Recovering data from a recenly formatted HD

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  1. aigle

    aigle Registered Member

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    Any free options for this? I have accidently formatted my external USB HD.

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  2. Jo Ann

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    Uneraser is your best bet, but it's not free.
     
  3. Franklin

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    Giveaway of the day has MultiStage Recovery available for a couple of hours still.

    Haven't tried it myself but it has more thumbs up than down which is a rarity over there.
     
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    aigle, quite a few Data Recovery Tools from SnapFiles, all free. Have heard of Pandora Recovery but never used it.
    Let us know which one worked best.
     
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    That's some boo-boo. :ouch:
    Try Knoppix worked for me to recover some files off a corrupted system on a usb.
    Very easy to try: FREE.
    Might not work.
    Lots of commercial tools around.
     
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    Thanks for all replies. I am trying Giveaway of the day MultiStage Recovery. Recuva and Undelete failed totally, zero files.

    Seems any good software to do this job must be paid and my data is not precious to buy a software.
     
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  8. Mrkvonic

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    Just a question so it does not happen to anyone else - how did you do it?
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    Hmmm.... God question. Really i don,t know. It was a big surprize. USB HD was attached to PC and I put the recovery CD in my laptop. I recovered my OS and I think somehow it also erased external HD. Very strange but no other explanation.
     
  11. aigle

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    I never saw such a big difference between free and paid software.

    Recuva, MultiStage Recovery from GOAD, Undelete plus and PC Inspector File Recovery did not find anything even when i run them for hours. I run a trial of File Scavenger 3.2 and it scanned just within few minutes and I can see almost all my data( recovery needs to pay). Very impressive indeed.
     
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    Aigle: That is both good news :) and interesting ( and terrifying: NTFS keeps data even after refomat ?? o_O -assume the drive was NTFS ?- )
    OOI care to try Knoppix as well ?

    Are the files 'in working order" ?

    This is another interesting "privacy" aspect re disposing of drives.
    I actually hope this generates some more discussion.
     
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    I tel u wat happened.

    HD was having one or two NTFS partitions and probably one FAT32. I ws ahving it attached to my latop via USB. I recovered internal HD vialaptop,s recvery CD. After I finished, i realized my external disk is also wiped out f all data n partitions. Was weired.

    I recovered some small image files etc that were allowed via rial n they were OK.

    PandoraRecovery Free also recovered many files :thumb: but it,s extrely slow( will take days to finish) and supports only imited file types.
     
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    Glad to know that Pandora worked; always heard good things about it. Sounds like many files were recovered and Pandora being free, it's better than nothing! Thanks for letting us know.
     
  16. aigle

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    It did work but two problems:

    1- limited file types supported
    2- file names are not retrieved( making it very difficut to search the needed files)

    Infact I gave up. There was no data on my HD that I can,t collect again. Just a matter of time.
     
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    Sorry came in late on this tragic problem

    This app never failed for me to recover entire deleted partitions complete with files provided they were not erased with an eraser app. Use "scan deeper" and if anything tangible is still there this program, if finds it will re-write them back again. Hope it's not too late.

    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
     
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    Thanks Easter, that looks like a good one to have around.... :)
     
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    It's pulled my bacon out of the fat before so well that i keep it on a CD Disk as a last ditch rescue app.
     
  20. Mrkvonic

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    TestDisk is TEH tool!
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  21. MrBrian

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    Here is a list of data recovery tools. In particular, Scalpel runs under Windows.
     
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    The list of file formats that can be carved by PhotoRec is quite extensive and not limited to image files, as the program name might suggest.
     
  23. aigle

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    Test disk n photorec seem to work ( tried a bit) but original file names are not there. it,s so diffiult to open n serach hundreds of files.
     
  24. MrBrian

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    Yes, that's by design. I recommend to use Recuva first, with the 'Deep Scan' option turned off, recovering (to a different partition) only deleted files in 'Excellent' state. If this doesn't recover all the file(s) you wanted, then try PhotoRec. PhotoRec will take much longer because it ignores the filesystem and instead looks at the underlying data. There are situations where the filesystem has been damaged or formatted, and thus file carving is needed for recovery. Recuva with the 'Deep Scan' option turned on also does file carving, but PhotoRec may be a better choice for file carving presently because it may be able to carve more types of files than Recuva. See http://www.recuva.com/download/version-history for a list of some of the file formats that Recuva can carve.
     
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  25. aigle

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    Thanks but in my experience recuva is poor.
     
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