Truecrypt, non-system hdd volume lost header and accidently initialized

Discussion in 'encryption problems' started by lck, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. lck

    lck Registered Member

    Aug 7, 2017

    I encrypted whole HDD which is Seagate non-system drive. Used Truecrypt 7.1a on WinXP x86 SP3.

    I have following issue:

    I was working on my WinXP x86 SP3 O/S when suddenly "dr. watson" crashed:
    "This program has performed an illegal operation and will be shut down."
    I had to re-boot the computer because of system freeze.
    After re-boot I I wanted to mount my encrypted HDD in TC but volume header was gone, I could only see this:
    "Harddisck 2:"
    "\Device\Harddisk2\Partition1" - this should be visible to mount the partition but this entry was gone...

    In "Computer Management/Disk-Management" this HDD was visible as "uninitialized", at that time when it happened I was not aware what I was doing and "initialized" this hdd - my mistake.

    - I don't have backup CD
    - Disk wasn't formatted
    - Disk is seagate Barracuda 500GB (ST350063)
    - Password is known

    Question is:
    Is it possible to restore lost MBR header after disk initialize?

    It's still possible for me to mount the hdd with option "Use backup header embedded in volume if available" and after proceed with correct password hdd mounted successfully, however when I want to explore this partition, windows prompt:
    "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it"
    "Do you want to format now?"
    When I press "cancel" it shows:
    "Location is not available"
    "The volume does not contain a recognized file system"
    "Please make sure that all required file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrupted."
    The mounted partition at this point is:
    "\Device\Harddisk2\Partition0" and I want "...\Partition1".

    Any ideas?


    There was no more partitions on this HDD only 1 and it was Full Disk Encryption.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2017
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