I'm trying to recover data off an old internal laptop drive now residing in a USB caddy. The hard-drive is pretty knackered and started giving warnings about impending failure, so I would rather not boot from it.
It has three partitions, one of which does not mount automatically, but I can mount it and see the files in the terminal. The other two mount automatically on
/media/5E93-A93D when I plug the hardrive in, but I can't see any files on them - they appear empty in Nautilus/Thunar and the terminal. I know there are two FAT32 filesystems there, one with Windows XP on, and another that I used for My Documents. As far as I remember they were both nearly full.
They show up on system monitor as being completely empty. When I open GParted I get this confusing table:
The 'Sized', 'Used' and 'Unused' columns don't add up. This was after I mounted 'PQSERVICE' partition on '/media/sdc1', which mounts without any issues (albeit not automatically).
I have tried using ddrescue to get the files off, but I could only get it to output a single file (I was after a directory structure), and the file that it did output was completely empty, so I guess ddrescue can't see anything there either.
What's going on?
The hardrive is 60GB Seagate Momentus 4200.2. Caddy is a £20 unbranded thing that my girlfriend bought at Maplins.
This harddrive comes from an old Acer Aspire 1682WLMi. It came with Windows on the 'ACER' partition, nothing on the '5E93-A93D' partition (I used it for data), and the 'PQSERVICE' was not visible under Windows. It is my understanding that FAT32 partition cannot be bigger than 32GB, and I suspect it was cheaper for Acer to simply partition the drive in this way rather than use NTFS. It has at one time been a dual-boot system, but I took that off.