I did something silly.
My external drive would not power up, why im not sure, but that’s beside the point right now.
I removed it from the case to install into my pc directly to access the data.
For whatever reason, the PC would not read it, and showed it as RAW data in the disc manager.
So… I right clicked and added a partition to it, in the hopes that it would then read the data.
It did not.
Now Im at a loss for what to do. Cant see the contents of the drive when plugged in direct, nor with the USB adapter.