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Hi guys, I formatted my Caviar by accident and need to recover about 20GBs of files. This was just a quick format, so they're most likely still there, but I don't have a clue as to any good programs for this. I am trying "Recuva" but it's going pretty slow.
    
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It can take hours for any file recovery program to completely scan a formatted hard drive to find what files it can recover. Be patient and give it a chance to work. Don't be surprised if it takes overnight depending on how big the drive is and how many files and fragments of files it finds. I've seen drives take over 24 hours to finish scanning. Luckily it takes much less time to actually recover they files once the scan is finished.
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Recuva

It returned 100% of my SSD when I formatted it by mistake, of course I had to reinstall windows. >.<
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I use Recuva too, try the quick scan first, if it doesn't work then enable all the deep scan options and try again. It took about 2 hours to scan an 8gig CF card so your drive might take 12+ hours.
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I let it do a deep scan and it worked fine, I do wish the files still had their names but at least I have all of them back. It took about 6 hours.
    
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glad you got everything back ok! Recuva although slow works like a champ, its what we use in the shop every time.
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Originally Posted by snelan View Post
I let it do a deep scan and it worked fine, I do wish the files still had their names but at least I have all of them back. It took about 6 hours.
Thats because you deleted your files how ever they still remain on the hard drive they are just not registered in the file system any more so you lose all of the file names of course you can still recover the files as you have done unless they are over written by another file
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