1) Instead of clicking on down arrow in scrollbar I accidentally clicked on "Format" button in Kubuntu's startup disk creator - for your amusement I am not the only one: https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...or/+bug/446891
2) It got 5 seconds to do bad things to my 500GB NTFS external Western Digital hard drive before I realized to pull the USB plug.
3) Now it appears in Windows XP as "RAW" - neither as FAT or NTFS
4) I tried NTFS Mechanic in Windows Xp that in the end was useless waste of time.
5) Next I ran TestDisk
, but that didn't see NTFS partition, only two strange (Identical?) FAT32 partitions. I changed to NTFS type, it couldn't list files, then I tried fixing MBR, but that didn't help either.
This is what TestDisk sees now:
After "Quick Search" and answering "Yes" to "Vista question" (though I think that this disk was formatted as NTFS under Windows7) it sees NTFS:
However "List Files with P" shows nothing and instead I get "No file found, filesystem seems damaged."
Attempting "Deeper Search":
Still nothing then choosing list files:
I choose not to write because no files were seen:
And while reading this tutorial:
Trying advanced features:
Rebuild BS (which I think I did before and wrote the changes to hard drive - was that my mistake???):
List shows no files so I give up
So I am thinking of reformatting it to NTFS in Windows XP and run TestDisk one more time or would that be really really idiotic action to take? And one question about Photorec http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
- can it find encrypted folders I created with Ubuntu?
This whole thing seems really strange to me, cause I don't think that Kubuntu's startup disk even had the time to reformat NTFS to FAT. Why do all Windows software specifically designed to repair NTFS fail consistently? So far I tried GetDataBack for NTFS, DiskInternals NTFS Recovery, Recuva (<-- this performed surprisingly well on my test thumb drive there it could see eight mp3 files I put on NTFS before reformatting it to FAT, others didn't show correct names) and NTFS Mechanic. Got any better suggestions?