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I need to recover a zipped file from a corrupted hard drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • The hard drive is NOT physically damaged, only inaccessible due to the current state: I accidentally, began ghost imaging and completed about 10% of the initial process before I canceled it. So now the system won't boot. I get a single flashing cursor in the top left corner of the screen. If I connect the hard drive to a SATA-to-USB adapter and connect it to my Windows XP computer it will show that the 'Mass Storage Device' is found and installed. But I can't see the device in My Computer or Disk Management. What I think needs to be done is have the device connected via USB mounted so that I can use a file recovery program to scan the drive for files. Does anyone have any ideas? I know I can complete the reimage and then try to recover the file but its about 2.6 GB in size and I have a feeling that no programs will be able to successfully recover the whole file. I would like to recover the file without reimaging the drive because chances of the files being overwritten are much greater if the image completes.
    Friday, June 26, 2015 9:46 PM

Answers

  • There are plenty of file recovery tools to deal with your problem. But whatever tool you use, I would still make an image of the damaged drive just in case that revovery tools makes more damage than necessary. Use Zip Restore Toolbox from http://www.zip.restoretools.com/
    Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00 AM
  • There are plenty of recovery tools (eg. Pandora Recovery ) are available. You may try that to recover.

    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Saturday, June 27, 2015 12:07 AM
  • Most NTFS volumes have the $MFT at about 3GB from the start of the drive.

    If your drive was over 30GB in size and Ghost got to 10%, then it may be that this $MFT table has been destroyed, which is bad news!

    You can try a disk repair utility like TestDisk (usually comes with PhotoRec). 

    The drive would need to be visible in Disk Management even as a 'raw' device.

    If not, you can try a bootable CD or USB drive that contains and will run TestDIsk


    SteveSi

    Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:42 PM

All replies

  • There are plenty of recovery tools (eg. Pandora Recovery ) are available. You may try that to recover.

    S.Sengupta, Windows Experience MVP

    Saturday, June 27, 2015 12:07 AM
  • Most NTFS volumes have the $MFT at about 3GB from the start of the drive.

    If your drive was over 30GB in size and Ghost got to 10%, then it may be that this $MFT table has been destroyed, which is bad news!

    You can try a disk repair utility like TestDisk (usually comes with PhotoRec). 

    The drive would need to be visible in Disk Management even as a 'raw' device.

    If not, you can try a bootable CD or USB drive that contains and will run TestDIsk


    SteveSi

    Saturday, June 27, 2015 10:42 PM
  • There are plenty of file recovery tools to deal with your problem. But whatever tool you use, I would still make an image of the damaged drive just in case that revovery tools makes more damage than necessary. Use Zip Restore Toolbox from http://www.zip.restoretools.com/
    Saturday, July 18, 2015 11:00 AM