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Unformat a drive?

Scenario....

Friend had the dreaded System32\Config\SOFTWARE is missing or corrupt.
Rebooted
Hit 'F'whatever to start the recovery, not realizing it was going to be a DESTRUCTIVE recovery.
Yanked the power cable as he saw "formatting".....
Needless to say, it produced an NTLDR is missing.

I have recovered the data (course with the Partition Tables hosed, there are hundreds of odd folders with random data, instead of a nice and pretty NORMAL structure).....

Question is.....

Now, I am curious to see if the partitions can be recovered with the data INTACT. I can fix the OS, not worried about that. Drive is healthy, would LOVE to be able to not have to reload all apps so if I can recover the OS/drive structure' that's the ideal mission....

Please no google searches, I can do that myself. I have found TestDisk in particular, which says it can do what I need. Just looking for other experiences out there...

Thanks!!
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shbasmCommented:
yes you can but you need some advanced tools
http://www.salvationdata.com/
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rindiCommented:
I have used testdisk to recover lost partitions on an HD, but it turned out that the partition was too damaged for that to be of any use.

In your case depending on what type of format was being run (Quick or Full), the chances of recovery are Good or bad. As the quick format doesn't do anything destructive testdisk should be able to recover that, but with the full format it is very likely that important info is lost already and then there wouldn't be much point in trying the recovery.
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shbasmCommented:
this device is for data recovery in case of full format
file extractor from salvationdata
http://www.salvationdata.com/data-recovery-equipment/file-extractor.htm
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ChiefITCommented:
You lucky dog:

You saved data on a non-OS partition, which will make it easy to recover data. So, all you really have to do is a repair install of the OS, it appears.. Even if no worky, recovering the OS is not really that hard.
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johnb6767Author Commented:
No, data was on the OS drive.... (not my setup, sorry)... I know better...  :-)

Goal now is to strictly recover the drive intact. Data is in fact secured (recovered via Ontrack). Finishing the copy to an archive drive as we speak.......

RE: Salvation Data....

Reminder, I don't need data recovery. Can this recover the partitions?


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johnb6767Author Commented:
Oh, and once the data archiving is complete, I have already DL'd TestDisk to give it a run..... Im fairly certain the recovery process initiates a Quick Format, so I am hopeful.....
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johnb6767Author Commented:
Anyone ever used Easeus' Partition Recovery Wizard in their Partition Master Product? Forgot I already had that one installed....  :-)
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joeyfazCommented:
Not rubbing your error in your face but for the future, when you see something referencing System32\Config\SOFTWARE is corupt, that means the registry hive file is corrupted. You can use a program like knoppix or windows ultimate boot cd to restore the backup version of the file.
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shbasmCommented:
yes Salvation Data

can restore data in case Partitions are formatted or deleted
there is another software with good Reputation
http://www.prosofteng.com/products/data_rescue_pc.php
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ChiefITCommented:
You could send it in to a data recovery pro... I have seen them recover data of a raid five that was doused in salt water.. For a single, non raid array, it won't cost too much.. For my raid array, where the backups stopped working, it cost $15K...

It's amazing what they can recover..
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ChiefITCommented:
Another thing you might consider. The damage done via formating may be only the OS. It depends on how much formatting was performed. So, you could put this in a USB drive shell and plug it in as an extra drive to see what data you do have left that is manageable.
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nobusCommented:
this product should recover the partitions : http://www.ptdd.com/      
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shbasmCommented:
as it is concluded from the question author looking for an extraordinary solutiom
file extractor from salvationdata
is a tool used by data recovery professional guys i advice to get this tool if
-you cant live without your lost data
-you want be data recovery professional
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rindiCommented:
I did also try the easus product with the other HD I mentioned earlier on on which I ran testdisk, but didn't have any better results with that either.
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johnb6767Author Commented:
@joeyfaz

Please read the question... Not concerned with the error. I know what it is and how to fix it, not the scope of this thread.

So far, none of the Easeus tools can detect any partitions to recover. Not paying for additional utils, without seeing them work first....

To reiterate.... Only looking for a method to recover the existing partitions (pre quick format)...... Might not be possible... Also not worth professional recovery services, as I have recovered 98%+ percent of the USER data.....
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johnb6767Author Commented:
So far, no utils can deteect a missing partition, as they all want to only scan UNALLOCATED space.....
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johnb6767Author Commented:
To clarify....

Here is the drive.....
System was quick formatted. If there was a way to restore the $MFT/$MFTMirr, I might be ok....

I deleted the partitions, and told EACH util to find them, and they only found the most recent one.

I think what I am asking is not going to happen.....
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johnb6767Author Commented:
Am I on to something here?

 The greyed icons... Looks like remnants of the porevious drive?
Question is, how would I go about RESTORING them?

This is a bit deeper than Iusually ever care to go. This is from Active@ partition recovery. Dont want to buy the license, if it wont do it, but this is the first time I have even found remnants of the previous $MFT..... I know the $MFTMirr is about useless but I am hoping the key is the 245MB $MFT thats deleted....

I know I have used a linux boot disc to access these in the past.....

Thoughts?
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nobusCommented:
best contact ActiveRecovery for their opinion
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nobusCommented:
i wonder which one that is.. (lol)
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shbasmCommented:
try this
Partition Find and Mount is a fully functional software without expiration date or trial period and can be used for as long as you like. The only limitation it has is the speed limit of the data transfer from recovered and mounted volumes. The limit is 512 KBytes per second which is enough for generic home use.
you can pay to raise the speed
http://findandmount.com/download/
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johnb6767Author Commented:
PFM doesn't do anything for me, as the Partitions are currently mounted under their NEW Partition Table.

Contacting Active@'s support this morning......

I don't think it will actually restore that partition to the drive though. Think it just gives you the option to recover the data based on that partition's $MFT....
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shbasmCommented:
after recovering 2 Gb data from 1 Gb flash memory I have to be convinced That there is no
deleted data cant be restored . But you need the right tools . Partition Find and Mount  mounts the partition and recover the in it . but as you reached so far  contacting active  is a wise choice
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shbasmCommented:
Although I did not care for partition if recovered the data
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johnb6767Author Commented:
Part of this is just my own darn curiosity at this point...... :-)
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nobusCommented:
i wonder if this could help john?  http://www.diskinternals.com/partition-recovery/
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ReclaiMeCommented:
You cannot practically recover a
mountable file system
in-place
after a quick format.

Given the complexity and also risks involved, there is no commercial software available to do the recovery in-place. The accepted practice after a quick format is that you make a copy of the data, reformat the damaged volume, then copy it back into place. Implementing something reliable enough for end-user operation which will restore the volume in-place is much more expensive (in development, testing, and lost data) than data extraction (copy off to safe place). Hence, in-place recovery was pretty much dropped by data recovery software vendors after DOS/Windows 98 and FAT. Norton Unformat was probably the last end-user software to do this (on FAT only).
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johnb6767Author Commented:
I was able to get partial results. Turns out that this WILL restore the original partition, and I was able to see the FileSystem (what was left of it) after the detected partition was recovered, and a 'chkdsk' was run.

And as an FYI, thier support was less than helpful, as they could not answer the question....

Thank for the good assistance, but this was resolved on my own.
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