|Loss of the Master boot record, is not uncommon and many recovery programs will still pick the data off. In many cases the files are assigned to space in a file system that is no longer valid and the data is in a "raw" form. Any quick format done by Windows is usually recoverable, while full/adv formats do infact write 0's to the hard drive when they format and are not easily recovered if at all. Now if you are in the middle of it and you yank the plug, it may save some of the data from an advanced/full format of the hard drive if that was even the case, but it will make recovering data more difficult. Then you converted the data to NTFS. At this point, it's not getting an easier and you really have to determine, if you are willing to pay big $$$ for a possible recovery or if there are less painful solutions. I did like Othehills suggestion of Easeus partition recovery manager, I believe is different than the data recovery version. However, Easeus WILL recover the data in it's raw form, and go on to say you can then convert it the hard drive to NTFS, etc etc....AFTER, you have recovered the data in it's RAW form, so again, not optimistic. If you saved an image of the hard drive before the conversion, I'd say there is more hope, but most free stuff does not allow you to create an image.|
To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!