I hope this is in the right place (mods feel free to move it to the appropriate forum if not)
I have a 500gb seagate hard drive from a Dell laptop that appears to be damaged. It cannot be booted from, and when plugging it in to a SATA to USB connection my Windows PC will (sometimes) see it as drive E and drive F (I'm guessing these are data and recovery/boot), however it will come up with a message saying the hard drive needs to be formatted before it can be used.
I have tried using Data Rescue DD to extract a raw disc image file. Data rescue continuously comes up with read errors for a long time but will eventually start making a dd image file. The problem is that it will get to a certain point and come up with something along the lines of "not enough memory to perform this operation" (I will update with the exact message when I am at home later).
It is a 500gb drive which is roughly half full. I had about 570gb free storage space on my PC so I don't see how it could be a low memory problem, unless it's referring to ram (maybe my computer's not grunty enough to run it?)
I have run it twice now it it has made a dd image file about 125gb in size. I was expecting a file of 500gb being that this is the total disc size, but this is understandable as the operation did not complete fully.
Does anyone here have any experience with this software at all? Any suggestions on alternatives? I am going to install Ubuntu tonight and try some linux programs to see if I have any luck with those.
I am happy to elaborate on any of this, please just let me know what information I need to clarify or expand on.