During a Windows 10 PC’s drive recovery process, I managed to convert the attached (USB) My Book (2TB) into a recovery drive. I’m now in the process of trying to recover the old partitions and the files that were blown away on the My Book.
Christophe Grenier’s TestDisk, v7.0 is a data recovery utility that can restore deleted partitions. It has discovered (at 76% of the search so far):
- one FAT32 LBA partition (the 32GB recovery drive, I assume)
- two Linux partitions, each having 15726592 sectors (what??)
- a broken FAT32 partition
FAT32 LBA 0 32 33 4177 117 36 67108864 [ESD-USB]
Linux 21166 190 17 22145 173 44 15726592
Linux 74474 71 30 75453 54 57 15726592
check_FAT: can’t read FAT boot sector
Invalid FAT boot sector
0 D FAT32 LBA 471017 229 22 720115 106 42 4001751642
FAT32 LBA 471017 229 22 720115 106 42 4001751642
I’ve used the My Book drive in two ways:
- with WD Smartware to backup (this is now older backup content).
- copying files directly from my PC’s drive a folder in the My Book’s root (my latest data).
I’m interested primarily in recovering my latest copied files, not the backups.
But here are my questions:
- What are the Linux partitions that TestDisk is finding?
- Should I assume the broken FAT32 partition is the one I want?
- If I go after the Smartware backups, what is the list of partitions (type, quantity, size) which I have to restore?