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Recovering a drive that's lost it's format

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My mates just rang me, and said that the power went off on his computer, and his drive has lost the format, i told him to put it in a caddy, and try it on his laptop, but it's not coming up, it says i…
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
My mates just rang me, and said that the power went off on his computer, and his drive has lost the format, i told him to put it in a caddy, and try it on his laptop, but it's not coming up, it says it needs formatting.

Is there a way of fixing the root table to tell it is formatted whilst keeping the data on there?
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7y, 5m agoPosted 7 years, 5 months ago
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#1
Formatting will delete all the data on the drive. No way to avoid it.
#2
Has he tried any recovery software yet?
#3
I've got him trying one, i can't remember the name, but it's not picking out anything useful by the looks of it, just loads of random system files i think. None of the documents are being recovered.
#4
I use getdataback. It's brilliant.
#5
my usbs went on me today aswell tried 5 different softwares no luck
#6
Other than trying another peice of software I am not sure what else he can do.

The main issue here is that the files are stored along side the core operating system which gives them a greater chance of getting 'lost'. I suppose he will learn from this experience though, keeping files on another partition or hard drive is the way to go. Or hard/backup media such as a pen drive or a DVD.
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are the one's he has tried, has anyone any suggestions for good recovery software? I had a similar problem with one of my external hard drives, but with nothing important on there i just formatted it and it worked fine.
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Have you tried using the chkdsk utility? It may fix the problems on the disk without formatting if it can access it. I have fixed drives with similar problems using it.

It can be used either from the windows repair console or command line interface. Easiest would be to put it into a caddy and do it from command line on another pc.

To get onto command line go Start Menu > Run, then type "cmd" (without quotes) and press enter.

From there "chkdsk : /r" will sort a lot of problems. If the disk cannot be mounted, try "chkdsk : /x".

Without quotes that is :)

See here for more in depth information, or pick my brains if I'm too vague - not sure what level of detail to type! Note that the link example says to type "/f", but the ones I suggested are more thorough and so have higher chance of success. Barring a hardware failure, it is most likely that system information/files have been corrupted and this should be recoverable :thumbsup: at the very least if it can be recognised files can be backed up from it, assuming nothing has been done since the failure to further compromise the disk (ie - you haven't actually formatted it). If it has been formatted then you may have little luck with recovery software, but it's worth a shot. One to try that is free and hasn't been mentioned is PC INSPECTOR File Recovery.

As for backup, I would not recommend solely using a pen drive, as these are more prone to complete failure than hard disks.
#9
It seems RecoverMyFiles seems to be recovering things that the others didn't, and it has a filter for just documents and pictures, which is good. I've also downloaded Stellar recovery software :pirate:

I'll get him to try the chkdsk option, it certainly doesn't seem to be a hardware failure.

For my backups i have an internal caddy, and use a few small hard drives, 20GB and so.
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peodude
It seems RecoverMyFiles seems to be recovering things that the others didn't, and it has a filter for just documents and pictures, which is good. I've also downloaded Stellar recovery software :pirate:

I'll get him to try the chkdsk option, it certainly doesn't seem to be a hardware failure.

For my backups i have an internal caddy, and use a few small hard drives, 20GB and so.


As long as the disk hasn't been messed around with too much, chkdsk SHOULD basically recover the whole disk in its entirety (all files, bootable etc). Sounds like system files were corrupted when the power was turned off (in the middle of writing system files, left in an unreadable state). chkdsk would verify and correct errors in the file table, index, lost files etc and should restore the disk to a working state. It's like Scandisk on steroids. The main disadvantage I suppose is that it's run through the command line interface, and seeing a load of text on a black screen with words like "FORMAT" and "UNRECOVERABLE" is scary if it's the first time you're playing with it.

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