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Formatted HDD need to recover MBR or Data.  And I do that how?

Posted on 2013-05-13
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I added a 256 GB SSD hard drive and while reinstalling the OS (Windows 8) I accidentally formatted disk "f".  Which I believe means I erased the MBR, since I haven't overwritten the files still on there.

What is the drill?  I assume I have to use some program to copy the data to another HDD with enough free space to accept the transfer.... but how is this done?  What program?  What are the steps?  And can I do this without downloading a "Free" program that surprises you with a demand for payment before it completes the work.

I've been up for forty hours and I am still ignorant of the process.  I tried Acronis Data Drive only to learn that it doesn't work with Windows 8!

Help please.
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by:rindi
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Connect the disk to a PC running windows and scan it using getdataback. It should see your missing files, and if it does, register it and you will be able to copy the data to some other disk or location on the LAN:

http://runtime.org
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garycase earned 250 total points
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I'm not aware of any reliable freeware that I'd trust for this.

I'd buy a copy of this: http://www.easeus.com/landing/unformat.htm?gclid=CMfb_7_Yk7cCFUJa4AodJSwAFg


As you hopefully already know, the #1 thing to do is STOP -- do NOTHING that could write to that drive after your inadvertent format.    Then you just need to connect it to another PC, buy a copy of Easeus; and unformat the partition.    As long as you haven't made any other changes to the drive, that's all there is to it -- not even any need for another drive to copy data to :-)
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by:Scott C
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In case you try a recovery service, contact several, and ask for their policy and fee; many have a “No recovery - no fee”policy

Here are a few links links:

http://www.lowcostrecovery.com/index.html                         
http://www.gillware.com/                                 
http://www.drivesavers.com/services/estimates.html
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by:-MAS
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if you want I will have a look into it. My Profile
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Thanks.
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