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DDRescue screwed up on NTFS drive backup, partition won't read now

From: Travis Sherwood
Subject: DDRescue screwed up on NTFS drive backup, partition won't read now
Date: Tue, 24 May 2022 20:25:40 +0000 (UTC)


I know this may not be your area, but I need help. OS is Ubuntu Mate 18.04.

I was trying to make a backup on my External WD Elements 1.5TB drive (SDB1, 
name is Elements, NTFS partition) onto a brand new Toshiba 2tb drive (SDC1, 
name is Toshiba EXT, NTFS partition). Before starting, the drive was working 
and mounting fine and was never part of any Raid. It held approximate 550gb of 
data too.  Gparted would not make a copy if it for some reason and the Disk 
Utility was going extremely slow too, presumably due to the large size of the 
drive. I believe it says ~30 hours to make the image and would completely fill 
the Toshiba drive due to the image size being equal to disk size.

In DDrescue-GUI, I set it up to image the source Elements drive over to the 
target Toshiba one, with a log map file and a log file. After waiting 2 hours 
and only getting to 1% with 10+ days remaining, I had to abort the backup at 
approx 29gb. That's when things got weird.

The WD drive was relabeled the same as the Toshiba one and the 
previously-working NTFS partition will not mount any longer.
Windows claimed it was not formatted, and I did not attempt to do so as it 
would make this problem impossible to resolve.

Gparted sees the NTFS partition, but cannot mount it now.
Under "Information", this is what it says now:
Failed to read last sector (3907024894): Invalid argument
HINTS: Either the volume is a RAID/LDM but it wasn't setup yet,
   or it was not setup correctly (e.g. by not using mdadm --build ...),
   or a wrong device is tried to be mounted,
   or the partition table is corrupt (partition is smaller than NTFS),
   or the NTFS boot sector is corrupt (NTFS size is not valid).
Failed to mount '/dev/sdb1': Invalid argument
The device '/dev/sdb1' doesn't have a valid NTFS.
Maybe you selected the wrong device? Or the whole disk instead of a
partition (e.g. /dev/hda, not /dev/hda1)? Or the other way around?

Unable to read the contents of this file system!
Because of this some operations may be unavailable.
The cause might be a missing software package.
The following list of software packages is required for ntfs file system 
support:  ntfs-3g / ntfsprogs.

Testdisk can see the Image, but I am afraid to do anything for fear of 
destroying everything if I try something and it does not work, has to be 
aborted, or gets weird again.
The data on this drive is irreplaceable and this is why I was trying to make a 
backup of it.
I have included the log files DDRescue-GUI made. "Shitball" is the log it made 
while it was working. "Shitball2" is the log it made after I had to abort it.

How do I fix this?

thank you,
Travis Sherwood

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