Big Trouble - Formatted a hard drrive by mistake

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Martin ©¿©¬ @REMOVETHIS.plus.com, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. Hi
    I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    Is there any way to get my data back
    Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:

    Using WinXP

    Martin
    ©¿©¬
     
    Martin ©¿©¬ @REMOVETHIS.plus.com, Aug 4, 2005
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  2. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    Shawn Guest

    your data is gone

    <Martin ©¿©¬ @REMOVETHIS.plus.com> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi
    > I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    > Is there any way to get my data back
    > Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    > formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:
    >
    > Using WinXP
    >
    > Martin
    > ©¿©¬
    >
    >
     
    Shawn, Aug 4, 2005
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  3. Shawn wrote:
    > your data is gone


    Nope

    It is still possible to make a program read the hard disk surface and
    look what has been written there instead of looking in the FAT.

    I'm not exactly an expert in those things because I've never done
    anything like this, but here are a few google links

    http://www.google.com/search?q=data recovery tool
    http://www.bitmart.net/data-recovery-software/data-recovery-software.shtml
    http://www.r-tt.com/
    http://www.webattack.com/Freeware/system/fwdatarecovery.shtml

    Using the first one will result in a list of google hits, might be the
    most useful one...

    Marc
     
    Marc Hulsebosch, Aug 4, 2005
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  4. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    Steve Smith Guest

    Hi

    As Marc pointed out, there are many firms specialising in data recovery
    even after formatting. A Google search for 'retrieving data'+formatted gets
    the following info - http://www.runtime.org/recoverability.htm.
    Their software runs at $79 for NTFS retrieval.
    You may find freeware apps however.

    Steve


    <Martin ©¿©¬ @REMOVETHIS.plus.com> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi
    > I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    > Is there any way to get my data back
    > Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    > formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:
    >
    > Using WinXP
    >
    > Martin
    > ©¿©¬
    >
    >
     
    Steve Smith, Aug 4, 2005
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  5. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    tony p Guest

    If its Ntfs I can Help I recovered 95% from my
    drive.Email me
    <Martin ©¿©¬ @REMOVETHIS.plus.com> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi
    > I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    > Is there any way to get my data back
    > Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    > formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:
    >
    > Using WinXP
    >
    > Martin
    > ©¿©¬
    >
    >
     
    tony p, Aug 4, 2005
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  6. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    Guest

    Martin ???? @REMOVETHIS.plus.com wrote:

    |>Hi
    |>I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    |>Is there any way to get my data back
    |>Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    |>formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:
    |>
    |>Using WinXP

    FWIW, you can turn off your computer the damage is done. Leaving it on
    isn't going to change a thing or help at all.

    If you really wish to retrieve the data, you could disconnect the
    drive until you get a plan. - or just make sure you don't write to it.

    Check out http://tinyurl.com/cup72
    --
    Homeowner catches burglar in act, chases him down street, stabs him. Good samaritans witness stabbing, promptly beat homeowner silly with shovel. Burglar escapes in truck, dies in wreck moments later. http://tinyurl.com/ck37o - Fark.com
     
    , Aug 4, 2005
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  7. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    tony p Guest

    I did the same thing but installed a new O.S as well.I used a program called
    'getdataback' it worked for me,your data is not lost until you write new
    data to the drive,software is here,you can download a demo that will show
    you what you can recover.The Link http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm
     
    tony p, Aug 4, 2005
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  8. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    why? Guest

    On Thu, 04 Aug 2005 14:18:11 +0100, Martin ©¿©¬ wrote:

    >Hi
    >I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    >Is there any way to get my data back
    >Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    >formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:


    Try the suggestion from Steve Smith, I had a similar problem on a
    secondary drive. Installed (to a different drive) GetDataBack for NTFS
    in the shareware mode, this works in read only mode. which lets you see
    how much you can recover.

    While online I bought a license key, registered and recovered the files
    I already selected.

    Do make sure you have a large enough space some where to recover the
    files to.

    Me
     
    why?, Aug 4, 2005
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  9. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    Kenny Guest

    I used Active@UNDELETE and recovered a load of stuff which Easy Recovery Pro
    didn't even see. The trial version will tell you if they are recoverable
    but you must pay for full version before you actually can.
    http://www.active-undelete.com/


    --
    Kenny Cargill


    "why?" <fgrirp*sgc@VAINY!Qznq.fpvragvfg.pbz> wrote in message
    news:...
    >
    > On Thu, 04 Aug 2005 14:18:11 +0100, Martin ©¿©¬ wrote:
    >
    >>Hi
    >>I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    >>Is there any way to get my data back
    >>Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    >>formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:

    >
    > Try the suggestion from Steve Smith, I had a similar problem on a
    > secondary drive. Installed (to a different drive) GetDataBack for NTFS
    > in the shareware mode, this works in read only mode. which lets you see
    > how much you can recover.
    >
    > While online I bought a license key, registered and recovered the files
    > I already selected.
    >
    > Do make sure you have a large enough space some where to recover the
    > files to.
    >
    > Me
     
    Kenny, Aug 4, 2005
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  10. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    why? Guest

    On Thu, 4 Aug 2005 18:12:29 +0100, Kenny wrote:

    >I used Active@UNDELETE and recovered a load of stuff which Easy Recovery Pro
    >didn't even see. The trial version will tell you if they are recoverable
    >but you must pay for full version before you actually can.
    >http://www.active-undelete.com/


    Thanks for letting me know, but as I have already paid for GetDataBack I
    will stick with that for a while longer.

    If you are making a suggestion to the OP, then is only polite to reply
    to their post and not someone elses' hoping the OP sees it as well.

    It would also be nice if you fixed your top posted sig , because the
    dash dash space is in the wrong place any app that honors the snipping

    (as you can see in my reply here, all of the previous message you are
    referring to was chopped out, so your answer is missing the question)

    of the sig cuts off all of the previous message. If you can't fix it
    using,

    OE-QuoteFix
    Add-on that modifies message composition windows on-the-fly to allow for
    'correct' quoting, compressed indentation, and RFC-compliant signatures.
    http://home.in.tum.de/~jain/software/oe-quotefix/

    then think about taking it out.

    Me
     
    why?, Aug 4, 2005
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  11. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    elaich Guest

    Martin ©¿©¬ @REMOVETHIS.plus.com wrote in
    news::

    > I formatted a hard drive by mistake
    > Is there any way to get my data back
    > Computer hasn't been turned of and no data has been written to the
    > formatted drive since. It's my secondary drive D:


    Try PC Inspector at:

    http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm

    I've found it to work as well as other file recovery programs and it's
    FREE.

    I would disconnect the cable to the D: drive, install PC Inspector, then
    shut the computer down and reconnect the cable. Use PC Inspector and see
    what you can get back.

    Hard learned lesson here - always save to at least 2 drives, or to CDs.
     
    elaich, Aug 4, 2005
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  12. Thanks for all your helpful replies
    I'm gonna try 'getdataback' and see if I have any success

    Martin
    ©¿©¬
     
    Martin ©¿©¬ @REMOVETHIS.plus.com, Aug 5, 2005
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  13. Shawn wrote:

    > your data is gone


    Shows how much you know.
     
    Diplomatic Immunity, Aug 6, 2005
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  14. wrote:

    > FWIW, you can turn off your computer the damage is done.


    Glad you're not in IT support because you don't know shit.
     
    Diplomatic Immunity, Aug 6, 2005
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  15. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    Guest

    "Diplomatic Immunity" <> wrote:

    |> wrote:
    |>
    |>> FWIW, you can turn off your computer the damage is done.

    |>Glad you're not in IT support because you don't know shit.

    It's not a boot drive and memory isn't involved, get real.

    --
     
    , Aug 6, 2005
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  16. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    Toolman Tim Guest

    <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > "Diplomatic Immunity" <> wrote:
    >
    > |> wrote:
    > |>
    > |>> FWIW, you can turn off your computer the damage is done.
    >
    > |>Glad you're not in IT support because you don't know shit.
    >
    > It's not a boot drive and memory isn't involved, get real.
    >

    Shows up, uninvited, and starts insulting the regulars...real bright! I bet
    he isn't affiliated with www.weapon.com either. What a maroon!

    He's already only one click away from the loony bin.
     
    Toolman Tim, Aug 6, 2005
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  17. wrote:

    >>>> FWIW, you can turn off your computer the damage is done.

    >
    >>> Glad you're not in IT support because you don't know shit.

    >
    > It's not a boot drive and memory isn't involved, get real.


    A formatted non-boot drive has NOT lost the data forever.
    What on earth makes you think it has? Have you ever actually
    recovered such a drive? I do so on a daily basis, moron!
     
    Diplomatic Immunity, Aug 6, 2005
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  18. Toolman Tim wrote:

    > Shows up, uninvited, and starts insulting the regulars...real bright!


    (1) No invitation is needed to post here.
    (2) Being a regular does not make one knowledgable.
     
    Diplomatic Immunity, Aug 6, 2005
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  19. Martin ©¿©¬  @REMOVETHIS.plus.com

    Toolman Tim Guest

    "Diplomatic Immunity" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > wrote:
    >
    >>>>> FWIW, you can turn off your computer the damage is done.

    >>
    >>>> Glad you're not in IT support because you don't know shit.

    >>
    >> It's not a boot drive and memory isn't involved, get real.

    >
    > A formatted non-boot drive has NOT lost the data forever.
    > What on earth makes you think it has? Have you ever actually
    > recovered such a drive? I do so on a daily basis, moron!
    >

    He didn't say it DID. Go back and read his post.

    He said "the damage is done". Turning the power off isn't going to make a
    difference. In fact, turning the power off, disconnecting the drive, and
    getting the boot disk he suggested in his link (you *did* check the link,
    didn't you?) is pretty damn good advice.
     
    Toolman Tim, Aug 6, 2005
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  20. Toolman Tim wrote:

    >> A formatted non-boot drive has NOT lost the data forever.

    >
    > He didn't say it DID.


    He said "the damage is done" -- which means no way of recovery.
    Otherwise, he should have said "the data is at risk" if he knew
    there was still a chance to save it.
     
    Diplomatic Immunity, Aug 6, 2005
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