Firstly I have tried various things up until now and only have a little success with easeus data recovery, not the partition manager as that did not work.
easeus data recovery recovered just about all files undamaged and allowed me to save 2gb free, anything thereafter I have to buy the programme for about £60 then delivery on top from usa.
I tried Recuva it did not work
I tried testdisk and it could not restore the partitons and kept saying that
The hardisk (33gb / 31gib) seems too small ((164gb / 153 gib)
check the hardisk size: hd jumpers settings, bios detection
and the following partition cannot be recovered
I found the hardisk on amazon http://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-HDS722516VLAT20-160GB-Hard-Drive/dp/B00020YWV6 does the size seem to be right from that info?
Would it make much difference to check the hardisk size: hd jumpers settings, bios detection because I don't know how to do it, its in an external ide hardrive case as it was originally in an old pc
If easeus can get the files there must be a way but I cant afford to pay £60 plus delivery from usa so any help and guidance would be very appreciated