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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-12-2019, 05:26 PM - Thread Starter
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I wiped my drive...help recover!!

Major brain freeze and my error here! I have a Seagate Freeagent USB backup drive which had lots of backup stuff on it. I was getting ready to upgrade to Win10, and the media creation tool gave me the option to save the files to a usb drive.

Well you see where this is going.... I thought I could use my Freeagent USB to add the win10 install files to it for later usage. It did NOT warn me that it is going to WIPE the drive and create a bootable USB Win10 install media!!!!

So now I have the Freeagent drive with none of my backup files.

What would be the best way or tool to use to try to unformat and recover my backups and such? Preferably an open source, easy to use software, I have heard of Recuva.
I've been beating myself up over this .....
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-13-2019, 11:41 AM
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Test disk may be able to help you recover the partition and data as it was before. Or some other commercial software. But, these are backups right? That means the backup is a second or third copy...why not just re-backup the original file versions to the external?

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I'm quite sure it does warn you. You can always make an ISO and then create a media of your choice with that.
You've overwritten part of the old data, so that is gone for the most part of any worthy effort.
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RIP.

I used to use OnTrack software, it wasn't free, but the UI was great. If you stopped using the drive immediately after you realized the error, you might be in luck in retrieving your backups. As long as it didn't zero out the drive (that would have taken hours to complete).

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Thx all.
After I calmed down a bit, I guess I'm not too worried, I have other backups on a raid NAS and online, just wanted to know for sure if there was anything major-league different on this Freeagent that I don't have elsewhere. I guess I will try a couple things like Recuva and Disk Drill, but to be honest, even if they find a bunch of file0001, etc, it would probably take me way too much time to figure out what they might be......sigh....
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it's been mentioned but wanted to add that testdisk has gotten me out of some pretty hairy situations other software couldn't including failed and overwritten raid 0 arrays. Not as user friendly, but really not that difficult to use. Best part is it's free.

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I've had good luck with Power Data Recovery. The full version can recover from deleted partitions and all that. It's an easy to find program.

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You didn't 'bleach' it so some (maybe most?) data can be recovered using data recovery software but the data that was written over by the window's install are not recoverable. You may find a lot of partially written and corrupted files, unfortunately.

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You didn't 'bleach' it so some (maybe most?) data can be recovered using data recovery software but the data that was written over by the window's install are not recoverable. You may find a lot of partially written and corrupted files, unfortunately.

Been there, sucks.
If the drive wasn't full, he probably wont lose anything.

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I currently use OnTrack software, though not free. Retrieving backups isn't much of an hassle, with this software.

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