Hard drive shows all free space even though there is data
Posted on 2013-06-26
I have this Lacie 1TB external USB drive. I have some Windows images on it and I just used it to back up about 300GB of data from a users system. I went back to restore the data and about half got done and it stopped with something along the lines of memory full. That was weird since the destination has plenty of space. Well, I was busy so I left that alone until the next day.
I go back to restore more data, and it says I need to format the drive (the backup drive). Tried unplugging and replugging, same thing. So I left the drive off for a couple hours. Same problem. So I took the HD out of the external Lacie casing and popped it into the PC directly. Now it doesn't say I need to format, but it says "access denied". So I tried taking ownership of the content of the drive. Now I can access it, but it reports the entire partition as free space.
The data has got to still be there. Is there a partition table command I can try to fix it with? Any other suggestions? This data was very important.