I'm so desperate for my hard disk. I have recently lost the partition table on a 300GB Samsung Firewire drive which contains my works. I would like to try to recover the data from this drive, but I can find no (command-line or otherwise) to do this. I have got 5 Journaled HFS+ partitions in my external hard disk.
Before this problem exist; I selected the fourth partition which capacity is 56GB, and choose 'Erase' with as a disk type 'MS-DOS File System' with Mac OS 10.4.11. But Disk Utility failed in 3 seconds, and gives an error. Then all my 5 HFS+ (Journaled) partitions stopped mounting and is not even recognized by Disk Utility which says no partition map found, and drive is unformatted. And isn't even recognized in Disk Utility which shows only disk name.
I think my apple partition map table corrupted by Disk Utility. All my data still in hard disk, but I don't know how can I mount them again. Disk Utility's verify and repairs buttons doesn't appear for Samsung HDD in Tiger & Leopard. I used some applications for repair my hard disk and partitions. But all of them are failed. Desperately seeking a way to repair or recreate corrupted Apple partition map.
Please, could you help me for mounting my 5 partition in my hard disk. How can I have got my all data again?
I used these apps;
Data Rescue II 1.2 gives some part of hard disk as a corrupted files with correct file and folder names under Unknown named folder. All of them is a trash.
FileSalvage 6.1.5 scans disk for 38 hours then crashed after started "File Name Rebuilder". When I checked some of files, like "50647.qxd", I see it's working. I've got 198.892 files which 300GB of meaningless lots of files without any file or folder names.
TestDisk 6.9 CGSecurity - This can't detect my partitions names which only found three partitions with correct size. Next 4 and 5 partitions have got wrong size. If I can't find any other valuable solution, I'll try as a last solutions from this web address; Broes » Blog Archive » Restore an Apple Partition Map
VirtualLab Client 188.8.131.52 also found all my five partitions. I bought quota from binarybiz, but recovered files are corrupted.
Terminal - I used "pdisk -i" to print the "Partition maps", but given "No valid block on dev/rdisk1/
StellarPhoenix 2.3 found all my missing five partitions. But it's trial application.
Boomerang Data Recovery 1.1.6 found some of my missing partitions. However it's trial.
These applications do not repair / see / detect my hard disk;
Drive Genius 2.0.2
SpeedTools™ Utilities 2.8
TechTool Pro 4.6.1
Carbon Copy Cloner 3.1
Clone X 3.1
Disk Utility tiger or leopard
Disk Utility gives this information for my Samsung Hard Disk;
Name : Initio
Type : Disk
Partition Map Scheme : Unformatted
Disk Identifier : disk1
Media Name : Initio HD300LD
Media Type : Generic
Connection Bus : FireWire
Connection ID : 4521213288251392
Device Tree : fw/[email protected]
Writable : Yes
Ejectable : Yes
Mac OS 9 Drivers Installed : No
Location : External
Total Capacity : 279,5 GB (300.069.052.416 Bytes)
S.M.A.R.T. Status : Not Supported
Disk Number : 1
Partition Number : 0
5 Missing Partition Table inside this hard disk:
Rev.A, LBA 586, 072.368 300.0GB T133
DiskTracker list of Samsung partition names, before missing
Disk Utility shows only disk name as 279.5 GB Initio. And there isn't
any partition under disk. All of my 5 partitions unmounted which names
are "Samsung1, Samsung2, Samsung3, Samsung4, Samsung5". You can see
their names in my last DiskTracker scan. And disk name was Samsung,
but now it's change to Initio because of this accident.
Mac OS X 10.4.11, Build 8S165
Mac OS X 10.5.2, Build 9C31
eMac 700 MHz, PPC G4, 768mb sdram, 200 GB ATA WD HDD HFS+, 500GB FW My Book HFS+, 300GB FW Seagate HFS+, 300GB FW Samsung HFS+.