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Changed External Hard DRive to RAW

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by majorfiend, Apr 23, 2011.

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  1. majorfiend

    majorfiend Thread Starter

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    Folks, Hoping someone can help. While mounting a virtual drive I forgot that my external hard drive was connected and by mistake i reformatted the drive to RAW.It has all my photos etc from many years......the drive is visible but says its in RAW. Is there anything I can do to recover the data before i reformat it? Thanks
     
  2. etaf

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    From a Elvandil Post
    Here's a list. If the free ones don't see anything, forget the pay ones.

    Here's the list, anyway (I have more if you run out :D):

    Free recovery applications:

    Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
    DiskDigger & NTFSWalker
    Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
    Smart Data Recovery
    Recover Files
    Roadkil's Undelete
    Recuva
    Restoration
    Free Undelete (NTFS only)
    Softperfect File Recovery
    ADRC Data Recovery Tools
    Undelete Plus
    Data Recovery
    PCI File Recovery
    DriveRescue
    Ultimate Data Recovery
    Disk Investigator

    Commercial:

    O&O Disk Recovery
    Paragon Mount Everything (Mounts any file system, CD/DVD burning, File Manager, Partitioner)
    GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
    Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
    File Scavenger
    Recover My Files
    RecoverPlus Pro
    Zero Assumption Recovery
    [email protected] File Recovery
    Final Recovery
    Recover4All Professional
    Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
    NTFS Recovery
     
  3. majorfiend

    majorfiend Thread Starter

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    Thanks etaf am using one of thr freebies right now. It looks like it will take 13 hours! but so far it seems to have found 120,000 files. You might be able to help again please?. It seems to be finding files with lots of extensions like .avi.jpg etc....which is ok BUt the prefix is like fil120...file 121... when finished will i know the name of the file as it was before??? Thanks again
     
  4. fairnooks

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    Probably not, the table with all the handy contents of what was there is gone most likely and you are recovering files based on header information alone (type of file, start and end, file size stuff). So you will have to sort them all out again as far as naming goes afterward.
    That's also why its taking so long....its going through "book by book" because all the index cards are gone.
     
  5. DoubleHelix

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    If you're able to recovery any of your files, count yourself incredibly lucky, and start backing up your data immediately and regularly.
     
  6. majorfiend

    majorfiend Thread Starter

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    not holding out much hope! will finish in 8 hrs...i will be left with file extensions which i hope i have to rename if i can open them??? Thanks
     
  7. etaf

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    should be OK - thats the same , when i had a CF Card fail on me , all the images except 1 was restored - just be patient and wait till the end and see what you get
     
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