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[Hard Drives] Toshiba HD only showing 1 partition

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October 11, 2011 5:42:53 AM

Greetings,

I have been on this for days, if anyone can point me in the right direction that would be just dandy.

Running windows 7 ultimate on a dell studio 1747. I recently replaced the hard drive as it was failing w/ BSOD's and finally the operating system failed to load and now I simply need the data off of the laptop. I replaced the hard drive, purchased a hard drive kit, got my computer back up and running and now the laptop is only recognizing 1 partition on the hard drive which is the system recovery partition.

Though, the 1st time i plugged in the hard drive it showed both partitions, i right clicked on the entire drive and was in the process of changing the owner of the hard drive and rights to the current laptop so I may transfer all the files accordingly. During this process I got a "program not responding" error, the hard drive started clicking, and now when I plug it in, i am only being able to recognize the 1 partition which happens to be the "system recovery" partition.

Does You have any insight on how i can recover the partition and grab some of my documents off this hard drive?
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October 12, 2011 7:33:45 AM

You need to clone your drive sector-by-sector using a tool that knows how to work around bad sectors, and then use data recovery software on the clone.

Some freeware cloning tools are ...

dd_rescue: http://www.garloff.de/kurt/linux/ddrescue/
ddrescue: http://www.gnu.org/software/ddrescue/ddrescue.html

Comparison between ddrescue and dd_rescue:
http://www.forensicswiki.org/wiki/Ddrescue

Ddrescue can perform multipass cloning. It clones the easy sectors on the first pass, and attempts the more difficult ones on subsequent passes. It can also clone your drive in reverse, thereby disabling lookahead caching. It keeps a log, allowing it to resume after an interruption.

The following thread discusses various freeware and commercial cloning tools:
http://forum.hddguru.com/the-best-disk-cloning-hardware...
October 19, 2011 8:19:46 AM

[solved]

Thank you guys for your help. Problem solved. I cloned the hard drive (used clonezilla) as suggested, then plugged in the hard drive when i started up windows and all my files were there.

Thanks all for your help.
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