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How do I recover data from 'Ghosted' (or 'Imaged') hard disk drives?

Explanation

Ghost Recovery

Imaging (or "Ghost") programs such as Symantec NORTON Ghost are often used to make identical or near identical copies of a hard disk. This copy can be used as a backup or to transfer a system onto another hard drive etc.

Incorrect operation and use of the Ghosting programs may lead to very serious consequences, as the data previously held on the hard disk that is to receive the image will often be completely overwritten. This is not always the case though, as sometimes the disk receiving the image may be considerably larger than the original disk. Ghosting to a disk of this type will almost certainly destroy the file system and root directory structure but some of the data that was previously on the hard disk may still be recoverable. Other problems exist too, such as Ghosting in the wrong direction, unexpected program termination or system crash due to program defects or problems on one or more hard disks (e.g. due to bad sectors etc.)

Ghost Recovery

Data recovery from Ghosted drives is often complicated and time consuming. You need to perform a considerable amount of analysis on a hard disk before you even know if the data is recoverable.

To recover "Ghosted" (or "Imaged") hard disk drives by error, please follow this procedure:

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1. Download it, install and run free data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition and then select Complete Recovery button on the main window.

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2. Select the file types you want to recover and then you can see the list of logical volumes found on your computer. Please select the "Ghosted" (or "imaged") error logic drive and choose the "Option" before going to the next step.

Select file types


Recover data from 'Ghosted' (or 'Imaged') drives

3. Click on the "RAW" option and tick the "Recover RAW files only" box.

Recover data from 'Ghosted' (or 'Imaged') drives

4. Click "Next" to begin Scanning to recover your files with RAW Data Recovery method.

Recover data from 'Ghosted' (or 'Imaged') drives

5. Select the files and click "File Preview" to preview.

Recover data from 'Ghosted' (or 'Imaged') drives

6. Select some directories or files and press the "Next" button to save the data.

Tips: If you want to wipe the data on a partition completely to protect your privacy, please refer to How to delete and wipe partition?

 


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