FAT data-recovery with TestDisk
A couple of years ago, after I had added a DVD drive to my windows 98 computer, my storage hard disk (not the booting disk) became inaccessible (via both Windows and Knoppix live CD). I hadn't touched the disk so I wasn't too worried. That windows 98 install was on it's last legs, and, as I knew I would never have another Windows computer, I decided to leave the disk aside and deal with it in the future after I had moved to GNU/Linux.
That computer is now running Ubuntu and the problematic disk is /dev/hdb, but it is not mountable.
I set to work on it with PhotoRec and TestDisk. I know the data is there and intact as I have been able to copy most of it off with PhotoRec (but out of sequence and without filenames).
TestDisk cannot find any trace of a partition table via "Analyse" or "Search!" but it is able to list the filenames of the data.
The disk is a Maxtor 80 GB, installed in 2003 by a local Mom & Pop computer store which I now realise may not have been particularly conscientious. Could they have installed the disk without putting a partition on it? Is that even possible?
This is all the information that TestDisk has provided:
Disk /dev/hdb - 81 GB / 76 GiB - CHS 158816 16 63, sector size=512
When I run TestDisk telling it the disk has Intel type partitions it returns no info at all. When I run it telling it that the disk has no partitions it returns:
P Unknown 0 0 1 158815 15 63 160086528
Where do I go from here? Is it possible, given this information, to write partition information etc to the disk to make it mountable?
Any advice would be gratefully received.