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Recover an entire filesystem?

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Got a question: Is it possible to rebuild an entire previous filesystem after it has been formatted?

Context: A customer plugged their Ext HDD into their TV which proceeded to format it in FAT32. I THINK the drive WAS NTFS but I'm not sure. It's a 500gb WD.

I can recover the files the normal way with R-Studio or something, but that is so messy, I was wondering if I can't just rebuild the old filesystem with file structure all nice and neat and save the customer some time and effort?
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Ontrack used to make some good recovery software.. (been so long since I had to look into anything like that personally, the memory is a bit hazy) but you might want to investigate your options there and see what you can find.
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Yea, maybe.

Obviously, I did some googling before I posted, but I was flooded by generic data recovery tutorials and PS3 recovery, of all things -.-"
Edited by Bukinnear - 9/15/13 at 10:58pm
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