How does a 500GB HD suddenly turn into a 31GB HD HELP

I erased a file on my External HD but unfortunately its wiped the whole drive out and now only showing capacity of 31.9GB HELP what have i done is there anyway of restoring it???
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  1. Try a partition recovery application:
  2. Thanks for the reply, just tried it but after a fast scan it says there were no partitions :-( but it did read that the drive was 698GB so i got it wrong with the 500GB its actually a 700GB.
    Means nothing if I cannot access the remaining 670GB of which 180GB of that was my family photos and movies :-( any more suggestions would be greatly appreciated, ive contacted LaCie but the support is painfully slow...
  3. How does HD Sentinel identify the drive?

    Could we see the partition table and boot sector with Microsoft's Sector Inspector?

    If you extract the above archive to the one folder and execute the SIrun.bat file, then this will generate a report file named SIout.txt.

    Alternatively, can you see sector 0 with a disc editor?

    HxD - Freeware Hex Editor and Disk Editor:

    DMDE (DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery):
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