Failed Quick Format

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  1. Diablo1123
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    Diablo1123 Newcomer

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    So i accidentally quick formatted my external hard drive, but it somehow failed when trying to do it. I'm now attempting to get the files back, as it is 500GB of stuff I don't wanna have to redownload.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. wchill

    wchill Resident chillxpert

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    Get some "undelete" software; I know that they work even though your drive may be full-formatted. (BTW the title is misleading, it's an accidental quick format)
    Since a quick format just wipes the first 63 sectors of a drive, your data is still safe.

    Edit:
    Disconnect your external drive ASAP and use a live Linux disc. We don't want any data to be overwritten.
     
  3. Diablo1123
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    No actually the program said it failed to quick format xD
    Also now the drive File System says RAW.

    What Linux Live disc do you suggestion, and has the undelete software?
     
  4. wchill

    wchill Resident chillxpert

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    It's still accidental:
    This is the undelete software.

    Before you continue from there, though, I need to know how many hard drives you have in your PC.
     
  5. Diablo1123
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    One internal hard drive, and the accidentally quick format is external.

    That'll still work on Ubuntu 8.04 LTS right? Because I'm still bothering my friend to return my 8.10 disc.
     
  6. wchill

    wchill Resident chillxpert

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    Yeah it should.
    Ok, try this:
    Code:
    sudo foremost -w -i /dev/sda -o /recovery/foremost
     
  7. sweenish

    sweenish GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    accidentally formatting anything is kind of epic

    it's more than a one click deal.
     
  8. wchill

    wchill Resident chillxpert

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    Epic fail, you mean?
    Not really.
    Once I was messing around with diskpart in Windows and I accidentally deleted a partition with my data files on it.
    Being the stupid person I was, I overwrote the deleted data. I couldn't recover it.
     
  9. sweenish

    sweenish GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    yeah, really

    anytime you're going to something massive like that, you usually get a confirmation dialog

    and the format option is usually kept away from other commonly used options, as well

    it takes effort to make that mistake
     
  10. MicShadow

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    Anyway, mistakes aside, you may be able to restore the partition, rather than just recover data if you want to. Use a program called TestDisk, use it to fix the partition table and the filesystem. Only if you REALLY know what your doing though.

    Its fixed my 500GB drive more times than I can count on hands
     
  11. Maz7006

    Maz7006 iSEXu

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    Like above try Ubuntu and foremost, works well, also download and install Recuva, its a windows app, it can recover deleted files on HDD's, plus good job you accidentally did the quick format, you'll hopefully be able to recover your files [​IMG]
     
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