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Undo Formatted Hard Drive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by helpharddrive, Jan 6, 2013.

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  1. helpharddrive

    helpharddrive Thread Starter

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    I accidentally formatted my external hard drive when I plugged it into my laptop and Windows automatically formatted it. Everything seems to be lost and I really hope to get all of my files back. Is there any free software I can use to get it back? Is there anything I can do?
     
  2. 1002richards

    1002richards Retired Trusted Advisor

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    Hi and welcome,
    Firstly stop using that hard drive in case anything left there gets overwritten even more. Chances of recovery after a format are very slim. Recuva is a free prog often recommended here: http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    You'll need to recover any docs etc to a different drive - probably your laptop.

    Hope this helps.

    Richard
     
  3. DaveBurnett

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    You might get away with using TESTDISK and the "unformat" option.
    No guarantee though.
     
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