Hey, nevermind it all started working! Don't bother reading if you don't need to, just have a good day! I'm leaving this here as a success story / in case it helps anyone in the future.
I wanted to reclaim some unpartitioned space from a disk I had split into an Arch boot partition and drive, and a generic storage partition (not my windows drive). It had a 200 MB boot partition, 8GB of unallocated space, and then the rest of the drive as ~250GB of storage.
I deleted the unused 200MB partition, then tried to expand the storage drive, but windows asked me to convert it to a dynamic disk. I said yes, oops. I then repartitioned the entire drive, in an attempt to assign it a drive letter to check if my stuff was still there. oops again. I did NOT format the drive, and I have not used it since.
I've tried a few things in testdisk, namely the quick search and the deep search. I have successfully found the old partition, named "common". However I get the message:
Disk /dev/sdb - 250 GB / 232 GiB - CHS 30401 255 63
The harddisk (250 GB / 232 GiB) seems too small! (< 258 GB / 240 GiB)
Check the harddisk size: HD jumper settings, BIOS detection...
The following partition can't be recovered:
Partition Start End Size in sectors
> HPFS - NTFS 1069 244 8 31445 62 41 487979008 [Common]
NTFS, blocksize=4096, 249 GB / 232 GiB
Hey, Somehow it started working anyway! I can browse and am now copying my data. I merely hit continue after these searches, and pressed P with my fingers crossed when I saw the drive was still listed.
How to use TestDisk to recover lost partition
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