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XyZspineZyX
11-18-2003, 06:39 PM
Okay so I was a doof and decided to reformat my computer 10 at night. Well, being that it was so late I installed it to the wrong hard drive (I have 2)

Once I realized that Windows was about to format the incorrect hard drive, I immediately shut down the computer and started the install on the correct hard drive.

Now here's my question. Does anyone know of any file recovery software that can assist me? I'm thinking that the files are still there but not viewable because it had already started the format process...all I see now is a Windows folder with empty folders within it.


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XyZspineZyX
11-18-2003, 06:39 PM
Okay so I was a doof and decided to reformat my computer 10 at night. Well, being that it was so late I installed it to the wrong hard drive (I have 2)

Once I realized that Windows was about to format the incorrect hard drive, I immediately shut down the computer and started the install on the correct hard drive.

Now here's my question. Does anyone know of any file recovery software that can assist me? I'm thinking that the files are still there but not viewable because it had already started the format process...all I see now is a Windows folder with empty folders within it.


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XyZspineZyX
11-18-2003, 11:41 PM
I've used GetDataBack for NTFS with varying results. It seems to work ok as long as there hasn't been any data written onto the disk again.

Unfortunately its demo version doesn't allow you to recover the data. I haven't been able to find any NTFS data recovery programs that have functional trial versions.

There is also a FAT version, which I think does allow you to recover data with the trial version (haven't looked at it for a couple of years now so it could have changed).

The site is http://www.runtime.org/

XyZspineZyX
11-18-2003, 11:42 PM
*tsk* *tsk*

Kimi, got bad news for you.... you're pretty much SOL!

Once that boot sector and the file allocation table is overwritten/formatted, all you have left to do is go sector by sector and see if there's any data in... even if it is, good luck trying to figure out to which file it belongs.

Even the old Unformat would give unexpected results. You might get the proper directory structure and files, but depending on the fragmentation on your hard drive, the might not have the correct content.

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XyZspineZyX
11-19-2003, 07:16 AM
blahhhh /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

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XyZspineZyX
11-19-2003, 08:57 PM
Oh, so this was what you were talking about, anyway, when you access the information or install new information, some of it would be written over where the old bits used to be, thus, they will be lost forever. I think it's best if you don't try to recover them at all, because not only will you risk recovering corrupt information, but the new information written there would then be corrupt too.

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XyZspineZyX
11-20-2003, 01:17 AM
Nothing new has been writted to that hard drive, other than the empty Windows folders. I'm not touching that hard drive until I determine that it is not possible to recover any of that data. We'll see....

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XyZspineZyX
11-20-2003, 09:34 AM
*does a dance*

I got EVERYTHING I wanted to back!!!!

Ontrack's EasyRecovery Professional is the absolute BESTEST!!!!!

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XyZspineZyX
11-20-2003, 02:06 PM
*clap clap clap clap clap*


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XyZspineZyX
11-20-2003, 06:28 PM
ty ty ty

I guess i'll have to change my mood since i'm not mad anymore /i/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

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