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Old 10-23-06, 12:36 PM   #1
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Default Accidental hd formatting... help please...

I think this came about from a Windows XP bug, I have an IDE drive and a SATA drive, my IDE drive has my data on it. I went to do a fresh install of XP, on the menu where it asks, "Select the drive you want to Install the opertating system on" my choices were:

(c) IDE Drive 250 GB
(d) SATA drive 160 GB

I selected (d), then it asks if you want to format it, I said yes, and used a quick format. The next thing I see is: Formatting c: drive (250GB), the split second I saw this I hit the reset button on my machine and of course yelled OH SHEET!!

Upon rebooting from my CD drive, I though Okay this time be more careful and read the menus very carefully cause I thought I selected wrong. Anyway the second time and third time through Windows did the exact same thing! In my Bios I can't get my mobo to see my SATA drive as (c), so finally I unplugged my IDE drive and it worked fine, unfortunately my IDE data drive was wiped.

But, it was formatted using the "quick format" and I did hit reset as fast as I could, so the question is:

Can someone please recommend a RELIABLE and trusworthy program for getting my data back from a "quick" formatted drive

Thanks in advance for any advice, really really would be appreciated if I could get my data back...

Thanks,

Vanz

ps. sorry if I might have posted in the wrong area, this is the forum area I use the most - couldn't see another great applicable area...
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Old 10-23-06, 12:36 PM   #2
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Default Re: Accidental hd formatting... help please...

I've used EasyRecovery Professional with good results. Anything on there should be recoverable if you haven't written over it many times.
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Old 10-23-06, 12:37 PM   #3
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Restorer 2000. It's $40, but its the best $40 I've ever spent.

Bad Copy Pro could help, too.
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Old 10-23-06, 12:55 PM   #4
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Default Re: Accidental hd formatting... help please...

Thanks a lot guys I'm going to start researching them right away... I have not re-written to the drive at all. It is unplugged until I feel good about the software I get to do the recovery...

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Old 10-23-06, 02:59 PM   #5
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i used this few times
http://www.partition-recovery.com/

great program
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Old 10-23-06, 03:04 PM   #6
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Any chance you can slave the drive and try to pull data off of it onto the drive you are now using? Most of the data should be there if you restarted fast enough.
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Old 10-23-06, 05:06 PM   #7
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Any chance you can slave the drive and try to pull data off of it onto the drive you are now using? Most of the data should be there if you restarted fast enough.
Why would I want to pull the data off the one drive on to another? My plan was to just try and recover the formatted drive... I guess it would be less invasive to just read from it without doing any writing...

Maybe, I'll try that - first grab my important data and copy it to my other drive then try to restore the formatted drive back to it's original state, is this what your getting at LiquidX...

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Old 10-23-06, 05:25 PM   #8
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Yes, try to get the files you cant do without off it by slaving it then just reformat to save your self the hassle or get a program like others said to try and save it. Either way good luck.
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I've used EasyRecovery Professional with good results. Anything on there should be recoverable if you haven't written over it many times.
I've also used easy recovery pro many times and it works great. It has recovered all of my files on several occasions
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Old 10-24-06, 06:37 PM   #10
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If you did a quick format and haven't put any new data on the drive, everything is going to be there. All a quick format does is delete the partition tables so that the OS sees nothing on the drive, even though everything that was previously there still is.
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Old 10-25-06, 12:29 AM   #11
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You already did the most important thing, unplugged the drive. You'll need to install windows on your other drive (or another computer), get it all up to date. Then, and only then hook up the drive and recover the data.
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Old 10-25-06, 01:42 AM   #12
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wrong... forum...?
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