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    Any software that can recover data and pictures from accidentally formatted HDD?

    Has anyone ever used software that can recover data from a internal hard drive that was accidentally formated?

    Thanks for your replies.
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    There are many free and fee programs, all with varying degrees of menu complexity and results -- I have MiniTool Power Data Recovery, however, eventually choose one that has the look and feel that you are comfortable with.
    "Take care of thy backups and thy restores shall take care of thee." Ben Franklin revisited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by g3b View Post
    accidentally formated?

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    Probably a case of mistaken identity, it happens.

    TestDisk might work, if not, it used to come with a tiny standalone DOS tool, MBRWork, usage is listed in the text file for it, looks tricky if you're not a regular commandline user. In reality, it's just ~ 4 selections and a reboot, iirc (been a long time!).

    Make sure you select the right drive to work on and that you have plenty of drive space elsewhere if you need to recover data should the drive not return to the pre -formatted, accessible state.

    EDIT: MBRWork can be downloaded from TeraByte Unlimited: http://www.terabyteunlimited.com/dow...e-software.htm
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    The ‘Recover Partition’ option on the free version of Partition Wizard is excellent and usually works perfectly provided you have not messed about with the drive after the re-format. You may also have to use the ‘Rebuild MBR’ option if the MBR (or GPT) information has been corrupted in the re-format.
    You can get Partition Wizard here:
    http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/...shtml#download

    EaseUS Partition Recovery Wizard is another good tool that works in similar fashion to above.
    http://www.easeus.com/partition-recovery/

    If full partition recovery fails then Recuva File Recovery is one of the best free file recovery programs around, but note that individual file recovery is more laborious that a partition recovery.
    https://www.piriform.com/recuvaAnother good tool.

    Good luck, Chris
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    Quote Originally Posted by Browni View Post
    Yes, this can happen quite easily. Some programs, especially the kind booted from USB stick or DVD drive, reAssign drive letters, have different drive letters than what one is used to having within Windows.
    One thing I have done to minimize such error is named the partitions within my main drive: S01[20A]C and S01[20A]D; my 2nd HD has [5A0] instead of [20A].
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    I name all my partitions to prevent this

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    I would have recommended Photorec--TestDisk's other half--except I assume the OP recovered their files since I believe everyone's suggested recovery app should have worked unless the OP did a full format.

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