Solved

bad drive, imaged to new---see data but listed as RAW format

Posted on 2014-02-03
6
1,236 Views
Last Modified: 2014-02-04
Hi, We had a computer that wouldn't start----bad drive, but was able to use ghost to image the drive to a new drive and preserve data.  

However, booting up with the new drive----windows cannot find  the volume.   (BIOS sees the harddrive) but Windows 7 wont boot.

Used partition recovery to recover partition, fix mbr, popped back in and tried windows repair, erd commander, made partition active, nothing has worked so far but has gotten me steps closer.  

Where we currently are:  If I boot into the command prompt from a windows 7 cd, and open diskpart, I'm able to see the partition, volume, etc.  but the volume listed shows up as RAW instead of NTFS.     I believe if this is fixed, we should be able to get back into windows.   Any ideas on converting raw to ntfs without losing data.  (its the program configuration that I'm trying to salvage).    
I did try knopix to boot from and it sees the drive---but not sure of the next steps.
0
Comment
Question by:seven45
6 Comments
 
LVL 16

Assisted Solution

by:joinaunion
joinaunion earned 167 total points
ID: 39830749
So you will want to boot with the windows cd and choose repair computer then choose command prompt. You will be using the convert command.
Follow this tutorial,
http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/11106-convert-fat-fat32-volume-ntfs.html
0
 
LVL 34

Expert Comment

by:Michael-Best
ID: 39830764
If the bad drives data was not already corrupted data.
( making an image of it only reproduces the corrupted data.)

Try;
How to convert/change RAW file system to NTFS without data loss?

http://www.easeus.com/resource/raw-file-system-to-ntfs.htm
0
 
LVL 34

Accepted Solution

by:
Duncan Roe earned 167 total points
ID: 39830773
The file system type reported by a partition is just a byte in the header. You can change it to anything you like with, e.g. Linux fdisk or cfdisk. In my experience. it makes no difference to whether the partition will boot but you're welcome to try it.
If you don't already have one, I would get a copy of Windows PE, a fee download from Microsoft (you'll have to Google). PE stands for Pre-execution Environment (well they couldn't call it Windows PEE, could they :) and it comes with a bunch of command-line utilities to help with imaging, repairing and so on.
Make sure the partition is readable as an NTFS file system. The boot file will either be called bootmgr or ntldr. Possibly your MBR has been rebuilt to expect the other. To avoid problems, I usually make both. Copy the one you have to the other.
0
What Should I Do With This Threat Intelligence?

Are you wondering if you actually need threat intelligence? The answer is yes. We explain the basics for creating useful threat intelligence.

 
LVL 91

Assisted Solution

by:nobus
nobus earned 166 total points
ID: 39831778
imo - best is to do a fresh install on the new drive.
it takes time now, but will save more in the end
0
 
LVL 46

Expert Comment

by:noxcho
ID: 39831843
RAW means that file system is no more identified. Sure there are steps you can try to fix this issue. But first of all copy out all valuable data off this drive.
Then you can check if the size of partition is bigger than the drive. Means overlapping problem. If yes - shrink the partition.
If not then you can try to save the last sector of partition via HEX editor and restore it to the start of partition overwriting the first sector. This should restore the backup copy of partition boot sector.
And finally you can update then MBR and see if it is fixed. If not - only reinstall by deleting first this RAW partition.
0
 

Author Closing Comment

by:seven45
ID: 39833498
update:  ran out of time to try various things----had to reload. I do appreciate the comments and have marked some of the answers that I tried and one (win pe) as a good option to explore incase I run into this scenario.  

Thanks for the help.
0

Featured Post

Comprehensive Backup Solutions for Microsoft

Acronis protects the complete Microsoft technology stack: Windows Server, Windows PC, laptop and Surface data; Microsoft business applications; Microsoft Hyper-V; Azure VMs; Microsoft Windows Server 2016; Microsoft Exchange 2016 and SQL Server 2016.

Join & Write a Comment

Today, still in the boom of Apple, PC's and products, nearly 50% of the computer users use Windows as graphical operating systems. If you are among those users who love windows, but are grappling to keep the system's hard drive optimized, then you s…
The recent Microsoft changes on update philosophy for Windows pre-10 and their impact on existing WSUS implementations.
This Micro Tutorial will teach you how to change your appearance and customize your Windows 7 interface to your unique preference. This will be demonstrated using Windows 7 operating system.
Get a first impression of how PRTG looks and learn how it works.   This video is a short introduction to PRTG, as an initial overview or as a quick start for new PRTG users.

760 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

15 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now