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#1 yottabytewizard

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 02:05

Hi,

 

I have 2 drives of 1TB. One of them was showing of some bad sectors and proceeded to backup that drive's data to the other one.

 

Then started WB Diagnostics and started a full erase writing zeroes. However as soon as it started I noticed the wrong drive was being wiped. It took no more than 5 seconds for me to cancel it. Yes I know, stupid me should have triple checked it was the correct one.

 

Therefore less than 0.5% of the drive got wiped.

 

Is there any possible way or miracle to be able to save the rest of the data? I mean 99.5% of the sectors were not overwrited. But the MBR and the partition table do seem to be gone. I can only think and waiting to do (hoping another method could do the job better) to create the partition again full NTFS then running a live file undelete tool or something.

 

Any thoughts? I have really important data on there :(

 

Thanks.

 

YW.



Best Answer Star-Pirate , 09 October 2013 - 11:38

Try http://www.piriform.com/recuva, which is free but you will have to do a full scan on the drive which could take along time to complete. Or there are plenty of paid software I find http://www.file-recovery.com/ is the one of the better paid software for file recovery... But also do a full drive scan using this software as well.

 

BUT DO NOT PARTION OR FORMAT YOUR HDD, AS YOU WILL FIND IT REALLY HARD TO GET THE DATA BACK.

 

They work by doing a sector by sector scan and allow you see and recover the files that are there... I have also done the same as you have in the past and always find that these work.

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#2 Star-Pirate

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 11:38   Best Answer

Try http://www.piriform.com/recuva, which is free but you will have to do a full scan on the drive which could take along time to complete. Or there are plenty of paid software I find http://www.file-recovery.com/ is the one of the better paid software for file recovery... But also do a full drive scan using this software as well.

 

BUT DO NOT PARTION OR FORMAT YOUR HDD, AS YOU WILL FIND IT REALLY HARD TO GET THE DATA BACK.

 

They work by doing a sector by sector scan and allow you see and recover the files that are there... I have also done the same as you have in the past and always find that these work.



#3 Star-Pirate

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Posted 09 October 2013 - 20:48

Also if search for other recovery software make sure that they can recover from RAW data, as this means they can recover from Formatted drives or HDs which have had there partitions removed or changed...



#4 OP yottabytewizard

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Posted 10 October 2013 - 02:57

Thanks you for your reply Star-Pirate. Fortunatelly I haven't made any changes at all on the HDD. I'm running recuva right now. Hopefully it can find something.



#5 OP yottabytewizard

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 06:45

And fixed! Did follow your advice and indeed was able to retrieve all the data! Thanks again!



#6 Star-Pirate

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:09

No problem...





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