Amateur/low-level system builder here. My dad is a bit of a luddite and let his 5 year old dell get into a bit of a state. Tried to clean it up but some hardware seemed to be failing, so I decided to put him together a decent, low-cost system (~£240 no peripherals, pentium 3.3, 8gb ddr, h81m+, ADATA sp600 64gb ssd) . In the process of trying to clean up some partitions in disc management on my spare old laptop HDD I was putting into his new system, while working out how to port his old data onto the new system (seems like a good idea ), I right-click formatted all his data. Being a luddite, the only backup he has was one I made with google drive back in May.
I bought EaseUs and initiated a full restore of the drive. It's thrown up a lot more data than the capacity of the drive - presumably because it can hold overwritten data. I tried to arrange it so that it would only restore important, recent data, due to not having enough capacity on the (now partition-free) d: drive. However, it has not restored the most recent versions of some of his important files. I am prepared to fetch my 5TB external HDD if necessary and have the program spew out everything and hope the most recent versions turn out - but I'm not sure why it would if it didn't do so the first time, and the program takes ages and I have to do the whole thing myself and it's an hour and a half round trip and the guy hates me at the moment and I have a dog that doesn't like being house-trained.
I'm hoping that I could maybe restore the original hard drive into a state where I could boot from it and simply run windows easy transfer or whatever or just copy it directly. It seems plausible to me given that the actual format took no time whatsoever - all it did was change a setting, or something? Does that sound like something that might work?
FYI the drive is showing as raw, healthy, active, primary partition, with 9.12GB extra unallocated and 71MB healthy (oem partition).