File Recovery on Brand New Portable Drive in Hard Disk Drives (HDD) Posted August 24 · Edited August 24 by LOST6200 · Report reply If you fully encrypt the drive (not fast encryption format) it is filled with pseudo-random data and perhaps your recovery software is picking up a few fragments of coincidentally similar file header info and assigning the file type. Some of that SMART info makes no sense, but I use other tools. Manufacturers usually have their own tools, so try that as well. Usually on a factory new drive I find 0 hours use and 2-5 power cycles depending on manufacturer/model. If you think the drive was used, then return it, but the encryption formatting should have effectively wiped any data.