The DDRescue Saga begins!
Patient presents as 1TB Seagate 2.5in internal hard drive. SMART tests indicate 600 reallocated sectors, 1800 bad sectors, 1 year, 5 months power-on time. Patient removed from 3 year old ASUS laptop, running Windows 10. Disk, when connected to recovery workstation, shows valid GPT, no partitions.
DDRescue to disk image started at 1823 GMT, currently rescued 19% of disk, 296 read errors. Initial DDRescueView analysis indicates platter damage.
Attaching current progress screenshot:
Backstory: One of my students brought me this hard drive. He’s not sure what’s happened to it, nor am I. He’s super poor, but he’s got a lot of OpenCV code on there that would take months to restore, so what I’ve agreed to do is get him a 500GB SSD (just a samsung sata) and attempt to recover the data from the disk. He’s one of the program’s most promising programmers, I don’t want him to have one bad experience ruin computers for him.