Too often if you get to this point in asking what to do, you're already over your head. While some s/w may provide some help, they're also prone to be on a learning basis as an user needs to know it step by step. Also, some freebies are nothing but trial s/w that really does part of the job, it can't complete the process until you pay for the full version. Also, again freebies maybe great to use but are so hard to use or unguided process, you get lost. Further, continued use may also place the very data in real super corruption and become unrecoverable. As Robert stated, "clone the drive" that way you've a 2nd chance or working recovery process that doesn't wipe out or fully corrupt the original data. There are many variables and all too often unknown to the new user trying this. Which is why, it's the "preventive maintenance" like a "back-up" to work from or recover from is better, rather than trying attempts at less than stable data. The last resort, costs permitting is to use some data recovery service. You can google and use the "paid for version" of some recovery s/w but these may not work if data is being recovered a real h/w issue as in a bad drive of any kind.
Alas, what worked with Win9x days may not be so forthcoming in XP and later OS versions. Its just another layer of complexity to deal with. If you can see the data on your troubled drive, then copy and swap over to the new USB ext. drive. If that doesn't work, so whatever s/w you require to clone or copy to that new drive. How does that work for ya?
I did post this somewhere else after doing a search, but was told to start a new thread, couldn't decide on HowTo, Hardware, Software, OS, or What, so here we go.
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In reply to Mr. Proffitt,
Are you saying my only choice is to send it to drive savers ? or couldn't I try to use that testdisk to recover or create the partition ? Since you said without a partition there are no files to recover.
Okay, Mr. Proffitt. I have a similar issue, My ultimate question is, try to recover files first and with recuva or testdisk or ?, or try to repair or fix or create the lost partition or mbr or what first ?
Years ago on WIN98SE, I got a virus, I had AVG I had created a recovery disk or something with AVG, on a floppy, I ran it and it removed what it found. The drive boots to C where the OS is, but the partition was not seen, I think (long time and bad memory) I tried to run Windows floppy DOS mode trying to see the parition or create a new one, I wasn't sure what to do in there so I don't remember doing anything. I then just got a new drive, so now I have one of those Hard drive to usb adapters, all I want are the files...don't care about the partition per say.