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Accidentally deleted the external drive during WinXp Setup.

Hi.

I gave my external drive to a friend so he could recover lost files fast after a format-XP setup.
During the removal of his partition he accidentally deleted my external drive !!!!!!!

Now i plugged it in my computer and there is no indication that it exists...
There is nothing in "My Computer". I can find it through Device Manager, it shows that the space in unallocated.

From what i understand the data is there but this thing probably destroyed the MBR of the FAT/NTFS.

I've tried :
PC Inspector smart recovery.  NOTHING it can see only the drives win explorer can see.
Testdisk 6.3  ----> NO PARTITION found or selected for recovery.
Partition Table Doctor 3.0 ---> Currently working with the demo, didnt find anything
                                             but it says that it might be the MBR... I need to buy it first.


160Gb of non backedup data are going to be lost... Please help.
Thanks in advance.






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DLeaverCommented:
If the disk manager tool is displaying the external HDD as unallocated then I would consider that all the data is lost.  With no file system in place there is no mapping for the data, so a format would be the only fix.  If your friend chose to agree to a delete of the HDD then theres no way back, unless you have some very sophisticated s/ware that can recover the ghosts of deleted images.

Saying that I could be proved wrong.

DL
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nobusCommented:
if you have no more warranty on the drive, take out the disk, and slave it to the IDE cable of a working PC, on which you installed a recovery program.
You can choose any of these : (download the free trial, check if it can recover before paying) :

http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/collection/0,collid,1295,00.asp            Free Recovery
http://www.grc.com/spinrite.htm                              Spinrite
http://www.runtime.org/                                    GetDataBack
http://www.stellarinfo.com/                                    Stellar
http://www.bitmart.net/                                    Restorer 2000
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/restoration.html                        Restoration
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/activeundelete.html                  Active undelete
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector
http://www.handyrecovery.com/download.shtml                        Handy Recovery
http://www.snapfiles.com/get/smartrecovery.html                  flash recovery
http://www.ontrack.com/                                    ontrack
http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/                  Easy Recovery
http://www.cgsecurity.org                                    Test Disk + utils
http://www.z-a-recovery.com/setup.exe                        zero assumption
http://www.stompsoft.com/recoverlostdata.html                        Recover Lost Data
http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                              RecoverMyFiles
http://techrepublic.com.com/5100-1035_11-1051391.html#            Disk Commander
http://us.mcafee.com/root/package.asp?pkgid=105                  EasyRecovery
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10031                        VirtualLab Data Recover
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MereteCommented:
Hello CodedK man that sucks bigtime, I dont  know if other EE are game to offer any suggestions because there is none. Once a partition is deleted its gone. Woa.
What a hard lesson.
I donot know if there is any recovery possible for this.
Have a look at these
if you get a blue popup just use the x to close it sorry.
http://skyscraper.fortunecity.com/amd/887/rescue/#
There is more will supply them if you like.
Merete
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CodedKAuthor Commented:
:( :( :(

I feel like they burned my house !

Anyway we need to exclude software that are based to : "select a drive to undelete".

I know the data is there...
This is something like quick format. Remove the tables and everything is gone.

I've tried :
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Recover4all  <---- I cant select the drive
testdisk 6.3  <---- It can see the drive but doesnt find any partitions
GetDataBack  <---- I cant select the drive
Paragon Partition Manager  <---- It can see the drive but doesnt find any partitions
Partition recovery  <---- It can see the drive but doesnt find any partitions
Partition Table Doctor  <---- It can see the drive but doesnt find any partitions
                                         ...says the MBR can be recovered but i must pay.
PC Inspector smart recovery  <---- I cant select the drive
Recover 4 all pro  <---- I cant select the drive
Spinrite v6  <---- It can see the drive but doesnt find any partitions
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Now i am searching the drive with Zero Assumption. It sees the drive and the Data (raw)
but it is searching as we speak...i dont know if anything will be recovered !

My opinion is :
If the drive has suffered a quick format, deletion of the table contents...
WHAT IF i recreate the table ???.. then windows could see the drive and many applications could
see the drive to begin with undelete.
How can i do that ?
Plz dont post something you havent tested i dont want to make things worst :/
Thanks.
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nobusCommented:
>>  Partition Table Doctor  <---- It can see the drive but doesnt find any partitions
                                         ...says the MBR can be recovered but i must pay    <<  - - - looks promising
to create the fat table, you must now the structure like here :

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table#FAT32

and use a disk editor like winhex. i add that i did never do it myself, so i cannot help you further with it.
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nobusCommented:
if you want to recover your data, look here :

http://www.gillware.com/            data recovery Company
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KenneniahCommented:
"My opinion is :
If the drive has suffered a quick format, deletion of the table contents...
WHAT IF i recreate the table ???.. then windows could see the drive and many applications could
see the drive to begin with undelete.
How can i do that ?
Plz dont post something you havent tested i dont want to make things worst :/"

A quick format delete the file table, not the parition table. If it was a quick format, you'd still see the drive in explorer, but no files.
Do NOT recreate the partition yourself. Doing so might overwrite some of the raw file data, making it even more unlikely that a recovery program will be able to recover anything.

Your best bet is to go ahead and let a recovery tool do it's job. If Zero Assumption doesn't end up letting you copy the RAW data back to another drive, I'd would go with Partition Table Doctor.
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didifool213Commented:
the data is still there, only the the partition table was wiped. i recommend easy recovery pro
http://www.ontrack.com/

i had a crash on a raid system before and i used this app.it will not give you filenames but it will give you your data back, not 100% accurate but its closer than anything else.
also you can download hiren's bootcd and burn it.then boot off of it and select the easy recovery from there. but make sure you got your external hooked up to an ide cable as slave or master
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CodedKAuthor Commented:
Hi.

Sorry for the delay...
I'm glad to report that after testing almost everything in the market my data is back !
I'm also glad to report that because of this incident Zero Assumption Recovery has a new version !
Zero Assumption has great support. With the help of Alexey Gubin, author of ZAR we found a big bug.
Also R-Studio recovered most of the files.

Thanks for your time. :)
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MereteCommented:
:0 wow awsome, I cried for you too, man that makes me so happy. You are soo lucky or just a genious.
You have given me hope that even a deleted partition can be restored.. . Thank you for feedback, that has made my day.
Best wishes Merete

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CodedKAuthor Commented:
:) Lucky...
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