Which company is best at finding data from deleted external hard drive?

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Found 31st Oct 2016
We accidentally re-formatted our external hard drive and after downloading a free rescue package we have only got about 20% of the content back (photos). Does anyone recommend a company that could help?

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Certainly not the FBI maybe wikileaks

Formatting generally only removes the file markers, the actual data is there. It is possible to reverse a format but the more you use the disk or mess with it the greater the risk of loosing your origional data.

we've used these guys before. Unfortunately I can't compare them to anyone else as I haven't tried the competition!

fields-data-recovery.co.uk/

is recuva any good?

Expect to pay a lot whoever you go with. Good luck

databusters are fantastic but like has been said, I can't compare against them

If you have not written to the drive after formatting it, all the data is likely still recoverable if using suitable software. I would try a few of the usual software options prior to professional assistance. Kroll / Ontrack EasyRecovery is one of the few titles that is true to its name; you can probably find a portable version kicking around the net somewhere. Good luck.

That hapened to me before and I used Getdataback Fat or Getdataback NTFS depending on the format of the hard drive.

Especially do not put any onformation un that hard drive untill you rescue all you can as if you do you will overwrite some old data.

The soft is not free then you will have to buy a copy or find in other sources.

If you need more info just let me know.
Edited by: "Pablo_Bristol" 1st Nov 2016

This is why I backup ALL my data to more than one external hard drive.

Also good to upload it to the cloud (Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc) as well. Loads of free data available on the cloud when you sign up.

going to be expensive if you use a company to do this

You could: Buy another hd of the same size or bigger, do a full CLONE of all the data, Then do a recovery of the backup drive. A hd contains Master File system, when you format the data is all there, the location on the disk is unknown.

Normally I would second the Piriform recuva program, except that you've already tried a data recovery program, so you are pushing your luck and risk losing more information if you keep messing with it. You probably do need to have a recovery specialist such as Fields or databusters to help you out now - but it isn't likely to be cheap.

guilbert53

This is why I backup ALL my data to more than one external hard … This is why I backup ALL my data to more than one external hard drive.Also good to upload it to the cloud (Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, etc) as well. Loads of free data available on the cloud when you sign up.



Well, bully for you - but smug answers about how data should be backed up aren't going to help the OP recover the original data, are they?

What about that guy who binned his drive with a few million pounds worth of bit coins on... Not funny really! Nothing will recover that! I have used the free recovery software on a drive once. Took most of the day and some photos and files were recovered. Can't remember which one though. Well worth giving it ago and it's easy to do. Don't know if the pros are any better at it, but don't beat yourself up about it. Mistakes happen. I'm the king of the clangers. Lol
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