Firstly, I am terribly sorry if this is a duplicate, but I couldn't find a similar issue to mine, so here goes.
I have a 1TB hdd bought around 8 months ago used as backup hard drive. I have not used the drive for a period of time whatsoever, and when I was trying to get back to some files on it, it was completely wiped just like that. At first it would not boot I tried everything from command line chkdsk and filesystem recovery software to rebuilt it.
After a few attempts I managed to initialize it, at that time it was an achievement. The problems started when I tried to recover the data inside, I have used A LOT of software free and commercial software on both Mac and Windows, with the help of cmd or Terminal commands, however no data of any kind was recovered, even after leaving it thoroughly scan for around 9-10 hours all night sometimes longer, with no results at all.
I am somewhat desperate, I am usually good at retrieving data from corrupt hard drives, but this is not the case. Call me paranoid, but I do not want to give it to someone to fix it for me, as I have a lot of photos and personal stuff that I do not want anyone to see.
EDIT: Hello again, I have investigated my HD issue further and it is looking more and more like a corrup MFT and MFT Mirror, tried using TestDisk and no luck, as it seems that my MFT is overwritten when I formatted last and couldn't find or construct an older one. I've been looking online for a way to retrieve the old MFT back, again no luck. Any ideas? Thanks