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    Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    Ive looked through a few threads but i cant find any direct help for my issue

    i have over 300 GB of movies saved on my external FAT32 (out of date, but its necessary for PS3)

    I ALWAYS eject it safely for i dont want to corrupt the drive. Well for some reason now Ubuntu nor windows can read it

    Code:
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sdc1   *           1       60801   488384001    b  W95 FAT32
    the drive is tthere but it wont mount
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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    Try using mount command in Terminal as root:

    sudo mount /dev/sdc1 /media/(disk)

    *(disk) can be any folder inside /media

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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    Code:
    matthew@matthew-P-7805u:~$ sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sdc1 /media/external
    mount: wrong fs type, bad option, bad superblock on /dev/sdc1,
           missing codepage or helper program, or other error
           In some cases useful info is found in syslog - try
           dmesg | tail  or so
    Last edited by drswingingblades; December 26th, 2010 at 06:16 AM.
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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    please, need some help recovering my files
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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    I'd honestly try repairing from Windows, it's much easier if you're not all that proficient. There are many partition restoring freeware programs that should be able to help you. I have a good experience with Partition Find & Mount. If you can't restore the partition, try any of the file recovering utilities, they all work with FAT32.

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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    Use
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    sudo fsck.vfat -r /dev/sdc1

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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    If the partition is RAW, it means it has lost its boot sector. Windows parititons have to have both be formated and have a matching boot sector that has the correct start & end points for the partition and some code for booting windows if it is installed.

    You can use a windows repair CD and run fixboot (XP). or from Vista/7 use bootsect to update bootsector.

    From Ubuntu you can download testdisk and have it rebuild the bootsector. I know it works for NTFS and expect it to also work for FAT.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
    repairs including testdisk info & links
    http://members.iinet.net.au/~herman546/p21.html
    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Da...st%20Partition

    Instructions
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Menu_Analyse
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestD..._file_for_NTFS

    Part of testdisk which is in the repositories or most recovery CDs.
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/Advan...and_MFT_Repair

    Use bootsect.exe to repair XP & older or Vista/7 bootsectors
    http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials...ot-record.html
    UEFI boot install & repair info - Regularly Updated :
    https://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2147295
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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    So i ran TestDisk on this drive and the program doesn't find any sort of partition at all? So I guess I'm to assume that I've lost all my movies?

    after running the disk check i get this

    Code:
    TestDisk 6.11, Data Recovery Utility, April 2009
    Christophe GRENIER <grenier@cgsecurity.org>
    http://www.cgsecurity.org
    
    Disk /dev/sdc - 500 GB / 465 GiB - CHS 60802 255 63
         Partition               Start        End    Size in sectors
    
    
    
    
    Structure: Ok.
    
    
    Keys A: add partition, L: load backup, Enter: to continue
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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    Testdisk normally finds things. Did you try deeper search?

    Next is photorec which is part of testdisk. It just scans a drive for things that look like files. It does not recover file names, but photos and music have internal data to recreate names.

    Testdisk & photorec
    http://www.psychocats.net/ubuntucat/...rdeletedfiles/
    http://www.linux.com/archive/feed/56588
    http://lglinux.blogspot.com/2008/10/...ame-files.html
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    Re: Hard drive no longer readable windows says RAW?

    I didnt see the Deeper search till after i posted, im doing the deeper search now 20%, huge drive though so it takes a while

    ill reply with the results

    thanks for the help oldfred
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