My Book Essential 2TB - trying to recover data


#1

I have a My Book Essential 2TB drive that the enclosure died on.

I took the drive out and plugged it into my onboard SATA controller to recover the data from the drive, but am unable to do so. All I get is an ‘Unknown Partition Type’ and the drive is unreadable under both Windows XP and Linux.

How can I recover my data?

Or has Western Digital’s infinate wisdom in sticking everyone with that Virtual CD and their inferior Smartware software caused me to lose nearly 2TB of data?

I have been a big fan and user of Western Digital drives in the past (11 WD drives on just this 1 computer alone), but I am really beginning to change my mind about that after seeing this ■■■■.


#2

I can’t offer a reason for your problems, but could we see the partition table and boot sector with Microsoft’s Sector Inspector?

http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/SecInspect.zip

Extract the above archive to the one folder and execute the SIrun.bat file. The procedure will generate a report file named SIout.txt which you can then upload to a file sharing service so that we can examine it.