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how to recover data from formatted pendrives

Q: how to recover data from formatted pendrives

Hi all,
I have a pendrive which having FAT32 file system previously.now what i did i open the pendrive in hex editor.i found that root directory contain entries about

myfiles.and it having high order cluster byte set to some value . now i traverse the file system with corresponing cluster no. by conveting it in offset value .i found the data of my file at the corresponding offset.
Now what i do i format the pendrive . due to formatting the pendrive the high cluster byte of corresponding file in root directory set to 0,so i am unable to traverse data. of file.
is their any solution so that i can found my data...............H.S.Navarkar

Preferred Solution: how to recover data from formatted pendrives

I recommend downloading and running DRP. It's a recovery tool that has been proven to recover files that most other programs have no luck with. I've even recovered files from freshly formatted or partitioned drives.

You can download it direct from this link http://goo.gl/v51TwD. (This link will automatically start a download of DRP that you can save to your computer.)

A: how to recover data from formatted pendrives


If you want to recover the data from formatted drive, you need
special software and competencies. When you delete or even format a disk, the files aren?t really deleted, they are marked to be overwritten.

Since there?s no such software from Microsoft, you need search it yourself. Also please note third party may cause unexpected issue.

There?s a similar thread may helpful to you:

Thank you for your understanding.
Leo Huang
TechNet Community Support

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i recently formatted a drive with some valuable data on it. Then to make the problem even worse, i then copied 90gb of data onto the formatted drive. does this mean that the original data is permanently overwritten?

its a 500gb drive so im hoping it cant have overwritten all of it.

iv tried Easeus Data recovery and Recuva. Both say they find files when scanning but when the scan is finished they say there is nothing there to recover.

Any help would be much appreciated


A:Is is possible to recover overwritten formatted data?

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I have two identical drives a C and a D drive C was set up as primary and D as secondary. The C drive had winxp pro and my programs on it and the D drive was my storage drive for all my music and important files. I decided to reinstall winXP on my C drive and it kept giving me problems so I decided to install Linux Fedora on it instead. I am getting an external drive in a couple of days and figured I'd just reinstall winXP on the C drive and remove fedora when it got here then move my music and data from the D drive to the external. Then I would reformat both C and D drives and sell them. When looking in the case I mistook one for the other and reformatted my secondary D drive, then installed fedora Core onto it. During install I instructed it to remove all OS's and reformat everything. I had about 28 gigs of data and fedora core is only .5 gigs or so.

Now I have my D drive formatted with Fedora core and my C drive as it was with Win XP and my programs.

Can I set the C drive as primary again and plug in the D drive as secondary then from disk management change the D drive back to a windows format like NFTS or what ever and then run some program to get my data back?

Please Help all my stuff is on that disk.


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 friend gave me a floppy she keeps her Christmas card list on. She said she's used this disk for 4 years and keeps it in a floppy storage box at home. She tried to open it this year and it says the disk in drive A is not formatted. (no magnets, no spilled eggnog, etc)

Is there an easy, free way to try to recover this? I don't want to put TOOOO much effort into this, but I'll give it a shot if anyone has any ideas.

Thanks, guys

A:Floppy not formatted? Can I recover data?

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The Windows has been replaced by new windows but accidentally i lost data. Anyone tell me that how to recover windows data using software and without using software.

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i wanted to upgrade my windows 7 home premium to enterptise. a friend provided me with the software. i was hoping that it will give options to upgrade unfortumately it didnt it just ran automatically and formatted my hard drive and installed the new software but have lost all my important information there. can i
be able to retreave anything back?

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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I have 3 SCSI Hard Disks... Configured in RAID 5...
now i wanted to install Windows Server 2003 on it so i booted the server from the HP Start Smart Cd and then partitioned it and then installed. But then after completing the installation successfully i came to know that i need to have backed up certain folders also that i didnt do. I used Easeus software to recover the whole partition and it recovered 246 GB of data which is useless...
There are many excel, word files that appear in different versions and then any file doesnt open..
I want some help on this...

THank You

Syed Mohammed Sirajuddin

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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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.

A:recover data from formatted external hard drive

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Hello everyone, I recently needed to boot to the Command Prompt on my Windows 7 HP Laptop. I used the recovery disks I made, thinking I could access the CMD from there, like I had read online. Not finding anything at the main recovery menu screen, I clicked on System Reset/Restore to attempt to get to CMD from there. Ive done a full factory reset 3 times in the past, so I didnt plan to actually format my Hard Drive while trying to boot to CMD. However, I clicked the next button one to many times, and without much warning, System Restore started to format my main HD. I held the power button down to force shut down the computer and stop formatting but I knew damage had already been done.

I would assume that the formatting I did just erased the file system necessarily to access the actual information, without actually erasing much of my files. I took the HD out of my laptop and put it into an external enclosure, attempting to access the info from another computer. the drive shows up, but there is no size for it, and when opening it, it requires another format before it can be viewed. If I boot my laptop with the damaged drive in it, it will say "error loading operating system", so it des recognize that the drive has an OS installed on it. Is there any way to recover the files on the HD? Im not sure how the file system itself works, but it seems like it would be possible to write a file system back onto the HD without destroying its contents. Any help would be greatly ... Read more

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.


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
Testdisk Boot Disk
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool


Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
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How to recover the OS when (C:) is formatted?

After formatting the (C:) during the recovery process, the PC crashed last week. The (C:) partition is now empty and can be accessed normally.

The PC runs now.

I have the recovery DVD disks.
And the optical device functions normally.

How to recover the OS with these recovery DVD disks back onto the original(C:)?


A:How to recover the OS when (C:) is formatted?

The formatting would show the drive empty but many data recovery programs can get the data back.

However, they are typically not free since the data is hard to get back.

You can try this free one here:

Hard disk recovery software | recover data from hard disc

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Is it possable to recover the files from a formatted drive.
The drive was formatted with partition Magic 7.0 .
Any software download out their that might do that?
Thank you,

A:Is it possible to recover a Formatted Drive?

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I recently reinstalled XP and mistakenly did a quick format of my data drive and have lost files ie:- ebooks, pdf documents,documentaries, movies (avi) that i would like to recover, I wouldn't have minded if it was my D drive as i have it backed up
the drive in question is 750GB in three partitions 70gb C:windows partition,160gb Drogram files,467gb G:data storage
the G drive partition isn't deleted as it is listed in disk management as free space
i use an external drive to backup my data but in this case i hadn't done one for a while
Is there a program i can use to recover the partition ?
from reading other peoples posts most seem to have deleted their partitions and the programs recommended are pretty expensive i don't want to pay big bucks if a free program will restore the partition
any help would be appreciated

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.
The trial DL will see if it can read the Drive .. But you have to buy it to recover the Data.

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I accidentally formatted by E drive when I meant to click the F drive. How do I recover the data on my E drive? I haven't done anything to the partition since then.

I have several videos, music, and word files on it. I can always download the movies and videos again, but the word files take me a few hours worth of typing to remake.

Any suggestions?

A:Recover a formatted partition

Recuva might be able to help, but I can make no promises. Also, did you did a full or quick format?


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Had XP Pro, SP3 fully updated and ZA fully updated

I accidently formatted my Main harddrive when trying to solve a problem with 'lsass.exe'.

The drive was ok the night before shutting down, next day on start-up it would not boot with the message "lsass.exe not completed". Could not get into safe Mode either.

Tried Windows XP Pro CD to do a recovery, nothing. Using DOS tried to rename C:\windows\system32\config\security to security.bak. It would not do it. Tried chkdsk etc, but C: was not accessable in any direction. Also I have a partition (Don this drive of approx.20G, this is not seen either.

As I had a second drive 40G split equally (E with a partition (F. I selected drive (E in the menu to format and install windows. But the installation process did the 'C' drive not the one I selected.

The main drive is a 160G drive partitioned to have 130G and 20G its now shown as 130G only, so my smaller partition is not shown or its contents.

I used Spotmau and can recover I think all the files of the 130G.

So my questions are:-

1) Using spotmau and saving the files, how can I rid of this lsass.exe problem within the files. Can I use these files back onto the original 130G drive or whats best to do with them as I have documents, photos, music, videos and emails, favourites which would like them back.


2) How do I get access to my old (D partition which I can't see.
How do I get my

A:Recover Formatted Hdd - Spotmau ???


I've got most of the files back but some are just icons with jibberish.

Does this mean they are corrupt or saved in another format ????

Is there another better program to fully recover my files ????


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I badly need help, i tried all of the recovery tools available online.

I quick formatted my Windows XP x64 and Installed Windows Server 2003 Enterprise,

the file i need was overwritten by:

This file is overwritten with "F:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\wdsound3d.dll"Click to expand...

and has poor recovery status,

I'll post below the entire logs:
Filename: backup 20110331 2044.sql
Path: F:\?\BACKUP

Size: 41.3 MB (43,386,024)

State: Poor

Creation time: 3/31/2011 05:46

Last modification time: 3/31/2011 05:46

Last access time: 3/31/2011 05:44

Comment: This file is overwritten with "F:\WINDOWS\system32\dllcache\wdsound3d.dll"

2424 file cluster(s) overwritten (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, ...)

1 cluster(s) allocated at offset 394921
1 cluster(s) allocated at offset 401399
2 cluster(s) allocated at offset 414546
4 cluster(s) allocated at offset 429661
8 cluster(s) allocated at offset 429498
16 cluster(s) allocated at offset 484298
16 cluster(s) allocated at offset 606725
16 cluster(s) allocated at offset 250356
16 cluster(s) allocated at offset 246840
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A:Solved: How to recover formatted HDD that has been overwritten

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Hi. I have a Dell Optiplex 320. I have two internal hard drives. Drive C and Drive D. I formatted drive C and reinstalled Windows XP Pro because my computer was having issues. Before I formatted I moved all of my important work files on drive D. I figured after I formatted I would be able to move those files and access them but when I click on Drive D it says, "The disk drive D is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?". How did this happen? I really need these files for work. I never did anything to change drive D and it was formatted before.

What should I do to recover those files?

A:How to recover my files? Disk is not formatted.

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I have unfortunately formatted my logical drive without my knowing.
But i cancelled after done formatting 1%.

later i've installed a software and recovered everything.
But all the files are corrupted. All those items are very important to me
What is the solution for me now

Durga S

A:Solution to Recover the formatted files?

GetDataBack is the best data recovery software I've found. If you installed the recovery software on the target (formatted drive to be recovered) drive, you have degraded the data and probably caused the data corruption. A simple format alone will not destroy data, however installing software and overwriting the old data will destroy the data.

If the data is valuable, stop using the drive immediately.

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Hello dear brothers,
iam very sad and unhappy also iam in tention plz help me '
suddenly have formated my partion .
And there was alot of my editing and recovery and other alot of softwares was in it now my partition is empty and i want to recover my all softwares i tried alot but softwares not recovering plz brothers help me plz help me iam very worry because i want to recover my all softwares
plz urgent help me plz how to recover that all softwares help me hope u will help me.

A:Formatted partition and want to recover software

Take a look at this:

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Hi guys. I recently lost all the data on my hdd. I was hoping to use a file recovery software to get my files back. Could you please tell me what software I could use that will get me my files in the folder structure that it was once before? Thanks.

A:How to recover formatted HDD with folder structure

How did you lose your data?

Accidental deletion? Partition failure?

Generally--if you lost the partitions and didn't actually delete the files, I'd try something like Partition Wizard and attempt to recover the entire partition--your files may just be sitting there as usual.

On the other hand, if the files were deleted, you can try something like Recuva.

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So here's my situation. I switched a friend's laptop from Kubuntu Linux over to Windows XP. So this involved backing up his files, formatting the drive to NTFS and then installing XP. Then I realized that I didn't backup a number of important files.

I would very much like to recover as many of these files as possible. I see that there are many data recovery applications available for Windows XP and a number of them say they can recover files after a format. I started to get concerned though when I saw a lot of them saying how they take advantage of the NTFS file structure to recover files and it seemed like a lot of them assume that you had an NTFS formatted drive prior to formatting it and erasing everything. However, as I said, Kubuntu was on there, so it was formatted for Linux (It's called ext3 formatting isn't it?)

Will this present any problems for recovering the files, what is my best course of action, and if there is hope for solutions what are the best applications for this that you can recommend?


A:Formatted the drive, need to recover files!

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I have a hard drive that I wiped out with the Symatech ghost 7.5 utility GDisk. The command I used was Gdisk 1 /diskwipe which wipes the drive clean back to a non partitioned drive.

Does anyone out there know of an over the counter utility that might work in recovering data from this type of wiped drive.

I am prepared to send it to a data recovery center but I would welcome any other alterantives.



A:Can I recover a drive that has been formatted with GDisk??

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It's a Seagate 80GB. I've tried 240940943094 different freeware programs and most seem to just to surface scan. Anyone have any recommendations or is attempting to get files off a formatted drive dismal?

A:Recover files from formatted IDE drive using Vista

Chances are not good. Try the demos of GetDataBack or Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro. If they don't see anything, you're probably out of luck.

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there is a program called "recover my files" that boasts being able to recover files from a formatted disk, even if you have re-installed windows, is this really possible, is there no way of safely deleting data that doesnt involve destroying the HHD???

A:Solved: recover files from formatted drive

I've no personal experience, but claims made by quite a few of the makers of programs like you mentioned, support the statement that formatted drives / files can be recovered.....and, overwritten data, that is overwritten enough....is very hard to recover but still at least doable by those dedicated enough with the right tools.

In our forums here at TechGuy, we are often asked for help with file recovery, and I have read threads where there was some success with data still being found.

It depends....

Some of the better Data suites claim that recovery of a whole partition is possible.

There are also, very much more thorough file wiper utilities around that can "shred" files so they are much much less able to be recovered....

Think hard before you install one.... they can instantly cause you a great deal of problems in the wrong hands so it computers areound yu are used by others.....you need to ensure some security.

Or, use the file shredders after the computer is ready to be passed along, or sold.

The only sure way is to physically destroy the drive, a tank would do a good job...... stick it in your woodstove for a few days....

I dunno...personally, I still can use a laptop hard drive that was inside a laptop that exploded, and burned here in my home.

It was in an IBM ThinkPad that had a bad battery and caught fire on my workbench! The whole laptop b... Read more

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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.

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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Please help!

My friend took my digital camera (Cannon SC 650) and accidentally hit the option for "low level format" on her SD card and deleted all my pictures! Is there any way I can recover them?

My friends tried using a "recovery program" with the SD card and SD card reader, but no luck. Any ideas would be very appreciated!!!


A:Help - Recover Formatted Digital Camera Pictures??

Does your Canon really do a low level format? Most cameras only do quick format. On a PC, I think XP only does a quick format on memory cards, even though there is a box to click for a full format.

With a quick format, the picture data isn't erased from memory. Only a header info telling where it was located gets erased. As long as nothing gets written into the locations, the file can be potentially recovered.

I just formatted a 256 MB SD card in both a Minolta camera and on my PC and in either case, recovery software was pulling out pictures from as far back as two years ago. I used PC Inspector Smart Recovery, version 4.5, by Convar, run using a card reader.

Anyway, good luck.

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Ok, in my excitement and haste, I managed to format and install an OS on the wrong hard drive...

Long Story Short:

I used to be on 2 hard drives. a 250gig primary and a 300gb data HD. I had thousands and thousands of songs, videos, pics, and software on the 300 gig, and somehow when I went to format my new 1tb drive, managed to select the wrong drive instead; I lost everything and didn't realize it until it was done.

I was told by a buddy that there are programs for retrieving lost files and formatted hard drive. I have tried a few, but they all, including EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard, find all the files the New OS installed, rather than what was there beforehand.

For the specific purpose of not overwriting the files that are still there, I haven't used it since, aside from installing programs on my new 1tb drive and trying to use them to salvage the data.

1) Is it possible to do what I'm trying to do, now that I've installed a new OS?
2) What software would you recommend I acquire in order to do it?
3) Anything else?
Thanks so much!!!


A:Formatted Hard Drive and Installed OS... Can I recover Files????

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Hello, I was doing some disk management but accidentally resized and formatted the EFI partition. I tried repairing using disk image but it wasn't able to fix it. so I installed
Windows 8.1 (same OS I was using) in an unallocated partition in the same disk. So right now I'm able to access my disks and personal files. then I tried using
MiniTool Partition Wizard to recover partition but also didn't work. since I'm able to access my old windows data files, can I do anything to get the EFI data back? Or does system restore points I created earlier solve this problem?

Thank You!

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Could you please help me to solve the problem i faced recently. Let me explain you what happened in detail.
Initially I had 2TB Seagate Expansion Desk HDD, partitioned into 500GB, 13GB, 293GB, all three Bitlocker encrypted and 1 more 500GB unencrypted partition, the rest of the space was unallocated. Few days ago, by mistake, while I was creating Windows Recovery
Disk chose the wrong drive letter and ended up whole partitions above deleted. Here?s what I have in HDD now: 32GB Windows 8 Recovery partition and 1831GB unallocated space. After that I haven?t made any changes to the drive. I was able to restore the data
from the last unencrypted part by using Getdataback SW but with no luck in my Bitlocker encrypted partitions. I would appreciate any advice to restore the bitlockerencrypted partitions as I have the password and recovery keys to decrypt and retrieve my data

Softwares I have: Recuva. Handy Recovery. R-Studio. Getdataback. M3 Bitlocker Recovery. Starus Partition Recovery. TestDisk

I can provide the snapshots of the results from recovery softwares should you need them. Thank you very much!

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I accidently formatted one of my drives which was previously encrypted.
I tried some third party software as "recover my file" but it didn't work.
Later then, I experimented on a formatted (not encrypted before) usb drive to recover files by same software and it did work.
After that, I encrypted the usb drive and then formatted it. Then I tried to recover by same software, but it didn't work. So, it's apparent that it is not possible to recover from a encrypted and formatted drive by a usual recovery software. Is there any
other method that can help me.
Please inform, I'm in a dire need.

A:How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.


I suggest you contact the local data recovery company to recover the data. Thank you for your understanding.


Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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My harddrive have 3 partitions. I accidentily formatted the one that I need. The Windows files are not in there, but almost every programs that I installed is installed in that partition. Now, I could launch any program, it says Avast snxhk.dll is missing. If I try to launch a portable program from my use, I get this "file system error (-1073741515)" message. What should I do?

A:[emergency] Recover files from formatted hard drive

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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Sorry for my english. I formatted my bitlocker encrypted patition (80GB, about 30GB of data).
I lost all of my data on that patition.
How can i recover data? I dont have recovery key, but i remember the password.
Thanks in advance!

A:How do i recover files from formatted BitLocker encrypted patition

Have a look whether you have a restore point from before you did the encryption. Maybe you can get the files from there. See here how:

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

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I went and reformatted my computer, (major issues with it)
Long story short I don't have any of my saved outlook emails etc.
Is there anyway of recovering them? I thought that I did find some but they are
only like shortcuts or it says that I can't open it due to the path etc.

Its for work and I really need my stuff. I would appreciate any help at all.
It was running on Windows XP and had outlook 2007

A:How do I recover lost emails and docs after computer formatted?

You will probably need to use a data recovery program. Most of these are rather expensive however, there are a few free ones around. I've used Pandora Recovery for a lot of clients and had rather positive results.

It is a free download and pretty straight forward to run

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Does anyone know how i can manually recover my files. I would prefer to do it myself cause its free or if you can point me to some good freeware that will help me recover my files...if not please please please i will pay as long as i know i will get my files back.
i lost lots of mp3's and family pictures....this really sux

A:Formatted Hard Drive Accidently..how can i recover my files

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due to some technical problems i had to completely format my system and reinstall XP OS. Fresh partition has been done. Obviously i lost my all important data. So, is there any way to recover my lost data?

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I have formatted my Hard Drive and need to get some of the data back. HOw can i do this??

A:Retrieve Data from formatted HD

There are data recovery solutions such as http://www.ontrackdatarecovery.com/. For more search for "data recovery". I'm skeptical how useful they will be for a formatted hard drive though. It can be done. I just have my doubts about consumer data recovery solutions.

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Hi All,
I formatted my Hard Drive that had my important data.
I formatted drive and reloaded XP.
Is there anyway I can get my data from the hard drive?
Is the data still on the HD even though I formatted it and re-loaded XP?



A:Data Recovery From Formatted HD

Extremely unlikely that you will be able to recover your data.

A Data recovery specialist company, may be able to recover bits and pieces, however this is a very expensive process and the results would not be guaranteed.

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Hi all,

One of my friends has formatted his machine but now he has realized that he has done that with some important data. Now we are seeking for a software which can take the relevant formatted data back. What is the software we can use?. He is on windows xp. Please help.

A:How to retrieve formatted data?

Useful guide and suggested software here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-scan-reformatted-hard-drive-to-recover-files/

Also in case you didn't know "
The first absolute rule you need to know is – do not write to the hard drive if you are planning on recovering data off it. When you write to a hard drive the system drivers randomly write data to the disk. So, when you write to a drive there is a good chance you are overwriting any data on it that you could have possibly restored.
This means do not try to boot from the drive, or if it is an external USB drive do not store any new files on it. Next, you can start thinking of recovery by picking one of the below mentioned options."
Hope this helps?

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hey guys, i have a 300GB HDD and just formatted and deleted the partitions using Partition Wizard Home Edition and there is still 37mb of data left on the drive. im using truecrypt too, could this be left over data from TC?


A:Just formatted a drive, but there's still data on it?

Just ignore the 37 MB's. Chances are that right after you create the partition, a Recycle Bin and System Volume Information (Restore Points) folder are created on the drive. 37 MB's is very little space and can be ignored.

But, where do you see this amount listed? Did you delete any partitions the used TC before using the partitioning tools?

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A close friend of mine had his entire Degree course Project saved on his home computer. His brother accidently formatted his drive by inserting the WindowsXP disc into his hd and clicking erase all data on drive...!!!!

He didnt have any backup of the data on disc,
Were wondering if there is any possible way to retrive the data from his HD after full format.

His willing to pay any amount of money to retrive this, does anyone know if there are any programs or any way to retrive his project?

He does have a partial print out of his project, but this copy is months old, and large sections and are missing from it.

plz is there anyway at all?

A:HD Formatted, Possible to retrive data?


Unless the HD has been overwritten data can be recovered from it. See this article;http://computer.org/security/v1n1/garfinkel.htm

Page 4 contains details of some recovery tools which could help and one ,by Norton, seems quite cheap.

Obviously, your friend could pay a specialist company to do this for him but that will definitely be expensive.

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Hi all,

I have two hard drives that used to be in my old (dead) PC computer.

Now I have a Mac, and need some way to transfer data from those hard drives on it.

I have bought a USB external hard driver reader (http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.13083), but when I plug my hard drives in there, the Mac doesn't recognize it (i.e. it should appear as an external device, but it doesn't).

I tried doing this with Windows virtual machine installed on my Mac, but no dice either ...

Any ideas?

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My hard drive was recently reformatted accidentally. I've been trying to find a good drive recovery program with little luck. Any suggestions on what to do?

A:Recovering formatted data

PC Inspector File Recovery


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Ok, following problem:
My computers mobo broke irrepairably and had to be replaced. For some reason they tech guys told me they'd add on another harddrive along with my existing two to install windows on the new one, so as to keep all old data.
Alright, so now I have installed windows on that drive but when I want to access my two old drives which for all I knew had a perfectly fine set of windows vista on them, it says the harddrives aren't formatted and I should format them. I do not under any circumstances want to lose my data though.
How can I access these drives without formatting them? I can't see why they aren't formatted correctly now if they were before.


Edit: The drive I can't access seems to be in the RAW format, from what I've read I can restore this to NTFS with data recovery programs. This will take forever considering I'm talking about 300GBytes of data. Any alternative suggestions?
I might be wrong though, there might be a shorter way of restoring the data with some program.

A:Get Data off non formatted disk

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I formatted about seven cds and put data and pictures on them with my Dell computer. I popped the cds out and put them back in to make sure the info was still on them before I deleted it off my computer. When I put the new cds into my Toshiba, nothing shows up on the cds. I can look at the back of the cds and tell there is something on them. Is there a reason they won't show up on any of the computers I've tried them on??? Please help! I am very sad to see all of my work gone!

A:Please Help! I've lost all data on formatted cds!

Either your optical drive on the Dell, or the optical drive on the Toshiba. Try them in a third machine. My guess is that the Dell drive is out of alignment. Read them in the dell, and copy them back to the hard drive if needed, then rush down to Wal-Mart or Circuit City or CompUSA or Best Buy or Sams Club or Costco, and buy a new CD-Burner for about $24 to $29... or a DVD burner for $44... and make the problem go away.
Optical drives are now the most fragile part of a computer... seldom lasting as long as a year... easily getting out of alignment, and causing the trouble you describe.
You just do not know whether the Dell or the Toshiba is the culprit.
Good luck to youl.

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Here's the deal.

I got an external hard drive as a gift, and it broke. The drive itself was fine, and rather than losing 2 weeks by RMAing the drive with WD, thus losing my data in the process, I decided to get myself an external enclosure for the HDD inside, which was still in perfect working order.

Once I had that installed, windows 7 wouldn't assign it a drive letter. Acting without thinking, I went ahead and formatted the drive, hoping to recover my data later. This was a mistake, and after having tried three different pieces of software, I can't get anything back.

Short of bringing it to a professional data recovery firm, how might I recover the data from the drive?

A:Recovering data from a formatted drive

Have you tried Recuva?

The important thing to remember in the meantime is NOT to write anything to the hard disk, as a format just removes it, and the right recovery software should be able to relocate it all, as long as the data hasn't been overwritten by other files.

Dare I ask why you have no backups?!?

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Hi all,
I formatted my C:\ (win 7 64 bit os), bt on d way realized that my most imp data was kept hidden under C:\Users\Prashant , but couldn't help stopping the format.

Now, since the C:\ drive is formatted , I can't access C:\Users\Prashant , so is there any way to recover back my "mostttt imp data"...((

plzzzz help asap...its very important for me....:|

A:formatted c drive data recovery

Oh joy! Another one who scrubbed C!

You need to spend some time looking over a number of data and partition recovery programs for sure! That's the facts right up front! If it was simple accidental file deletion a small program like Recusa would be a fast help.

Most of the better programs are the paid for type and run upwards of $70US! Don't bother with the free to try and buy versions since those never work it seems. One better rated freeware program for accidental format of partitions you can look over would be the DiskInternals Partition Recovery program found at Data Recovery Review - secrets of DiskInternals Partition Recovery 2.5

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My bro wants his drive formatted..and he doesn't want the erased data to be retreived in any way..I heard that there's way you can get data back from a formatted drive..is there a way to completely erase it so that it can't be retreived?

A:Formatted drive - can data be retreived?

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