DataRescue's DD freeware
DataRescue's DD (in short DrDD) - is a graphical disk imager intended for data recovery and backup of partially corrupted storage devices. DrDD creates complete or partial images of disks or memory cards to files on another storage device, allowing multiple data recovery attempts on the raw data, thereby minimizing the risk of damaging the corrupted media further. DrDD is available for Windows PC and Mac OS X machines.
From some comments at GiveAwayOfTheDay. The program being given was not working as expected. So some of the reviewers recommended the above DrDD and more programs below.
I used DataRescue DD to make a disk image. You don’t have to do this but the reason I did is because I didn’t want to mess up the drive any further by running data recovery scans on it. You need to make sure you have enough space on your current hard drive to make the disk image.
eg. My corrupt drive was 80Gb. The disk image created was 76.3Gb. So make sure you have at least the same amount of space as your of your hard drive that you’re trying to recover.
If you use ‘DataRescue DD’ to make a disk image – you need to mount the image to a drive. I used Mount Image Pro Trial Version. Not freeware but it was the first thing I found and it’s fully functional for 14 days.
Select File > Mount Image File… (then locate where your .dd file is) > OK (don’t need to change options)
There should now be an exact copy of your hard drive shown in ‘My Computer’.
After you mount the image I used TestDisk & PhotoRec. [If you don't want to create a disk image you can jump straight to this step.]
1) Extract contents
2) Run ‘photorec_win.exe’ (If you’re using Win 7 – You need to Right Click and Select ‘Run as Administrator’
3) Select the Drive -> Press Proceed (Have to use arrow keys and Enter button in this program)
4) Select the type of partition table
(If you use Windows select ‘Intel’
If you use Mac select ‘Mac’)
5) Next window allows you to select the type of files to be recovered in the [File Opt] menu. (Press your right arrow key twice to get there). You can leave it as default and it will recover almost every file type OR you can press ‘s’ to clear all and select the file types you want to recover
eg. If you only want to recover images file and select JPG/PNG/GIF etc.
Once you are done, go back (you will see [Search][Options][File Opt][Quit] at the bottom. I left it as ‘No Partition’ (this will search your whole hard drive)
6) It will ask for the file system. This is usually NTFS or FAT so select [Other]
7) Select the directory you want to store the recovered files.
8) Press ‘C’ when you have chosen your path.
It will now start recovering files.
I’m using windows by the way.
Comment by Nathan — July 9th, 2011 at 7:25 am
# 11 Use Recuva , one of the best..It got almost everything back for me..
Tried Recuva myself I think and if seemed to work but didnt recover many files. Im going to try to do an image of the drive.
18 and 19
Thanks veekay. MiniTool Power Data Recovery is better than Teskdisk & PhotoRec that I used. It’s perfect. Before you use Photorec from the instructions I provided @13, you might want to try ‘MiniTool Power Data Recovery’ or the other tools that veekay suggested. If only I had known about the other tools.
Big thank you again.
Comment by Nathan — July 9th, 2011 at 8:13 am
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Hi this is for Peter or someone who cant access there drive.
You try the free Ubuntu OS just go their homepage and download it to a 700MB size CD or USB stick ,they show how to burn the ISO to CD or a USB stick. When the CD is done boot the computer with CD in. after it loads you will have a choice to Try or Install. Select Try Ubuntu. When you will be able to explore and find your drive see all the Windows and your files on it, copy and save elsewhere. Good luck
various softwares which almost prefectly done the job were….
1. MINI TOOL POWER DATA RECOVERY
3. PC INSPECTOR SMART RECOVERY
I hope it’ll help my friends who are facing the troubles. AND A BIG THANKS TO ALL LIKE VEEKAY AND NATHAN FOR THEIR VALUABLE COMMENTS AND THEIR FEELING OF HELPING THE OTHERS..
Comment by jsgoria — July 9th, 2011 at 10:43 am
Mention of Reboot.Pro
#13: “I used DataRescue DD to make a disk image…”
Nothing against DRDD — I’ve used it — you can also use many backup image &/or partition copy apps… with Paragon Backup for example you just have to select the sector by sector option to get the entire disk/partition rather than just the parts with regular files. Do that booting from a LiveXP, WinPE etc. disc or USB device, & it’s similar to what the PC/data forensics folks do… the reboot.pro site has a forum section on forensics with links to free imaging software as well. Or of course just boot into Windows normally & connect [internally, externally with a dock etc.] the drive you want to image without worrying about boot discs/devices. A backup image does have to be restored somewhere for recovery work, but you can restore it as often & to as many drives/partition as you like — the forensics folks from what I’ve read just copy the partition to another drive & skip that.
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Comment by mike — July 9th, 2011 at 2:30 pm