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Old 01-24-2010, 02:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok, I did something kinda stupid, I formatted my extra external hard drive with a lot of images on it without properly backing it up, and I was wondering if anybody had suggestions on software to recover the lost images.

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Re: Recovery Software
Old 01-24-2010, 08:49 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Isaah:

I am very sorry to hear about your mishap. Believe me when I tell you I have done this before and it can be very frustrating.

Most drive manufacturers have data recovery utilities they offer for free and can be downloaded from their site. I would suggest you try this first.

As a word of caution and you probably know this but I feel I have to say it, DO NOT use the drive until you have made your recovery efforts. As the drive is now the sectors are untouched but if you use it you are probably hosed.

If your driver manufacturer does not offer a recovery utility or if they do and it is unsuccessful your only other option may be a data recovery service like Data Doctors but they are very expensive. Good luck.
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Re: Recovery Software
Old 01-24-2010, 09:22 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Uh-oh, I've used the drive since... caught the mishap late. But anyways, I'll try your ideas but right now it isn't looking great, but the files I lost are valuble, I didn't lose everything, and the ones I lost aren't the most valuble ones and I do have some sort of backup of some of them...
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Re: Recovery Software
Old 01-24-2010, 02:22 PM   #4 (permalink)
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You don't say if you're using a PC or a Mac. I once had a hard disk on my PC hosed and used Acronis http://www.acronis.com/homecomputing.../diskdirector/ to recover the data. It basically searches your disks for any files and folders which haven't been overwritten and recovers them. Even if you're used the disk since, you've probably overwritten only a small number of the files/folders.

Whatever software you choose, download a trial first and it will tell you which files it can recover (no need to shell out if the software doesn't work).
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:00 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Wow, forgot this is a site where we don't trash the other side. But let's say I'm a Mac user who's stuck with Vista on a pc.
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Re: Recovery Software
Old 01-24-2010, 08:10 PM   #6 (permalink)
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ontrack makes a nice product.
I have used it on several occasions with much success.
I work in IT and we used it to recover a few laptop harddrives that people did not back up to their network share.
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If the lost work is truly valuable, use a service.

If you're something of a hacker, and adventuresome, there's a product called DFSEE that can be used to recover data from all but the most corrupt disks, but it ain't for the faint-hearted. And some of your files are lost, since you wrote to the disk. I don't know much about the current Windows directory structure - how it's changed since vfat - but if the idea still works the same, you've lost whatever files shared the same disk directory sectors as the newly created files use. I can't really say how many that might be.

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It also depends on the options you used for formatting. If it wiped the disk there's no chance of getting anything back. If it's a quick format most likely you'll be able to get a lot back, depending on how truncated it was to begin with.
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I let a friend borrow an external drive one time.
I then tried to rebuild his system with my USB still attached, and he booted to USB.
(I guess)
but he deleted the partition, created a new partition, formatted, and was fixing to install before he realized what he was doing.
I was able to recover almost all the information.
It blew me away that I was able to recover it.
Ontrack is what was used. That was about 6 or 7 year ago.
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I use Ontrack Data Recovery Pro. Not free.
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