I am writing in the hope that some kind soul can point me in the right direction to recover my precious data from the hard drive.
My WD MyBook World Edition is dead. I've removed the drive and it still works. I don't have a desktop PC that supports SATA, so I bought a Thermaltake USB dock for SATA drives. In this way, I've connected the drive to my laptop via USB. I am running Windows XP Pro. Since the drive uses some funky ext3 filesystems that XP doesn't understand, I have tried using DiskInternals Linux Recovery 2.1 which can apparently read ext3. It sees the following:
- Linux raid Volume 1 2.80 Gb Linux raid
- Linux raid Volume 2 101.98 Mb Linux raid
- Linux raid Volume 3 964.84 Mb Linux raid
- Linux raid Volume 4 927.64 Gb Linux raid
- Unknown file system: 221 Volume 1 3.00 Gb Unkown file system
- Unknown file system: 222 Volume 2 47.03 Mb Unknown file system
- Unallocated space (Generic_931Gb at start) 23.53 Mb Empty
Even so, the tool only seems geared toward restoring various types of images, and not other types of files like documents. As a result, it does find alot of images, some of which appear to be somewhat garbled, but no documents. I'm hoping the data is still there, somewhere, and I don't have any reason to believe that it shouldn't be there. I have tried booting a live CD of Ubuntu and Fedora, but I wasn't anymore successful seeing my data that way either.
Any ideas as to how to go about this?