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    What is the nature of the problem? I might use Linux, but am no Guru. Maybe a question posted in the relevant Linux forums might yield some useful suggestions.
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    TestDisk or Ddrescue

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    What is the nature of the problem? I might use Linux, but am no Guru. Maybe a question posted in the relevant Linux forums might yield some useful suggestions.
    The problem is that I have a 1TB drive, which was the boot drive in a laptop. It was running Linux Mint 18.3, and was setup with encryption. The drive now fails to boot, and when trying to mount the drive via a USB adaptor, the password is requested, but when entered I get an error message to say that the drive was unable to be mounted.

    I have tried Testdisk on the drive, but about 50% into the scan, it just sits there and does nothing else.

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    Attempting to rescue data now using Gparted, which I didn't realise had a data recovery function till last night. It's been scanning since 11pm last night, and still scanning (I think). Well it hasn't come up with any notice yet, and the drive LED is still flashing, but because there is no graphical progress indicator for the scanning, who knows. It's a 1TB drive, so I'll give it a few more hours yet.

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    Sadly with drive encryption, once the password is no longer accepted, you are SOOL! Unless the data is sooo sensitive I do not recommend encryption on or for anything.... Encryption is used to ensure that the data is unrecoverable without the right key. The problem with spinning platters is that there is a good chance that, somewhere down the line, a bump might occur causing a head crash, or some other mechanical component will fail. 'Tis another reason for the three rules of computing...Rule 1: Backup, Rule 2: Backup, Rule 3:Backup!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    ..Rule 1: Backup, Rule 2: Backup, Rule 3:Backup!
    only if you use linux
    windozs doesnt have data loss

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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    Sadly with drive encryption, once the password is no longer accepted, you are SOOL! Unless the data is sooo sensitive I do not recommend encryption on or for anything.... Encryption is used to ensure that the data is unrecoverable without the right key. The problem with spinning platters is that there is a good chance that, somewhere down the line, a bump might occur causing a head crash, or some other mechanical component will fail. 'Tis another reason for the three rules of computing...Rule 1: Backup, Rule 2: Backup, Rule 3:Backup!
    If you know the password, it should have just the same chance of recovery. But yeah, if you don't know the password.... fergetaboudit....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philquad View Post
    only if you use linux
    windozs doesnt have data loss

    It was originally a windows 8 system that was almost unusable... I think it's just physically knackered from all the disk reading and writing it used to do under windows.

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    recovery just sucks
    i made a 500mb partition
    put 3 files on it, a jpg, pdf & docx
    deleted them & emptied recycle bin
    2 programs found multiple files including the 3
    but all named recovery, thats the time consuming part
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob_m_54 View Post
    If you know the password, it should have just the same chance of recovery. But yeah, if you don't know the password.... fergetaboudit....
    It's not so much about, if you know the password but more about, if the system remembers the password. If, for any reason that password gets corrupted, bye bye data!
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    Yeah, that could be a problem.

    I let the scan keep running yesterday, thinking that it's a big drive with 3 partitions, one of which is the bulk of the drive, and is the corrupted partition. The read LED on the drive was slow blinking in a slightly random pattern, like it was having problems reading certain sectors. Came out this morning and Gparted is still running, hasn't shown an error message, but the LED is now fast flashing, as though it is reading more normally.

    Don't know if anything is happeneing, because there is no visual feedback to tell you how much has been scanned, but I'll let it keep going for a while and see what happens.
    How long does it take a 900 odd GB partition to scan anyway.... depends how badly damaged I'd imagine, and how many re-reads it does for the damaged bits.

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    Sounds like a lot of hard work. Is the data that critical. I'd be issuing a Format the drive command by now, and seeing how much is marked as bad sectors before deciding if the disk should be pensioned off or not.
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    1tb?
    Must be pretty old now, I'd throw it away......

    A new one is $69, not worth the risk keeping it

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoe View Post
    1tb?
    Must be pretty old now, I'd throw it away......

    A new one is $69, not worth the risk keeping it

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    Why must it be pretty old? what size HDD are they fitting to laptops these days?

    Of course it's not worth keeping, but the data may be? I just can't remember what is on there I haven't backed up, that is worth keeping.

    It was never about the drive. which is pretty old.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lsemmens View Post
    Sounds like a lot of hard work. Is the data that critical. I'd be issuing a Format the drive command by now, and seeing how much is marked as bad sectors before deciding if the disk should be pensioned off or not.
    Not hard work, it has just been hanging off the lappy scanning away and not bothering anyone. I did finally shut down Gparted though, but the questionable partition still doesn't mount. When you try to access the partition, and enter the password when prompted, you just get the unable to mount error. But That may be normal, seeing as the keyfile, which is in partition 2 (I think) would need to have been mounted at bootup.

    I'll swap it into the lappy tomorrow and have a look. But no big deal if it doesn't.

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    Hi all,

    Anyone have a real open source disk recovery link not just free download or crippled version etc.

    I Bought a Dell recently and found that it will not read my USB drives unless I format them first in Win10.

    I must have screwed up yesterday and formatted a 3Tb drive that still had data on it before I had backed it up ........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ma_Baker View Post
    Hi all,

    Anyone have a real open source disk recovery link not just free download or crippled version etc.

    I Bought a Dell recently and found that it will not read my USB drives unless I format them first in Win10.

    I must have screwed up yesterday and formatted a 3Tb drive that still had data on it before I had backed it up ........

    Mea Culpa

    TIA

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    Get Yumi USB multiboot creator from here:


    Then make a bootable USB drive with the software you can selct from the dropdown box. Yumi itself isn't a recovery tool, but it allows you to set up a USB with multiple live boot tools on it. The reason this is good, is that you select the recovery software, or any other OS in the dropdown, and it gives you the link to the software, if you don't already have the iso file downloaded.

    I had forgotten about this thread, but funnily enough, I was going through old HDDs, and making sure that all the useful stuff was stored on the NAS, and just deleting and cleaning any drives that may be of any use.

    Well I plugged my unusable 1TB HDD into the Linux computer and using the "Disks" program, I was able to set advanced mounting option, I think it was, to be able to enter the password when opening the drive.. Happy days and yes, there was a bit of stuff on there that was worth retrieving..
    I have recently been playing with this, and it's pretty nifty.

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