Recommendation of unformat software for accidentally formatted hard drive
Posted on 2006-04-23
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!