Recover formatted hard drive?

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    My daughter accidently let the wii u format my hard drive. Is there any way to recover my files and backups or am I going to have to reinstall all of my games?


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    Disregard. Sorry.
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    julialy Ehh, I'm so lazy.

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    Once it's deleted you can't recover

    SORRY
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    I opened it in easeus partition manager and I can still see the files. there is an option to recover but when I click on it is says that it is over 1gb and I need the paid version. I don't want to pay unless I know its going to work. I guess I will wait till tomorrow to reformat back to ntfs and start my backups all over again.
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    DeadlyFoez Want Hell? Get married!!

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    Get Data Back is a great program for recovery data from formatted drives. The software has an NTFS and a FAT32 versions of their app, depending on which type of file system was on the drive that got erased. Good luck.
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    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk
    http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/PhotoRec
    done
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    Reformat to original format and use recova if it was originally ntfs or fat or 32
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    DeadlyFoez Want Hell? Get married!!

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    What?? Why reformat to the original? That could just make the damage even worse.
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    thanks this would have worked but I didn't have enough space on my computer to transfer the files. Now the question is, is there any way to prevent the wii from wanting to format my hard drive?
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    DeadlyFoez Want Hell? Get married!!

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    Get a free HDD that you can use to put the recovered files onto. If you are incapable of making that happen then you are fucked by your own limitations.
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    It is more of a question like: is Your data worth less than spare drive?
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    If a spare drive is something that you are incapable of even without backing up your data, then probably not. Anyone who cares about their data makes sure that they have a backup.
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    julialy Ehh, I'm so lazy.

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    Get rid of the partition table.
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    That will work, but require some changes with the USBloaders.

    spoilerd because not sure yet
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    Has anyone experimented with a GUID partition table? My initial thought (haven't tested anything) is to use a GPT with the legacy MBR table zeroed out. That might make it readable on most PCs, but unrecognizable to Wii U, to stop the formatting prompt from appearing.

    EDIT: I found the old thread. Though there the goal seemed to be to have a WiiU storage partition + a second standard partition for other use. There might still be a configuration that is readable on a PC but eliminates constant prompts on the Wii U. I'll fiddle around when I have some time.
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    Just thought I'd mention, more for clarity's sake and for those who don't know better, that when you recover data from a harddrive, it's always the best idea to recover that data to a *different* harddrive. Once you recover the data to a different harddrive, you can format the original harddrive the way you want to, then copy you data back onto it. This is usually the best way to go for a variety of reasons.
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    Actually, it occurs to me: The posts in the previous thread indicated that any drive with HPA enabled was ignored by the Wii U. That's possibly one solution for a vWii-only drive for USB loaders while eliminating the formatting prompt. USB loaders shouldn't have any trouble using a HPA enabled drive, but I'll test it to be sure.
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    How sector's you cut with HPA ? i try cut 10 sectors (i use MHDD) and WiiU also ask about format
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    forgive my lack of knowledge, but is there a way this can be leveraged to effectively make single drive have a partition the wii u can recognize and another partition it cannot recognize? i know this question has been asked many times talking about normal partition tables, but i figure you may have an idea if something like that is possible since you are experimenting with altered tables.
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    The report of the HPA was wrong, he redid the tests later and said it worked.
    You can have a HDD with two partitions when using HPA to limit the HDD size.

    When using on a computer, you can use a software to unhide the hidden size temporarilly, and the computer will use the GPT partition table located at the end of the drive as the first HDD sector doesn't have a partition anymore (it's the WiiU partition starting at sector 0).


    The altered state of the partition table I talked above will not allow sharing the partitions with WiiU
    It's only used to hide ALL partitions to ALL devices (like if the HDD wasn't formated/partitionned). It works only on USBLoaders reading the bad partition table.
    It's only to prevent the WiiU to ask to format it, as it doesn't find a MBR partition on first sector. If Nintendo wants, they can make the WiiU ask for all connected HDD, whatever the content. it's only a quick (and dirty) fix.

    If you want a partiotnned WiiU (on WiiU only) + Other (on computer only), then it's the HPA format you need to use.
    If you want to use your HDD for backup without a format prompt, then it's altered table that you need
    If you want both WiiU format + partitionned on vWii : I don't know if homebrew can use HPA, so it's not possible yet.

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