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Need help recovering from a Steel Vine software mistake

I have a 2TB Cavalry HD (CADA002SA2) that had 2TB of data on it. I bought an additional 2TB Cavalry drive for growth. When I connected it to my PC, the PC only recognized it as a 1TB drive. Since the packaging was all labeled 2TB, I assumed it was a configuration issue. I loaded the Steel Vine software and ran it. I saw the new drive (or so I thought), highlighted it and selected "jbod". This is how my existing drive was configured, so I was trying to match it with the new drive. The software warned me that this could destroy all the data on the drive, but since I thought the drive was new (and empty) I thought that was fine and clicked ok. A minute or 2 later I noticed the EXISTING drive's lights were flashing and pressed "cancel". It was about 75% finished. Now my PC can't even read the drive at all. I fear my data is lost, but am praying there is some way to recover it. Can anyone help?

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Well..maybe, and that is a major maybe..sometimes, with really good tools, some of that can be recovered, like when a hard drive crashes. assuming there was no other backup, this is problematic. I recommend you seek a really top flight computer person. This will cost a bundle though.

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