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How to undelete parts of a formatted disk

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I was setting up Windows 10 so I dragged some files and folders to Onedrive for Business by way of backup. Let then W10 format the drive and installed. Runs fine, but upon inspection OneDrive for Business has the files but not the folders. I do not understand it and wonder what to do. Can I still undelete the files on the formatted disk?
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by:William Fulks
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Did you start formatting before it finished uploading all your files? Seems odd that it missed the folders unless you ran into some kind of file security area.

Anyway, yes you can try using some file recovery software but results may vary depending on how much you've written to the disk since formatting.

One I've used before is made by EaseUs and it's free. There's a ton of paid ones out there too that may do a better job. http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/free-data-recovery-software.htm
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Thanks. No I didnt start the formatting before I finished uploading the files. It's 5 gigs and I kept on eye on it to see if the upload was ready or not, and it took the time I expected for the quantity.  I thought I saw that everuything was there, but well it wasnt. I was aware of the EaseUS software and I will check out your link, so thanks again.
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The best undelete experience I ever had (and I had some): https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm
The best free one: http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk

As a general rule: to recover as much data as possible: stop working on that disk, shut down win10. Connect that disk to another working system as a second drive and recover from there.
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since you installed W10  - it may have overwritten your data, so your chances are not good for recovery
for recovery, McKNife posted the best tools i know
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So far I am trying out EaseUs and it has found a lot of recoverable files. Point is I am not after a few files of which I know the names, but after the contents of a specific directory, and the directory structure is unavailable now, The files it has found are ordered per file type.
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We cannot help you with the state of your drive, you need to try these tools.
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then i recommend GetDataBack - it preserves the folder structure
But it is not free
However it will show for free what it can recover - then it's up to you to decide to buy it or not
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@nobus: I am trying GetDataBack out. They want me to install it on a healthy system and then connect the formatted drive to it. But this is a laptop and I wouldnt know how to turn it into an external drive. So I connected an external drive to the laptop, installed GDB on that drive and ran it, but to no avail, it only seems to see the newly installed files, the Lost&Found directory remains empty.
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Look at the link I gave you: https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm
There is a section "Run GetDataBack from the Runtime Live CD or a WinPE Boot Medium" - that applies to you.
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@McKnife: Thanks. I understand the procedure. However, when I use Winbuilder to make a Win10 PE version I steer it to the usb-stick with the W10 files that I used to install W10 on the laptop in question. But though that source is good Winbuilder complains that it cannot detect the W10 source and exits. Reading elsewhere I understand this has something to do with a Wim-file and with a product key. I have that product key, so ????

The Windows version on the laptop (was 7, is now 10) is not important for the coice of the Winbuilder version is it?
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Before troubling, why not use the other option, the "runtime live cd"?
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yep - seems much easier, and faster to me too
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Oh gentlemen you make me feel so stupid.

However: I should shut down the laptop now and insert te live cd (usb) to boot from, but...W10 wants to update and I see no option to avoid that. Just pull the plug?
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Open a command prompt, and launch
shutdown -f -s -t 0
It will then shutdown immediately.
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Hmm it then says 'Getting Windows Ready, dont turn off your computer
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Í've turned it off nevertheless
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by:TheoRichel
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But to no avail. When I start it again the updating screen is there again
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Had not shutdown properly. Have done so now. GatDataBack is running
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ok post results
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by:TheoRichel
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I have recovered a lot and now I will have to wade through thousands of files, but it seems like I goit everything back, so thanks a lot.
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