View Full Version : recovering files of a HDD

15-06-2009, 07:35 PM
OK so in my haste to install an old Hdd in my new PC I Started to format one but then in a flash of brillance remembered that there were address's in emails that were stored on the hdd that I hadn't written down yet. So I quickly turned off the computer and turned it all back on again hoping that I could still see part of the drive and that they weren't lost forever. Now I can't see anything on the drive. The computer recognises that one is there, it's even assigned it a letter and all that. But no files inside it.

Is there anyway I can recover these files off the HDD or are they gone to the big recycle bin in the sky?

15-06-2009, 07:40 PM
You can try recuva from the makers of Ccleaner, or try a linux CD boot from it and see if you can see any files that way

15-06-2009, 07:43 PM
Boot from a linux live CD and you may be able to see some data.

16-06-2009, 11:59 AM
If you use a Linux live CD there's a whole bunch of tools you can use. There's an overview of different tools at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/DataRecovery

Testdisk (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TestDisk) can recover a partition you've deleted, that's probably all you need to use. You should be able to restore the partition and recover your files. I've done this once before myself. :blush: