Three weeks ago my PC suddenly completely shut down, and entered into a boot loop due to (I presume) a short circuit. After I had manually turned off my PC and subsequently restarted it after a couple of minutes, my 7-year old external HDD (WD MyBook Essentials 3TB) wasn't recognized by Windows anymore. I suspected the casing may had become defective (wouldn't be the first time) so I carefully removed it and placed the HDD in a dock. I checked Disk Manager and noticed the drive had unfortunately become RAW. A Google search braught me to TestDisk: I had the disk analysed but it couldn't find a partition. I have since ran a deep(er) search and RebuildBS multiple times, tried changing type to NTFS (Testdisk recognizes EFI GPT) but ended up with errors such as:
- Filesystem seems damaged
- Partition doesn't have the endmark 0xaa55
- Boot sector: Bad Backup boot sector: Bad Boot sectors are identical
- Boot sector: Bad Backup boot sector: Bad Boot sectors are not identical
Also ran a partition check with other software (AOMEI and MiniTool) which didn't show any bad sectors. The disk doesn't make clicking noises either.
After 3 weeks of almost non-stop scanning and analyzing without result I feel I'm pretty much out of options, I tried searching the forums but no case seems identical to mine... So I'd like to know before I waste any more time on this: is there any hope left to be able to access the data on this disk?
Thank you very much in advance.