are still there. Here is the problem: I can only see the files when I tell testdisk that the partition table type is "none" and then I receive a message that the partition table cannot be rewritten as the partition table type is none. Does anyone have experience with this kind of thing?
Thanks a lot,
Jon
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April 28, 2014 7:48:49 PM

The drive is still allowing you authenticate?

Please keep in mind that external drives are for transporting copies of files and data; not for storing the only copy. Important files should always have backup copies stored in different locations & devices.
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April 29, 2014 7:33:05 AM

If Testdisk is seeing no partition I expect it is the case that there really is no partition.

But if Testdisk can see your files it will also allow you to copy them.

So you can just copy your files and then reformat your drive and copy files back.

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April 29, 2014 7:29:36 PM

Thanks. I'll give that a try.

S Haran said:
If Testdisk is seeing no partition I expect it is the case that there really is no partition.

But if Testdisk can see your files it will also allow you to copy them.

So you can just copy your files and then reformat your drive and copy files back.



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