hi, I really know nothing about these things but here is my situation:
samsung story 1.5tb USB2.0 external drive, switched it on the other day and it started smoking. not sure what was making the smoke.
removed the drive from the enclosure and got a SATA>USB dock thing for it. it didn't appear in the Computer with my internal drives but was visible in diskmgmt as "Healthy (Active, Recovery Partition)" but with the File System column empty and no letter assigned. right click only offers a menu with "Help" on it. not much help.
used diskpart to assign a letter and it now appears in Computer but says all its capacity (except ~250mb) is free and, when I open it, there are no files to see, only a folder "Recovery", which is empty. in diskmgmt it still has no letter assigned.
used a program called Recuva and it shows me some small files but nothing I recognise.
hoping that maybe the boot bit just needs rebuilt or something and the data is still there? I have no idea about these things, though. could it be something to do with it not wanting to operate outside of the original enclosure, like samsung have some kind of encryptive/I-don't-know thing to prevent people doing this to circumnavigate any data protection nonsense (which, in any case, I hadn't activated)?