Fixing a corrupted USB drive
I know that there are numerous threads for this type of problem - which exactly is the problem. I am very confused as to which one corresponds to my problem.
So , to begin, I have a 500 GB external HDD. I recently damaged it somehow while using it with Arch Linux (I don't know exactly what caused it). Now, KDE doesn't mount it automatically. Whenever I try 'mount' command I get message as :
In windows I get:
mount: you must specify the filesystem type
SO I would like to restore the HDD WITHOUT LOSING ANY DATA ON IT.
The drive needs to be formatted before using it with Windows
I know of the
command. But since the size of this HDD is 500GB it's not possible to fit the image on native linux partition.
dd if=/dev/sdc1 of=image.
So what should I do? I apologize for the redundant nature of this post. But, I can't afford to lose almost 200 GB of data without trying anything.
Here's the output of "fdisk -l"
In case the output is messed up,
Disk /dev/sdc: 500.1 GB, 500079525888 bytes
223 heads, 33 sectors/track, 132724 cylinders, total 976717824 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x000320d1
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 2048 976717823 488357888 7 HPFS/NTFS/exFAT