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accidental reformat of seagate backup plus/ all deleted - help

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#1 slowlybutshelly


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Posted 25 December 2012 - 03:12 AM

Xmas eve 2012. Hell. I lost my aunt, uncle, and dog this year. NOW please hear this story. Mid 2012 my hard drive died, along with 15 years of educational materials on it. I took it to a pc data recovery place and they were able to recover my data, which included 1500 hours of manually entered mp3's from audiocassette conversion.

Today a popup appeared on my computer and asked if I wanted to reformat drive G; not exactly knowing what drive G was I initially said YES. Then i quickly cancelled while a progress bar started. i am not sure if I was on my iphone or computer. Anyway now, everything is gone from my Seagate backup plus. My question is: is there any way to recover the 350gb of info or is it lost?

it was formatted for pc and mac; so now after a reformat what is its status?

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#2 hamluis



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Posted 25 December 2012 - 05:42 AM

Well...you can try free data-reccovery software, as a first step...assuming that you have a drive large enough to use as a destination for your recovery effort.

I've never seen a Windows popup re reformattting...but I have seen popups (as recently as two days ago) where Windows asserts that the partition cannot be read and said partition needs formatting. I interpret this as either a problem with the file system or the hard drive itself and removed the drive from the computer. I will try to recover the data before I do anything in terms of fiddling with the partition or the drive.

In any case, following are some programs that have worked for BC members:

Data Recovery , GParted, AA - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic474881.html

Partition Find and Mount free partition recovery software - http://findandmount.com/

Recovery Software, Partition Table Doctor - http://www.ptdd.com/

Recovery Software, Recover My Files - http://www.recovermyfiles.com/

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download - http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Of the above, I have used Recuva with success in a situation where I had inadvertently deleted directly (Recycle Bin bypassed) some files I valued.


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