Recover Data from Low Level Format

Hi Experts,

I recently accidentally formatted the wrong partition on my laptop.  Accidentally deleting stacks of data on that drive.

I have tried several different recovery programs to no avail.  They will recover the files, structure, directories, names etc.  But the files themselves are just garble.
Ie. a simple text file is recovered as )(!_)(*£("*% type return.

I have tried these programs:
1st NTFS Recovery
Stellar Phoenix NTFS Data Recovery
Stellar Phoenix Windows Data Recovery
Quick Recovery
Recover Data for NTFS

The .zips are corrupt, the Word, Txt, jpg etc are all corrupt.

Any Ideas?

Thanks
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Craig LambieAsked:
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nobusCommented:
it happens i also tried to recover some files, and had the same issues as yours.
i even created 2 files, 1 doc, and 1 txt on the disk to be recovered, deleted them to recycle bin, then emptied recycle bin -  and NOT 1 recovery program was able to recover those.
i am researching this in the coming days, and will post feedback.
what is recovery worth ?
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Craig LambieAuthor Commented:
Hi Nobus,

If a recovery program actually worked I would pay up to $100USD for it.  My files are not that important, mostly just nice to haves.

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nobusCommented:
i will search it out, starting to day, on a freshly tested, formatted, and newly installed system
i'll post back, but it can take a day or 2
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Craig LambieAuthor Commented:
I will look forward to hear your results. Take your time
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saunaCommented:
I personally have had very good sucess with a recovery product called R-Studio. I have had 4 different situations where I had to recover data from formatted / failing / corrupted hard drives. One was a local disk that was formatted by the Geek Squad (whoops), one was a RAID 0 that got corrupted (R-Studio rebuilt the array, and then let me recover EVERYTHING. Amazing!) one time was data off of a Mac. The last one I couldn't recover. no matter how long is scanned the sectors, it locked up. So, I have had fairly good results. To try it, go to:

     http://www.data-recovery-software.net/

I love it.
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saunaCommented:
I just checked, and they have various pricing depending on your needs. The cheapest is $49, and you can recover an NTFS disk (or you can buy the FAT version for the same price). The $79.99 version will let you recover files from NTFS, FAT, Ext2FS and HFS (MS, Linux/Unix, Mac). Try the demo and see if it will work for you.
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nobusCommented:
will take a bit more time as planned...
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nobusCommented:
i am trying different soft, but time is hard to come by
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Craig LambieAuthor Commented:
How are you going on this one?

I am happy to try some software if you have some in mind?
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nobusCommented:
i could not continue that search, other problems to attend to, sorry for the delay.
i hope this week to check further
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Craig LambieAuthor Commented:
Ok,

I have tried R-Studio as suggested by sauna.
To be honest it recovered a lot less than I expected, but it was still the best I have seen.

I am using it to make an image of the drive so I can reformat and start again on this machine.

I look forward to the day I can recover a few more files from this drive.

C
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nobusCommented:
been busy..i hope it calms down a bit...
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Craig LambieAuthor Commented:
I really would like to close this question?
Thoughts? Ideas?
Maybe over the Holidays?
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nobusCommented:
i still have no more time, so let's just close it.
sorry i could not help you better
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