My 1TB Seagate hard disk stopped working few days ago. I was trying to backup the data as much as possible. But after copying nearly 100GB, the NTFS drives become RAW drives.

I tried many software (TestDisk, Recuva, MiniTool Partition, Easeus) to recover the drives but none was successful. Following are the steps that I took further:

  1. I reached a program named "GetData Forensic Imager". I was successful in making a clone of the RAW drive. Now I have image of one of the partitions on my dying drive. (It made "drive.001", "drive.002"... files)

  2. After that, I mounted the "drive.001" file using "OSFMount". The properties say that Used Space: 0 bytes and Free Space is also 0 bytes.

  3. Now I tried to recover data using "RecoverMyFiles" software. And surprisingly, this software found all my files.

But unfortunately, this program is very expensive. Is there any other way or freeware by which I can get my data back?

Broadly speaking, my question is:

How to get data back from a Raw Image of drive?

  • I would always suggest MiniTools. If that didn't work then the one you tried - if that is Recover My Files v6 - costs $69.99 Is your data worth that to you? Take this as a good time to lean about backups. You can do that locally with an external hard-drive. For backup to the cloud I pay about $45/year to BackBlaze for unlimited backups - currently 7tB, as it allows you to back up external drives too. – Mawg says reinstate Monica Apr 12 '19 at 11:35

You could try ddrescue You might have to get it off a linux LIVE cd/dvd/usb or etc.

ddrescue --direct --max-retries=3 /dev/hda1 imagefile logfile


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