So I finally got around to plugging this drive into my new machine to attempt to recover the data, and things have gone from bad to worse.
My plan was to create an image of the hard drive first, so I wouldn't have to work with the hard drive itself. In Arch Linux I used the "dd" command to accomplish this, but it was taking forever. After two days, and 864GB transferred (I was getting a lot of bad sector errors towards the end) I cancelled the process and deleted the img file.
I next attempted to mount the drive as NTFS in linux to no avail. I rebooted into Windows, but the system kept reverting back to the master boot record (MBR) on the old drive, and trying to boot into Windows off that drive, which was unbearably slow.
So I returned to Linux and ran GParted and (here's where things get bad) deleted the MBR partition off of the failing HDD. I then booted into Windows only to find that the disk was inaccessible without formatting. I returned to Linux, opened GParted, and added a 100MB partition, starting at 1, to the failing HDD. This partition fits into the space that the MBR once stood. I made this partition NTFS, just to see if it would mount.
I mounted the disk,
sudo mount -t ntfs /dev/sdc2 /mnt/temp
and was told that the NTFS disk needed to be cleaned, and that it was proceeding to clean. After which I had a (for the first time) successful mount and access to the files and folders on the disk.
Here's where things got really bad. In my excitement, I performed the following command in my Linux environment:
sudo cp -r /mnt/temp/.../Documents\ and \Settings/ /WDGreen/OldHDDRecovery
From what I understand, this should have copied the folder and all of its subfolders and their contents to my 2TB WD Green drive. When I went to check the WDGreen folder (which is a mount of the 2TB drive) the older folder I saw was OldHDDRecovery. I panicked and cancelled the copy.
When I inspected the drive in GParted, it had one 911GB (the same size as the one I am trying to recover) and the rest was unallocated space. However, I don't know at what time the WD Green 2TB was altered. I know that after running "dd" my files and folders were intact. Thus, I suspect the damage occurred within GParted, in Windows, or in my "cp" command.
I had data on that drive: photos, music, movies, etc -- all of which is now seemingly gone. I'm running TestDisk right now on this drive, but am unsure of what to do or how to do it. I'm not writing anything further to this drive and I have disconnected the failing hard drive from the computer.
I've made my problem worse. What did I do wrong??Edited by redThunder - 11/11/13 at 9:17pm