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    Default Format Recovery

    I quick formatted by mistake my external hard drive and wish to recover
    folders of large music and picture files. I see many recovery software
    options available for download but would welcome any suggestions
    based upon user experience - preferably Free software and user friendly.
    Windows 7.

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    Default Re: Format Recovery

    Recuva might, I have used it with limited success

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    Google " Recover formatted External HDD". There are several sites. Look at https://www.easeus.com/resource/reco...ter-format.htm

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    Default Re: Format Recovery

    Quote Originally Posted by blanco View Post
    preferably Free software and user friendly.
    Windows 7.
    most of the 'free' software isnt actually free . They say its free but then you have to pay to actually recover the files it finds.

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    Default Re: Format Recovery

    Thanks for replies. I've downloaded 5 recovery progs including those suggested and will give them a try.
    Nothing has been written to the drive since formatting so I should have a chance of recovering the files needed,
    mostly MP3 music and pics/photos/docs.

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    To get on a soapbox for a second, this is why you always have a backup of important files yes?

    Good luck, MP3's are probably easy to replace but photo's not so much. I keep my important photo's on onedrive myself as well as locally.
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    If you are serious about recovering your data, SPEND money on an application that will do this for you....

    Personally, I use EaseUS's Data Recovery Wizard.... have a look at here

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    Default Re: Format Recovery

    Just adding in my worth

    preferably Free software
    Get what you pay for, as mentioned very few of tehn are really free.

    The One Program I usually always end up falling back to is Get Data Back. Been using it for years, it will often recover data the others cant even see, including formatted and damaged drives. Sometimes the scans can take a long time as it scans the complete drive. The version I use is quite old ( over 10 years) and they have changed the Interface.

    Its Not Free, but well worth it. https://www.runtime.org/data-recovery-software.htm

    Theres a link near the bottom of that page that allows a trial, which will scan and show what it can recover Before purchasing.

    It all depends on just how "important" the data is. The amount of times people say they "HAVE" to have things back and then find out its going to cost them some $$ all of a sudden its not so important.
    Last edited by wainuitech; 18-08-2021 at 03:55 PM.

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    Default Re: Format Recovery

    Thanks for all comments and pointing out the limitations of "free" recovery programs.
    Dugimodo, I absolutely concur with you regarding Backup strategy, in fact that was
    what I was doing when I mistakenly formatted the target drive, not the destination drive.
    Having acquired a used spare 1Tb hdd, I decided to format it before cloning my 1TB
    expansion drive where I stored a large collection of music, docs, pics and all setup files
    of installed programs transferred from my 'C' drive to give it good free space. It also
    contained a Macrium backup of 'C', refreshed weekly.
    My 'C' drive has been cloned and the clone is installed internally along side it so that if
    any problems arise with the OS or whatever, I can switch over to the clone.
    The lesson learned is that whenever dealing with disk management, always double check
    the correct boxes are ticked before execution. I will probably seek to recover the lost music
    files (105GB) which go all the way back to 1950 and took me a couple of years to compile,
    sound level, tag and arrange in folders chronologically. I still have 20GB of music on my
    'C' drive and it's clone.
    Thanks again for replies.

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