Re: External Harddrive
RAW means Windows lost the NTFS PBR or partition boot sector. But if data is ok, you should be able to restore the PBR. Or from testdisk build a generic (XP type) NTFS PBR that should work.
Fix for most, a few have other issues, better than windows fix in many cases as it also fixes other parameters:
If win7 use small 'system reserved' NTFS partition instead of the partition where windows was installed for win7
This has instructions on using testdisk to repair the install of grub to the boot sector for windows from Ubuntu or Linux LiveCD.
You want to get to this screen:
[HowTo] Repair the bootsector of a Windows partition - YannBuntu
If backup is invalid also, use the rebuild BS option also on same testdisk screen.
I also suggest gpt for larger drives if not using XP, but file system damage will still occur if you do not shutdown normally. gpt can only be booted with Windows if UEFI boot. But Windows does not boot from an external anyway. Ubuntu will boot from gpt, I even have gpt on my 16GB flash drive with a full install of Ubuntu.
Last edited by oldfred; January 28th, 2013 at 07:26 PM.
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