Format: NTFS / SSD: NVME Western Digital 1TB WDS100T2B0C
It's been a really long day, and I've exhausted my limited understanding and ability to tackle this problem.
Sorry to burden you all with another help request, but I'm guessing my files are lost forever and that I'm to blame.
I wanted to do a clean install of Windows 10 on my SSD. I had 2 partitions on this drive, one which I wanted the fresh install on (main), and the other where I was storing my files (backup). I regret this immensely now.
Upon trying to install Windows on the main partition, I hit a problem. Windows would not allow me to create a space on which Windows could install. Despite clicking "new", the space remained unallocated.
To get round this problem, I quickly googled a solution, without any consideration as to the repercussions. I followed a video that advised I do the following:
- In the Install Windows screen, press Shift+F10 to open a command prompt.
- Type “diskpart” and press Enter.
- Type “list disk”.
- Type “select disk X”. The “X” should be replaced by the disk number of the disk that you want to delete.
- Type “clean”
What I didn't know is that this would remove my partitions and overwrite them with 4 of their own. This is where the sadness and worry kicked in.
I went up in the loft and rummaged around for an old hard drive, installed it onto the PC and looked at Windows Disk Management. Unfortunatelly, the first software I saw highly recommended was Recuva. For reasons beyond my understanding, the SSD with 4 partitions could not run Recuva until I formatted the partitions, which I did. I assume this is another major screw up on my part. I ran Recuva which came up with nothing, so in my continued and rushed panic, starting reading through this sub to see what was best.
I downloaded GetDataBack, and started running it on the SSD. Mistake number 1000 is that I didn't restart the PC, remove the drive, and have the working HDD as Disk 0 and the SSD as Disk 1. Another mistake I didn't realise until later.
I ran GetDataBack from level 1 to level 4, across all 4 of the new partitions made by the above bullet points. Still, nothing came up, or at least, nothing of worth. Just a few folders but they seem generic and identical across all 4 partitions.
When I did finally turn the PC off, remove the drive, reboot it, see the HDD as Drive 0, then reinstate the SSD, it was still recognised as Disk 0. I dno how relevant this is but I want to be as detailed as possible. I then created a compressed image of the (still) Disk 0 SSD, and ran GetDataBack on the image, but it comes up with the same. I thought this would bypass any issues of having the SSD as Disk 0 etc.
And now I'm here, hoping that someone can help me recover my files, or tell me that it's over and to just walk away from the problem.
Thank you so much for taking the time to read this, and for any help you can provide.