At which point we used the Dell recovery partition to reload the O/S (Windows 7). Unfortunately it decided to reformat all drives attached to the system and we had neglected to disconnect the external. That's what we get for doing it so late at night.
I have been learning about the awesome TestDisk utility but it says that the MFT & Mirror MFT are identical. Also the undelete only seems to list the files from the root of the external drive and none of the directories and files contained within.
I decided at this point to seek the help of more knowledgeable people in case I have missed something from my online research. Unless anyone has a better idea, then here are my next steps:
- 1. Buy antoher 2 TB drive
2. Do a complete image of the existing drive (in case I mess something up and need to restart the recovery )
3. Utilize PhotoRec to see what it is able to locate
4. If the file listing looks fairly complete, then delete image from new 2TB drive & use it to copy the files over to