Argh. Windows Recovery partition woes

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  1. Posts : 683
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       #21

    Kyhi said:
    that is what I figured... As it has already been moved to the RAW partition.....
    The link provided using either Diskpart or Aomie Partition Assistant to repair the RAW format....
    The link provides an option to use "Clean" with Diskpart - DO NOT "Clean" the disk
    yea, i glanced at the link - however it seems to mention that with diskpart converting raw to NTFS will lose the data. Plus the volume doesnt show as raw in diskpart, because i cant actually see the volume 16 in diskpart to begin with lol.

    As for aomei, i imagine that will behave the same as minitool (as they seem to share featuresets almost 1:1) and minitool sees it as NTFS, not raw - so i cant test the theory by trying to convert with minitool.

    The hdtune/seatools stuff will likely be a couple hours out. I have urologist appointment today. Excited to see what kind of crazy i run into in a place like that during current events :P
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       #22

    however it seems to mention that with diskpart converting raw to NTFS will lose the data.
    That would be the assumption...
    But, @zbook had the same issue and was still able to register RE after format command....

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  3. Posts : 38,421
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       #23

    Each of these can be performed overnight:
    a) HD Tune full error scan
    b) Sea Tools for Windows long generic test

    For mini tool > launch > indicate whether it is the free or pro and the version.
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  4. Posts : 683
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       #24

    @zbook, i presume you just want me to do the error scan(s) on the ssd correct?

    ive chkdsk'd, sfc'd, and dism'd and all returned fine. I wasnt surprised by any of that other than the chkdsk you'd think it would have returned that partition as being RAW, whereas it did not.

    minitool is the paid/pro version
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  5. Posts : 38,421
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       #25

    Chkdsk has multiple switches.
    Which switches were used?
    Which partitions were ran?
    Within windows or using Wndows RE?

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       #26

    When a partition becomes RAW, computer users are more likely to run CHKDSK to check bad sectors. However, it will fail with an error message
    Seems chkdsk not usable
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       #27

    Check Disk will not run on a RAW drive with no drive letter.
    these can be performed overnight:
    HD Tune full error scan
    Download HD Tune from my signature, not pro. Select the drive from the drop down arrow in the toolbar. go to the Error Scan tab. Do a full Error Scan (not Quick) this will take a long time. If all blocks are Green, the HDD is Healthy. If any of the blocks are RED, those are Bad Sectors and the drive is beginning to Fail or has already failed. If you get any RED blocks there is no need to complete the test, the drive needs to be replaced. You can try Data Recovery software, but chances are great you will not get anything usable from the drive if there are a lot of RED blocks.
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  8. Posts : 683
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       #28

    So at the docs, almost an hour after my appointment and Iím still waiting. Sooooo what do I do? Bust out my phone and dive back into the issue that awaits me when I get home of course lol.

    As for the bad sector scans, itís a brand new evo plus ssd. I REALLY donít think thatís the crux of the issue. I will humor you though.

    I ran chkdsk with no switches for whoever asked. I assumed it scanned all partitions on the drive but with no letter perhaps thatís why it apparently did not.
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  9. Posts : 38,421
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       #29

    Please complete the HD Tune and Sea Tools tests to rule out hardware problems.

    Then post testdisk results highlighting the recovery partition.

    The deepest and longest testing of the drive file system is with these chkdsk switches: chkdsk /b /v C:
    All partitions should be checked changing the drive letter to the applicable drive.
    The C: drive is the largest partition and can be run overnight.
    The others are in MB an can be completed in much shorter time periods.

    As Kyhi commented the chkdsk is expected to fail on the RAW drive.
    It's an extremely quick confirmation test if it fails.
    If it works then it's a possible unexpected fix.
    There is a video where the first NTFS boot sector is unreadable or corrupt.
    Chkdsk then reads the second NTFS boot sector and if it fixes problems may display: Windows has made corrections to the file system.
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  10. Posts : 683
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       #30

    ok, im home.

    so what order do i attack this? in order to run chkdsk i have to give the recovery partition a letter and then run the chkdsk against said letter?

    - - - Updated - - -

    Argh.  Windows Recovery partition woes-image.png

    against "J" which was the letter i assigned the recovery partition. seems even THAT part of windows sees it as ntfs and populated /boggle
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