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May 2, 2013 8:36:56 PM

Hello! I have to use one WD hard drive for data backing up. However, a few days ago, it was shown no hhd. So, I formatted this drive. But, there were still many videos, pictures and other files on this drive. Is it still possible to recover them all back?
May 2, 2013 8:40:22 PM

What kind of format did you do? There are formats that just redo your boot sector saying the drive is empty and formats that actually write over the entire drive. If you did the former, you can probably recover a lot of your stuff. You can get tons of file recovery utilities out there, just google some.
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May 2, 2013 8:58:04 PM

I've used Recuva a few times before it's always been great for me. It should work for you as long as you did a quick format.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva
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May 6, 2013 5:58:15 AM

std_cout said:
Corrine156 said:
Hello! I have to use one WD hard drive for data backing up. However, a few days ago, it was shown no hhd. So, I formatted this drive. But, there were still many videos, pictures and other files on this drive. Is it still possible to recover them all back?

This article will be helpful for you. How to recover data after format?


I'll have to check out that software you linked for future endeavors. I'm not sure if M3 Format does it, but Recuva will let you recover your files and maintain their original folder structure.
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May 7, 2013 7:02:09 PM

Nowadays, the formatting process often cannot erase your data completely. That's why one can get back his data from his formatted drive or memory card.
But, the original data could be there forever. Any new data on this drive would overwrite your needed data and make it gone permanently. So, you should pay attention to this point and do not store new data on it.
And then download a drive data recovery program to save your data.
Different data recovery programs often have their own principles to help the user retrieve his inaccessible data. So, the data recovery results may be different, too. So, you can make your own decision after doing much researching on the internet.
This data recovery software could be a good choice for you: http://blog4mark.blogspot.com/2012/12/deleted-files-rec...
One more thing: After experiencing this problem, you'd better always copy everything important om separate drives.
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September 17, 2013 9:00:15 AM

I have try the above mentioned tools to recover data from formatted hard drive, but unfortunately they do not work for me then after spending lots of time on internet I found “remo recover” . By utilizing this application I retrieved all files in few mouse clicks.
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September 17, 2013 11:27:43 AM

Corrine156 said:
Hello! I have to use one WD hard drive for data backing up. However, a few days ago, it was shown no hhd. So, I formatted this drive. But, there were still many videos, pictures and other files on this drive. Is it still possible to recover them all back?


If you did a quick formatted, then you will be able to recover your data, otherwise your data is gone

There are many recovery utilities out there.

I have good luck with R-Studio
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December 30, 2013 4:38:39 AM

First, DO NOT USE THE DRIVE, and DO NOT FORMAT IT. When you delete files, you are only removing the indexes to them (not actually deleting them). However, they are at risk of being overwritten. I would try running Recuva on it (might need a deep scan). Also, recover the files to another drive - this is CRITICAL to avoiding overwriting the drive.

Finally, next time, remember to keep a backup. (FYI, there is in fact a 4GB file size limit on FAT32 drives. exFAT is intended for thumb drives more than NTFS and will do the trick while being fully compatible with Macs, but requires some updates to work - you should already have these.)
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March 26, 2014 4:38:05 PM

Oscar695 said:
First, DO NOT USE THE DRIVE, and DO NOT FORMAT IT. When you delete files, you are only removing the indexes to them (not actually deleting them). However, they are at risk of being overwritten. I would try running Recuva on it (might need a deep scan). Also, recover the files to another drive - this is CRITICAL to avoiding overwriting the drive.

Finally, next time, remember to keep a backup. (FYI, there is in fact a 4GB file size limit on FAT32 drives. exFAT is intended for thumb drives more than NTFS and will do the trick while being fully compatible with Macs, but requires some updates to work - you should already have these.)


You may try format recovery software, here's a good one: http://goo.gl/UCAEl

helped me before. Easy to follow and works well for me.
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March 26, 2014 7:13:11 PM

You also got the similar data loss problem. You'd better create a new thread to ask your question next time.
And then, as to the formatted drive data loss problem, what you should do is really simple:
Stop using the formatting drive, plunge it to a computer, download a data recovery tool like Recuva, 4Card Recovery, TestDisk and more to scan your drive thoroughly and find your wanted data back successfully.
Here is an article that may help you a lot:
formatrecovery.blogspot.com/2013/02/recover-data-after-formatting.html
Moreover, data backups could be really useful when you encounter similar data loss problems. So, just learn a lesson to back up all important data on different drives well.
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