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(HELP) Erased External Hardrive by Accident.


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#1 Langson

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:17 PM

I was resetting my Windows 10 PC, so I made a boot drive from my 1TB LaCie hard drive. What ended up happening was that the Windows 10 Creator Tool erased everything in the drive and formatted it into a tiny 32GB. The problem is that the files from the PC which I reset also got deleted from my drive in the process. Those files are EXTREMELY important and I need to find a way to get them back. I've already tried to use third-party applications to try can scan and recover deleted files, but the important ones were all lost. Also If anyone knows how to reformat the hard drive, it would be greatly appreciated.

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#2 JohnC_21

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Posted 23 April 2017 - 09:31 PM

Whatever you do, don't reformat the drive. Your chances as it stands right now are slim you will get your files back. Depending on how important they are and I assume from your Caps they are I would recommend you consult a professional data recovery service. DriveSavers is one of the better ones but it is not cheap.

 

http://www.drivesaversdatarecovery.com/

 

Basically what Windows 10 did was format the drive with a different file system and wiped the previous partition. If there was any chance of recovering your files it would be to scan the drive with Testdisk to detect any partitions. Highlight the partitions found and press the "P" key. Does it show your files? You may need to do a deeper search to find any deleted partitions and this will take a long time.

 

Test disk step by step

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Step_By_Step

 

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download



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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:03 PM

I will add to John_C21's comments that the PhotoRec (which recovers far more than photos) utility that comes with TestDisk is also worth trying if the main utility does not find your partitions.  The documentation describes how it works but it can often reconstruct files if the drive has not been wiped and can scan unallocated space, too.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 10:35 PM

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#5 Langson

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 12:23 PM

Thanks, will try.

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Posted 24 April 2017 - 07:11 PM

Make a full system backup using Macrium Reflect before making serious changes.

 

https://www.macrium.com/reflectfree

 

I use the paid v7.



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 08:05 PM

Just to reiterate, sometimes things just go bad.

Once, I added new drivers for my keyboard & mouse.

They quit working even on reboot.

I had to use my factory recovery CDs to reinstall my OS.

I then downloaded Macrium Reflect & added the Boot Time Recovery Environment.

& used my saved system recovery image to install 8.1 Pro.

 

Since I had a Microsoft Account my account was automatically activated.

 

This could have been a lot worse.

 

I keep Macrium Reflect system images often.

They have never let me down.

 

Just something for you to think about. :)



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 09:23 PM

Langson, how are recovery attempts going?  I hope you were able to either clone or full image the entire problem HD before working on it.  DR specialists almost always make a "carbon copy" or a full image, store that spare in a safe place, then work on the HD with the problem.


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