tobisha external hard drive not working

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remington1972

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my laptop's hard drive recently blew out...so i decided to put an operating system(linux unbuntu cuz it was free) on my 1tb toshiba external hard drive. when i gave it to my buddy to do this he ended up partitioning it(?) and now it only reads that its 255mb when i plug it in and the only data on it is something called grub...i think he was trying to partition the space for ubuntu...anyway now my 1tb hard drive only reads 255mb...this is obviously fixable bc u cant erase space...
also i had 700gb worth of dataon this hard drive(movies music etc)...all my stuff...and he said he erased it accidentily ...so i asked him to restore it cuz he didnt empty the trash and he said he couldnt find it (WTF HELP!)
...anyway...if anyone understands this PLEASE help...i have <removed reference to illegal software> but have no idea what to do w it
 
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When you delete something from external HDD it won't go to Trash, at least on Windows.

If that data was really important for you, I would probably advice for professional data recovery services. If you are feeling somewhat brave and adventurous, you can try to recover those files your self. Search for data recovery software, read reviews and pick one (free or commercial). I had some success with Recover My Files. But that's just me, I'm sure there a lot of decent options out there, just do some research.
 
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Minitool and Easeus also have a pretty good, free recovery programs. But the files may be partially or completely lost, depending what he did.

Don't make any changes to that drive at all if you want to recover anything.

After you are done recovery, go to Disk Management and remove all the volumes on the drive so it is completely blank. Then, create a new, basic one.
 
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