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How f*cked am I?!?!


colemancb
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Well, I'm pretty much bouncing off the walls right now. I was installing Windows 2000 and accidently told it to format the wrong drive. In the installation, I went by the drive letters, and basically it told mixed up my C and D drives, so it read my boot drive (the one I wanted to wipe) as the D drive, and the drive with all my data as the C drive.

I am running some random tool I found called Zero Assumption Recovery, dunno how good it will do. I had over 11,000 songs on there, stuff for work that is irrecoverable, stuff for school that is irrecoverable, etc...

Please don't give me a lecture on backing things up. I can't just drop $150-$200 on an external drive, and it was certainly not feasible to burn data to DVDs. If this is all you're going to say to me, please, don't. It wasn't a hardware failure...simply an accident.

What are my options as far as unformatting goes? Are there any?

EDIT -- The drive is now being reported as 74GB instead of 120GB..... :-(

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I am running some random tool I found called Zero Assumption Recovery, dunno how good it will do.

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What are my options as far as unformatting goes? Are there any?

The idea is to ask for help BEFORE using an app. ;)

However, if you just quick formatted the drive, you can try with TESTDISK:

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

or you can try with its "counterpart" photorec:

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

to recover the files.

You will need another drive with enough space for the recovered files.

If you have a few bucks to spare and the drive was NTFS, these two COMMERCIAL apps are very good:

http://www.diydatarecovery.nl/iUndelete.htm

http://www.quetek.com/prod02.htm

The "poor man's" option is this one:

http://memberwebs.com/stef/software/scrounge/

jaclaz

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If you reformat and then do not write anything to do the drive after you get into Windows, and use a data recovery tool like Recuva (freeware) or R-Studio or Runtime GetDataBack, and scan over a network connection, I'd say you have a good chance of getting your data back.

However, most people immediately install all their programs again and are then beyond the point of a typical software-based recovery.

This is why we make backups.

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If you reformat and then do not write anything to do the drive after you get into Windows, and use a data recovery tool like Recuva (freeware) or R-Studio or Runtime GetDataBack, and scan over a network connection, I'd say you have a good chance of getting your data back.

However, most people immediately install all their programs again and are then beyond the point of a typical software-based recovery.

This is why we make backups.

that will only work if you do a quick format :}

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that will only work if you do a quick format :}

False. I was able to recover data with R-Studio fully intact on areas of the drive that had not been written to as much as others after 6 reformats (full format).

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Lol this happened to me about 2 months ago. What I did was buy this software called active partition recovery (it is actually a bunch of different app including DOS floppy versions and windows PE) and installed windows on another hard drive. I ran the software which scanned the drive found and restored the data. Since then I have used the software for all sorts of data recovery related tasks. I recommend this software as it has save my a** too many times to count.

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a program that worked for me is called Get Data Back NTFS, there's a Get Data Back FAT as well.

but as advised before, do it over a network if possible, if not, make it a slave and do it in another computer, but make sure you have the hard drive space you need for recovering.

not to beat a dead horse, but might i suggest and external enclosure for a hard drive, and moving the data drive into that? external enclosures are cheap, and they don't require you to buy a hard drive.

i've done similar things in the past, so i know the feeling of losing several thousand songs.

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that will only work if you do a quick format :}

False. I was able to recover data with R-Studio fully intact on areas of the drive that had not been written to as much as others after 6 reformats (full format).

actually you are right. i just reasearched it and neither the quick of the full format erases any data. i was told by multiple people that the full format writes over the entire disk, but that apparently is not true. i need to tell at them now :realmad:

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