Yesterday I turned my computer on and found explorer somewhat unresponsive, figured out that my external drive was actually the thing that wasn't responding because when I clicked it, it would wait a minute and tell me its unreadable and wants formatting.
I had a quick look under OSX (I run windows on a mac) and it listed it as RAW, I came back to windows and tried reassigning its drive letter, and then analyzing with testdisk and its deeper search option. It could not find a partition. However various entries are listed in various parts of testdisk like:
if i click 'advanced' in the testdisk menu, it shows me this:
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Drive F: - 2000 GB / 1863 GiB - CHS 243200 255 63 Partition Start End Size in sectors > 3 * Sys=2B 113201 29 24 147074 114 59 544175136 2 * Sys=73 119380 132 62 153270 41 37 544437093 1 * Sys=4F 120527 49 53 234813 237 34 1836016416 4 * SpeedStor 177063 118 26 177066 225 63 54974
And Photorec is able to pull files off it seemingly with no problem (though I do not have enough space to pull the lot off and it would take a very long time based on the rate it was going at) so what are our options?
At some point late last night I tried to write mbr with testdisk, hopedfully not irreversibly damaging it.
The data seems intact, photorec seems to grab stuff off of it, is it a partition table or something that we can repair? Many thanks for any help any one can give, in advance!