I have a drive that seems to have a lost partition table. EaseUS and Photorec seemed to not know about any partitions, but restored about 1 TB of files from the disk, however they are all useless and corrupt (it probably guessed wrong about where they start and stop/fragmentation). I think the only hope is recovering the partition table. HDtune shows every sector as bad/red. The drive does not mount in Windows or Linux, it can only be accessed as a physical device I guess. Any hope? 2 TB NTFS WD20EARS SATA drive. Disk Manager shows it as unallocated.

  • So, what actually happened to the drive? Oct 14 '13 at 14:23
  • It just started asking if you want to format the drive according to the owner. It was in an external enclosure and I believe the power cord was yanked out, but my info is second hand. I am helping out a college buddy, but data recovery is not my forte. Oct 14 '13 at 14:25
  • I am pretty sure the entire drive was one partition. Oct 14 '13 at 14:28
  • It was not a bootable drive, it was a data drive. Oct 14 '13 at 14:28
  • «Photorec seemed to not know about any partitions» Of course not, Photorec is a file carver. :) May 25 '16 at 15:26

For restoring the partition table check the programs mentioned here: Partition Guru, Partition Wizard, etc

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