Recovering the drive?

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Recovering the drive?

Post by Tim Burton » Tue Jan 12, 2010 12:53 pm

I had 2 external drives plugged in (same size). I thought the right one was turned on that I wanted to format. Murphy struck and it was the wrong one. I'd haven't done anything to the drive, except format it.

Is there a way to recover the data that was on there? Is it free? Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by shamrok3 » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:45 pm

Nope. Once you format a drive, its contents are unrecoverable. I'm sorry but once you format a drive, that data is gone for good.
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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by DMB2000uk » Tue Jan 12, 2010 4:50 pm

shamrok3 wrote:Nope. Once you format a drive, its contents are unrecoverable. I'm sorry but once you format a drive, that data is gone for good.
Depends if it was a full zeroing of the drive, or just a quick format and deletion of partition tables etc.

Had a quick look, but anything I could see wanted money for it.

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PS. This might be worth a shot: http://www.pcstats.com/articleview.cfm? ... 139&page=8
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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by pwcmed » Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:14 pm

I used this along time ago and it worked pretty good. I can't say how much the demo does but it's worth a shot.

http://www.active-undelete.com/download.htm

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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by Tim Burton » Wed Jan 13, 2010 12:26 am

Thanks. Nothing on that drive was extremely important, but it'd be nice to have...

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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by ColdPlay » Wed Jan 13, 2010 4:56 am

Hi guys!
Last year I did the stupid thing by formatting my external (backup!)
and I delivered it to a store to get some help. They formatted it and said they couldn't find anything on it!
Then I downloaded recuva and it worked grate! Found almost everything!
I hope it will for you aswell, its freware, only needs registering .here it is http://www.piriform.com/recuva
If you are able to, feel free to support them, they've done a great job with that program!
Good luck!
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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by ColdPlay » Wed Jan 13, 2010 5:10 am

shamrok3 wrote:Nope. Once you format a drive, its contents are unrecoverable. I'm sorry but once you format a drive, that data is gone for good.
Hi there, I'm not a pro, but this is not the truth !
There are companies that does reconstructing of data for a living, and data is almost always just overwritten and more or less available.
You need to use certain software if you want to be sure that data is totally deleted, but that I guess is not everyones need!
If you are lucky you can find it easy by yourself, using freeware like recuva , but if not and the data lost is worth a lot to you you can try and deliver it to people that are experts on it.

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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by nightblood » Wed Jan 13, 2010 7:19 am

Formatting a drive doesn't erase the data on it.
Formatting only erases references to the data.

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Re: Recovering the drive?

Post by ibleet » Wed Jan 13, 2010 2:47 pm

Don't panic if you accidentally reformat a disk that has useful data. Reformatting does not erase the data on the disk, only the address tables.

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