I really need some help here. I have a HP Windows 10 PC and store a lot of things on a Seagate 5TB external hard drive.
Something went terribly wrong though and I can no longer access any data on it. When you plug in the USB cable the
PC will assign it a drive letter and the icon appears, though there is no other data like how much space is available on it
etc. Right clicking and choosing Properties just brings up a generic page with Zero listed for data used and available.
I have close to 3TB of family photos, video etc on it - nothing irreplaceable, but it would be a massive migraine in
finding and restoring everything. I went to the Seagate website and downloaded a program which is currently scanning
the whole drive - in fact it's taking nearly 48 hours straight to read it all. Since it can see something there, it seems to
me that physical damage to the drive is not the problem. But if that's what the program concludes, Seagate will require
me to pay $100 for their data recovery software.
Much less than a data recovery company of course, but I'm just wondering if there is another way...maybe even
something without the blackmailish price tag?
Thanks for any help.