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

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December 31, 2012 7:05:47 AM

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???
January 1, 2013 7:46:55 PM

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...
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January 2, 2013 7:03:03 AM

How does HD Sentinel identify the drive?
http://www.hdsentinel.com/

Could we see the partition table and boot sector with Microsoft's Sector Inspector?
http://www.users.on.net/~fzabkar/SecInspect.zip

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:
http://mh-nexus.de/en/hxd

DMDE (DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery):
http://softdm.com/download.html
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