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Aborted a low level format process

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by whatamess, Aug 21, 2010.

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  1. whatamess

    whatamess Thread Starter

    Aug 21, 2010
    Hi I made a stupid mistake and started low level formatting an external (USB) hard drive using windows 7 starter thinking it was a small partition on the laptop drive (I couldn't see the contents of the drive on windows 7!!). A few minutes into this process I realised I was formatting my external hard drive and pulled the USB plug. I plugged the external drive back into my old computer which uses vista and obviously I can't read this drive properly now (presumably because the partition is screwed up). I have heard that the low level format process should take a while (and I was trying to format a terabyte hard drive) so is there any way I can rebuild and recover some of the data on this drive?

    I actually downloaded HDD Recovery and tried the recovery option but after scanning a 32GB (not 931GB) FAT32 partition, it tried to build a tree structure and came up with what seemed to be a bunch of gobbledygook. I actually found some documents and videos that I recognised but have not pressed recover as I can clearly see that it is a very small fraction of what I once had on the drive (I can only see very few word documents and media files, I was using about 680GB of the drive) and do not want to ruin any chances of recovering much more.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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