In 2015 I installed Linux on my laptop computer. I didnt really know what I was doing, and managed to overwrite windows so that the disk then showed the data as raw. However, I had a wallet.dat file on there (bitcoin) and this wasnt backed up. This is the only piece of valuable data I lost, do you think it would be possible to recover this file?
WD My Passport for Mac external drive cannot be read. Message comes back that it is not readable and it shows up as RAW in disk management. Have tried to read it on two different computers. Same result. Have tried First Aid on Disk Utility in Utilities for Mac. No effect. I need one large folder of my Bitcoin Wallet transactions from the file transferred to another WD external drive I have.
My advice is as follows:
- Determine what caused the hard drive to become RAW. This is usually a filesystem corruption.
- Do NOT use any type of file recovery software on the hard drive, you'll only make matters worse
- Log into a data recovery site like http://data-recovery-tips.co.uk/ and do some fault finding using the troubleshooting guides on the site. Note they also have a good blog section that you should check out too.
Depending how technically confident you are, you may like to try and rescue the data yourself. My advice is if your data matters, then you should always use a professional company to handle your data recovery requirement.