Solved

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

Posted on 2014-02-03
6
1,255 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
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
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 35

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
 Watch the Recording: Learning MySQL 5.7

MySQL 5.7 has a lot of new features. If you've dabbled with an older version of MySQL, it is definitely worth learning.

 
LVL 92

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 47

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

[Live Webinar] The Cloud Skills Gap

As Cloud technologies come of age, business leaders grapple with the impact it has on their team's skills and the gap associated with the use of a cloud platform.

Join experts from 451 Research and Concerto Cloud Services on July 27th where we will examine fact and fiction.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Assume you have an outside contractor who comes in seasonally or once a week to do some work in your office, but you only want to give him access to the programs and files he needs and keep all other documents and programs private. Can you do this o…
When you try to extract and to view the contents of a Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU) for Windows Vista, you cannot extract the files from the MSU. Here we are going to explain how to extract those hotfix details without using any third pa…
In this Micro Tutorial viewers will learn how to use Boot Corrector from Paragon Rescue Kit Free to identify and fix the boot problems of Windows 7/8/2012R2 etc. As an example is used Windows 2012R2 which lost its active partition flag (often happen…
The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…
Suggested Courses

617 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