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Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

Q: Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

Other than TestDisk, what are some other free software downloads that
a person might try to recover data from a formatted drive? The drive was
formatted by accident.

This addresses an issue form one of my previous post but I have not
had any luck with TestDisk.

Thank you,

Preferred Solution: Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

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: Free Drive Recovery programs for accidental drive format.

Please don't post duplicate threads. If your thread is in an inappropriate forum, please report it and a moderator will move it.

Continue the problem resolution here: http://forums.techguy.org/business-applications/871411-possable-recover-formatted-drive.html

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Long story short, I was going to format my usb but I must have accidentally clicked on my C drive instead. Anyways, during the format of my only drive, a Samsung SSD, my computer crashed and I restarted it. I want originally worried because I thought I was formatting a 2gb usb flash drive. Afterward, my computer no longer detects my SSD in my bios. It's my SSD fried, or can I still save it?

A:accidental format of C drive

Hello and welcome iced dragoon I doubt if the drive is fried mate probably a bit confused I should say and I do hope you have data backed up.

So can you slip it into another machine and see if it is "seen" there?? If so then you can reformat and align it before doing a reinstall.
with this http://www.sevenforums.com/tutorials/113967-ssd-alignment.html

Once you have done that and the drive is ready then you can use this if you have no media
Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

one advantage of this is you lose all the bloatware

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So I accidentely fast formated a drive in my disk managment (I actually formated the wrong one)

But when it formated it had checked that it makes a backup in case of recovery of data... but I have no idea where the backup is and how to restore it?

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hello back again this tine I accidentally formated my external drive and I want to know if ther is a recover program that will recover my drive back to same way it was before formatt thr ones i tried did not do that files are scattered and raw so is there one that will recover back to how it was before format thank you for answer

A:accidental external drive format

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My 6 year old laptop running Windows 7 is out of warranty, so here i am seeking help as i am not very computer literate. All i need to know is how many partitioned drives came with my HP laptop. My niece was playing on my laptop without my knowledge and had accidentally formatted Drive-G... i know this much, that Drive-C is my main drive, and Drive-D is the recovery drive to restore my laptop... But what is Drive-G which is only about 101 MB in size? ... does it contain any crucial operating files or data that i need to restore back on to the G-drive, or can i ignore the lost data on Drive-G? I have never added any partitions to my laptop as that is beyond my ability. I tried using a free Data Recover software, and it identified about a couple of hundred files with 6 different types of file extension such as: f0020856.regf0021056_bootvhd.dkkf0021248_mediag.exe.muif0081920_bootresf0051186.dbff0081546.ttf Is this a virtual drive, a casche drive, or....? Can i ignore what was lost, or do i need to be concerned to pay for the Data Recovery software to restore those lost files? Thank you guys in advance for your help. 

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Hi, I have a pen drive by Disgo 256mb that i need to access. It contains a password protection program which my mother set up on the stick. She has forgotten to write the password down and has forgotten to write her email address down which she set up at the same time which has her password for it, stored on. Is there any way i can get access to the pen drive data to back up for her that is stored on the protected area of the pen drive? I've heard you can get a program called data doctor, that scans the drive and allows you to backup the data, but unless i buy the whole program i cannot recover the information.

Would this program get by the password protection on the drive?
If not is there another way to do it?
Are there any free programs or ways to gain access to it?

I don't use pen drives myself but my mother has some university work she needs to get off the stick. Nothing sensitive but just important for her work.

Hope anyone can help and hope this request is not against any rules. Sorry if it is.

A:Pen Drive Data Recovery Programs? Any that are Free? Able to get past password protec

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Sorry I am a computer novice; but, I am running out of hard drive C space and I thought maybe I could put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive in order to free up drive C space.

If this is possible, can you refer me to some instructions on how to do this?

Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Can you put Recovery Drive D on a flash drive to free up hard drive

To be honest a recovery drive won't give you much space (10 GB or so?). You are better off with a USB external HDD and move your less accessed data to the external.

I wonder what others will say.

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My colleague has accidently formatted his hard drive  as he had one connected externally ... I have connected the hard drive to my laptop and I can see the partitions and data files , and have used recover software to re-instate the missing files ... although I can recover pdf files , I am unable to read some of the saved files as they used to be saved on the desktop as links .. so when clicked the I am being advised the link doesnt exist ( which is true )  I understand this is saved as user files ? .... How can I re-instate the drives and desktop files  and user files ? I felt this could be undertaken using a DOS command OR able to interegate the recovery softwtare that is stored in a seperate partion ?  to bring these back ???    Any help really appreciated  regards all 

A:hard drive format recovery

Usually a recovery program will let you save the files to where ever and if you have a PDF reader you could read them.If you are using a trial version, it's probably not letting you save them.It could also be that the files are corruptedand it could be the program isn't very good.

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I have a Sony vaio laptop PCG-FXA36, and i don´t have any recovery cd or anything, is there anyway i can format the hard drive to go back to the original factory os? Is there anywhere i can buy the sony setup cd?

A:Format hard drive without recovery cd

some companies put the restore software on a seperate partition on the harddrive which you can access via a F ket during boot - anything in the documentation that came with the laptop.

otherwise I dont think you will get back to how sony shipped the device - you could try calling sony for recovery CD's


a place to purchase recovery CD's
http://www.nexttronics.com/recovery disks.htm
never used do not know what they are like - so buyer beware

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My colleague has accidently formatted his hard drive  as he had one connected externally ... I have connected the hard drive to my laptop and I can see the partitions and data files , and have used recover software to re-instate the missing files ... although I can recover pdf files , I am unable to read some of the saved files as they used to be saved on the desktop as links .. so when clicked the I am being advised the link doesnt exist ( which is true )  I understand this is saved as user files ? .... How can I re-instate the drives and desktop files  and user files ? I felt this could be undertaken using a DOS command OR able to interegate the recovery softwtare that is stored in a seperate partion ?  to bring these back ???    Any help really appreciated  regards all 

A:hard drive format recovery

Usually a recovery program will let you save the files to where ever and if you have a PDF reader you could read them.If you are using a trial version, it's probably not letting you save them.It could also be that the files are corruptedand it could be the program isn't very good.

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How to I get rid of the junk in my recovery drive?
I have HP and installed windows 10 about a month or so ago.
I do not have any issues with windows 10. I think this update caused my D drive to be so full


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my laptop came with windows 8 now automatically updated to windows 10, but accidently i format system recovery drive. please help me how to create that drive back again, n recover that data and then i would be able to install window by pressing F11 on my laptop.thanks,

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Hi there!!

I need some assistance to determine if I have any options left. Long story short an Iomega home media network hard drive lost some data that was needed badly. Not sure if this was deleted by someone or the drive corrupted. The web gui has no recovery options and the data wasn't backed up.

Took the HDD out of the enclosure and used a SATA to USB connector to attach to a computer locally. Computer says it needs to be formatted... and wouldn't give it a drive letter. In disk manager it showed as a RAW file format, even though it's still usable when in enclosure and on network (maybe the linux os that runs it can access the raw format?)

anyway I have never recovered raw before, and I understand it isn't nice... file names are generally not recoverable. I tried a few programs like easeus data recovery and had no luck. One program saw files and recovered them by type, but each file wouldn't load and acted corrupt, like word files opened with squares for all of the content, and pictures would not open, etc.

Do I have any options? I was thinking about formatting the file system to NTFS and then trying an NTFS recovery program, but would this even work at all? or would formatting just overwrite sectors where the missing files are, and recovering wouldn't work because it's now a new filesystem?!?! I'm guessing it was raw to start with, since it still works normally... I don't think it corrupted and switched file formats.. but... Read more

A:NAS hard drive issues. data recovery/format help

No, don't format. Don't do anything to the drive that could possibly overwrite your files.

If a Linux-based OS was managing it, do you know what file system it used to format that drive?

You might want to actually inspect the drive from a Linux-based OS since it would appear to Windows to be unfoermatted even if it had a perfectly intact Ext3fs file system, for example. If you have it already connected to the machine, try a boot CD (or try a file-system driver and try it from Windows).

Parted Magic disk partitioning, PC repair, and file recovery tool (Bootable CD or USB image)
If you prefer a bootable USB key, download and run Linux Live USB Creator. Choose the Parted Magic distro, and it will download it and automatically create a bootable USB key.

This CD (or key) contains many useful tools. You can partition, recover files, recover lost partitions, make disk images (by several different methods), transfer files between media, scan for viruses (It can serve as an Alternative Trusted Platform for search and elimination of rootkits and bootkits), examine and benchmark hardware, access the internet, and much more.

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Hi Everyone,

I Want someone to help me step by step in FORMATING my C drive and how to

reinstall windows 7 again with the help of recovery disc.

my computer was formated and windows were reinstalled but it was not done by me.

please tell me how to do .I have the recovery discs provided by the hp laptop company.

SO pLEASE guide me
i have windows 7 home premium 64 bit.My device is HP DV6 6121tx

A:Want to Format C Drive and Reinstall Windows through Recovery disc

Look in the Tutorials.

Clean Reinstall - Factory OEM Windows 7

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Well....I guess we will see if anybody in the Forums has a solution. This is a complicated lengthy explanation so bare with me.

1) My wonderful son borrowed my wife's brand new Windows 7 laptop as his was on the blink. After discovering that her laptop was not very fast he chose to remove the hard drive and install it in his laptop. (KEY NOTE: yes, the nice fella neglected to make a Recovery Disk prior to doing this.) He then reformatted the drive and installed his version of Windows 7.

2) Then he purchased himself a new i7 laptop at Christmas. At that point he decided to give mom's laptop back to her. He took the hard drive back out of his old machine and installed it back into mom's laptop. At that point he did nothing with respect to starting it to ensure that it worked.

3) Now I am stuck with a laptop that won't boot up as the computer obviously doesn't recognize the hard drive due to the Windows 7 install from the son's computer.

I've tried repairs, recovery, safe mode boots....and anything else that comes to mind but to no avail. I would like to get to a command prompt so that I can format (fdisk) the hard drive and try and start from scratch. I have found no help to date that allows me to do that either.

Your assistance would be much appreciated.

A:No recovery disk.....How to boot to dos to format hard drive

Do you have a Win 7 install disk? If you use an install disk to boot from, you will be able to partition and format the disk as part of the install process.

Another option would be to download one of the many Linux distros which would partition/format the disk as part of it's installation.

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My son is running Windows 7 Pro on a sad little 1 Gb RAM PC 3.4 GHz and of course it is somewhat underpowered and the PC is badly in need of a formatiing anyway..

Problem is I can't get to a Format command anywhere??????

I can get into BIOS OK, set the DVD as first boot option but when I save it (F10) and then it reboots, the screen always comes up with the "Start Windows Normally" option! I can reach the "boot from any CD/DVD option but for some weird option the arrows on the keyboard will not alow me to move away from this latter choice yet the board works fins with everything else.

I can't get it to boot from the original Win 7 CD, Windows Vista or even Pro OS's ................ so of course again cannot get to the format command.

I have created a System Recovery Disc but I am not 110% sure how to use this disc but nonetheless cannot seem to find an option for formatting there anyway.

So how can I format this C Drive when

Any help much appreciated ....................................

A:Cannot create data recovery disc to let me format C Drive

Formatting beforehand has not been needed since around 2000. It is part of the installation. Start the installation and all will be well.

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Hard drive crashed, out of warranty, purchased a new Western Digital 1tb Drive, want to purchase (buy) a set of recovery media for my computer and Windows 7 OS. Note....I want to PURCHSE it 

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Quick question here folks:

Last night I had to format my hard drive because I had a virus that I simply could not shake. Very frustrating and very time consuming, but it had to be done. I used the recovery disk that came with my computer and when all was said and done, I was basically back to square 1 and my computer looked like it did the day I bought it. Which is fine, only since I bought it, I've installed a lot of software and made a ton of changes, everything from sounds to folders to which programs open what, etc. Plus my computer is from 2002 or so, so there were a TON of updates from Windows that needed to be downloaded again and that took forever.

Now that I've got everything back the way I want it, I'm wondering if there's a program out there that will basically take a kind of "snapshot" of my current setup? That way if I ever need to format again (god forbid) I can just load up that snapshot and everything will be back the way I want it? This kind of software may be very standard now (or it may not exist at all) but I'm not too savvy about such things so I'm not really in the know. All I do know is that if that software exists- it's worth whatever it costs. The hassle of reinstalling everything and redownloading all those updates is really a pain in the butt. I like the idea of formatting and starting over when something goes truly wrong, but it sure would be nice to not have my computer go all the way back to day 1, ... Read more

A:Software to restore programs after hard drive format?

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My computer (running Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit) can no longer access my Western Digital Caviar "Black" 1 TB hard drive that's connected, but I suspect my data to still be in there, so I wonder what data recorvery tools people have used and recommend.

This is one of the additional drives to my operating system C:\ drive. It has been formatted as NTFS and been working fine for several months until a week ago. Now it appears as the E drive on My Computer (as originally configured) but the volume label is now blank (I used to have that named as "Media"). When I double-click on it to enter the drive, I get the error message: "E:\ is not accessible. The parameter is incorrect."

In Computer Management --> Storage --> Disk Management, the drive appears but it's File System is now indicated as RAW rather than NTFS.

I have tried using Active Partition Recovery and that successfully lists my drive with the original label name ("Media") and as NTFS, and also lists the folders located at the root of the drive, which is why I suspect my data to still be in there and recoverable. However, when I use this tool to do a full scan of my disk, it freezes after scanning 35 MB. There are tools out there with varying reliability, so whch ones do people here recommend? (another tool I trired, I forget its name, was scanning my disk but prediced 43 days to go over the entire 1 TB, so that's out of the question!). I have been told to u... Read more

A:Data recovery from drive with lost format, software recommendations please

Oh crap. Something like this happened recently to me when I had backed up some data to an USB thumb drive. It worked fine for awhile, then some weeks later, my PC just couldn't read it anymore (kept saying "disk in drive needs to be reformatted/etc"...and the properties for the drive also showed it as RAW format instead of FAT32 like it would have been usually).

I think the issue is drive corruption, which seems to be fairly common with external devices like USB drives, but odd in the case of an internal drive. The remedy for me was to try to access it from a different system, which was easy since being a USB stick I could try it elsewhere easily. If you can use another system to access the drive, preferably a Linux/Ubuntu based one; it is likely your best bet to recoup the data before its lost permanently. An external HDD kit would be ideal, and they are quite cheap also.

Hope this helps!

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DiskGetor data recovery free : 1, Increased ability of undeletion; 2, Recover system destroyed files and recover deleted ( word, excel ,photo,dwg ,cad,office ppt etc important data) files names perfectly which were erased in Recycle Bin ; recovered files will add right file extensions automatically, if they were in sub-folders before, DiskGetor will recover all these folders as well, Recover encrypted and hidden folders

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Alright so ... Here's my problem.

(by the way I'm french so ... my english may not be perfect)

Yesterday while simply watching hockey streaming on Chrome, my PC completely stopped. Freezed totally, had to restart, and it did that like 2-3 more times. Now to think about it, maybe it's my CPU that was overheating, honestly I don't know. What is the regular temperature of a CPU anyway, I don't know.

Thing is, now I can only go on Recovery mode. Even if I press ''Continue ; Exit and continue to Windows Recovery Environment'' , my PC restarts itself and back at the same screen.

So I tried to refresh my pc, but while the installation of W8, it just freezed again. Waited 30mins and nothing, so I restarted my pc. And now, when I'm trying to refresh it again, they say I have not enough free space in my drive.

So basically, how can I free up space in recovery mode? Thank you

A:How do I free up space in a drive in recovery mode?

During installation, look for the option to format (warning: this will erase everything on your PC) your main drive, where Windows is installed in the first place.

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I have a z575 with a SSD divided into a c drive and d drive. I just formatted the c drive assuming I could leave the d drive intact with the data. when I try a fresh install on the c drive with a Windows 10 disc, I get     Recovery     Your PC Device needs to be repaired     A required device isn't connected or can't be accessed.     Error Code: 0xc000000f      Press Enter to try again     Press F8 for startup settings Enter does nothing.F8 does nothing.Each time I reboot hoping to snag the dvd drive, I get immeditatly sent to the Blue screen above. Should I be able to install windows 10 to the c drive regardless of the d drive?I have been running Windows 10 with no problems other than a long lag on boot up, I think because of an old Windows 7 installation. Any insight would be appreciated!Thanks!

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Should this be posted in Installation & Setup or Performance & Maintenance?

Hard drive in 2009 Satellite P500 series notebook, Windows 7 Home Premium X64, is pre-Advanced Format Drive.
The 2008, 500 GB Hard drive failed with SMART warning at every boot. (Pre-Advanced Format Drive)

Replace with new 500 GB HDD (AFD) Advanced format.
Repair with Toshiba supplied 3 Disc set
"Recovery Media Satellite P500 series"...
Boot okay, no network, Device Mgr shows 6 yellow exclamation marks, but properties all show "The device is working properly". Download latest drivers and install... no change in symptoms.
Scrounge up another 2008 (320 GB) Hard drive, and the Recovery Media installs fine.
System boots and everything is working great.Image Backup with three different programs, (PQ Drive Image (GHOST), Acronis, [email protected] Image)Restore to new 500 GB (AFD) hard drive
Continue to configure and customize system, and install all the latest updates.

Install again, the new AFD hard drive into computer.

Machine seems okay.. Use it for a couple days...
Discover that Windows Update does not work. Says service is not running... but it is. I spent most of a day trying to resolve... can't fix it.
Download an install a stand-alone fix does not work either.

And it now reports "NOT GENUINE"
Also I discovered a lot of repetitive errors in Event Log, one of which is Cryptographic Services failed, error 583.
Another on Windows Search ... Read more

A:Recovery Media to Advance Format Drive creates unusable system

Good information here that may help: How to Re-install an Operating System on an Advanced Format Hard Drive for Home Users

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We had to reboot our computer from a recovery cd....and now when I am reinstalling old programs theyre installing in the recovery drive and of course theres no room......why are they not installing in my c drive?....i am running windows xp

how do I fix this or do I just take it in and get fixed by a pro who will have it done in 20 minutes but charge me 300 dollars...

A:Programs are installing in recovery drive

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I want to prepare a factory fresh drive so that I can use it to save backup images. Soon I will have a second drive that will only be used to store data files. Neither drive will ever be used for the installation of an operating system. From what I've read, I see no advantage to having more than a single partition on either drive. I know I want to use NTFS.

This should be straightforward. I'm finding it is not. I cannot formulate a search that points me to the right tutorial or thread. Either I get hundreds of options to consider or, if I try to narrow the options, no answer is found.

Please point me to the right discussion. Perhaps the answer will help others who come after me, too.



A:Format & Partition New Drive to Use as a Backup Drive or Storage Drive

Do you know how to make a partition and format a drive?

You can do it all in Windows Disk Management.

You don't need to do anything special to the drive just because it is going to store images.
Treat it like any other drive.

Format it with a single partition.

Store your image files on it. Use a folder structure if you want to---perhaps naming a folder something like "Macrium image of C partition, 060714" so you know the date of the image.

Nor do you need to use a separate drive just for image storage.

Make your images and store them like ordinary data. Back up the images just like you'd back up any other important data file. That's what they are: important data.

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My computer keeps trying to save programs that I download to my recovery drive which is full instead of my OS drive. How can I fix this?

A:Recovery(C:) full and I can not save programs to OS (D:) drive

Hi Fitzy,

Can you send a screenshot of your disk management screen please?

1. Search "Disk Management" in the search box and press enter.

2. Confirm and type in an admin password if UAC pops up.

3. Take a screenshot and upload it here!

Kind Regards,


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Recovery Drive d is low on disk space... It for some reason won't let me download programs or files. I tried to put Itunes on the computer and it won't let me. It has a pop up saying Not enough room on RECOVERY

Can anyone help???

A:Recovery Drive D is low on disk space, won't allow me to download programs

Delete your system points, by shutting down System Restore. Immediatly, make one restore point, in case it is needed. The you should have enough space.

System Restore

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Hi I accidently deleted files on my Nas dive. its a LaCie Big Disk d2 1Tb (actually 2 500Gb disks inside). The programs I´ve tried for recover lost data dosent support Nas drives (only drives inside the computer itself). Any one have a sudgesstion of how I can recreate the lost data?. i use a intel computer and are running Vista Home Premium. i have Netgear DG834N wireless router with built in adsl2+ modem. Everything is cable connected and working fine. I just need the almost 2 years of work that i deleted...
I know.. incredibly stupid but the web config tool is so sluggish and i just clicked away... HELP!

A:Accidental deleting on Nas drive - Help needed

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A directory on our Ideacentre 70025ISH was accidental changed. It is in the Windows C: top level. It contains the following directories:boot, Drivers, efi, LangPacks, NewOS, Sources, Store, support, Updates, Work and three files:bootmgr, boomgr.efi, MediaMeta.xml If anyone knows, or could kindly check to see what the directory name should be, we would be most grateful! Thank you.  

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I am a computard and i was messing with stuff i shouldn't have been and i erased my floppy disk drive from existance. I was hoping someone would know how i can make my computer re-download it. thank you

A:accidental removal of floppy disk drive

Your description is a bit confusing.
- Is the floppy drive completely missing from the My Computer list?
- Did you accidentally erase all the files from a floppy disk and need to recover them?

What exactly does "messing with stuff" mean?

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Hello. I have a question. What is the best software or even the best means for me to make a real time copy or clone of my system hard drive on a separate physical disk to record up-to-the-minute system changes in the event one that my hard drives fail I would then boot into the other system drive on the good physical hard drive and without much effort be back up and running? NOTE: All my installed programs, folder files, files, settings, and configurations would be identical to the hard drive that has the separate system partition that just failed? No loss of work or data. I know I ‘may’ lose the work if not saved at that 'precise moment' the failure occurred, but any work that was saved seconds before the failure would still be on the copy or cloned separate system separate drive or separate system separate drive’s partition.

Paid or free program/software is no issue. I have Windows 7 Professional.

Any ideas as to programs/software you can suggest or a means I am not aware of?

Please reply.

Thank you!

A:Looking for programs/software will clone or copy my system drive for immed. recovery?

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Hi really sorry if this is the wrong place but need help.

I was adding a new drive to my PC's storage spaces only due to it being from and old laptop it had the reserved OEM partition so windows refused to add it, I went and used a partition software to delete all partitions on the drive so I could add it only as it was the same size and make as one of the other drives already in my storage space i stupidly chose the wrong one.

As you would expect the Storage space Pool failed and the dis was marked as disconnected only its not its there but had it table deleted. I have been googleing all night and have yet to find a way to repair this yet I know its there cos using the software from ReclaiMe Storage Spaces Recovery Software it detects the pool and can see all the stuff on it bit dosn't have and option to repair just recover I don't want to do this as it the the lack of space that caursed this

I have gone through the powershell route and have managed to change the drive from "Retired" to "Auto-Select" but am still not able to get the pool to repair of work.

someone said use testdisk but this finds the partition but its listed as "unknown" to I cant retrive this what am I missing?!?!?!
Thanks so much for any help on this

A:Accidental partition deletion on storage space drive.

I've had success with this one: Free Partition Recovery Software, Deleted Partition Recovery, Hard Disk Recovery, Free Disk Partition Recovery, Active Partition Recovery Software, NTFS Partition Recovery, Recovery Partition, Drive Partition Recovery, Hard Drive Partition Recovery T

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looking for a free version of something like this Memory Card Recovery Software to Recover Lost Photos - CardRecovery
that will allow me to recover a bunch of HD video clips that were mistakenly erased

A:free card format recovery software program

My favourite shot : Try PhotoRec PhotoRec - CGSecurity . Do go through PhotoRec Step by Step here before embarking. ( haven't had an opportunity to try it though.)

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Hi my advent monza t100laptop was turned off by my grandson shuting down and when I turned it back on I get aptio setup utility on screen and been told lost harddrive can I use my advent vsta harddrive and ry that in monza t100thanks

A:Hard Drive reported as empty after accidental power off during shutdown

What is the exact error message?
If your are getting the Setup Utility, then you probably still have the HDD and it is not lost. The HDD may, however have failed.
You can create an Ubuntu Live CD and boot off of that and it will allow you to browse your C: drive. This will also confirm that you do have a C: drive still and it is not lost. Then you can save any personal files to a USB HDD.
Once you are safely backed up, you can Run the Setup Utility and restore the computer to Factory Defaults. If that fails the HDD may need to be replaced and Windows will need to be reinstalled.

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I have a very straightforward question: I am running WinXP Pro on my computer and I just got an external USB hard-drive to back up my data before I upgrade to VISTA.

My internal hard drive is NTFS file system, and the external drive is FAT32. My data backed-up perfectly.

However, I understand that VISTA is NTFS only (for the drive that it's installed on, which in my case will be the internal drive). I will be installing the VISTA OS on the internal drive, and using the external drive solely for backing up data.

I don't want to back up my data externally, upgrade my PC to VISTA, and then discover that I can't access the data on the external drive.

Here's my only question: will VISTA work with a FAT32 external drive, or do I have to convert that external drive to NTFS *before* I attempt to connect it to VISTA?

awaiting your replies - I'll appreciate all the help I can get!

A:will VISTA read a FAT32 external hard drive,or do I have to format the drive to NTFS?

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Hey any help would this would be GREATLY apprciated.

One of the hard drives on my pc [250gb drive , drive E:\] has about 180gb of that data inside one folder. Today I went to open the folder and the pc locked up for a second and then said that DRIVE E:\ is not formated and asked if I wanted to format it. If I select no and try to access the folder again it does the same thing. I cannot risk loosing any of the data that is inside this folder on this drive. IF anyone could try and help me access the files inside this folder I would be so appriciative!!!

Someone please help....


All other folders on the drive open just fine...

A:Folder inside drive will not open - telling me to format entire drive..

It also says that there is 0 bytes in the folder when there should be over 110gb ...

Is there any sort of program that will repair something like this...

When I right click the drive in my computer and check properties it says used space 184gb...but then when I go into the E:\ drive and select all the folders and select properties it says there is only 74.2gb used ?

The other 110gb is in that folder that I am not able to access....

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Hey Guys,

I have a netbook which I want to recycle however it has been used for business purposes and I want to properly format the drive. The issue I have is that it does not have a CD drive nor does it have a working screen. I have connected the hard drive to external display and manually deleted all files from the computer but I know this is not really 'deleting' anything.

How can I format the drive from within Windows? Unfortunately I cannot get bios to display on the external display so I can not do anything from DOS or Bios simply because I can't see anything!

My latest attempt has been to use Active KillDisk to create a bootable USB however this is when I ran into the issue of the Bios and DOS not displaying, it will only display once windows has been loaded.

Any ideas?

A:Solved: Help needed to securely format hard drive - no screen or CD drive

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format my hard drive for clean install of new windows 10 on flash drive

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i go into device manager and i see tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m .however device is unable to play any cd ,dvd or burn.problem also with usb2.0 drive says unable to format and cannot display any files however it does work on any other pc.I would appreciate if someone can help me resolve this.this forum is great by the way I didnt know barely how to turn on pc and thanks to this forum I AM MORE KNOWLEGIBLE ABOUT PC.THANKS IN advance.

A:my disk drive tsstcorp cd/dvdw ts-h652m also usb drive says unable to format

Uninstall the cd/dvd drive from Device Manager and restart Windows.

After Windows restarts the drive will be reinstalled.

If still having issue try the solution here

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Hi everyone,

I recently accidentally formatted a hard drive. So, I quickly install a file recovery software (EaseUS Data Recovery). Then the result shows that most of SWF files are big in size. I think that lots of my files have been converted or combine with other files. So, how do I recover my files?

A:File format changed into other format after format a hard drive

This may not be the best answer, but I would recover the files first. That is you biggest concern right now. Then try to see what you need to do to fix them.

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currently I am using vista ultimate. I have only one partition (C:)

i want to install vista home premium onto (C:) but my dvd/cd drive does not work. I do not have (or want to use) a portable DVD/CD drive to reformat.

Im thinking of creating another partition (D:) and then transfering the "bootable folder for home premium", from another computer to (D:) via usb drive.

Can I boot from this new partition (D:) and reformat (C:)?


A:HELP! No CD Drive, want to make recovery partition to format main partition

Hi -

Shrink the HDD --> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...n-my-hard-disk

However, Vista must be installed from DVD.

Regards. . .



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I have an anternal media drive whith a number of hidden partitions which do not show up in windows. One of these partitions had become corrupted and unuseable and I would like to try re formatting it to fix the error.

In Partition Magic there are a number of drives listed. Some of the drives on the partition have assigned drive letters but the one I want to format has is greyed out and listed with a * infront of it. Partition Magic will let me enter the drive to view details and even gives me the option to format it BUT then wants to assign the drive the letter A:

If I do this then the media drive will be unable to work as it will have lost the file path it needs to record on to. I just wnat to re format this drive (with whatever freeware) and have the drive letter (wich is currently unassigned) untouched so that the media player never knows its been formatted.

File system is FAT32, partition size is 10gb, using Partition Magic, there are 2 partitions with assigned drive letters and 3 without on the 1gb HDD.

Any help or suggestions appreciated thanks.

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Hi. My external hard-drive stopped working yesterday. This is what's happening:

I plug it in as usual, then it says "You need to format the disk in drive F: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?".
I'm thinking it's more than likely an issue of having pulled out the usb cable without clicking 'safely remove'.

Yesterday I actually got it working again briefly by typing "chkdsk F: /R" into command prompt. Now when I do that it doesn't work, it says "The type of the file system is NTFS. Unable to determine volume version and state. CHKDSK aborted." And when I double click on F: drive in my computer it says "F:\ is not accessible. The file or directory is corrupted or unreadable".

Are there any other options besides using some sort of data recovery tool (I'd rather not do this just because it takes a long time)?

A:Solved: External hard-drive:...format the disk in drive F: before you can use it.

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The other day i went to format a partition(called drive D) of a hard drive in dos mode. Just after i pressed enter for the format to begin i relised that in dos my partitioned drive D was actually called drive G and my other hard drive which was drive E was called D, so I was actually formatting drive E. I quickly pressed restart and once in windows tried accessing drive E but it wouldnt let me because it sais it needs to be formatted because it hasnt got a File System. Ive used getdataback to access it but I want to know if there is a way to give the drive a file system name without actually formatting it?

A:Hard drive problem.. Cancelled format now cant access drive

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Hi,I am using a windows xp sp2 and a HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-H42N cd/dvd driveThe problem is my cd drive is sometimes detecting the contents of a cd and sometimes not. I am not even able to find the pattern because the same cd when i insert it into the drive at times it shows the content and at times not.I want to format only my C drive using the windows xp cd. But the problem is when i am trying to boot from the cd, the os is not able read from cd.I checked the bios boot priority configuration and it is set to cd/dvd first.what is the other way of format my c drive other than by booting from cd ?i copied all the contents of the "windows xp installation disk" onto my usb flash drive and wanted to setup windows xp.when i double clicked on "setup.exe", i was able to go to the blue screen which had options of "collecting information, dynamic update, preparing installation, installing windows, finalizing installation". the problem is ..it has not asked me whether to just format c or format c,d,e drives.what will happen if i go ahead and format. will i lose all my data in d, e, f drives also..or by default it just formats c drive even if it does not ask us ?I am actually facing all these problems bcos...my pc is not booting from my cd.Please help me with answers.thank you

A:cd drive not reading contents of disk and does xp installation just format c drive ?


When this happens can you eject the cd? When it doesn't read it does it still sound like it is being read in the cd drive?

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Okay, here is a pic of my hard disks.

My backups go into my Recovery Drive, and it is nearly full. I repeatedly uninstall prgrams that I don't need, and delete old backups. Why is it still full? How do I make more space? My OS drive is so BIG, but I have next to nothing in it! Are backups supposed to be going into C drive?

A:Recovery Drive almost full: Should backups be in D drive or in the C drive?

Not to worry. The recovery is probalby just restore points. As you need more space the oldest point is deleted and a new one made. If you want to make space. Turn off the System Restore, deleting all points. Then make a new point, you will need it in case of problems.

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