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Recover data from External hard disk

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by crazy-trapez, Oct 19, 2009.

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  1. crazy-trapez

    crazy-trapez Thread Starter

    Oct 19, 2009

    I have recently bought a 1 TB Seagate external hard disk. It worked very good.
    Some days ago I had to format my computer and reinstall windows, so I saved my important data on the external hard disk.
    Accidentally, I did the format while the hard disk was connected to the computer.
    I tried to connect the hard disk to my other computer, a massage popped up saying "Seagate storage device was successfully installed and ready to be used" , but I couldn't find it in "My Computer".
    Then I went to My Computer-Manage-Disk Management and there I saw the hard disk, but it was Unallocated.
    I tried to activate it, and then I saw it on My Computer. However, when I double clicked on it, A massage saying "This drive is not formatted, would you like to format it now?" popped up. I said NO and then tried some file recovery programs, but with no success.
    The only program that worked was "VirtualLab" It found the files, all of them, but I couldnÂ’t save them because I had to buy the program.

    I Tried the "Recuva" software, but when I tried to scan the hard disk, Recuva said "Unable to read boot sector".

    Please, I really need to recover my files from there, There are some Medical Documents there for my sisters surgery.
    Help me up please!!!
  2. fairnooks

    fairnooks Banned

    Oct 1, 2007
    $40 is actually a very good price if the program can see and promises to recover all the files you need. Free software is free software; sometimes it works fine and sometimes you get what you pay for, especially with data recovery. The ones I would have suggested cost significantly more (GetDataBack and Easeus Recovery Wizard).
  3. LaptopNomad


    Dec 30, 2008
    I have good experiences with Partition recovery - it searches for the remains of partitions and can scan for files on the partition.

    When found it allows you to copy it to a different disk.

    It's not free but it worked for me.
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