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Accidently formatted wrong drive

By stanleyjoe53 ·
Help! ON Dell Precision 670 w/XP Pro and scsi raid C drive, I wsa going to reformat and install OS. I booted off Xp Disk and launched the raid drivers so I could access the striped drive and reformat, Windows brought up the second drive I use as storage and called it the c drive. I started the format. Within the first 1% of the format I realize the size was much too big and knew I had started formating the wrong drive. In the end, the format failed. When I restart, the drive mounts but only as a RAW drive. If I click on it I'm asked if I want to reformat. I'm assuming the directory has been corrupted but I'm sure all of the critical data I have is still there. I have Winternal but when I launch file restore it only shows the c drive since the driveI lost isn't formated. I'm thinking I"m safer not to reformat at this point but not sure how to recover the data in tact. Do you have any suggestions?

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by mjd420nova In reply to Accidently formatted wron ...

The only solution would be to send it to a data recovery service. Depending on how much it will cost to replicate the data, most services run about $400. USD to recover the data. You'll have to decide if the data is worth the cost. When reformatting, the first thing that is done is the boot track and FAT tables, usually even before it gets to 1% of completion. Good luck

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Accidently formatted wron ...

I'm not to sure how that piece of software works particularly as MS has now brought them out but generally speaking you need to format up the drive in the same manner that it was previously formated like NTFS with Compression if it had compression or a straight NTFS Partition or whatever and hen the Data Recovery program can scan the HDD to recover the data.


If you have he money or can borrow a copy of On Track East Recovery that would be a better faster solution as it can rebuild the MBR's and is quite quick at rebuilding the HDD but it's also expensive. But you can try one of the following Data Recovery Programs to recover your data

If you know Hex inside out this is an excellent application

And the Flagship when you have important data to recover and not much time to spend

When you decide on a software application you need to follow the directions but with most of those listed above you first need to format the drive in the manner that it was previously formatted.

Of course if you have an Up To Date Backup none of this would be necessary.


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by zaferus In reply to Accidently formatted wron ...

ZAR - Zero Assumption Recovery.

When you buy it you can also E-mail to get the DOS boot disk version.

It is, in a word: Awesome. Worth the price and you get to keep this program forever. I have used it 3 times to recover critical data for friends/family. It runs slow but comes up big.

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