Hi, sorry to post what is very similar to other posts but there seem to be myriad permutations for how these things can go wrong and nothing I have read on the forums seems to match the exact issue I am having.
The data I have lost was work on students’ coursework (I am a music teacher) that was done recently so I have older copies of their recordings but I have lost hours and hours of work mixing tracks down from the raw recordings, and at least three recordings were only on that drive. The work was done recently so I had not got round to doing my usual monthly back up.
I disconnected (safely) my drive from my office PC then took it to our studio to transfer some of the recordings I had made with a student tonight so that I could export it at home. When I put the drive in the studio PC running Xp it recognized the drive, then half way through autoplay I got a message saying “delayed write failed”. When I went into the disk to check, some all of the contents in folders beginning after the letter C had disappeared. I then unplugged the HDD (safely), replugged it and it would no longer recognize in My Computer or disk manager. I tried putting it into my Windows 7 laptop and it shoed in devices and was listed as working properly but would not show in my computer or disk manager. Though on pulling out the lead the Windows 7 machine said that to use the disk in H: (the correct lettered drive as it always had been) I needed to format it.
I have tried a couple of free data recovery pieces of software at work and none would recognize the drive.
On getting home I tried in my home PC (a like for like of our studio PC at work- XP) and it shows in My Computer, though not with the personal label I had given it, just as H: and is empty when I double click on the icon. It also does not appear in disk manager on the same PC at home.
Sorry for the convoluted explanation, I thought the more detail the more likely someone would be able to help.
The HDD is a WD Essential 1TB P/N: WDBACX0010BRD - 00
Thanks in advance for any advice. I am fairly tech savvy but clearly not compared to some of the posters I have read on here so step by step instructions (if you think a solution is possible) would be really helpful.