Need help! Hard drive trouble

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Posted 28th Oct
Hi guys,

wondering if anyone could please help me I got a hard drive had lots of work data on it and accidentally reformatted if any one could give me some advice to recover the data I'd be so grateful.
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If it's just one or two REALLY important files, use a free file recover software to attempt to retrieve it. If not, bring it to the professionals. It'll take money and time, and depending on how many writes have went over your data, it might almost be impossible to retrieve. Hopefully it's just a simple format, in which case it won't cost or take too long for a professional to retrieve all your data.
You will probably have to use a second machine to access the drive and use some software like Recuva.
or look into creating a bootable usb drive with recuvery software
Its alot of files over 50 some being over 9gb
Is there not an application that I can run to get them back?
It's gonna be hard getting them back fully, how did you accidentally format it may I ask? Did you mean to format a different one?
If the info is important dont try it yourself just take it to the professional or it will all be gone. Make sure they have experience in recovering reformatted drives - even then its no guarantee you will get them back. Dont try anything else its a specialist recovery procedure.
Windows or Mac? Internal or external drive? What file system was it and is it now, eg FAT, NTFS?
Chances of being able to salvage anything are pretty remote - the info above might narrow those chances.
chaosingotham28/10/2019 22:38

Is there not an application that I can run to get them back?



If its important to you I'd not even attempt to connect it to a computer - every single time something happens to that drive the chance of recovery drops. Take it to professionals.

And yes, professionals. Not just somebody on the highstreet who say they can do it - in things like this you really do get what you pay for.
Yeah and two in at the same time a hard drive and a memory stick and was ment to format the memory stick but did the hard drive
Ar460rn28/10/2019 22:52

Windows or Mac? Internal or external drive? What file system was it and is …Windows or Mac? Internal or external drive? What file system was it and is it now, eg FAT, NTFS?Chances of being able to salvage anything are pretty remote - the info above might narrow those chances.


Windows, external. Was fat back to ntfs
If it was a quick format to NTFS there might be a remote chance (FAT had pointers to the files from a table at the beginning of the drive, a quick format might have blatted the pointers but not the files), but as above it's no job for just downloading a program. A proper data recovery place will likely be hundreds of pounds or more but if that data is irreplaceable most places should give you a quick look before committing to large amounts of money. I did look once but decided the loss wasn't worth it - you might decide otherwise.
Ar460rn28/10/2019 23:03

If it was a quick format to NTFS there might be a remote chance (FAT had …If it was a quick format to NTFS there might be a remote chance (FAT had pointers to the files from a table at the beginning of the drive, a quick format might have blatted the pointers but not the files), but as above it's no job for just downloading a program. A proper data recovery place will likely be hundreds of pounds or more but if that data is irreplaceable most places should give you a quick look before committing to large amounts of money. I did look once but decided the loss wasn't worth it - you might decide otherwise.


Ah man that suck yeah ain't got the money for that gonna have decide it's a loss but cheers man I appreciate you helping.
chaosingotham28/10/2019 22:38

Is there not an application that I can run to get them back?


Yes there is, but let's set some boundaries first based on you stating it's an external disk. Do not write anything else to that disk; it is not a problem to read from it, but don't write to it or run any utility that may write to that disk. If you want belt and braces self-recovery, you will need to first clone the entire disk to another disk, or make a sector-by-sector image so that you have a backup of the duff disk in it's least-trashed state before you start work on it. But for a realistic self-recovery attempt, simply download the freebie Recuva at ccleaner.com/recuva and see if that app can recover any of your data to be saved to another storage device, possibly your internal disk if it has enough space for the (hopefully) recovered files. There are other similar tools available but if Recuva struggles you may need to look at enterprise-level utilities, or pro assistance. Good luck.
Try this software Puran File Recovery and make sure you don't write anything on that partition; select tree-view.
It is worth considering if you do recover said harddrive that you dont have anything on it that would compromise you legally speaking. The professionals will carry out their own due diligence and report it to the authorities. Just a thought.
easyuefi.com/giv…tml - strictly speaking, this has expired, but may be worth a shot.
If professional recovery is not an option, then you will have to go with various software options - and so long as they don't write their changes to the disk until you tell them to, you can try a number and see what their opinion is.
Some files will be lost. Fragmented files are harder to recover, as if the FAT has gone, the fragments can be impossible to piece together.
If the recovery can find some directories, it can get file names.
The alternative is a deep scan looking for headers of known file types
You should be able to get this back with software. Just don't write to the device again and try and make sure ideally you have another device of the same or higher capacity - good first step would be a block by block copy to that second device. A Linux Live Boot USB or DVD can do this with DD.

It's probably going to be even easier than this though. Start reading here:
neowin.net/for…ry/
Sounds like you need the professionals for that one. Always always backup your data to cloud for this very reason!
a couple of things, as people have said important to clone disk, and preferably work on clone leaving original untouched.
Also if you are intending to scan the disk the software may ask you what format it was, you said it was FAT but you also said you had files @9GB which fat does not support, are you confusing the format with the usb stick?
Edited by: "maddogb" 29th Oct
Thanks guys I really appreciate the help
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