does not look good.
Does your USB to IDE thing work OK with other (good) disks?
If so, I suggest you read up on testdisk
which both have good reputations for recovering data from partly broken, but still readable disks.
Do you have enough HDD space free to take a dd
copy of your bad disk?
If so, I recommend you image it now. You probably should do this as root (so triple-check
your commands before you press RETURN!):
dd if=/dev/sdb of=/home/me/baddisk.raw
Wait (maybe for quite a long time, depending on the size of your disk, and the speed of your interface (remember, USB is s-l-o-w)) while the disk is imaged.
Then you can play with your copy
, leaving the original HDD unchanged:
mount -o loop /home/me/baddisk.raw /home/me/baddisk
Then you should be able to point photorec
and it will behave as though it was looking at /dev/sdb
See what happens, and let us know.