ahmad2080

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  1. Hello, A 2TB USB WD hard drive was working as charm. After 3 months of not using it, it began to show some slow performance. Now, it takes like 20 minutes to show all of the partitions. However, the first partition (the only one with important data) became inaccessible. I tried to scan the desk using chkdisk in windows but it says that it cannot do a scan on it. Then tried MiniTool Partition, it can see the files in the corrupted partition but has no option to restore them, I tried to fix the partition or surface scan it, after waiting a while the software hangs. I bought a new 2TB USB WD (yes I have a twin now) hoping I can clone the corrupted one, retrieve the important data and then return it back to WD (Still in warranty). Still no luck with HDD Raw copy tool, it says that it cannot lock the 'source' drive. I tried a bunch of software for recovery of partition/data but none worked...they either hang or do not work. Any suggestions? Note: The corrupted drive has WD locker; i.e. when you plug the USB it works fine (not slow) showing only one partition to unlock the desk. Once you unlock it takes 20 min. or so for the partitions to be recognized (except the important corrupted one). Thanks in advance, Ahmad
  2. Yes, I agree that the author made great job there but talking about the interface .....It's horrible . Besides there are no HELP notes to guide you through the program. Sorry, it's just my opinion. Thanks for the link. I cooled it down (not in the refrigerator of course ) and it's still RAW. Currently reading: http://docs7.chomikuj.pl/81583362,0,0,Victoria-for-Windows-v4.pdf and will post back results.
  3. I burned the recovery DVDs before anything to avoid repeating the tragedy of the recovery partition. I recovered my whole system using those DVDs on my new HDD. Back to the situation, while imaging the HDD in chunks as suggested the computer suddenly hang. I had to force a SHUTDOWN. Now, The HDD is no longer readable as before. "Disk Managment" reports the primary partition (584GB) as a "RAW" partition and needs to be formatted. Apparently, its only getting worse. I'm giving up recovering anything from it now. So I turned to use Victoria and tried to locate the bad sectors. I found a very LOUSY GUI with no idea what to do.
  4. I missed that link in your earlier post..... Back to the track.....
  5. Well, no, this can be a temporary storage while recovering, but at the end you need to re-compose a "monolithic image". I hate blaming others, but it was your idea to "re-compose" the image. How can you tell me to walk through then say it's the wrong way? Also, then, Looks paradoxical to me. What is it what you need?? a one full image? or small pieces of .dd files?
  6. Hi there, I'm back again. It took about 3 days for the first 350Gb to be imaged. The resulted image is 333GB in size!! No. of last sector with errors in reading was: 192a740c00 (=108086430720 in decimal) So theoretically, 512* 108086430720 = 55340252528640 bytes = 51539GB ? or is it that the size of a single sector is not 512 bytes? I want to know the space to be deleted from the disk to reduce the probability of bad sectors spreading. I'm proceeding now with the other 300GB. I may then borrow a 1TB HDD to combine the two parts and proceed with the recovery process. The problem is that I have no idea how to combine the two parts together. I'd like to note that I'm not doing this to restore my data (I already did). I have three reasons for doing this: 1) Increase experience in dealing with hardware bad sectors. 2) Use the GOOD part of the disk and turn it into a USB HDD which then can be used to store UNimportant data, transfer data from a computer to another,...etc. 3) It'd be a wonderful feeling recovering data you thought they were lost forever.
  7. Being curious, I left datarescue work. It stopped reporting the read error message from 12 hours (yes, it has not finished yet!!)....Is that normal? or should I restart the whole process again? Pausing and resuming the process had no effect. I can still feel the HDD spinning and see the LED flashing!!
  8. Seems like I'm out of options here. I neglected the standards, as usual, and tried the process of "Copy and Paste". IT WORKED, not 100% but I was able to restore most of my important data. Other data can be downloaded AGAIN from the internet (although I spent days downloading and arranging them before). Yes it's a pain.. but easier than what the green men want to do. BTW, the Toshiba utility I mentioned before is called : "HDD Protection". A live 3D HDD viewer comes with it. It shows a spinning HDD which leans when you lean the laptop. I'm thinking now to use Victoria directly on the HDD.. I mean, What else could happen? Anyway, I appreciate your help jaclaz . I'm travelling to Europe soon, maybe I should visit Italy to see those green men of yours who can fix all of your problems, I'll bring the HDD with me. Thanks.
  9. Well, no, this can be a temporary storage while recovering, but at the end you need to re-compose a "monolithic image". Isn't there a way to compress the image? The new HDD is 500Gb, the USB HDD is 500Gb the dead HDD is 640Gb.!!!
  10. mmmmm.... I see. I'm using datarescue now to image the HDD. It's reporting a lot of: [Read error at (sector no.). Data error (Cyclic Redundancy Check).] I'm dividing the image into two pieces: one on my new HDD and the other on my USD HDD. Looks like it'll take ages to complete the imaging process. But what after creating the image? Double click on the .dd file and I'll be free to open and browse?
  11. First of all, Thanks for your fast reply and sorry for my delayed one. My laptop fell on its edge on the floor from a height of about 50cm. Is that considered a bad hit? Also, TOSHIBA has this software that senses any vibrations and lifts the head once a certain level of vibration is detected (up to my knowledge). Plus, I have found my partitions and folders and browsed through them using "Testdisk". So your assumption of "Head Crash" may not be right after all!! Maybe I am just giving my self fake hope to fix this, but it helps. Before we play around with the disk, what would be the most efficient way to backup all data? I don't wanna lose my data AGAIN!!. I have a 500 GB USB drive for that purpose. Yes, but they can be disappeared reducing the size of the disk. That's what I am intending to do: Make them INVISIBLE . I am looking for a good new SSD. One last question: Why didn't the "tick tick tick tick" sound appear again?
  12. Hello, My laptop "TOSHIBA A665-S6094" was working good until it had a bad fall on the floor. Directly after the fall I began to hear a sound coming from the harddisk "tick tick tick tick" in a very fast manner. I restarted the computer and the OS didn't load. I booted form a win7 dvd and tried to repair using the repair option. After about 15 minutes of searching for installed microsoft OS, it came up with a message saying that it found some errors and to fix I must restart. However, when I click restart and repair it shows another error message saying that it can't add the entry "win7 recovered" to the booting options. Trying to manually fix this issue, I opened a cmd (still in the "repair" screen in win7 dvd) and tried the chkdsk command. I want to clarify here that I used "Gparted" software which showed that only one partition from the three partitions on my harddisk has bad sectors. It told me that to resize the partiton with badsectors I have to run the chkdsk command then restart the computer TWICE. My hard disk is partitioned as follow: 1) SYSTEM --> (hidden) around 1 GB "Don't remember exactly" 2) C: --> around 500 GB containing everything (OS-My work- even the bad sectors:() 3) Recovery partition --> also hidden, around 11 GB Back to the chkdsk command, it did fix some bad clusters, removed some invalid indexes and added others. Then, in stage 4 of 5, it stopped at sector 15 ( and 12% of the whole scan). I canceled the scan after waiting about 20 hours with nothing new. I am asking for software that can locate and isolate bad sectors or some software to locate and other to isolate. I remember that I have done something similar a long time ago: used a software to locate bad sectors, apply some multiplications to know the exact location of the sector in bytes then use any partitioning tool to delete that part containing badsectors and make it unformatted. But I really don't remember that software and I think it was designed for WD hard disks only. NOTE: I didn't hear that "tick tick tick tick" sound again.
  13. Hello, I was using the removable USB hard drive on linux. Instead of using safe remove I choose EJECT. When it was unmounted I removed the USB from the rear of the PC (at that moment I sensed the Disk was spinning) and since then problems began. The USB disk became too slow. Linux (Fedora) reports( after about 3-4 minutes from mounting the disk) hard disk failure, that some sectors are being dislocated and something about mapping. In MS windows, it also takes a long time to be visible. looking into the "Devices and printers" window an exclamation mark is placed on "My Passport" device saying that " the driver for WD SES Device USB Device is not installed". Choosing "Apply this fix" does not fix the problem. Also, while copying data to the USB device it sometimes hangs for 3-4 minutes then it may resume the copying process. The writing speed is normal at about 18 to 24 MB/sec. That was the problem. I have done some trials to fix the problem but still no results: 1- I quick formatted the device 2- Updated its firmware 3- tried to format it with not checking the "quick format" box, but after waiting about 2 hours it said that it can't complete. 4-I zeroed the disk using the "clean all" command in DiskPart then created a partition and formatted it (NTFS) 5- I scanned the disk for bad sectors using HDD regenerative and the disk was clean(no bad sectors). I don't know anymore if this is a software or a hardware problem. Any ideas on how to restore the disk to function properly?
  14. Thanks for the explanation...I finally got it
  15. Hello, A Computer with fedora13 and windows7 dual boot is needed to be imaged. The image should contain all files in both OS plus the partition table information in order to restore the whole system to its original state whenever it is needed. Is there such a program? Can Norton Ghost do that if linux file system was ext3?