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 Post subject: Memory problem
PostPosted: April 18th, 2017, 7:26 
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New to the forum and hoping I might find help.

A couple of years ago I had an external hard drive declare itself to be RAW. After some searching I found a site that showed how to use a text editor to "reset" the disk to NTFS by changing 2 or 3 characters in or near the starting address of the disk. I understood the risks but the disk was a write-off anyway so I gave it a try and the disk is till working today.

Sadly, old man's amnesia takes over and I can't find any reference to the method I used - can anyone point me in the right direction please?

I don't have an urgent need but it would be good to "have it in the locker" in the event of a similar failure in the future. Thanks for any help given.

David


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 Post subject: Re: Memory problem
PostPosted: April 19th, 2017, 13:04 
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There are few types of RAW partition problem, corruption of type indicator in MBR it is only one of them.


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 Post subject: Re: Memory problem
PostPosted: April 19th, 2017, 13:13 
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Thanks, Martin, I understand that but what worked once might, just might, work again. As I said, I can't find the change to be made either on the web (where I found it the first time) or saved on my computer.


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 Post subject: Re: Memory problem
PostPosted: April 19th, 2017, 15:13 
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I have seen cases where the partition ID byte was changed. This can happen when the external drive is connected to a TV, or if the partition is converted from basic to dynamic. The partition table will also be changed if the drive is "initialised" by Windows. There are several other possibilities.

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