I recently put my 200gb seagate hdd into an external enclosure. It had two NTFS partitions, one 10 gb the other the rest of the space.
While in the External Enclosure, I had a LOT of data in Drive D which I consider crucial. In the process of using Partition Magic 8 to merge the two partitions, the 10gb and the 190gb partitions, it created an error. The 190gb partition is now showing as "free space".
I'm absolutely positive that I was NOT formatting partitions, i was using the merge partition feature in partition magic 8.
What are my next steps? Currently i'm researching data recovery people to restore this data. It's WAY too expensive for me though, it'll be a absolute last resort.