My maxtor 200 gigs ext usb drive's partition table got conked off and then I tried to use data recovery tools to recover and none of them were helpful, so I formatted it, coz I had found out that by formatting u dnt erase data from the drive instead u clear the os's reference to the sectors. Hence, I have kept it completely empty. I tried to use GetDataBack for NTFS and FAT and i tried but it does not display all the folders, there are no bad sectors on the drive. Also, whenever i used GetDataBack for NTFS it was recovering the thing on my D:. I was unable to boot XP pro from my c: so I had installed another copy of XP onto my d: and in that my external hdd was detected as D: and my internall hard disk 2nd logical partition was detected as E:. Later on, after moving data onto another safe location (a different ex. usb) I reinstalled xp into my c: and later on found out that the new xp recognizes the ext hdd as f:.
Would this have affected it? Also, I am not sure as to what was the previous partition type FAT or NTFS. Can anyone help me with this? A lot of important data is lying around on the external hdd.