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Recommendation of unformat software for accidentally formatted hard drive

I used a flash card reformat program provided by Lexar to try and fix a malfunctioning flash card, and I didn't realize that after the scan it had reset itself for my external hard drive instead of the card reader. In 5 seconds, I lost access to 120 GB of critical, urgently needed, irreplaceable data while traveling overseas, and I am in a state of total despair. I need to obtain by Internet download the best possible software to recover my data, which is located on a Lacie Encryption SAFE drive. The drive is functioning normally and unlocks just fine with my fingerprint, so the encryption shouldn't be an issue. I downloaded Recover My Files v 3.94 from Download.com because it was the most popular program offered there and because the description stated that it should do the job. I already have been running the find files part of the program for over an hour and it has identified thousands of files but it also indicates that it will take more than 24 hours to check the whole drive, and I have no idea whether it will find all of my files and also whether it will actually be able to recover everyting (or anything) that it finds  (I'm using the evaluation edition at the moment, and it's not clear if this is limited by time or by functionality). This is truly one of the most incredible crises I have ever faced. PLEASE HELP! I am ready to buy any software necessary to recover this data! I feel I should be using the best possible software given how important this is--but I have no idea which software that should be. The recommendations on your site seem to be just a long list of programs that are available plus marketing information from each, which makes the job harder rather than easier--what I really need (which is what the site promised) is a recommendation for the one or two best software options out there, not a list of everything available. THANK YOU SO MUCH IF YOU CAN HELP!
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
Restorer 2000 Pro
http://www.bitmart.net/r2k.shtml

or
http://www.easeus.com/
this all can recover from deleted, formated partition
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kschneider00Author Commented:
Thank you so much! I will look at these right away. Which one do you recommend I try first?
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
restorer 2000. it recovered me from a deleted, formated and rewrited partition all most 100% of lost data.
if you have any problem and still don't retrieve lost data contact me on my email: nodramasno@yahoo.com.
regards
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kschneider00Author Commented:
Thank you so much, once again. I've studied the writeups on both of these programs and am confused about a few points:

The professional edition of Easeus says that it also can recover encrypted and compressed data and dynamic volumes, which the basic edition can't. Do you know whether Restorer 2000 Pro can restore encrypted and compressed data and dynamic volumes? I have some encrypted virtual drives on the storage medium that I will want to get back if at all possible. I also noticed that Easeus professional edition can be purchased bundled together with a program called Partition Table Doctor, and it's not clear to me whether I can benefit from having this as well. Cost is no object, at this point--I just want my data back: as much of it as possible. The fact that Easeus standard edition costs $20 more than Restorer 2000 and that the Easeus professional edition costs $30 more than the standard edition (i.e., twice as much as the Restorer 2000 professional edition) makes me wonder whether it might be more powerful. Please let me know--you are a life saver!

Partition Table Doctor is the data recovery software for hard disk partition recovery, which is used to recover partition table and fix boot sector for hard disk. This versatile tool would automatically check and repair the master boot record, partition table, and the boot sector of the partition with an error, to recover the FAT16/FAT32/NTFS/NTFS5/EXT2/EXT3/SWAP partition on various hard disk drives. It can create an emergency floppy disk or a bootable CD to recover the bad partition even if the operating system fails to boot. It manages for MS-DOS, Freedos, Windows 95/98/Me, Windows NT4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows 2003. Our powerful Partition Recovery tool provides Graphics User Interface, and it is easy to Create Emergency Floppy Disk or Bootable CD. So you can get full control over Partition Recovery.
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
i personal used both. I also found all my lost data with easeus but i didn't bought it and i couldn't recover nothing. Still I used restorer 2000 pro full edition, and it recovered me all most all data lost. At your question...is easeus better or powerfull than restorer 2000, my choise would be easeus.
email me: nodramasno@yahoo.com
See ya.
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
hy, i used both, but all were demo. My last choise was restorer 2000 and it recovered all i needed...but i  think easeus is better and much proffesional in this case. If is no problem with money try better easeus.
regars.
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kschneider00Author Commented:
I bought and tried Restorer but it did not recover the vast majority of my files, and it seemed to find none of the most important ones. I've been trying to also by Easeus but they keep rejecting all of my credit cards--possibly because I'm overseas. Very frustrating...
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
curios. before buying it try it. restorer 2000 pro recovered me the formated information, but much more data was found with easeus. Hope you find the right solution to your problem soon.
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aba3000Commented:
Try Easy Recovery Pro (http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecoveryprofessional/index.aspx?pageTarget=Welcome&buttonName=EasyRecovery). I've already used this for several recovers... they recover for me files from a drive that was erroneous cloned... wow, that was incredible, thanks to this i'm still alive.
Well, you can try the product, it's famous and it's good. They have four recovery modes (Advanced Recovery, format recovery, deleted recovery, raw recovery). Use all before making a conclusion.
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kschneider00Author Commented:
Thanks so much for your advice. I've been trying to obtain Easeus all day and they are refusing to process any of my credit cards even though they are the only ones who have ever given me this problem. I finally had someone else order the software for me and they took his money but didn't send him a download anyway. Now I see that they have no telephone contact information and only an address in China... Not very reassuring.

EasyRecovery™ Professional 6.1 - Standard Edition costs $500. Is this the package you recommend? That's quite a hunk of dough. The EasyRecovery™ DataRecovery 6.1 - Standard Edition costs $200 by itself, and I'm not sure whether this is enough. EasyRecovery™ Lite 6.1 - Individual Edition (under $100) is a bit laughable because it only allows recovery of 25 files at a time. When a modern day hard drive is formatted or undermined, 25 files isn't going to get anyone very far... Someone also recommended this program but for $500 I'm naturally hesitating, given the horrible results of the other two programs I've been trying to get/use all day today.

A computer professional offered to have a try with R-Studio, and I just don't know which way to go at this point--frankly I'm just worn out by this whole experience. Any further advice would be most welcome at this point.
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phototropicCommented:
I have used GetDataBack several times and it definitely works. Itwill recover data from a formatted HDD. Try it/buy it here:

www.runtime.org/

I have recovered clients' lost data with this software and it has all been there.
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aba3000Commented:
i'm recommending EasyRecovery because for me they made the day several times, but i need and use the pro one.
I think for you the EasyRecovery DataRecovery will make the job, anyway, try the product: http://download.ontrack.com/freedownloads/erdrt_610.exe. But i don't have tried the product, but the diference between the pro is that pro have the other programs togheter and raw recovery, and more options to maximize the recover.
There are other product, but this i don't have tried: GetDataBack http://www.runtime.org/gdb.htm
There two versions: one for ntfs and other for fat. I think that you need the fat version.
Look in the prices: http://www.runtime.org/prices.htm
Below 100 U$$.
Download they and see what you think about.

EasyRecovery already saved me several times, but i don't know if they will be good to you.

R-Studio: already have heard of people that recovered you data with this, but i don't have used or know the program, well you can try the trial version.

And finally, a free one: PC Inspector File Recovery http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm
Don't expect much from this, since is a free one, but it's free to try anyway...
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aba3000Commented:
Posted after but don't see the coment of phototropic, like they said, the getback worth a try.
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kschneider00Author Commented:
I'm amazed at how little success I've had with these programs. It was a simple accidental format and i did nothing else with the disk except try these recovery programs, but Restorer 2000 found only the folder I needed to restore and none of the files in it (whatsoever) and EasyRecovery DataRecovery found only a fraction of the files in the folder and didn't find the subfolder (at all) where even more data had been located. These programs don't seem to live up to their billing, and I don't know what else I can do at this point other than try to find a data recovery specialist. I lost thousands of irreplaceable .jpg and .cr2 photographs in three or four folders simply because a format program automatically defaulted back to my hard drive rather than the flash card I was working on fixing--all in the space of 3 seconds... After three continuous days of working on this day and night, I've found exactly 340 photographs, and almost none of the most important ones. If anyone has any further advice I'd appreciate it--but it seems to me that if these two programs didn't find what I need that the other programs almost certainly won't find that either.
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
kschneider00,
use a demo from easeus. It takes a lil bit to scan a partition but you can know if he can do something. other ideea i don't got, sry..
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phototropicCommented:
GetDataBack has recovered data from formatted HDD's for me several times. Trial it  and only buy it if it finds the files you need. I would expect it to find everything for you. Download it here:

www.runtime.org/

Try it and see.

Good luck!
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phototropicCommented:
kschneider00,

Were any of these suggestions of use to you?
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phototropicCommented:
kschneider,

I repeat, "Were any of these suggestions of use to you?"
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A. Cristian CsikiSenior System AdministratorCommented:
kschneider, probably forgot about this question he opened... 'cause no hear from him since april
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