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    External Harddrive

    Hi everyone.

    I have a Western Digital USB hard drive, about 1TB in size. Unfortunately, my partition table has become corrupted, and my hard drive is now seen in RAW format.

    I haven't been able to restore the partition table, unfortunately. (I tried testdisk - didn't work). I have tried to recover files from the harddrive, but it takes much too long to scan a 1TB disk.

    Anyway, I feel like the only option I have left is to format the harddrive and lose the data that is on it.

    I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to which filesystem I should use in order to prevent the HDD from losing its partition table again.

    I am aware that the best way to prevent this from happening is to make sure I unmount the hard drive properly, but I was wondering if there was any filesystem that was less prone to this type of error.

    Thanks!

    -Steven

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    Re: External Harddrive

    This is not about which filesystem to use rather than what kind of "partition table".

    I would suggest using a GPT rather than the old MS-DOS partition table.
    The great thing about GPT is that you have multiple copies of the partition table across your entire volume.

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    Re: External Harddrive

    Quote Originally Posted by thermion View Post
    This is not about which filesystem to use rather than what kind of "partition table".

    I would suggest using a GPT rather than the old MS-DOS partition table.
    The great thing about GPT is that you have multiple copies of the partition table across your entire volume.
    That sounds incredibly awesome and I wonder why anyone would use the old MS-DOS vs. GPT given what a horrible hassle it is to have a RAW HDD (you know your files are there but it is a huge pain to recover them).

    I will read up on GPT and how to use it. Thank you very much.

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    Re: External Harddrive

    Well, there are some things to keep in mind:

    Windows can only handle gpt drives since Vista x64. So any Windows OS older than that won't be able initialize the drive.

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    Re: External Harddrive

    Quote Originally Posted by thermion View Post
    Well, there are some things to keep in mind:

    Windows can only handle gpt drives since Vista x64. So any Windows OS older than that won't be able initialize the drive.
    I figured I would run into legacy issues of that nature, but I'm willing to put up with that if it means avoiding this again.

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    Re: External Harddrive

    It's not bullet proof or anything. It just adds some level of redundancy. To be 100% save, you would still have to backup you files to another volume.

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