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 Post subject: RAW Partition - Hard drive is from XP machine
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 10:20 pm 
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Hello.

I was presented a machine to recover data from.

I have pulled the Hard Disk from this machine and it shows 2 Partitions on it, a Recovery Partition, and a 228 GB RAW partition on which is MANY family photos for which they have no backup copies of, hence the reason I have it.

I am running Windows 7 on 2 machines, but, I do have an XP machine available.

I've done some searching, but, I am not really looking to spend mega bucks to buy a program to do the recovery if not necessary.

So, what are my options, trying to use Windows 7, with this drive attached as a slave drive, to recover the data. I'm not sure how much of the 228 GB is the family photos, but, apparently that is all they care about, so, it should not be necessary to recover the entire 228 GB.

Thanks in advance.


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 Post subject: Re: RAW Partition - Hard drive is from XP machine
 Post Posted: Tue Nov 26, 2013 11:22 pm 
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I posted a list of useful data recovery tools here. It is entirely likely that the partition itself is fine, which means that rebuilding the MBR would restore full access. I would try the MBR tools I listed to see if they can help. Make sure that you can undo any changes you make before proceeding with any MBR modifications.

If that doesn't help then you could use one of the other recovery tools like Recuva or PhotoRec to see if you can get any of the files back. Once the recovery is over, you should most definitely set them up with multiple offline backups, preferrably using an external dock. Let me know how it goes, Scott.


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