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How to recover lost data from hard drive?

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  1. pr0wler

    pr0wler Thread Starter

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    I accidentally reformatted the wrong hard drive, I lost all my information on D. I was wondering if there was any solid method of recovering some if not all of the lost files on that drive. Thank you.
     
  2. clikonco

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    Hello,
    Based off of my experience with hard drives, I am pretty sure that if you had reformatted the hard drive, all the data is gone, May be I am wrong but I am pretty sure there is no way to recover the data. Hopefully I am wrong, but I am pretty sure that is it.
     
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    sorry mate bad link.go to next post,maybe helpful
     
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    pr0wler:

    I'm assuming that computer has 2 physical hard drives and that you accidentally formatted the wrong one.

    There are various ways and various programs to recover data, but I have no experience at it and can't address the issue. There are others here though that can, so be patient and see if one of them does. Good luck. (y)

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    which filesystem was originally on the hdd? fat32/ntfs/ext3 ....

    which method of formatting did you use? quick or full?

    did you repartition before you formatted? if yes, did you make the new partition in the same place and the same size as the old one?

    did you make any writes to the new filesystem after formatting it?


    the answers to those questions will help determine the probability of data recovery.


    sorry this happened to you, man!
     
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    you may want to have a look at the man page for a linux utility called dd.

    google "linux dd man page"


    that little program comes in quite handy in situations like these. just make darn sure you know what you are doing before you use it!
     
  8. pr0wler

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    Responses above, thank you guys!
     
  9. speed_hog

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    the most important thing to do is shut off the PC and remove the hard drive........
    do it now or the data will get over written
     
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    If you don't turn off the PC it will get MUCH HARDER to recover the data

    don't plug the hard drive back in until you are ready....
    ->>>try and find some recovery software...
     
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    It's a SATA hard drive, it was the D Drive on the computer. The computer I am using has a the OS installed on C. Do I still need to remove it?
     
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    I would just unplug it until you are ready
    if anything access's that drive the recovery becomes much harder and the odds get stacked against you more and more
     
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    You can find data recovery software on the web you just have to look for it...
    or you can just spend the $ and buy some...
     
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