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Windows 7: Formatted By Mistake

01 Jul 2010   #1

Windows 7 64
Formatted By Mistake


I changed my motherboard and disconnected all of my drives apart from the one I thought was my C drive. Alas it was not and had some very important folders in it.

I started to install windows and got to the drive option and formatted it and as soon as I had I realised which drive it was. I did not go any further with the installation so nothing has written over it.

Can anyone advise what my options are if any to recover this drive?

Thanks in advance.

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01 Jul 2010   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Fear not Steve, all is not lost, (Hopefully).
Try Recuver, its very good and free. Download from here:
Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
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Sorry sounds like a soundtrack from 'Allo 'Allo s/b "Luck"
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01 Jul 2010   #3

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01 Jul 2010   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate

Emergency Boot CD : Has an "un-format" option, this may work (link is to forum with instructions)

**Edit.. yea choose one of the other ones, they look much better :)
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01 Jul 2010   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise x64 SP1

Yes, the only way I know how is through paid software such as:
Data Recovery Software to Undelete Files; Disk recovery; Recover Deleted Files
Data Recovery Software - Hard Drive Recovery - RAID Recovery - Runtime Software

There might be some freeware, but I'm not sure of their effectiveness.

Or you could go to a place that has tools to recover data such as BB Geek Squad
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01 Jul 2010   #6
Microsoft MVP


Try free Paragon Rescue CD, which has the ability to recover the formatted partition, or copy the data off of it. Rescue Kit Free Edition | PARAGON Software Group - free partition software, hard disk partitioning
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01 Jul 2010   #7

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

Well I have a friend who accidently formatted the hard drive on his mother-in-law's laptop loosing nearly 2,000 photos of her grandchildren, I introduced him to Recuver and he is still alive and kicking. I rest my case!:)
P.S. She never did find out about the mistake
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01 Jul 2010   #8

Windows 7 64

Hi Guys,

Thanks for all your advice. I am currently running Recuva and it is just over 50% done. I will let you all know the outcome soon.
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01 Jul 2010   #9

Win 7 Ultimate 32bit

I like Recuva,, and it can work on a Formatted drive,,, but mostly works for deleted files.

If Recuva fails,, which is possible,, you can also try TestDisk which is very good at recovering data from a formatted drive. Not as user friendly, can take a day or so to fully scan the drive for data, but it does work where others fail and it is free. Has saved me on several occasions.
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04 Jul 2010   #10

Windows 7 64

Hi Guys,

I managed to get my files back. I just have to go through all of my music and put it back into its folders again.

My Electrical Design project that I had worked on for a month which goes towards my qualifications was okay too. I would have been completely gutted if I could not have got that back so thanks again all.


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