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Accidentally reformatted C drive and murdered my laptop

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#1 spacexjunk


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Posted 31 May 2014 - 02:29 PM

I was attempting to reformat this external HDD to fat32 with a 3rd party fat32 reformatting program, and for whatever reason, it bugged out and decided to reformat my C drive in my laptop instead. My laptop crashed and I'm pretty sure literally everything was wiped. I recently got this laptop so I'm not too bothered by losing all of my data but I'm a little clueless on how to get my laptop back up and running. When I turn on my laptop it shows this screen 


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then when I press any key I get to this screen


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On this screen, I can't move the arrow keys up or down and I can't select anything with enter. Which means it looks like that everything on the c drive got zapped if there are no bootable devices. Any ideas on how to fix this? I wanted to get some opinions from people who know about this more then I do before I start fixing it myself and assuming I'm doing it right which in reality I could possibly mess up even further and turn my laptop into a brick. Also, if anyone knows of some sort of recovery software that would pertain to my situation please let me know. Thank you

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 02:43 PM

The screen shots you posted are illegible, and you didn't say what make & model computer you're working with.  Today's computers come either with discs or a user guide telling you how to make discs to restore to factory settings.  It sounds like you have neither these nor a backup to an external hard drive.  If that's the case, you should contact the manufacturer and see if they'll send you the needed discs.


 When you've gotten your system back like you want it, I urge you to get yourself an external hard drive and a good 3rd party backup program. You can set it up to do everything automagically at the time and frequency of your choice. 1 TB external hard drives are about $60 these days and a really good FREE backup program is the Easeus Todo Backup Free.  That can save you a lot of time and frustration the next time something like this happens. Sooner or later it happens to all computers for one reason or another.
 Good luck.

Everyone with a computer should back his system up to an external hard drive regularly.  :thumbsup:

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Posted 31 May 2014 - 05:29 PM

Additional references to recovery software I've seen used successfully over the years here at BC:


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


Data Recovery Using Puppy Linux, Brooks - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/489067/dual-boot-system-bluescreens-1-of-my-startup-choice


dd_rescue Download - http://www.garloff.de/kurt/linux/ddrescue/


GetDataBack - Data Recovery Software - http://runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm, I don't normally list this because it costs and other alternatives don't...but I have used this one myself with success.


PhotoRec Data Recovery, acerts04 - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/524099/urgent-help-needed-recover-photos-from-a-deleted-account/?p=3312745


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


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


I would certainly try all the free alternatives before thinking about spending for a recovery program :).



#4 Anshad Edavana

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 12:08 PM



Which was the OS installed on your system ?. If it was "Win 8" or "Win 8.1" , the system will be based on UEFI BIOS which won't list non-partitioned disk as bootable. Let us know about the make and model of your system and the exact version of the OS installed ( 8.1 x64 single langauage/Pro ) and then we can figure out a solution.

Edited by Anshad Edavana, 01 June 2014 - 12:09 PM.

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