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Accidentally formated partition C and D

  1. #11


    Manchester CT
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    I did the same thing. I booted off of a backup Win8 hard drive and salvaged the missing files with a program called active file recovery.
    Active@ File Recovery for Windows detects and recovers lost or deleted files and disks


    It gave a list of folders on the drive which I copied and pasted onto the booted up hard drive. It is not an easy program to figure out but I find that it was UNNECESSARY to scan the drive before recovering the files. Good luck!

    BTW, I DID have a cloned backup of the drives but I had downloaded a bunch of stuff that I did not want to have to do all over again.

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  2. #12


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Make matters easier since most is lost, i would just bite the bullet do a clean install of OS over again, make your partitions way you want it. As said back up important stuff.
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  3. #13


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Make matters easier since most is lost, i would just bite the bullet do a clean install of OS over again, make your partitions way you want it. As said back up important stuff.
    Wait! NOTHING IS LOST! As long as all you did was delete the partition, ALL THE FILES AND FOLDERS ARE INTACT. I was able to get everything that I wanted off of my two hard drives. JDS, please research the subject before replying, this poster could have lost all his information for no good reason due to your post.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Make matters easier since most is lost, i would just bite the bullet do a clean install of OS over again, make your partitions way you want it. As said back up important stuff.
    Wait! NOTHING IS LOST! As long as all you did was delete the partition, ALL THE FILES AND FOLDERS ARE INTACT. I was able to get everything that I wanted off of my two hard drives. JDS, please research the subject before replying, this poster could have lost all his information for no good reason due to your post.
    Sorry about that, not my intention. OP has not replied back in days. OP said he reformatted is there a difference from delete? To be able to recover.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Make matters easier since most is lost, i would just bite the bullet do a clean install of OS over again, make your partitions way you want it. As said back up important stuff.
    Wait! NOTHING IS LOST! As long as all you did was delete the partition, ALL THE FILES AND FOLDERS ARE INTACT. I was able to get everything that I wanted off of my two hard drives. JDS, please research the subject before replying, this poster could have lost all his information for no good reason due to your post.
    Sorry about that, not my intention. OP has not replied back in days. OP said he reformatted is there a difference from delete? To be able to recover.
    Yes there would be in the end no. Recovery people have software that they can recover formatted partitions as long as quick format was used There are tools out there that will too. Way over my head.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Clintlgm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johnpombrio View Post

    Wait! NOTHING IS LOST! As long as all you did was delete the partition, ALL THE FILES AND FOLDERS ARE INTACT. I was able to get everything that I wanted off of my two hard drives. JDS, please research the subject before replying, this poster could have lost all his information for no good reason due to your post.
    Sorry about that, not my intention. OP has not replied back in days. OP said he reformatted is there a difference from delete? To be able to recover.
    Yes there would be in the end no. Recovery people have software that they can recover formatted partitions as long as quick format was used There are tools out there that will too. Way over my head.
    Wonder if this software is possible after the fact.
    Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive and Partition.
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  7. #17


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    It's a pain in the ass, but I was surprised how nothing was lost when I wiped out the partitions and did a quick format. The program to recover stuff was hard to use but did it's job. Everything was mostly backed up so I only needed a few things off of the drives. In the meantime, I am sure the OP has reloaded the OS and gone on with life, heh.
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