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Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by taweisse, Jul 8, 2012.

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  1. taweisse

    taweisse Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2012
    Hello everyone, I recently needed to boot to the Command Prompt on my Windows 7 HP Laptop. I used the recovery disks I made, thinking I could access the CMD from there, like I had read online. Not finding anything at the main recovery menu screen, I clicked on System Reset/Restore to attempt to get to CMD from there. Ive done a full factory reset 3 times in the past, so I didnt plan to actually format my Hard Drive while trying to boot to CMD. However, I clicked the next button one to many times, and without much warning, System Restore started to format my main HD. I held the power button down to force shut down the computer and stop formatting but I knew damage had already been done.

    I would assume that the formatting I did just erased the file system necessarily to access the actual information, without actually erasing much of my files. I took the HD out of my laptop and put it into an external enclosure, attempting to access the info from another computer. the drive shows up, but there is no size for it, and when opening it, it requires another format before it can be viewed. If I boot my laptop with the damaged drive in it, it will say "error loading operating system", so it des recognize that the drive has an OS installed on it. Is there any way to recover the files on the HD? Im not sure how the file system itself works, but it seems like it would be possible to write a file system back onto the HD without destroying its contents. Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks.
  2. Elvandil


    Aug 1, 2003
    Are you positive that it was "formatting"? There isn't usually a format when using the recovery partition for recovery, or the recovery disks. Did it actually say "formatting"?

    I suppose it doesn't much matter because even if it had started to restore the disk image, the results would have been almost the same.

    About all you can do is scan with recovery software and see if anything remains. You really should try that before messing with the file system or partitions in case all ends up lost.

    [​IMG]Files that are not backed up are files you should expect to lose.[​IMG]

    The trouble is that anything that would try to "rebuild" what was on the disk would need to include the data that is no longer present to create accurate structures, like an MFT or boot record. But try everything.


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  3. taweisse

    taweisse Thread Starter

    Jul 8, 2012
    Thanks for the quick reply!

    It was formatting, and said so. It was through the Factory Reset option at the menu screen of the recovery disks. It was at 1 percent when I force canceled it. I did back up most of my important stuff, there was a a lot of stuff I would like back though, although I can live without it. I will try thesoftware you linked to, and hope I get somewhere, thanks.
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