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Friend formatted external hard drive and erased EVERYTHING!

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my friend borrowed my external hard drive and said he formatted it like a noob and not only did he erase everything, when i connect it to my computer now instead of reading it as flexdrive it shows up in my computer as disk j with a new empty folder...thanks in advance for the help.
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  1. I just finished saving a RAID1 volume using TestDisk. Download and install it, then take you HDD from the enclosure and install it to your system (hint: disconnect any HDDs other than the boot drive and the HDD you want to recover). TestDisk is free and has directions, including an example.
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    Experienced users would tell you not to write any data to the formatted drive.

    There are many tools that can help including this one that helped me before.

    http://www.icare-recovery.com/howto/recover-formatted-drive.html
  3. Best answer selected by hughdiggy.
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