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So, I Decided To Re-Format My HardDrive....  
User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2327 times:

Hi all,

Ok, so - I decided to reformat my HardDrive with Windows on, (I have 2, one with Windows, one with my photos) and with me being in a rush, and not checking which HardDrive the computer was actually formatting, it actually formatted my second HardDrive, Yes - I'm an idiot. And, No - I didn't back up.

Is there any possible way that I could recover the files off of the formatted HardDrive? I have 3 years of photo's that I don't particually want to lose! I've got a certain amount of the folders backed up, but nothing for the past year.

Hope someone can help me,

Simon.


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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2306 times:

I'm not an expert but I don't believe there is a way back from this.


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User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2072 posts, RR: 51
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2299 times:
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Well in fact some software tools exist to get back lost data from your HD but you should go to a specialist to help you out on this one. Also I don't think you'll be able to get back ALL your photos but maybe some of them.
Good luck!

Thierry



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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

Quoting ThierryD (Reply 2):
Well in fact some software tools exist to get back lost data from your HD but you should go to a specialist to help you out on this one. Also I don't think you'll be able to get back ALL your photos but maybe some of them.
Good luck!

Yes, I've found some software that'll "recover it" but i'm not going to risk it. I've been ringing around some places to see if they can help. Fingers crossed.

Let this be a lesson to all! Back up your photos!!



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineDC10Tim From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 1406 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2294 times:

I thought re-formatting the HD annihilated everything? I had a couple of viruses last year that couldn't be deleted and the only way to get rid was to re-format.

Tim.



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User currently offlineSkidmarks From UK - England, joined Dec 2004, 7121 posts, RR: 55
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 4):
I thought re-formatting the HD annihilated everything? I had a couple of viruses last year that couldn't be deleted and the only way to get rid was to re-format

I believe, Tim, that even this extreme action is recoverable by an expert. Which is why the police and the like are able to "find" things that people like Peadophiles and whohave you try and hide/delete.

In any case, I hope you are lucky Simon and you AND OLD: Guangzhou - Baiyun (CAN / ZGGG) (closed), China">CAN get at least some of your pics back.

I copy mine to an external hard drive periodically AND to disc. Apart from the safety aspect, it means I can take them elsewhere if need be.

Andy  old 



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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Well, i've just found some software, that hopefully might do the trick. Some of you may know it, it's called RescuePro, from SanDisk. It came with one of my memory cards.

It was designed for removeable media, but hopefully it'll recover some files off of the Hard Disk.

I'll be straight out soon to buy an external HDD.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2072 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2271 times:
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Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 6):
Well, i've just found some software, that hopefully might do the trick. Some of you may know it, it's called RescuePro, from SanDisk. It came with one of my memory cards.

I don't wanna question your abilities with PCs but in this case you should really let someday try to recover what is to recover who knows what he's doing.

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 4):
I thought re-formatting the HD annihilated everything? I had a couple of viruses last year that couldn't be deleted and the only way to get rid was to re-format.

I'm not an expert on this but as far as I understand it, formatting an HD just kinda tells the PC that there's nothing more on your drive but in fact the data is still there somewhere.

Thierry



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User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4703 posts, RR: 50
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2259 times:

First, DO NOT INSTALL ANYTHING!!!!! on that HD.

Then, think of a solution wich you are doing here  Wink



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User currently offlineAussieAviator From Australia, joined Jul 2006, 78 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2251 times:

Don't do anything yourself ! It will most likely cost you a small fortune, but please allow an expert to attempt any recovery procedures on your re-formatted HDD.
Did I mention this might be expensive ?  crossfingers 



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User currently offlineSpruit From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 375 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2245 times:

ThierryD is correct, Formatting at any level does not remove the data from the drive, only marks the space on the platters in the HDD as available for data storage.

If you value your pictures, then I would suggest getting a professional to recover the disk for you! You could utilise a software recovery package available from numerous manufacturers but as with anything there is no guarantee!

I must say this on a daily basis being an IT administrator by trade!

BACKUP BACKUP BACKUP!

If you value your data, back it up!

Let me know if I can help you any further.

Cheers,

Spru!



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User currently offlineWhyWhyZed From Canada, joined Jan 2005, 914 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2235 times:

Quoting DC10Tim (Reply 4):
I thought re-formatting the HD annihilated everything? I had a couple of viruses last year that couldn't be deleted and the only way to get rid was to re-format.

When you delete anything from your HDD or memory card, it's still there but is only hidden and is eventually recorded over, and at that point you cannot recover it. With a HDD I believe it's kind of the same thing, just not hidden, I believe it either decreases it, or scatters it in smaller pieces but it's the same thing, it's still accessible by someone who knows what they're doing until you record over the part of memory.

- Jason DePodesta


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2227 times:

Get a professional to do it. I lost a 200GB drive once and i got a pro to do it. Sure it cost �450 to get the data back but the pictures have earnt me well over �5000 so it was worth it.

The specialist told me that it is very likely trying anything yourself will result in rewriting the volumes so that data is totally unrecoverable and not complete. So even if you can recover stuff yourself it will likely be corrupt and unreadable.

This is a lesson to teach you to back up your stuff.

Chris



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User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 13, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 2219 times:

Simon,

Oh, oh.......this is gonna cost you a lot of money.

Check this link for help. They have leading edge technology to recover the data.
http://www.ontrack.com

Service is fast and reliable!

and they do have some consumer tools as well for afordable prices.

I assume you have 2 partiones on your HDD. One for windows the other one for data. I am no expert, but I would recommend not to do anything with your PC at the moment. Booting your PC could make it worse, in terms of data recovery.

Good luck
Vasco


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 14, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2204 times:

Quoting AKE0404AR (Reply 13):
I assume you have 2 partiones on your HDD. One for windows the other one for data. I am no expert, but I would recommend not to do anything with your PC at the moment. Booting your PC could make it worse, in terms of data recovery.

Hi Vasco,

No, I currently have 2 Hard Drives, one was with Windows, and the other just with photos. I've just went and bought myself an external HDD, so it wont happen in future!

Simon.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2188 times:

Si

Give me a few days, im back at work next week, i shall talk to our technical support department and see what they suggest , after all they are the guys that catch the above named people in reply number 5!

Ryan



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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 16, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

Quoting Ryangooner (Reply 15):
Si

Give me a few days, im back at work next week, i shall talk to our technical support department and see what they suggest , after all they are the guys that catch the above named people in reply number 5!

Ryan

Cheers, Ry - Give us a text or something if you find out anything! I've realised i've got everything backed up until this time last year. So that makes it a little better - but, there's a folder of photo's from my trip to the USA this year, that I really want back!

Simon.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineStu1978 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 125 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2149 times:

Simon

I can vouch for Ontrack I used them this year to recover images. Cost me about £450 but i got everything back and they put the recovered data on a external hard drive for me.

stu


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 18, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2135 times:

Quoting Stu1978 (Reply 17):
Simon

I can vouch for Ontrack I used them this year to recover images. Cost me about £450 but i got everything back and they put the recovered data on a external hard drive for me.

stu

Hi Stu,

Jesus, £450, that's a lot of money, I can't really justify spending all that though, as I said - luckily, I have 50% of it backed up already, and in the last year I haven't done that much photography. But I have a few important folders that I'll like to get back.

Simon.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineStu1978 From United Kingdom, joined May 2005, 125 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2112 times:

Simon

I had to recover a hell of alot of mine ......almost 7gig........but at the end it was money well spent even tho a fair bit.

Like you, I had alot of important stuff on there so was very glad to get it back.

They might quote you a cheaper price as you say you only need a few folders returned so the price might well be cheaper.

stu


User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 20, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 2108 times:

Quoting Stu1978 (Reply 19):
Simon

I had to recover a hell of alot of mine ......almost 7gig........but at the end it was money well spent even tho a fair bit.

Like you, I had alot of important stuff on there so was very glad to get it back.

They might quote you a cheaper price as you say you only need a few folders returned so the price might well be cheaper.

stu

7 Gig? There was nearly 70 Gig's on this one!  Wink

I never delete my photos, so 95% of them were rubbish anyway. The thing is, i'm bound to get 1000's of photo deals now, all asking for the originals!

Ah well, Shit happens! Thank's to everyone who's given advice...
Now to format the correct HDD!  Wink

Simon.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineAKE0404AR From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2535 posts, RR: 46
Reply 21, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Quoting Airplanepics (Reply 18):
Jesus, �450, that's a lot of money, I can't really justify spending all that though, as I said - luckily, I have 50% of it backed up already, and in the last year I haven't done that much photography

450 is still a reasonable amount, you can pay up to USD 3000.00 if you HD suffers a Head Crash.....

So if the images are important to you, I would use Ontrack or similar services.
In 10 years from now, you"ll be happy that you did it.

Vasco


User currently offlineChris78cpr From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 2822 posts, RR: 50
Reply 22, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2099 times:

You say you want your image from America back.

For a trip that cost what �1000 maybe?

Whats �450 for the memories of that trip alone? Plus all of the other photos you will get back.

Chris



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User currently offlineAirplanepics From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2739 posts, RR: 40
Reply 23, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2085 times:

Quoting Chris78cpr (Reply 22):

Whats �450 for the memories of that trip alone? Plus all of the other photos you will get back.

Chris,

£450 may not be alot for you, but it is for me. I really can't justify spending money that I havn't got!

Simon.



Simon - London-Aviation.com
User currently offlineTZ From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2003, 1085 posts, RR: 53
Reply 24, posted (8 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2076 times:
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Simon

You'll need to:

1. Install the external HDD to yoiur PC,
2. Buy a decent recovery package. We use "GetDataBack for FAT" at work, and it's good. Install it.
3. Use that tool to scan, then restore your images onto the external HDD.

I can't guarantee anything, but if all you have done is a format and nothing else, you'll get everything back and it's quick and easy. No big deal once the saga is over.

TZ



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25 Airplanepics : Hi Tamsin, Will give it a go, only thing is - where Windows has tried to install on the second HDD, it's created a Windows folder, can this muck thing
26 DC10Tim : So if all the data is still there after it has been deleted, does that mean that the amount of space available on the disk is reduced? Tim.
27 Spruit : Not really the place for this discussion, but! Deleting data does not remove the data from the disks, only the references in the File Allocation Tabl
28 TZ : Ah, didn't notice that bit. The installation of Windows will have written data to the disk (obviously!). If you're lucky it will have used an area of
29 Chris78cpr : Oh no, £450 is a lot for me. but my images to me are priceless. I would pay £1000 to get them back. The reasons for this are that they hold my best
30 Post contains links JeffM : If you've only formatted, you'll be able to regain almost all if not all of it. Try this program, Zero Assumption. It's free and it works really well
31 QANTAS077 : i had a similar problem 2 weeks back..got a new PC and removed the spare HD from the old unit, put it in the new unit and low n behold it'd decided to
32 IL76 : I chose that option a while ago, saves me a lot of burning of CD's and I can still clean up my photo collection at any time (rename, delete doubles,
33 Post contains links Pepef : I once recovered 17.000 photos after re-installing Windows XP. Windows XP formatted the drive without asking before re-installing, but it was no big p
34 HAWK21M : I always transfer my Pics on a CD as Back up. In your case since you did not.I've read someplace that its can be recovered.Call the Experts. regds MEL
35 Rammstein : Yes, if you did a "quick-formatting" that doesn't erase the whole data. I strongly suggest that first of all: 1) You make an image of the whole hard
36 Airplanepics : Hi all, many thank's for your help. I've been quoted in the region of £400-£600, which I can't afford to pay. I'm going to try the program Jeff ment
37 ManuCH : If you've done a full-format, one that takes 10 minutes or so, not only 10 seconds, it's very unlikely that you'll be able to recover anything with e
38 Airplanepics : Good News! I've just purchased the programme Peter mentioned called File Scavenger, it's just found 48000 photo's, which I believe is all of them! I'm
39 Post contains images Rammstein : Congratulations! I wonder how was your mood when you discovered you formatted the wrong drive
40 Post contains images Airplanepics : I was more shocked than annoyed!
41 MD80fanatic : You need a dual layer DVD re-writeable burner. That entire drive could have been safely backed-up to just 10 or 11 DVDs. You could also invest in Nort
42 AndesSMF : There is formatting and there is 'wiping' data. Formatting does not eliminate all the data, wiping out rewrites everything 10-12X to make certain the
43 Post contains images MD80fanatic : I have been using DVD-RW for backups for a few years now with no problems at all. Using high-quality discs can yield many reliable writes/rewrites ea
44 Post contains images Itsjustme : Sounds like a couple of drinks is in order. Good news is always nice to hear. Not to sound like a get well card but, congrats on your full recovery.
45 Klaus : They actually did a few years ago (Syquest and others), but nowadays with cheap HD prices you're better off with an external FireWire drive. Serves t
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