I’ve now had 2 times whereby I’ve lost partition information on hard drives. One was completely random, the other had issues already and I was trying to fix it.
TestDisk was crucial in the recovery of data. The first issue was when I used an external hard drive to backup a client machine and when I went to restore data after a fresh install of Windows, the disk was showing it required a format. Test disk to the rescue.
The second time I used it was when I ran a long test scan with Seagate Seatools and then the disk would no longer boot.
Suffice to say, it saved my butt TWICE 🙂