I ACCIDENTLY DELETED EVERYTHING

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I ACCIDENTLY DELETED EVERYTHING

Postby warbenekar » Tue Nov 01, 2005 6:50 pm

......why did I have to be so damn stupid? :cry:

Okay I was going to format my two lower harddrives using my MaxBlast4 software. That is my two smaller harddrives, except I did the worst possible thing I could ever do. I somehow told it to format one of my 250GB SATA drives, specifically the WD. :cry:

Is there anything I can do, anything at all to recover the data. I think it only did a low level format, because it took only about 5 seconds. Though if I try to click on it in my Computer it says drive not formatted. Is there any hope at all. :cry:

Please get back to me, I will do anything. In the meantime I will continue to cry and hit my head against the wall. :cry:

I had everything on that drive, my games, my music, my movies, my other things, and now it is all gone. :cry:
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Postby scottla » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:00 pm

There's two levels of answer here. Will you be able to recover your drive exactly as it was, particularly if that drive had your OS? Mmm, probably not. Can you recover your data files (.jpg, .mp3, .doc, etc) however? Probably yes.

The trick will be to make sure you do nothing else to the drive and then contact a data recovery company. The one I've used in the past with great success is DISC. Their site is:

http://www.disc-recovery.com/

The core of their solution is NSA-level forensic data recovery. They've actually recovered data from fire-damaged drives. If necessary, they can put the actual platter back on a spin-stand and image individual bits.

Anyway, sometimed these solutions aren't cheap, so I suggest you contact them and get a quote based on the level of service they feel will be necessary.

Sorry to hear of your troubles; hope this post helps.
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Postby Wyrm73 » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:06 pm

There are also some commercial software solutions to recover formatted drives. I am thinking specifically of one included in Norton Utilities. However, if it only took five seconds, it could not have possibly formatted a 250GB drive. That takes much longer. Is it possible that you repartitioned it instead?
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Postby scottla » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:22 pm

Wyrm's on to something. If the drive was not reformatted (5 seconds doesn't get it done), then basically all you've done is scrambled the format table, which tells the OS how the disk is laid out. In this case, utility software may be able to find data from the drive. I think the Norton software, tho, would have had to be installed prior so the search software would understand how to search.

Anyway, here's something you might look into before shipping off your drive:

http://www.runtime.org/products.htm

Haven't used it myself, but the site says all the things you'd want to hear. :wink:
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Postby krung krung » Tue Nov 01, 2005 8:23 pm

you can also try getdataback for ntfs....

http://www.runtime.org/
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Postby warbenekar » Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:03 pm

okay, well there is one slight problem, I agree now that it may not have been written to, but upon further examination, using TestDisk at cgsecurity.com I have found out that it thinks there is some NTFS thing on there, but the drive was FAT32. Either way, I will try those programs, but I may look for less than legitimate versions, I am a poor college student after all....

Thank you for your help thus far, nothing I have tried has worked, not that I really did anything, except cryed, man this makes me cry.... :cry:
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Postby warbenekar » Tue Nov 01, 2005 10:48 pm

Okay I do not condone piracy, but I found a keygen and am using a licensed copy now. The program is running its course. It will take about 1.5 hours to scan the drive. I am a happy camper, for now, because it is finding files, folders, etc.,
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Re: I ACCIDENTLY DELETED EVERYTHING

Postby Sabrewings » Tue Nov 01, 2005 11:26 pm

warbenekar wrote:Is there anything I can do, anything at all to recover the data. I think it only did a low level format, because it took only about 5 seconds.


Keep your terminology straight here. A low-level format is also known as a zero-fill where it writes over every section of the drive. You're thinking of a quick format, where it just erases the file access tables.

I think you just deleted the partition.
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Postby warbenekar » Wed Nov 02, 2005 12:30 pm

Okay, well I don't know the specifics of my problem or my terminology :oops: but I have to thank both scottla and krung krung, and the people at runtime. That program worked great. It was terrific. I have almost everything back :D

Also thanks to everyone else. :) I now have 3000+ folders to sort through, the only file structure unnafected was my Program Files directory. Everything there was okay for some odd reason :?: Anyway, I am just glad beyond belief. You guys are great :!:

I would still be lost if it weren't for your help, again thanks a bunch.
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Postby evasive » Wed Nov 02, 2005 1:12 pm

That's what we're here for and good to see you got your stuff back. Might be a good idea to think of some form of backup, yes?
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