How to Recover Corrupted Hard Drive or NTFS Files

Posted September 7, 2006 by mikejc in Windows

If you have a disaster such as an unreadable HDD or corrupted partition on Windows but the drive can still detected on CMOS/BIOS, you still have hope in recovering your data using a linux installation.


* First, download DSL (Damn Small Linux) from one of these sites:

Current Full Mirror List:

    ftp://ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/distributions/damnsmall/
    http://ibiblio.org/pub/Linux/distributions/damnsmall/
    http://mirror.psunit.com/dsl/
    http://dsl.thegeekery.com
    ftp://ftp.is.co.za/linux/distributions/damnsmall/ (South Africa)
    http://gd.tuwien.ac.at/opsys/linux/damnsmall/ (Austria) also rsync and FTP
    http://gulus.USherbrooke.ca/pub/distro/DamnSmallLinux/Location: (Quebec, Canada)
    http://ftp.belnet.be/packages/damnsmalllinux/ (Belgian)
    ftp://ftp.belnet.be/packages/damnsmalllinux/ (Belgian)
    http://planetmirror.com/pub/damnsmall/
    ftp://ftp.planetmirror.com/pub/damnsmall/
    http://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/damnsmalllinux.org/
    ftp://ftp.heanet.ie/mirrors/damnsmalllinux.org/

– After you download DSL, burn the ISO image.

– After burning the CD, configure your BIOS to start on the CD first.

– Configure your un-readable or corrupted HDD as Primary Master.

– The computer will boot on Boot Image (DSL).

* After booting, you will see the GUI of the DSL. Run TERMINAL,
and follow this command:

*Note: This command will make you a super user in DSL.

#sudo su

*Note: This command will mount your HDD on DSL.

#mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1

*Note: This command will check if your data is still on the HDD.

#cd /mnt/hda1
#ls -al

*Note: If your data is still there, you are lucky. Now shut down your PC, and put a secondary working HDD formatted as FAT32 to copy your data.

*Repeat the steps.

#sudo su
#mount /dev/hda1 /mnt/hda1

*Note: This command will mount your secondary slave HDD and make a folder “backup.”

#mount /dev/hdc1 /mnt/hdc1
#cd /mnt/hdc1
#mkdir backup

– Then after mounting the other HDD, you can copy your files from the corrupted HDD to working HDD.

#cp -R /mnt/hda1/*.* /mnt/hdc1/backup

That is all. Hopefully, these steps will help.

mikejc

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