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#1 Mystogan94

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:21 AM

Hi,

 

I have mounted another hard drive in my desktop, which is 4TB WD red book. whilst trying to reformat a SD Card, i accidentally reformatted the hard drive instead, using the windows reformat tool. when i pressed reformat, i unchecked the quick format and start the formatting.

 

But then after a few seconds, i realized what i've done, i cancelled everything and now the Hard drive is unreadable, needs formating.

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Please advise me on what to do.



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#2 mikey11

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Posted 19 April 2018 - 07:28 AM

you said you just installed the drive.....so there shouldn't be anything on it?

 

so why cant you just format it again?



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:02 AM

you said you just installed the drive.....so there shouldn't be anything on it?

 

so why cant you just format it again?

i said i mounted, i did not say i just mounted the drive. i have the drive for a year or two now, it have important data inside. i need to retrieve those data.



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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:13 AM

In my experience, without needing to resort to any paid recovery service, possibly the most likely software to be able to restore the original partition is Testdisk:

https://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

If the partition can be recovered from the reserve partition table copy, the contents may not be totally uncorrupted - any portion of the user area that was written over before you were able to stop the process will not be able to have its contents recovered by recovery software. If little or no formatting was completed before you stopped it, you may be lucky and have few or no actual files corrupted.


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Posted 19 April 2018 - 08:21 PM

You might want to enlist the help of a local data recovery person who can, after taking a look at things, advise you on a course of action, including best candidates concerning software and processes.


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:51 AM

I work IT at a school district, and I had a teacher accidentally delete her maternity pictures off of her camera's SD card. I was able to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get all of her pictures back for her. This program has worked for me on multiple occasions. They have a free version, but you may need to pay for the program if you have a certain amount of data to recover.

https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm?utm_expid=268318-386.UQ1AW2-bTYGA56FtTd1ypw.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F



#7 JohnC_21

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 02:22 PM

I work IT at a school district, and I had a teacher accidentally delete her maternity pictures off of her camera's SD card. I was able to use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get all of her pictures back for her. This program has worked for me on multiple occasions. They have a free version, but you may need to pay for the program if you have a certain amount of data to recover.

https://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm?utm_expid=268318-386.UQ1AW2-bTYGA56FtTd1ypw.0&utm_referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F

PhotoRec, part of Testdisk and free, can do the same but recovery is in real time and all the file names are generic. Any file found would have to be renamed. File extensions can be checked under File Options. PhotoRec works well on SD cards.It's a good option for people who cannot afford to purchase programs like Easeus or Minitools recovery software.






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