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: (South Africa) (Austria) also rsync and FTP (Quebec, Canada) (Belgian) (Belgian)

– 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.


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