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Q: recover data from formatted external hard drive

hello,

I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.

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A:Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Are you positive that it was "formatting"? There isn't usually a format when using the recovery partition for recovery, or the recovery disks. Did it actually say "formatting"?

I suppose it doesn't much matter because even if it had started to restore the disk image, the results would have been almost the same.

About all you can do is scan with recovery software and see if anything remains. You really should try that before messing with the file system or partitions in case all ends up lost.

Files that are not backed up are files you should expect to lose.

The trouble is that anything that would try to "rebuild" what was on the disk would need to include the data that is no longer present to create accurate structures, like an MFT or boot record. But try everything.

Free:

Using TestDisk To Repair Corrupted MFT, Repair NTFS Boot Sector (or build a new one if both are corrupted), Or Create Or Restore Boot Sector Backups.

Paragon Rescue Kit
Parted Magic (The best boot CD. Includes data recovery to CD/DVD, network, or USB, Testdisk for partition recovery, audio tests, and much more)
Testdisk Documentation
Testdisk Download
Minitool Partition Recovery
Easeus Partition Recovery
Diskinternals Partition Recovery
Partition Wizard Boot CD
DriveRescue
Testdisk Boot Disk
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool

Commercial:

Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
Bootmaster Partition Recovery
ZAR Partition Recovery
DIY DataRecovery DiskPatch
Partition Table Doctor
 

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The USB of my external hard drive was broken and I changed to a new casing. However, it did not show up in my computer anymore and did not show up in disk management. I read forums and assigned it a drive name in disk management and clicked new partition. The drive was now visible in my computer but it keeps asking to be formatted. I do not want to erase my old data and so did not format.I want access to this data back again. My hard drive is fine and makes no noises. Someone please help.

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A:Recover data from external hard drive?

No guarantee that you'll be able to recover your data. Depends on the size of the HDD, it might take a while for the programs to scan it. Be patient.

Found some posts that might be of help. Good luck.

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/252267-45-recovery-data-hard-disk-deleting-partition

http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/255089-32-partitions-overwritten-recover-previous-data

http://www.partitionguru.com/step/recover-partition-using-partitionGuru.php
 

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Now I have a hard drive that is still 80% full and no way of reaching the data… Anytime I try to open the drive, I get a message saying it’s inaccessible.

Is there any way for me to recover some of the data still on the drive????

Any advice y'all could give would be muchly appreciated.
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A:Is it possible to recover data from reformatted external hard drive

He most likely can....BUT... itll cost ALOT of money. The hard drive will most likely have to be shipped to a professional with a dust free environment where he will open the drive and pull info from it.

If it is reformatted the information is most likely written over and gone, but ya never know, if he has about 800-1500 to dump on a hard drive, go for it, but I would just assume it is gone.

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/185577/is-it-possible-to-recover-data-from-reformatted-external-hard-drive/
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A:Recover data from dead HD and dump on to external hard drive

try getting your hands on a 'live cd' like Ubuntu or something.

you have to boot your system from the disc, usually by pressing an 'f' key as soon as you press the power button (on my tosh its f12). then select boot from cd, instead of from the hard drive.

you will probably need to have your external drive attached before you start in order for the 'live OS' to recognise it.

then you should be able to view and perhaps even copy your files to the external hdd. you should even be able to format the original hard drive from here too, then you can re-install windows.

lastly try an anger management course. this really was a bit of a rookie error, wasn't it?
 

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A:What to do if the hard disk is formatted and we need to recover the data?

the best software i would recommend is Easy Recovery Professional ==>as far as i have experienced, they have the BEST
 

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A:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?

Anyone?
 

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A:Recover photos from re-formatted hard drive

helstonian said:


Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.Click to expand...

If it is worth that much to you, might be best to take it in to a pro.

In the meantime, don't use it so as to avoid overwriting the files anymore than they already are.
 

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If you can run it from one of the other partitions, this may bail you out:

How to Recover formatted Windows 7 partitions with Windows 7 Unformat software?

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A:Recover data from External hard disk

$40 is actually a very good price if the program can see and promises to recover all the files you need. Free software is free software; sometimes it works fine and sometimes you get what you pay for, especially with data recovery. The ones I would have suggested cost significantly more (GetDataBack and Easeus Recovery Wizard).
 

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A:Formatted External hard drive

Format it again using linux but chose FAT32.

It is probably formatted as ext3, ext4 or some journalizing file type and windows can not see linux file systems.
 

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A:Formatted External Hard Drive

http://www.stellarinfo.com/download.htm

this may help
 

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What happens if you plug it into different computer?

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http://www.piriform.com/recuva
 

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A:I accidently formatted my external hard drive..

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A:External Hard drive formatted / deleted while installing windows 10

Have you tried checking your primary drive for the windows.old folder? Assuming you chose either the "Keep my files" or the"Remove Everything" options instead of the "Restore Factory Settings" entry, then all of your old files should be stored there.

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A:Help!! Must recover data on hard drive

Do a "recovery" search on the forum, this subject came up recently.
 

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Do you want to format it now?"

If i proceed with this, all the data on that hard drive will be wiped out.

Is there any possible way to recover the date from the hard drive?
 

A:Is there any way to recover data from this hard drive?!

what File System are you using? ie: Fat32 or NTFS?
Make sure that both hd's have the same file system, otherwise you're going to have to reinstall on the same fs.
 

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A:Can I recover my files and data after they have been formatted?

I'm not an expert but formatting is a bit like cremation I think ! Trés finale
 

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A:Help! need to recover data from formatted disk

It would endanger any remaining data to try to change the file system yet again. Chances are you may have lost the data the first time.

Try scanning the drives with these programs. Look under the "Others" menu in Restoration and choose "Scan All Clusters". These are free and good and will give a good idea if anything remains of your files (if they allow access to an Ext2FS file system from Windows---I don't know).

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A:Recover data on unpartitioned hard drive

"I can see that all the data is physicly still on the drive"
How do you see this?

Try some partition recovery programs:

Partition Repair:

<--(Bootable floppy image)
http://users.adelphia.net/~abraxas/dl/partfix.exe
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or file recovery:

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A:how do I recover data from a non responsive hard drive?

Here's the rule of thumb I've seen.

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Welcome to TechSpot

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With that amount of problems
Also, showed that I had tons of bad blocks or sectors, somewhere near 20,000.Click to expand...

recovery of anything is unlikely
see if you can access it from a cmd prompt with admin rights, change the prompt to E:
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dir
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Thanks Prett!
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it easier to take the hdd in to a comp store or teck and they will open up the hdd and take out the disk and put it in a machine that can read it and wala they can recover all info on the disk perviding it not to badly damaged already my cousin had this done when his apt was broken into when he was on holidays and his computer was burnt and smashed to hell he took in the drive i think it cost him like $30 dollors can. and all info was recovered from disk the easiest way
 

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A:How can I recover data from hard drive after using repair disc?

Hi and welcome,
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Richard
 

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As long as the 3 partitions where not over-written by "Knowhow" the data should all be intact and readable to the extent that the drive is readable..

when you get your old HDD back - purchase a HDD to USB external adapter - and you should be able to access the data..
to copy it over to another HDD > that is what they are going to do..

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A:Can i recover deleted files from an external hard drive?

  
Quote: Originally Posted by Double


Hi Is it possible to recover deleted files from an external hard drive or flash memory


Not with certainty. It's hit and miss. Don't count on it.

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You can find the software on torrent sites if you don't want to pay for it Click to expand...

It is against forum rules to discuss torrents or P2P file sharing, sorry.
 

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Hi zaphenomenalone and welcome to TSG.

Does the hard drive show up in the Bios ? Does it show up in Disk Management ?

Please download and run this TSG hardware utility and paste the result into your next post :-
http://static.techguy.org/download/SysInfo.exe
 

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What kind of a backup is it? Is it an image backup or file-by-file backup? What backup software did you use or did you just copy selected files to the external drive? That's the kind of info we need to know before we can answer your question.

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A:Recover formatted drive

You might try one of These freeware suggestions.

I've seen This recover files from a Formatted HDD when others wouldn't .. But that was a long time ago.
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https://forums.techguy.org/threads/recover-formatted-drive.908496/
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tcroc26 said:

Would I need to install the programs onto that hard drive?Click to expand...

Quite possibly, what applications are we talking about here?
 

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What brand of drive did you purchase?

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You may be able recover some of the data with this apps.
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Hi and welcome to the forums.

There is a small chance that your files and folders have just hidden themselves. To view hidden folders follow the tutorial at Hidden Files and Folders - Show or Hide.

At the very least this is a good place to start.

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About months ago I added an external LaCie Hard Drive TB to my system to be able to back up my C drive and to store my music external from data drive hard corrupted Need help recovering files on copy my cd collection I partitioned into two drives J for the backup and M for the music Over the past several months I have downloaded over cd s to the M drive and it worked fine until recently where it showed as corrupted I called LaCie and they advised that the hardware is probably ok as the computer still sees the J drive and associated volume When I quot explore quot the computer it sees the M drive but there is no data no total size or free space showing When you click on it the M drive it gives the message that it is unavailable and corrupted Lacie advised formatting the drive after attempting to recover the data which they think is still there just corrupted I suppose I could just format the drive and re-copy all the cd s but that took forever the first time so I would like to try and recover them before I resort to that The error message reads quot M is not accessable The paremeter is incorrect quot But when I click the J partition of Need help recovering corrupted data from external hard drive the same drive it shows the volume and available volume as normal The music files were recorded using dbPowerAmp and saved in FLAC format I also had a folder in M for converted files where I converted the FLAC files to Apple Lossless for use on my iPod Again this whole thing worked fine for months recording the cd s being able to convert them to the Apple format importing them into iTunes or just playing the FLAC files I had recorded etc My machine is about Need help recovering corrupted data from external hard drive years old and HP Pavilion a n running Vista Does anyone have any suggestions Need help recovering corrupted data from external hard drive on a relatively inexpensive software package that will recover corrupted files from an external hard drive Any suggestions are greatly appreciated Thanks nbsp

A:Need help recovering corrupted data from external hard drive

You can try a Linux Live cd and plug the Ext HDD into the computer running the live CD and see if linux can get at them seems to be working great for me. Sounds more like your J: drive lost its partition bits and thats why its not working and why your M: drive still is. If the hard drive itself was starting to go bad I would think it would affect both partitons as a partition is just a logical split of the drive.
 

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I have a 120 gig ACOM Data external hard drive. It was working fine up until a couple weeks ago. Now..the drive is not recognized in "MY Computer" but is recognized in the device manager with a yellow exclamation point. When I right click on "My Computer" and check disk maangement the drive is not recognized here either. The light on the front of the drive is green and the connections appear to be fine. Any suggestions? Gracias
Im running it on dell notebook, windows xp, pentium 3, usb 2.0.
 

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I am running WIN XP Pro (SP2) with a USB attached external hard drive.
The hard drive is attached all the time and is 250gb, it currently shows free space of 157gb.
All the folders appear (including the normally hidden system folders), but they appear to be empty.
Going by the fact that there is 157 gb of free space there should therefore be approximately 100gb of data yet I am unable to see it.
I have run Freeundelete (which didn't work because it couldn't see my external drive (my H drive) and have also run Winundelete which ran successfully but said there were no deleted files to undelete.
How do I go about restoring the files that are there but that I can't see so that I can once again use them.

A:(Apparent) Lost data on external hard drive

A complete reboot and power off / on seems to have fixed this problem.

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