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Formatted NTFS partition - best data recovery

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Last Modified: 2012-08-14
During a routine OS reinstall on partition 2 of a HDD, the installer formatted partition 1 with no warning.

Partition 1 was NTFS before, and is NTFS now. There was minimal data written to partition 1 (Sys vol Info, NTLDR, a couple of other files, a total of 26 MB)

What are the best methods / recovery programs (Windows) that can be used to recover the data on partition 1, a total of approximately 20Gb of user files.

Is there a way to do it so that data is recovered in its previous folder hierarchy (rather than a dump folder of 50.000 recovered files?)

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I would try acronis disk director. This product has an option to recover partitions. I have successfully done it myself a few times. You should be able to download the trial version and make the emergency boot cd. Once you boot off of the cd it will give you an option to recover the partition.

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It seems ADD only recoveres deleted partitions. Mine is not deleted, but formatted.

I let ADD, however, try a ful scan of the disk. It didn't find anything.

Please advise on other possible solutions. thanks
OK, I have a program i use called Ontrack EasyRecovery Professional. I have used it and had great success with it. It does have an option for format recovery.

Sometimes I find that using several different programs works the best. I have had situations where one program was not able to find the files but another one would.
If the format recovery does not work I would not hesitate to thy the other options before i moved on to trying another program.

I can also vouch for a program called recovermyfiles. I have had some success with it in the past, but I have had better experiences with EasyRecovery.

dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.
Or try GetDataBack http://www.runtime.org/

Free to try.   If it sees your files you pay for full functionality.
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some links  (Stellar is a good choice too) :
http://www.pcinspector.de/file_recovery/UK/welcome.htm                  pc Inspector -free
      http://www.stellarinfo.com/                              Stellar
      http://www.runtime.org/                              GetDataBack
      http://www.ontrack.com/                              Ontrack
      http://www.recovermyfiles.com/                        RecoverMyFiles


OnTrack EasyRecovery... for the 3rd time, during the recovery process, after finding some 10K files and folder, the software crashes.

Says "Error encountered while scanning partition", at which point both the 'elapsed time' and 'remaining time' counter start increasing 1 second at a time. The software fails to respond after that. No error code, no reference in the manual. Anybody ever encountered this before / found the problem / a solution?

Trying other suggested programs in the mean time.
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strange - can there be a problem with the drive or controller?
test with the correct diag : http://www.tacktech.com/display.cfm?ttid=287


Good catch, Nobus...

Hitachi's Drive Fitness Test says about my drive...
"Failure Code 0x70 - Defective Device
Technical Result Code - TRC 7000133F"

0x70 apprently means "Corrupted Sector. A general hard disk drive problem was detected. You can run the "Erase Disk" utility. If a subsequent test fails again, the drive is defective and should be replaced."

I tried to run repair without erase, but I keep getting 0x70.

This explains while the recovery tools crash. Is there no way to recover the files that are NOT on the corrupted sector?
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is it an hitachi ?
to recover - the ansdwer is : it depends
you may be able to repair the disk with hdd regenerator (it helped me already) :    http://www.dposoft.net/
but note - if the surface is damaged, nothing can repair that.
otherwise, getdataback has good records; but you can try the others too.
because they all use a different way to access the drive, some can work when others don't
you can also use a "selective" recovery of files, depending on the type : doc, jpg  etc..


Thank you all.
HDD Regenerator did find and fix almost 5000 bad blocks, but there was another 1200 which it couldn't fix even on 3rd and 4th pass...

A+ for team effort

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tx for the info !
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