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How recover data from a Linux drive formatted with NTFS?

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November 5, 2013 2:09:52 PM

I have a NAS device, somehow stop working, I wasn't able to access the data in any way. I decide to crack open the device and put the hard drive on my computer. Of course windows ask to format the drive. But instead I used all kind of software's to recover it, but no luck. I finally formatted with NTFS hoping that from there I could recover it. Turn's out that software's finds files as windows log files and all kind of stuff, but not the data and all life time pictures that I need.
The NAS device had a partition of 20 GB with it seam to be the operating system partition.
Device: IOMEGA EZ Media Center Backup
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November 5, 2013 2:28:24 PM

why would you format it? It just erases everything off of it.

You can try a free program Recuva and run a scan on it and see if your lucky at all.
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November 5, 2013 2:32:37 PM

What recovery programs have you tried already? As suggested, try Recuva but use the deep scan option.
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November 5, 2013 2:39:19 PM

popatim said:
What recovery programs have you tried already? As suggested, try Recuva but use the deep scan option.


EASUS Data Recovery Professional
Stellar Phoenix Windows data recovery
DiskInternals Partition Recovery
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November 5, 2013 3:58:36 PM

If you did quick format, then you may have a chance in recovering some files, as long as you didn't write to the drive.

A quick format just overwrites the partition table, leaving the actual data on the disk intact.

If you did a full format (takes a long time) your data is toast, unless you want to pay professional recovery specialists ridiculous amounts of money.
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November 6, 2013 10:06:01 PM

I did a recovery on an IomegaEZ before, the 2TB model. Looking at my notes it uses a Linux XFS filesystem on top of a Logical Volume on top of Linux Software RAID. Also there are two partitions. The second is the XFS one which has your data. So hopefully you did a quick format that just clobbered the first partition, leaving your data recoverable. Your best bet is to look at the drive from a Linux Boot CD. If you get stuck shoot me a PM I may be able to help.

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November 13, 2013 1:25:21 PM

Solution was OnTrack Easy Recovery Professional. With this software I got most of my data back.
Best Recovery Software Ever
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