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Accidentally formatted everything!

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    Windows 8.1

    Accidentally formatted everything!


    Hello eightforums, I accidentally formatted my 1TB internal NTFS hard drive today while battling with a dual boot system. What is worse I dropped and broke my back up hard drive 2 days ago.

    I am now completely dataless and have lost all my photos documents and videos since 2006

    I formatted using the Windows 8 disk CMD Prompt, diskpart, self vol 2, clean (and poof whole hdd formatted not just the partition) but luckily I immediately turned off my PC to protect what it had left.

    Can anyone guide me through a way to recover data from the unallocated space on my internal hard drive, without walking over what is left (maybe a live boot cd that is good for this tasks?).

    Should I make an image of this hard drive onto my friends 1TB hard drive. I know that whatever I do I must not override the empty spaces on the formatted hard disk until I salvage everything I can.

    Please help I don't want to make another mistake and never get anything back. My back up HDD has had the click of death over the last 2 days and is not detectable with any cables or cases I have used.

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  3. #3


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    In addition to the link above---another program---

    https://www.piriform.com/recuva/download
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    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Before trying what David & Pcgeek11's suggestion.
    Download Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
    and select Partition Recovery Wizard which gives you a better chance to reconstruct the whole partition as if it was before you delete/format it. If it does not work then try recovering the file(s) as suggested.
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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by topgundcp View Post
    Before trying what David & Pcgeek11's suggestion.
    Download Best Free Partition Manager Freeware and free partition magic for Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Vista and Windows XP 32 bit & 64 bit. MiniTool Free Partition Manager Software Home Edition.
    and select Partition Recovery Wizard which gives you a better chance to reconstruct the whole partition as if it was before you delete/format it. If it does not work then try recovering the file(s) as suggested.
    nice tool ,will try that myself , thinking the bootable iso download one will come in handy one day
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    Windows 8.1 x64


    If you use Partition Wizard, which will work if you only used the Clean command with Diskpart, you may need to tell it the drive was configured as GPT, if it had been configured that way. If it was an MBR drive it should work the way it is.
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