Also…I tried looking for an alternate adapter…no luck. I’m a little bit wary of connecting an alternate one b/c I don’t want to “fry” the PCB by trying to find a different adapter…
So in any case this is what I’ve tried so far since I don’t have acess to an alternate power supply…
I put the HDD directly into a desktop computer via a SATA connection, and it showed up in Device Manager and Disk Management (not in My Computer). When the HDD showed up in Disk Management it said:
You must initialize Disk before logical disk manager can access it
Use the following partition style for the selected disks
MBR (Master Boot Record)
GPD (GUID Partition Table)
Disk 0 – Unknown 931.51gb – Unallocated
Since there is data on the disk that I would like to keep I did not initialize the HDD nor did I try to format it.
Next I ran TestDisk which was able to “see” the HDD, but while running the scan I got an Invalid FAT Boot Sector Error. After the scan completed it said something like:
Boot Sector Bad
Back Up Boot Sector Bad
I went ahead and continued to follow the steps in the “lost disk partition” guide and once the computer finished restarting the HDD showed up as drive E:
But there were sections of the 1TB that were still unallocated (the beginning and the end. The drive E: partition is in the middle)
Also when the HDD came back as drive E: it was converted into RAW…before when the HDD was working it was NTFS
Sooo, I tried to run r-studio data recovery software and came up with this:
Empty Space – 426.17gb
Drive E: 341.38gb RAW
Empty Space – 127.96gb
Currently during the r-studio scan the desktop computer with the WD 1TB in it randomly shuts down. The scan is never completed and the computer just powers off. I tried to put the WD 1TB back in the docking station but it still doesn’t show up.
Since the r-studio was having issues I tried TestDisk PhotoRec and was able to “recover” about 18gb of “data” What’s funny though is that the “data” seems to be encrypted. The files are .jsp and .gpg so I can’t open them to see what they are.
Overall it seems to me that the data on the HDD can not be accessed because of the PCB hardware that encrypts the data the moment it is place on the HDD.
Therefore, in order to recover the data the HDD needs a PCB that is identical to the one that is “broken” It doesn’t seem like data recovery software will work in this case since the HDD is hardware encrypted.
So…I’m begining to think that my data just might be gone for good…
Thanks for all your time and advice…any other thoughts would be really helpful