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How to Recover a NTFS-formatted RAID 1 Enclosure with 2 Hard Drives?

Super User Asked by Jon Santos on October 17, 2020

I have an enclosure that supports two hard drives in RAID 1 mode. A few days ago I connected the enclosure to my laptop and Windows was giving me errors saying it couldn’t read/load the D: partition. I believe it must have been disconnected without "removing it safely", maybe because of a reboot or sleep, I’m not sure.

The fact is that I can’t see the files anymore, neither in Windows nor Linux. Nothing is able to load the partition. They’re two 4GB HDs NTFS-formatted. I tried using TestDisk, but it started giving me errors after 75% of the analysis (and 5 days later). I can try again, but I really thing it’s a simpler situation than usual. I haven’t formatted anything by mistake so I believe the files are there, it just seem to be a problem caused by disconnecting the enclosure without "removing it safely".

Does anyone recommend any software or any way to recover it?

Btw, I’ve tried doing a simple "chkdsk D: /f" with no success. However, chkdsk does recognize the partition as NTFS whereas the Disk utility from Windows recognizes it as RAW.

One Answer

Well, I've managed to recover the files using a tool called DMDE Express (the express versions costs $20). The files somehow got into a hidden partition but were all there. Nothing got lost. I plugged only one of the disks directly into my laptop using a SATA-to-USB adapter.

I believe this problem could have been solved with TestDisk. However, it was taking way too long for any type of scan. By long I mean a week just for the analysis.

Anyway, just posting what's worked for me here in case anyone faces a similar problem.

Answered by Jon Santos on October 17, 2020

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