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Windows 7: Format accident on encrypted volume

04 Sep 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64
 
 
Format accident on encrypted volume

I've got an encrypted by truecrypt 1G WD elements SE volume.
Before accident, every time when I plugged this volume into my notebook, my system (windows 7 64) showed me a popup massage "You need to format the disc in drive I: before you can use it".
I didin't turn off it (I haven't known how), of course everything worked fine then,

but one day, accidentally I triggered it, and then,system instantly showed me
"the disk I: has been formated correctly" I didn't believe that disk was formated,
I opened truecrypt, I entered password, I tried to mount a disc, but a disk was completely empty. For 5 minutes I hadn't believed that disc was formated that fast.

There is any chanse to restore files on a disc?
I'm starting to believe that this is a permament erase

|edit|:
I guess, It's imposible to erase 10GB of files in such short time,
I think only a main entries to the encrypted volume have been deleted, but files are still, somewhere.

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05 Sep 2011   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit (SP 1)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maykey View Post
I've got an encrypted by truecrypt 1G WD elements SE volume.
Before accident, every time when I plugged this volume into my notebook, my system (windows 7 64) showed me a popup massage "You need to format the disc in drive I: before you can use it".
I didin't turn off it (I haven't known how), of course everything worked fine then,

but one day, accidentally I triggered it, and then,system instantly showed me
"the disk I: has been formated correctly" I didn't believe that disk was formated,
I opened truecrypt, I entered password, I tried to mount a disc, but a disk was completely empty. For 5 minutes I hadn't believed that disc was formated that fast.

There is any chanse to restore files on a disc?
I'm starting to believe that this is a permament erase

|edit|:
I guess, It's imposible to erase 10GB of files in such short time,
I think only a main entries to the encrypted volume have been deleted, but files are still, somewhere.

Hi

There are two types of formating Quick and Normal. Quick basically deletes your root directory but doesn't delete the data files. There are services and utilities available to try and recover your data but there are no guarantees.

I don't think any undelete utility will work and the fact that this is an encrypted drive will further complicate things.

A quick google search shows a number of utilities that say they can recover data after an accidental format but I've not used one myself.

Quick and Complete format recovery software. Recover files after formatted hard drive. Unformat hard disk Software: Formatted FAT & NTFS drive file recovery.

Or

http://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-products.htm

Regards
UKMedia
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05 Sep 2011   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1 ; Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
 
 

You can try to recover your files using a program

I normally use Recuva - Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download

However recovering all 10GB of your data is very Slim

Also the added effect of encryption is used to minimise recovery of deleted data and to prevent unauthorised access so this maybe a hit and miss

Josh
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05 Sep 2011   #4

Windows 7 Pro x64 SP1
 
 

Welcome to the windows 7 forums.

Of course you have a backup of your data?

Aside, something tells me that your out of luck with recovering your data unless you have a backup.

Rich
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05 Sep 2011   #5
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Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If, by any chnace, you have recovery points (shadows) on the HDD, you can recover the data with Shadow Explorer
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