Do not use any app that writes to the HDD. I see you didn't try RECUVA which in default mode just reads and copies what it finds from the failed drive.
Also, it's been decades now so where is your backup? Windows and PCs have not been reliable enough to go without.
My old computer died and I want to recover the data from the old HDD and move the files to my new computer. I've connected the HDD using a USB to SATA converter. Once connected, my problems begin.
A screenshot of my Computer Management - Storage is linked below in case it will help illustrate things.
First, the old HDD (named Disc 1 at photobucket) is recognized as D:, E:, and F:, instead of it being one drive. The hard drive in my laptop is shown as Disc 2 and don't have any problems there.
As shown in the link, D: is named System @ 100 MB NTFS however when I open the drive in Windows Explorer, there is only one file, "System" with a type "File" and size of 1 KB.
E: and F: on the other hand, are shown as RAW data, and when I try to open either in Windows Explorer, I get an error message that reads "Location is not available. E:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect." F: has the same error message.
I've tried to research how to solve this, and unfortunately haven't had any luck with the solutions I've found online. I've tried (1) EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free, (2) M3 Data Recovery; both the Data Recovery and RAW Drive Recovery Options, and (3) Testdisk from CGSecurity.org. I've tried all 3 programs on D:, E:, and F: with no results.
I'm hoping my data isn't gone, but am out of ideas to fix things. There are two other ideas I've read about, but haven't tried yet:
(1) using the Administrator Command Prompt, type convert drive_letter: /fs:ntfs, where drive_letter is the letter of the drive you want to convert, and then press Enter. For example, convert E: /fs:ntfs would convert drive E to the NTFS format. This is shown as a Windows 7 solution (link below) and I'm on Windows 10. I haven't tried this because of (a) the different Windows versions, (b) it says the conversion to NFTS isn't reversable and (c) the data is shown as RAW, not FAT16 or FAT32.
(2) A friend suggested that the data on the old HDD may only be available if I boot the computer from the old HDD. I use Windows 10. I've explored F2 Setup and F12 Boot Options and I can't find how to do this, if this option even exists.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!! Thanks in advance.