Last week, windows XP started throwing some disk errors and some blue screens on my data drive which is a 200GB NTFS partition from a 500GB toshiba hard drive. I thought that by executing CHKDSK and recovering damaged blocks this error will go away. So it took about 72 hours (yeah that’s correct… seventy two hours) for disk verification, but no error was reported.
I started a disk defragmentation. Meanwhile , a windows blu screen occured! I restarted the computer and the Data drive was empty. Hopefully, I did a backup before.
I googled for existing solutions “damaged hard drive rescue”, and I found some commercial solutions. I tried Stellar Phoenix but something went wrong with it after disk analysis (which was correct and I was able to see my files but it took about 12 hours for 178GB). So I let down.
I also tried the SysDev product, but demo version allows you only to recover 64kb. Somehow, “the godmother” told me about a product based on Sysdev work: R.saver. This russion product from R.Lab worked like charm, but you should know some russian to use it or just tweak 😀 . Analyse process took about 2 hours and file recognition about 3 hours for 200GB.
The process analyzes all clusters on your disk and recreates the entry point for every found file using IntelliRaw technic; Fetched files are classified by type then under IntelliRaw tree item. You can even search files if you can’t find them directly where you used to find them when your disk was safe; Those files are arranged under [Parent Unknown] directory…
Here is the product description in English (google translate from Russian):
Free software for recovering data from healthy drives.Has a simple and convenient interface. Produces restoring data from different versions of the corrupted file systems NTFS, FAT, and exFAT, recover deleted files and data from formatted. R.saver under Windows also allows access in read the sections with file systems: HFS, HFS +, HFSX, Ext2 , Ext3, Ext4, ReiserFS, JFS, XFS, UFS, UFS2, NWFS, ISO9660 and UDF.