Formatted and partitoned over data?

February 9, 2011 at 19:57:26
Specs: Windows 7, 2 Gig
Hi I had a 200 GB external USB 2.0 NTFS hard drive. I accidentally partitioned over it with vfat and formatted the drive. How would I go about recovering data off of this drive? There is no overwritten data on the drive as of yet. At least as far as new data on the drive? Should I just get a magnet to finish it of er?...

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#1
February 9, 2011 at 20:10:31
You can try recovering the data by using a free program called recuva. Or you can try to restore the partition to the original state using a program called testdisk. Both are linked below. Be sure to read all instructions. Especially for testdisk. Testdisk should not cause any data loss. Worst case scenerio is you won't restore to a workable state. In that case you can use recuva.

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

http://www.piriform.com/recuva


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#2
February 9, 2011 at 20:28:22
I'm trying to make sure windows doesn't put any new data on the drive I'm running recovera right now. I might give the other program a try. Thanks for the response.

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#3
February 9, 2011 at 20:32:17
You will not need to install anything to the external drive. Just to the internal.

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#4
February 11, 2011 at 01:32:54
Of course I know that already. I just had to disable all windows settings from a standard operating system so system restore the recycle bin or any other malformed windows idea of overwriting good data wouldn't occur. I ran the recovery and couldn't figure out how to recover the partition. Unfortunately a full disk recovery will recover files bigger then the size of my hard drive. My large server is currently MIA. I'll have to run the recovery under Linux on that when I get the time and just not use the drive in the mean while. Thanks for the response though.

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#5
February 11, 2011 at 06:49:02
"I ran the recovery and couldn't figure out how to recover the partition"

If you are referring to testdisk, did you read all the tutorials? The process is pretty straight forward. It isn't a recovery of the partition, it is a repair/ restore. No data moves anywhere.


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