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Recovering a formatted harddrive

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December 18, 2010 7:15:01 PM

So awhile ago i accidentally formatted my hard drive, I meant to reset my computer to factory settings, but obvisously i pressed the wrong button.

I don't need any of the info that was on the laptop I just need to be able to actually load up some kind of operating system like windows xp, vista or linux.

Right now my laptop says this
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December 20, 2010 3:15:01 AM

If you formatted it, you have wiped out any reference to ALL of its data, including the OS files. Unless you can use utilities to UN-format the drive, your best bet and easiest path forward is to re-install the OS. Do you have the Windows Install disk that came with the machine?
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December 20, 2010 9:32:46 PM

No i can't find it, is there anything i can download off another computer to fix it?
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December 20, 2010 11:21:05 PM

go down to the local computer guy's shop. the small ones. ask him to sell you a boot disk. he will probably charge you like 5 or 10 dollars or so. sweeten the deal by bringing a couple blank DVD's for him. sometimes if you got the DVD he will just give you one for free, or just charge you a couple bucks for the time it takes to burn one quick.
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December 21, 2010 12:48:26 AM

Its possible you have a boot partition that will restore you hardrive, depending on what laptop you actuallyhave. HP is usually press f12 to access the hidden partition.

See your owners manual for instructions.
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December 22, 2010 1:54:26 AM

popatim has a VERY good idea there. You say you "formatted the drive". But when a manufacturer of a laptop places a recovery partition (semi-hidden) on the HDD, it is a SEPARATE Partition that is treated as a "hidden drive", and you would be very unlikely to Format that. They "hide" it so you can't destroy it by mistake. SO, IF you do have that feature on your machine (as he said, read the manual!), that is how you can restore the Operating System. You still will have lost ALL your applications and data files, but you say that does not matter.
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December 22, 2010 7:31:40 PM

Okay so i pressed f12 and when to HDD and got the same error
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December 12, 2012 6:16:54 AM

techeasy said:
The photo does not show there.

If there were no important file in the drive that you have accidentally formatted, then you may use freeware to fix the problem.

If there were files, then it is better to restore them with some tool in advance.


Thank you so much for the advice. The program did help me out of sd card raw error. I thought there is no chance for me to do some techie job like this, but I did manage it with this program.

Just want to say big thanks.
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December 13, 2012 3:19:06 AM

techeasy said:
The photo does not show there.

If there were no important file in the drive that you have accidentally formatted, then you may use TestDisk to fix the problem.

If there were files, then it is better to restore them with some tool in advance.

Resources:
http://www.****/howto/recover-data-after-format.html
www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

Thank you!
Your recommended recovery tool did help me restoring my inaccessible and important files as I accidentally formatted my drive last weekend. It was totally free and efficient.
Thanks a lot!!!!!!!!!
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