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Everything on Hard drive deleted.

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  1. Jessica W

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    Hey there, most likely in the wrong place but hopefully someone can help me out.

    I have an Acer and brought a Seagate hard drive to store all photos and files, all was going fine until I brought a Macbook Air in which my Seagate hard drive was somehow incompatible with, it was not letting me add new folders or store new photos on there. I later found that this was due to the format, so as per the instructions listed on the Seagate website, changed the format to suit my Macbook. In the process I have deleted EVERYTHING that was stored on my hard drive. Is there any way to get everything back? The idea that every photo and video from the first two years of my daughters life are gone is incomprehensibly devastating please help.
    Regards, Jessica.
     
  2. etaf

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    you may be able to use a recovery program to restore all the images
    http://www.pandorarecovery.com/


    This is a very old list - so may not all work
    OR a few have changed from free to pay for - so read carefully before using
    some have a trial that allows you to recovery a few files , but to do the complete HDD you will need to pay for

    From a Elvandil Post - 2009

    Here's the list, anyway - checked the list in Aug 2015

    Free recovery applications:

    Dr. Freeware Boot CD (also has partition tool, drive cloner and imager)
    DiskDigger & NTFSWalker - nolonger free
    Pandora Recovery (Free for personal use)
    Recover Files - nolonger free
    Roadkil's Undelete
    Recuva
    Restoration
    Free Undelete (NTFS only)
    Softperfect File Recovery - upto 2GB Free
    PCI File Recovery
    Disk Investigator

    Commercial:

    Undelete Plus
    O&O Disk Recovery
    GetDataBack (For FAT or NTFS)
    Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro
    File Scavenger
    Recover My Files
    Zero Assumption Recovery
    [email protected] File Recovery
    Final Recovery
    Recover4All Professional
    Easeus Data Recovery Wizard
     
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  3. Jessica W

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    Thank you so much, hopefully it works.
     
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    did not work, once I downloaded them I tried to open it and a message popped up stating:You can’t open the application “recoverysetup.exe” because Microsoft Windows applications are not supported on OS X
     
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    These are all windows recovery programs not necessarily OSX

    How did you format the drive on the Mac - what format did you use?
    Did you use
    Mac OS Extended
     
  6. Jessica W

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    Sorry I later realised once I read the pop up properly, I have since connected hard drive to my Acer and installed Pandora. I am having a hard time getting Pandora to detect Hard Drive. To format the drive I did as follows:
    disk utility>partition>format>Mac Os Extended (Journaled).
     
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    Pandora is not working because the drive does not support this system? I will try to download a new program.
     
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    it maybe you need a Mac specific program
    http://www.iskysoft.com/disk-recovery/recover-formatted-hard-drive-mac.html
    but not free - but some of the payfor versions do have a free trial to see if you can recover some data

    Do you know how the external drive was originally formatted - FAT or NTFS

    FAT and NTFS can be read on a Mac
    I dont think NTFS can be written to from a Mac
    FAT can be

    So was that the issue - that you where unable to write files to the external drive
    Why did you format - was it because you could not write to the drive - if so i suspect it was formatted as NTFS
     
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    I do not remember how the drive was originally formatted but I could read but not write so perhaps it was NTFS, if i were to change it back, would anything happen?
     
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    you wont be able to change it back - without reformatting again

    I have used EaseUS before on a windows disk that would not be seen under windows - they also have a Mac version
    http://www.easeus.com/mac/mac-data-...tion-recovery/mac-ntfs-partition-recovery.htm

    BUT is not free and only recover 2GB of data for free
    and can take Hours to run - so dont be impatient

    Also be careful of any software that tried to FIX the disk - you just want to pull off the data from the drive
    any software that tries to fix the drive , may make matters worse - and you need to have advice from someone who has done this before

    It may be worth asking a question on the specialist Mac forums
    http://forums.macrumors.com/
    http://www.mac-forums.com/
     
  11. Jessica W

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    Thank you so much for all your time and help, I will try all advice you have given and hopefully find a solution.
     
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    try the free version of EaseUS , it will at least get back 2GB and show if its possible - then you can consider paying for the program
    what country are you in ?
     
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    Try TestDisk for Mac, it's free and could fix the drive :-

     
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    I am in Australia, I downloaded EaseUs but it is not finding my hard drive, is this because it is still formatted for mac use?
     
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    I downloaded it to my Acer
     
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