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Dear community,

Could someone be so kind to explain me on how to recover from drive
format ?

It goes about a logical drive placed into the extended partition. The
drive is not "mounted", that means it is not yet visible in Windows
Explorer. I can only access it through PowerQuest Partition Magic,
that can also browse the drive.

The drive is 29GB in total and 14MB are used in a system directory
called "System Volume Information". Only one subdirectory appears
"_recover...".

Is it still possible to recover my mistake ? Is there any procedure to
recover the drive safely ?

Thanks in advance for your support.

R.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Buggs cogitated deeply and scribbled thusly:

    > Dear community,
    >
    > Could someone be so kind to explain me on how to recover from drive
    > format ?

    What, exactly, do you mean by "recover from drive format"? Do you mean
    that you formatted a drive by mistake, or what?


    >
    > It goes about a logical drive placed into the extended partition. The
    > drive is not "mounted", that means it is not yet visible in Windows
    > Explorer. I can only access it through PowerQuest Partition Magic,
    > that can also browse the drive.
    >
    > The drive is 29GB in total and 14MB are used in a system directory
    > called "System Volume Information". Only one subdirectory appears
    > "_recover...".
    >
    > Is it still possible to recover my mistake ? Is there any procedure to
    > recover the drive safely ?
    >
    > Thanks in advance for your support.
    >
    > R.
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    Gordon <me6@privacy.net> wrote in message news:<c4k4h4$35t$2@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk>...
    > Buggs cogitated deeply and scribbled thusly:
    >
    > > Dear community,
    > >
    > > Could someone be so kind to explain me on how to recover from drive
    > > format ?
    >
    > What, exactly, do you mean by "recover from drive format"? Do you mean
    > that you formatted a drive by mistake, or what?

    Yes, that's it. Unfortunately, the well-known UNFORMAT command that
    was available in earlier versions of the DOS command shell disappeared
    according to http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/default.asp?url=/WINDOWSXP/home/using/productdoc/en/dos_diffs.asp

    Meanwhile, I learned more about the new feature called "System
    Recovery" that allows to recover the system to a previous state. And I
    suspect the "System Volume Information" directory to contain these
    information. Although I could not verify this point, it would be then
    only allowed to recover the internal registery of Windows XP by this
    mean.

    Still, there should be a mean to recover a previously formated
    hard-drive unless no other changes are made on it. Like UNFORMAT, some
    vital information like the FAT and information area placed just after
    the boot record would be kept. The question is, whether Microsoft
    Windows XP features it or not. If not, why ?

    R.
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    XP doesn't have this feature because that was a DOS command and XP is not
    built on DOS as was the case of previous 9x OSs. You might try
    www.google.com and do a search on UNFORMAT to see if you can find an XP
    compatible tool that might be help.

    --
    Michael Solomon MS-MVP
    Windows Shell/User
    Backup is a PC User's Best Friend
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    "Buggs" <romuald_lobet@yahoo.fr> wrote in message
    news:f86fb1d7.0404061340.502b3076@posting.google.com...
    > Gordon <me6@privacy.net> wrote in message
    > news:<c4k4h4$35t$2@newsg2.svr.pol.co.uk>...
    >> Buggs cogitated deeply and scribbled thusly:
    >>
    >> > Dear community,
    >> >
    >> > Could someone be so kind to explain me on how to recover from drive
    >> > format ?
    >>
    >> What, exactly, do you mean by "recover from drive format"? Do you mean
    >> that you formatted a drive by mistake, or what?
    >
    > Yes, that's it. Unfortunately, the well-known UNFORMAT command that
    > was available in earlier versions of the DOS command shell disappeared
    > according to
    > http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/home/using/productdoc/en/default.asp?url=/WINDOWSXP/home/using/productdoc/en/dos_diffs.asp
    >
    > Meanwhile, I learned more about the new feature called "System
    > Recovery" that allows to recover the system to a previous state. And I
    > suspect the "System Volume Information" directory to contain these
    > information. Although I could not verify this point, it would be then
    > only allowed to recover the internal registery of Windows XP by this
    > mean.
    >
    > Still, there should be a mean to recover a previously formated
    > hard-drive unless no other changes are made on it. Like UNFORMAT, some
    > vital information like the FAT and information area placed just after
    > the boot record would be kept. The question is, whether Microsoft
    > Windows XP features it or not. If not, why ?
    >
    > R.
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.help_and_support,microsoft.public.windowsxp.configuration_manage,microsoft.public.windowsxp.general (More info?)

    On Wed, 7 Apr 2004 14:32:03 -0700, "Michael Solomon \(MS-MVP Windows
    Shell/User\)" <user@#notme.com> wrote:

    >XP doesn't have this feature because that was a DOS command and XP is not
    >built on DOS as was the case of previous 9x OSs.

    Two points:

    1) Win9x isn't quite as "built on DOS" as you imply
    2) The real issue is XP has no maintenance tools to do the same tasks

    I would not expect these tools to be the same old DOS tools.
    I would however expect these tools to exist.


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  5. Hello,

    EASEUS DataRecoveryWizard utility can help. Speaking about me, it was
    easily able to restore deleted, lost file and unformat drive,
    so I think you will also find it quite useful. Really recommended
    tool, give it a try.

    http://www.easeus.com/
    http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/recover-formatted-partition.htm
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