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This is a discussion on *Need help to recover data from formatted partition* within the Hard Drive Support forums, part of the Tech Support Forum category. To keep it simple, I have a Seagate 500gb HDD partitioned into C:, E: and F: respectively. When I did


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Old 05-22-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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To keep it simple, I have a Seagate 500gb HDD partitioned into C:, E: and F: respectively. When I did a windows reinstallation, like many users here, my E: and F: was gone and whats left of it was an unallocated partition in disk management.

Hence, I decided to use a data recovery program (Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery Software for FAT & NTFS) to retrieve back my lost data. By doing so, I realized that I did an unthinkable mistake of formatting the unallocated partition into and NTFS type. Also, If I am not wrong, the program I used was a wrong one too.

Now by using Active File Recovery for Windows, I did an advanced scan on the drive and I am only able to fully retrieve data from my F: whereas only about 5% of data from the more important E: which includes important documents and my work.

Is there any other way to salvage this situation? I regretted my decision to handle it myself instead of handing it over to the professionals and I hope that there is still some way to retrieve back my data. Help is greatly appreciated, thanks.
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LOL formatting a drive does not really erase the data not by a long shot



getdataback will retrieve your data


and so will active @ undelete


I have used both of these programs hordes of times to recover data from a customers drive which has been reformatted by error



relax and dont sweat it / its an easy recovery


you will need another drive though to send the data to other than the drive which was formatted ?
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I do have another drive, but what difference is there between the file recovery program that I am using and the ones that you listed? because I have tried a few programs myself and most of them gave almost the same results...
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What file system was used originally - FAT32? On both partitions, E and F?
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NTFS on both
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getdataback has a trial version >>>> you can scan the drive; if GDB can see your files and their names are legible, then it will recover them with the paid version


https://www.majorgeeks.com/download2773.html
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Or try this:

Download the Windows version of TestDisk.
Unzip the downloaded file to your C: drive.
Open C:\testdisk-6.9\win > double click the "testdisk_win" icon.

The program runs in a command window and doesn't have to be installed.

Each of the steps (A, B, C etc) below corresponds to a new TestDisk window.
Use the keyboard's arrow keys to navigate.

A. At the first window, select “No Log” and press the <Enter> key.
B. Select which drive to analyse, choose “Proceed” and <Enter>.
C. Select partition type – Intel if it’s a PC then <Enter>.
D. Select “Advanced” then <Enter>. The drive will be analysed.
E. Select the partition and choose "Type", then <Enter>.
F. Just a list of file systems, press <Enter>.
G. For NTFS - type "07", press <Enter>.
H. Choose "Boot", <Enter>.
I. Select "Rebuild BS", <Enter>.
J. Choose "List". <Enter>.
K. Can you see your files? If so, choose "Write", <Enter>.

Reboot.

If necessary, repeat the steps above for the other lost partition.
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I would try Eneles method first >>>>> its free and faster too
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tried using it, but can't really see all of the data. Retrieved quite a few data using R-Studio but, as I mentioned, there is still around 30% of the more important information yet to be retrieved. Is there any other programs that is able to do more extensive scans? Or have I already done all that I could possibly do.
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Try what Linderman suggested - GetDataBack.

If GDB finds your files you have to buy the program to retrieve the data.
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I tried it too, but somehow it retrieved less data than R-Studio. I will try to play around with the scan settings and do a scan again, hope it will be better this time round.
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See if this works: https://www.techsupportforum.com/1348272-post2.html
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Finished the scan, but results are the same, sigh.
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