04-21-2011, 10:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Mikaila31
okay it was a external. Did you ever format it the first time you used it? Formatting is done to most HDD so they can be used with an operating system. It didn't erase all that date in 2-3 seconds. Its just ready to overwrite it. IDK if you formatted it once before, but when you do it creates a file system. I'm probably not the best person to explain it... But formatting is generally the first thing done to a HDD. If you had fully reformatted an internal HDD your operating system would go *poof*. Best I understand it is it the underlying structure on a HDD. If you would compare it to a book it is like sections, chapters, directory, index, ect. It makes these then stores the data in them. Most important thing I can tell you is do not save anything to that external HDD until you either recover your data or give up on recovery. Saving any additional data my overwrite the old data.
What file types(ie: .doc, .mp3, .pdf, ect) are you trying to recover and what programs did you use/try?
Oh okay thank you Mikaila that was helpful. I made a big mistake after I used a software called EASEUS-Data Recovery Wizard I found all the files and the program"recovered" them. Once it did I copied the information from the drive it was saved in to the original external hard drive that was formatted. Once I checked to see if the files worked (which I shouldve done before I copied them into the original drive) none of the files worked :( the files have their full original size and everything except the only thing is that they dont work.
is there any hope to get them to work?