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I was installing Win7 on my Sigrig and formatted my backup drive like a true noob. It was only a quick format and I realized it as soon as I clicked OK, so nothing has been written to the drive. I rage quit out of the Win install, turned off the PC and unplugged the drive.

I had everything on there music, work docs, tax info, you know... everything. 190+GB of info.

Freeware is great, but I am really looking for the best, so I can recover as much as possible. I wouldnt mind paying for software at this point. What is the best program to get my files back?




Since I have some downtime I am going to go clean out the PC. Lots of dust to get rid off. Including in my brain.
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If you just did a quick format, then almost anything should recover your data with little difficulty. First thing I would try would be TestDisk.
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Okay I will try that as soon as I get the PC back together. If that program doesnt work for some reason, will I still be able to try others?
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Yeah I saw that one recommended too. Have you actually used it? How effective was it?
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recuva ^^ is mentioned here a lot and many people report success... no personal experiences though...
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I've made the same mistake in the past... I used Recuva with 100% success on a 1TB storage drive.
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I've made the same mistake in the past... I used Recuva with 100% success on a 1TB storage drive.
Well I started up Recuva and asked to find "All files". After a quick search it found nothing. Asked it to do the Deep Scan. Looks like its going to take awhile. I will update in the morning.
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I'm not trying to sound like a @ss but when i do full formatts all my other drives are disconnected so only the drive that needs formatting is visable. However i do have Recuva on hand for any jobs that might arise. Its been a while since i used it but tried it out when i intensionally formatted a drive to see what i could recover and got all the data i needed.
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Yeah, it's going to take ages. You have to read through every bit on the drive and rebuild your file table simply from the data that already exists.
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