So I had my partition tables gone corrupt somehow after writing a media file over the network to the external HDD of my media center. Following the steps from this answer, I tried quick- and deepscanning the disk with
testdisk, but it couldn't find the (only) partition that was on the disk. This is what it says in the log file
search_part() Disk /dev/sdb - 2000 GB / 1863 GiB - CHS 30400 255 63 BAD_RS LBA=244820282 11338172 check_part_i386 failed for partition type 06 FAT16 >32M 15239 91 15 21480 61 20 100259781 BAD_RS LBA=846105701 16288174 check_FAT: can't read FAT boot sector check_part_i386 failed for partition type 0E FAT16 LBA 52667 164 15 274072 233 6 3556875664 This partition ends after the disk limits. (start=846105701, size=3556875664, end=4402981364, disk end=488378645) Search for partition aborted Disk /dev/sdb - 2000 GB / 1863 GiB - CHS 30400 255 63 Check the harddisk size: HD jumpers settings, BIOS detection... The harddisk (2000 GB / 1863 GiB) seems too small! (< 18 TB / 16 TiB) The following partition can't be recovered: FAT16 LBA 52667 164 15 274072 233 6 3556875664 Results L FAT16 >32M 15239 91 15 21480 61 20 100259781 add_ext_part_i386: max add_ext_part_i386: min
It keeps saying it finds these FAT16 partitions, which shouldn't be correct as the 2TB disk was a NTFS disk with a single partition. So is this going wrong because it wants to look for boot sectors or something? Which obviously aren't available since it was a mere data disk? And can I still recover my data using testdisk? Maybe with different options or something?
I also tried running photorec, but it seems to completely copy the contents of the disk to the location I specify, therefore I had to stop the scan, as I don't have a second 2TB disk just laying around for a scan...
Will I still be able to recover my partition or my data? Would photorec be the way to go if I can find a large enough drive?