Posted 18 January 2013 - 10:55 AM
I've got quite the dilemma here with my 2TB hard drive. . .
Background: a few weeks back, I attempted to root my Nook by switching its main disk with a disk image of an Android tablet. By doing that, I was prompted to select an hard drive to replace the disk image of -- and foolishly, I selected the wrong drive -- I chose my large 2TB hard drive by accident instead of my Nook, and converted it into a 70MB partition, with the remaining area showing up as invisible unallocated space. Thus, my ~1TB of pictures, drawings, videos and MP3s disappeared, and according to Windows, the drive was only "70MB."
Not knowing what to do, I removed the 70MB partition, which then displayed the entire drive as 2TB of "Raw" and in need of formatting. Despite my miniscule knowledge of disk drives, I of course didn't choose to format it, however in every disk management program I've scanned it with, the drive is still displayed as raw and in need of formatting! I've downloaded a ton of file recovery programs from TestDisk to Easeus, and everything in between, and upon deep scans, the files are all found -- MP3s, pictures, videos and all -- albeit, they're displayed as "FILE001, FILE002, FILE003" et alia, with their respective names and meta data removed. I've done some sleuthing and deduced that in order to recover the complete file names and folder locations from the raw disk, I first need to recover an MFT folder.
Basically, my question is this: considering the aforementioned details, how can I recover my raw hard drive's data and maintain file names, file trees, folders and whatnot? I have a spare blank 2TB hard drive to save my recovered files to if/when I gain the proper recovery tools. I'm using an HP computer with Windows 7 64bit. Thanks in advance!
tl;dr version - what sort of file recovery programs can not only restore all files from a raw drive, but also maintain their respective names, folder locations and file trees as well, rather than saving each file as "FILE001.JPG, FILE002.JPG?"