Recovering data from a broken HDD

Shamim Shahriar shamim.shahriar at
Sun Sep 17 22:57:46 UTC 2017

On 17/09/2017 23:51, Adam Vande More wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 17, 2017 at 5:39 PM, Shamim Shahriar 
> <shamim.shahriar at <mailto:shamim.shahriar at>> wrote:
>     Good evening all, hope everyone is well.
>     a little background:
>     I have a couple of portable HDD. One of them was dropped a few
>     weeks back, and then the computer stopped recognising it and asked
>     it to be formatted. Once formatted, it appeared to start working
>     again -- even though all previous data had been lost, and no, I am
>     not trusting that device to hold any important data.
>     Last week, another HDD slipped through the hands (literally). This
>     one too is showing the same/similar symptoms as the previous one.
>     I believe that the data is still there, but somehow the alignment
>     has shifted and hence the HDD controller is unable to provide the
>     data. I am wondering, can anyone please suggest a data recovery
>     programme that I can try on the drive? The HDD being not in the
>     western/relatively-more-techy region cannot be sent to a data
>     recovery company (and I have been told they cost you a fortune),
>     but have access to m$ or Mac or Linux or BSD systems. So if anyone
>     could please suggest something to try on (Yes, I had been on
>     google, and found a huge amount of tools -- but I would much
>     rather try out something that someone has already tried and can
>     give some insight on).
> recoverdisk(1)
> -- 
> Adam
thanks Adam, that looks really interesting. I will try that as soon as I 
get a large enough drive to put the data on (once the shops open).

In the meanwhile, if anyone has any other suggestion, please do feel 
free to chime in.

Best regards

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list