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Recovering data from hard disk after formatting

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February 16, 2012 1:49:54 PM

how to recover data from hard disk after formatting with no OS on it? data was extremely imp.
having an 80 GB hdd & win XP installation CD showing "Unpartitioned space 76317 MB (76GB)" means whole hard disk is formatted. guys pls help me :cry: 

February 16, 2012 1:53:15 PM

what happened was, while installing win xp, I formatted C drive (windows) & then some power failure happened and computer got switched off. Then next time I thought of installing win 98 , & inserted win 98 disc & it formatted the whole HDD.
And now after inserting win xp disc again, it's showing "Unpartitioned space 76317 MB (76GB)" means whole hard disk is formatted. Is there any possibility to recover my data
February 16, 2012 1:58:40 PM

You might be able to hook it up externally and run some data recovery software on the drive...

That being said, you'd need probably need to buy the software, since this type of recovery is a little more advanced and will need to rebuild the control table/data.
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February 16, 2012 2:07:41 PM

i was thinking of to plug my HDD into some other PC and run some recovery software on that PC, because right now this HDD has no OS on it, so I cant use it. Will that work?
October 19, 2013 6:50:39 AM

The best way to recover data after hard drive reformat is to use some data recovery tool, you may follow this guide:

Take note that once files are overwritten, you will not be able to recover them. So it is important to not write any files to hard drive after reformat.

If hard drive is not detected by computer, you may try device manager, here's the guide

January 4, 2014 6:50:56 AM

This might be what you are looking for.

Last time when i had sd card format problem, i did retrieve lost photos with this program.

Notice: never write new files to the reformatted drive to keep files overwritten.