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    Restoring lost files

    So I was a bit of a muppet recently and managed to reformat the wrong hard drive while installing Windows 7. Nothing has been installed on it since and I've seen a few data recovery tools about but would like to know if anyone knows the best.
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    The only one I really recall using is the imaginatively titled Get Data Back for NTFS. It's payware though, and somewhat expensive. But it worked for me, even pulled stuff out of a nuked RAID without much hassle. I don't know if you'd be able to find a decent freebie alternative - that is somewhat needle in a haystack territory and up to your google-fu.

    If you did a straight quick format (as opposed to destroying the partition) this is generally on the 'easier' side of data recovery and I'd imagine there must be some tool out there fitting your needs.

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    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    Recuva is free, it's from the makers from CCleaner. Works nice. No need to pay for software that does something as basic as this.

    Usually people pay for this kind of software because they deleted something they need, and they are panicking. Plenty of free alternatives...

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    give us more info about this..

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    Quote Originally Posted by spcd View Post
    http://www.piriform.com/recuva

    Recuva is free, it's from the makers from CCleaner. Works nice. No need to pay for software that does something as basic as this.

    Usually people pay for this kind of software because they deleted something they need, and they are panicking. Plenty of free alternatives...
    Ninja'd, I was going to recommend this. A great program.
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    If all you did was delete a partition and quick format, then you can almost guarantee a full recovery. A full on wipe & format though will definitely be more spotty.
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    Yeh, it was only a quick format, recuva worked brilliantly. Recovering 500gbs of files takes a bloody long time though. Thanks everyone.
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    Good to know there is a program out there that works, Ill be bookingmarking this thread. :)

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    Recuva is really good for accidental formats - there are other tools but it does most of what they all do.

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    Bumping this...

    tl;dr: Recuva did nothing for me. Ontrack is able to recover everything, with minor inconveniences.

    I wanted to make a bootable USB stick, using PowerISO.
    Instead, I picked a 2TB external HDD chock-full of documents and pictures.


    After reading this thread, I tried Recuva. It was only able to recover about 10 GB after two scans of 9 hours each. It couldn't save the folder structure and many files were renamed.

    So after further research, I used Ontrack. Slower, but worked as advertised.
    It partially recovered the folder structure. It couldn't save a lot of folder names, but their subfolders are correct and intact.
    It organizes everything in a convenient tree structure. It can also display photos, documents and videos in their own separate categories. It has a preview panel. It's very easy to use.

    On the other hand, it crashed while I was recovering stuff so now I'm doing another scan. It doesn't remember the previous results (Stellar Phoenix, which I tried on my Windows tablet, has this option).
    But it works! That's all that matters now.

    Also, don't be stupid like me. Make a ton of backups, physical and in the cloud...

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