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By msgwen7 ·
Help PLEASE. Is there any way to recover/restore the data on a Seagate Model ST32D413A 20 gbyte hard drive. The computer is a HP Pavilon 8550C. A "helper" put the drive in another computer and it automatically reformatted it. My job could dependon my recovering/restoring the drive.

I thought asking the question would help me cut down on the research time as I need to get the problem corrected ASAP...Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you in Advance

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by pctech In reply to Hard Drive data recovery ...

Hi,

You do not say what file system WAS on the drive or what file system it was formatted to. FAT or NTFS?

You have a chance with a FAT partition by running a disk editer, such as Norton Disk Editer. You will need some expertise to use this program, it is NOT for the novice user. Disk Editer will allow you to find the second FAT and copy it to the first 63 sectors of the hard drive. Most, if not all of the data will then be able to be recovered. There are data recovery centers that should be able to do this for you, at a substantial cost.

DOS did have an unformat utility, but I think this only worked on FAT12 and FAT16. Should you run this on a FAT32 partition, you will probably make any data recovery nearly impossible, if not impossible.

I do not know of any way to recover a formatted NTFS partition, but perhaps, one of these data recovery centers can do this also.

I hope this helps.

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by msgwen7 In reply to Hard Drive data recovery ...

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by tduval In reply to Hard Drive data recovery ...

Before all, put drive in slave, in another fonctionning computer.
Try Lost and Found, or uneraser. But install theses softwares on another drive.
L&F saved my life, once...

Good luck
oups, uneraser is at
http://www.uneraser.com/quest12.htm

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by msgwen7 In reply to Hard Drive data recovery ...

Will I risk losing the data all together by doing this?

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by wlbowers In reply to Hard Drive data recovery ...

Go to google.com and do a search on data recovery. You will come up with qualified folks that do this for a living.

Good Luck Lee

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