Same Local Disk issue on WD External Hardrive, Please Help
Hey there, im running testdisk, but im afraid of doing something wrong, can you guide me through, my email is email@example.com
as of right now after hitting "Analize" i see my hard drive and it even says My Book, below that it says
Bad Sector Count.
No Partition is bootable
i was wondering what to do next. and then after that what to do next
i appreciate your help.
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From your description of the problem, it seems that the partition table of your Hard Disk Drive may be corrupt, or was damaged by using a low-level partition editing tool.However, it's very possible to recover any lost or damaged partitions using a tool called TestDisk on Linux to resolve your issue.By default, it's not installed, and you will have to install it yourself from the terminal(Access it via CTRL+ALT+T Key combination) and type in the command:
sudo apt-get install testdisk
You will be required to enter your administrator password, and you will also need an internet connection to download the package files.It's about 200 KB in size.
To launch the application with administrator privileges( Authentication needed since you will be modifying the partition tables of your HDD), open a terminal window as illustrated above or go to Applications>Accessories>Terminal and type in the command:
The application will run in the terminal window.Steps for recovering any lost partitions:
1.Choose create log file 2.Select which device to use(It may be /dev/sdb , but use the size of the HDD to guide you). 3.Under partition type,select INTEL/PC Partition
Choose 'Analyze' then 'Proceed' then select 'Search'. TestDisk should now scan your device for partitions (If it hasn't already discovered them). This may take a little while.
TestDisk should now list a series of partitions
Select the partitions you want to recover and select Apply.
Note that for the changes to be effective, you must write the changes back to the partition table.
NB: If you are unsure of anything in this solution, please give your external hard disk drive to an experienced computer repair specialist and have him/her do the partition recovery for you.Don't risk data loss when it can be avoided.
Hope this solves your problem. Have a great time ahead.
Hello Pmtarq, hi, there are two possible bad part, first your hard
drive is really bad, you need to reformat your drive, all data will be
lost. (this is the common solution) or second the device electronics is
bad, you can not do anything if the device fails, all you can do is
salvage the hard drive. (this is a long shot, but possible)
I'm afraid your data is most likely gone. The drive volume label "My Book" is not there because the partition is corrupt or it was deleted. You can try to recover the data with a bootable disk utility but this seldom works. I would delete the partition, run a WD utility to check the disk, (You can download it from WD web site) Then, if the disk tests ok, create a new partition and format it.
First of all, restoring a hard drive rarely affects data stored on it. I usually just adjusts the supporting software that allows it to run properly. Definately check the manual prior to restoring it, though. Formatting it will absolutely erase everything (unless your the FBI). I'm about 99% sure that restoring it will leave your stored data completely unaffected.
You're better off performing the work using the newest OS available. BTW, your BF can plug into the internet and get upgraded to 10.4.11 as well for free and it doesn't take long.
hi, remove and put the hard disk in another machine where you disconnect the cd rom and fix the hard disk so as to view two drive(c(hard disk in the machine)&e(the faulty hard disk))open c and create a folder ,open e and copy your files to c .
after remove the e drive and fix it to its machine.
format the hard disk then copy the files in c(in the other machine)using the above procedure
What most likely happened (and Windows has a bad habit of doing this...) is that the partition tables on your hard drive were deleted. Either by an error in Windows or by some other application that is running.
Otherwise... It could have also been caused by not using the "Safely Unplug Hardware" function in Windows.
That's right. That little icon that you normally ignore about plugging and unplugging USB devices? You REALLY need to pay attention to it when it comes to data storage devices. I myself have had this very same issue occur with my external drive. It happened to me a couple times this month in fact.
I took my drive and disconnected it from my Windows machine and plugged it into my Linux machine. I couldn't mount it. Linux informed me via the console that I was using that it was most likely due to being unplugged from a Windows machine without using the proper method.
The dismount of the drive in Windows was inconsistent and unclean. I actually lost the partition table. Not a big deal. I recovered the data easily enough...
I then re-tested this 3 times. Each time, Linux refused to mount the drive until I plugged it back into the Windows machine, run a disk check on it and then PROPERLY disconnect the drive.
Each time I did it properly, Linux mounted the drive without any fuss. (I believe that this message is a function of the ntfs-3g package. The one that lets you read AND write to NTFS partitions in Linux. I've never had an issue with it before I started using that package. Very nice.)
So don't ignore that little icon in the future. It really does make a difference.