GPT Protected Partition HDD - need...
Good Day All
Recently had a Windows 8 HP Pavilion laptop blue screen with error code "unable to mount bootable drive". Machine is fried.
After several attempts to resurrect the laptop - I gave up and decided to remove the hard drive (TOUGHDRIVE), which basically has my life on it. :) Needless to say, it is not backed up.
I have a Sabrent SATA USB bridge cable that lets me view SATA and IDE drives and retrieve data by simply using File Explorer.
The odd time - as in this case - I come across a TOUGHDRIVE that has a GPT Partition that essentially blocks my computer (Windows 10 HP Desktop) from viewing the drive. My TOUGHDRIVE displays in device manager (it is a Toshiba MQ01ABD075), and displays in Disk Management as Basic type, Healthy (GPT Protective Partition). But I cannot access the dat in File Explorer. Does not even register as a drive. Under 'normal' circumstances, MBR (Master Boot Record) drives would just pop up as a new Drive F, G etc. in File Explorer. I can simply copy (Drag and drop) data using File Explorer.
My understanding - I stand to be corrected - is that if I can replace the GPT partition with an MBR partition, then I will be able to read the drive. I want to know if that is viable first of all.
There are a couple of products EASEUS and MINITOOL (Partiion Wizard) claim to be able to replace the GPT partition with an MBR partition making the drive readable. Anyone used those in this situaion.
I can also rid the partition from the drive using DISKPART, but it essentially wipes the disk clean and I will lose my data. Not what I want.
Finally, I was able to recover about 500 GB of data from the drive using Pandora File Recovery, and while the files recovered are in separate folders (DOCX, JPEG, PDF, MPEG< etc.) it will take me a month to go through them all, rename them etc.and not sure everything has been recovered in the first place. For example, my recovery includes about 100 JPEG folders with around 500 images in each folder from (what seems like) every website I have visited in the last 5 years - mixed in with my own personal camera images. Repeat this for all the folder types, and you can see what I am faced with. Much easier if I can see the directory tree on the drive and get the essential data I need off the drive.
Has anyone come across this GPT situation and figured out a way to get around it? Please help!!!
Hey, so sorry for the long post. Wanted to be as concise as possible. Attached a couple of images as to what I see in Device and Disk Manager. Drive is there, but cannot read file structure in File Explorer.
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