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how to recover ms-office document from formatted hard drive

Question: how to recover ms-office document from formatted hard drive

I have formatted my hard drive and i have even changed the partion and previously there are four partion of the hard drives but right now there are only two partions of hard drive after formatting.And by mistake i have lost the ms-office document.Can anybody tell me the easiest way of recovering the ms-office document now??????????

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Preferred Solution: how to recover ms-office document from formatted hard drive

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Answer: how to recover ms-office document from formatted hard drive

Since you changed the partitioning, it may be nearly impossible, but Recuva is worth a try:"Channeling the spirit of jboy..."

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I meant to format a flash drive, and clicked on my 2tb drive used for media.
I've gone through a LOT of "free" recovery tools, and found that all of them
want money after I scan.
I've come to the conclusion that there is no free recovery tool, is there??
Is there a way I can do the recovery myself? Previous versions is out.
If not, what is the cheapest ?
Right now, I have DiskDigger scanning, but from looking at a preview of a
couple pics, there's gonna be some lost data.
Running the free upgrade Win 10.

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I have the 40GB Lap Top Hard Drive (Toshiba MK-4019 GAXB) that was corrupted and all partitions disappeared. Look like that it was resulted from the installation of Win XP Service Pack 2 since I swapped another known to be in good order hard drive and all partitions disappeared. I have no other way but format the hard drive and reinstall Win XP Service Pack 1.

Somebody recommended that I should try to recover the data after reinstallation the O/S. I have formatted and only install new OS but not other programs. Is there anyway that I can try to recover the datas? If there is, which method or program that is efficient in doing so? I used to download some recovery programs but most of them could not recover the large files or cost too much to purchase. I just need the simple program that can do the job.


Answer:Can we recover data from formatted hard drive?

First you will need a data recovery program. But that might not fully recover your stuff. Since you have already formatted not all end applicaitons can find the info. You might need a more professional grade applicaiton.

Even then it still might not find it all cause you install a OS which could ahve overwritten some of the info upon install. It is always best to backup your info first. Then re-install. If that isnt a option there are other things that can be done. Repair installs, or trying to fix the problem.

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I have reinstalled XP on a new hard drive and formatted the hard drive that contained the previous XP installation. I omitted to save my favourites from the formatted drive. Does anybody know a reliable way to retrieve the lost file

Answer:Recover files from a formatted hard drive

click heredon't think there is a free answer to this question,good luck...

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how do i recover contents of hard drive after it has been formatted

Answer:how do i recover contents of hard drive after it has been formatted

If it's your main drive, don't use the computer or as little as possible if you don't have second computer.
Everything you do is overwriting some of the old data.....more

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I got a two hard drives in my PC.(160GB & 500GB)Windows is running on 160GB HDD.I try to install Linux to 500GB HDD.At first, Linux asked to change HDD file format (NTFS to Linux format).I click on first option and it's done.then I stop installing Linux & went to MyComputer. The computer doesn't show the 500GB HDD now. When I go to the disk management, It shows 500GB HDD & indicate, It's totally has free space.So I want to know how to recover my data on 500GB HDD.I think It's formatted. Please help here. I gotta necessary files on that 500GB HDD.

Answer:How to recover data from formatted hard drive?

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Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Answer:Recover photos from re-formatted hard drive

helstonian said:

Had to re-format hard drive after using a free utility to clean free space on my hard drive. After cleaning system would not boot, got message "New Technology Loader" missing. Dell techs advised me to re-format hard drive and reinstall OS (XP Pro). Did so and of course lost everything including photos of my now departed mother-in-law. I'm in big trouble if I can't get these photos back! Your help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.Click to expand...

If it is worth that much to you, might be best to take it in to a pro.

In the meantime, don't use it so as to avoid overwriting the files anymore than they already are.

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I got some virus and something went wrong with my computer starting i tried to reformat and reset to factory settings but I shut down my computer halfway through the procedure. the reformat completed but the reset did not. I need to recover all of my files from the hard drive from before the reformat please help me. thank you.

Answer:need to recover files from a formatted hard drive

Got a ton of money? The pros can get $2000 and up for that.You can try something like this.... look around for a free version....

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I accidentally formatted one of my hard drives with vista before saving the data i wanted to save. Does anyone know any good data recovery programs to rescue the data? I have done anything with the hard drive other than scan it with various software to try and recover the data. Hope someone can help.

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Ok, in my excitement and haste, I managed to format and install an OS on the wrong hard drive...

Long Story Short:

I used to be on 2 hard drives. a 250gig primary and a 300gb data HD. I had thousands and thousands of songs, videos, pics, and software on the 300 gig, and somehow when I went to format my new 1tb drive, managed to select the wrong drive instead; I lost everything and didn't realize it until it was done.

I was told by a buddy that there are programs for retrieving lost files and formatted hard drive. I have tried a few, but they all, including EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard, find all the files the New OS installed, rather than what was there beforehand.

For the specific purpose of not overwriting the files that are still there, I haven't used it since, aside from installing programs on my new 1tb drive and trying to use them to salvage the data.

1) Is it possible to do what I'm trying to do, now that I've installed a new OS?
2) What software would you recommend I acquire in order to do it?
3) Anything else?
Thanks so much!!!


Answer:Formatted Hard Drive and Installed OS... Can I recover Files????

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I have formatted my 2 TB external hard drive for seeping up the drive performance. But little later I noted that it has some of my important word and excel files. Now I want my data back from that formatted hard drive, please suggest me I can do to get those files back.

Answer:Want to recover my data back from a formatted hard drive

Looks difficult but use one of these Free Data Recovery Software and see if they help.

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Does anyone know how i can manually recover my files. I would prefer to do it myself cause its free or if you can point me to some good freeware that will help me recover my files...if not please please please i will pay as long as i know i will get my files back.
i lost lots of mp3's and family pictures....this really sux

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive can i recover my files

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A friend has accidentally formatted their hard drive on a video camera which contained hundreds of photos.

Can anyone suggest the best software to recover the files.

Financial cost of the software is not an issue!

Any help would be great

Answer:software to recover formatted camera hard drive

Do you mean flash memory, like an SD card or Memory Stick?
Convar has worked for me in the past, as long as you haven't taken more pictures over the formatted disk.

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I need to recover from a formatted external hard drive - buffalo 160gb mini-station Turbo USB, FAT32. The formatted external hard drive has been partitioned into 2.

Is still possible to recover back the files?

On related problem - what is the best software to repair corrupted jpeg? using ulead photo explorer 7se, i managed to view the jpeg with full pixels but when I open the file, the picture displayed is only half and the other half is blank gray.

I have plenty of corrupted mov - is there any mov repairer out there?

Thank you thank you for your help and I really hope someone can kindly attend to my question this time.

Answer:recover data from formatted external hard drive

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My harddrive have 3 partitions. I accidentily formatted the one that I need. The Windows files are not in there, but almost every programs that I installed is installed in that partition. Now, I could launch any program, it says Avast snxhk.dll is missing. If I try to launch a portable program from my use, I get this "file system error (-1073741515)" message. What should I do?

Answer:[emergency] Recover files from formatted hard drive

If you can run it from one of the other partitions, this may bail you out:

How to Recover formatted Windows 7 partitions with Windows 7 Unformat software?

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Hello everyone, I recently needed to boot to the Command Prompt on my Windows 7 HP Laptop. I used the recovery disks I made, thinking I could access the CMD from there, like I had read online. Not finding anything at the main recovery menu screen, I clicked on System Reset/Restore to attempt to get to CMD from there. Ive done a full factory reset 3 times in the past, so I didnt plan to actually format my Hard Drive while trying to boot to CMD. However, I clicked the next button one to many times, and without much warning, System Restore started to format my main HD. I held the power button down to force shut down the computer and stop formatting but I knew damage had already been done.

I would assume that the formatting I did just erased the file system necessarily to access the actual information, without actually erasing much of my files. I took the HD out of my laptop and put it into an external enclosure, attempting to access the info from another computer. the drive shows up, but there is no size for it, and when opening it, it requires another format before it can be viewed. If I boot my laptop with the damaged drive in it, it will say "error loading operating system", so it des recognize that the drive has an OS installed on it. Is there any way to recover the files on the HD? Im not sure how the file system itself works, but it seems like it would be possible to write a file system back onto the HD without destroying its contents. Any help would be greatly ... Read more

Answer:Corrupt/Semi-Formatted Hard Drive - Need to Recover Data!

Are you positive that it was "formatting"? There isn't usually a format when using the recovery partition for recovery, or the recovery disks. Did it actually say "formatting"?

I suppose it doesn't much matter because even if it had started to restore the disk image, the results would have been almost the same.

About all you can do is scan with recovery software and see if anything remains. You really should try that before messing with the file system or partitions in case all ends up lost.

Files that are not backed up are files you should expect to lose.

The trouble is that anything that would try to "rebuild" what was on the disk would need to include the data that is no longer present to create accurate structures, like an MFT or boot record. But try everything.


Using TestDisk To Repair Corrupted MFT, Repair NTFS Boot Sector (or build a new one if both are corrupted), Or Create Or Restore Boot Sector Backups.

Paragon Rescue Kit
Parted Magic (The best boot CD. Includes data recovery to CD/DVD, network, or USB, Testdisk for partition recovery, audio tests, and much more)
Testdisk Documentation
Testdisk Download
Minitool Partition Recovery
Easeus Partition Recovery
Diskinternals Partition Recovery
Partition Wizard Boot CD
Testdisk Boot Disk
Partition Find & Mount
Free DTIData NTFS Partition Repair Tool


Diskinternals Partition Recovery (Demo)
[email protected] Partition Recovery
Bootmaster Partition Reco... Read more

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I inadvertently saved a spreadsheet document on the preview page and now I can't bring it back up on the spreadsheet to continue working on can I recover it back onto the spreadsheet format please.

Answer:How to recover spreadsheet document in Open Office

Locate the document where you saved it to, then double-click on it.It should open in the spreadsheet module of OpenOffice.

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I have an excel spreadsheet that an end user lost the password to. Can anyone recommend any free password reset/document recovery tools?

I found a few but they only seem to do a brute force for up to two letters unless I spend $50 for the commercial version.
if there are not any free ones can you recommend a really good one that is worth the money.


Answer:Free Recover lost office document password

maxedoutcc said:

the irony of finding a program called "Free Word Excel Password Wizard" lol

it worked great for my problem.Click to expand...

I can reset your computer administrator password but I can't help you with your excel spreadsheet. I'm sorry. I'd like to know if you find a progie that can do it. Touchy subject here I think.

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I have 3 SCSI Hard Disks... Configured in RAID 5...
now i wanted to install Windows Server 2003 on it so i booted the server from the HP Start Smart Cd and then partitioned it and then installed. But then after completing the installation successfully i came to know that i need to have backed up certain folders also that i didnt do. I used Easeus software to recover the whole partition and it recovered 246 GB of data which is useless...
There are many excel, word files that appear in different versions and then any file doesnt open..
I want some help on this...

THank You

Syed Mohammed Sirajuddin

Answer:What to do if the hard disk is formatted and we need to recover the data?

the best software i would recommend is Easy Recovery Professional ==>as far as i have experienced, they have the BEST

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I recently reinstalled XP and mistakenly did a quick format of my data drive and have lost files ie:- ebooks, pdf documents,documentaries, movies (avi) that i would like to recover, I wouldn't have minded if it was my D drive as i have it backed up
the drive in question is 750GB in three partitions 70gb C:windows partition,160gb Drogram files,467gb G:data storage
the G drive partition isn't deleted as it is listed in disk management as free space
i use an external drive to backup my data but in this case i hadn't done one for a while
Is there a program i can use to recover the partition ?
from reading other peoples posts most seem to have deleted their partitions and the programs recommended are pretty expensive i don't want to pay big bucks if a free program will restore the partition
any help would be appreciated

Answer:Recover formatted drive

You might try one of These freeware suggestions.

I've seen This recover files from a Formatted HDD when others wouldn't .. But that was a long time ago.
The trial DL will see if it can read the Drive .. But you have to buy it to recover the Data.

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Is it possable to recover the files from a formatted drive.
The drive was formatted with partition Magic 7.0 .
Any software download out their that might do that?
Thank you,

Answer:Is it possible to recover a Formatted Drive?

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I have a hard drive that I wiped out with the Symatech ghost 7.5 utility GDisk. The command I used was Gdisk 1 /diskwipe which wipes the drive clean back to a non partitioned drive.

Does anyone out there know of an over the counter utility that might work in recovering data from this type of wiped drive.

I am prepared to send it to a data recovery center but I would welcome any other alterantives.



Answer:Can I recover a drive that has been formatted with GDisk??

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I took out the hard drive from my windows pc after the motherboard failed and started to use it as a external drive for my mac. So it has now been formatted for macs. But I realized there were files on it I did not back up, that are really important. Is it at all possible to retrieve those files again?

Answer:Recover files from a (now Mac) formatted drive?

Never mind, I found an old backup folder containing the files I need. Close call...

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So here's my situation. I switched a friend's laptop from Kubuntu Linux over to Windows XP. So this involved backing up his files, formatting the drive to NTFS and then installing XP. Then I realized that I didn't backup a number of important files.

I would very much like to recover as many of these files as possible. I see that there are many data recovery applications available for Windows XP and a number of them say they can recover files after a format. I started to get concerned though when I saw a lot of them saying how they take advantage of the NTFS file structure to recover files and it seemed like a lot of them assume that you had an NTFS formatted drive prior to formatting it and erasing everything. However, as I said, Kubuntu was on there, so it was formatted for Linux (It's called ext3 formatting isn't it?)

Will this present any problems for recovering the files, what is my best course of action, and if there is hope for solutions what are the best applications for this that you can recommend?


Answer:Formatted the drive, need to recover files!

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does anybody know if i could recover data from a partion on my hard drive its in fat 32 its where my operating system was windows xp many thanks

Answer:can i recover data from a formatted drive

Hi, I would say it is not impossible but very very unlikely. It can be done, by the experts, but is a very very costly business.Cheers.

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I have a Lacie 1tb external hard drive. I have a lot of media on it and suddenly in use it stopped working. I then plugged it into my computer and it said that I had to reformat the hard drive. My other hard drive which had a backup of everything dropped and stopped working. However I really need this one to work and since it can still show up on the computer I was wondering if there was a way I could save it.

Answer:Formatted External hard drive needs to be formatted again?


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I have a G50 with a fully up-t0-date WIndows 8.1 install. I used Ubuntu on my previous laptop, but then I needed to run a Windows program, so bought the G50 even though I don't really like Windows. Now I don't need Windows anymore (as I have found a way to do what I need in Ubuntu that actually works better) I want to format the hard drive and install Ubuntu as it runs faster and is less prone to viruses and so on.
However - and here is the key bit - there is a chance I will need to put Windows back on the computer at some point if I need to run software that only works on Windows, or if I want to sell the laptop.
To this end I have:
1) Created a USB 'Recovery Drive' using the tools in WIndows. This drive has about 16GB data on it. I selected the option to 'Copy the contents of the Recovery Partition' also.
2) Created a backup on an external HDD using Lenovo's 'OneKeyReovery' system. This totals about 200GB data as I presume it includes my documents, music and so on.
Is this all I need to restore Windows if I need to? Do I need to extract the licence key somehow, or will that still be stored in the BIOS after I put Ubntu on? Or, indeed, is it encoded into the backup?
I guess a restore would be the same as if I'd had to put a new HDD in if/when I need to do it.
Advice much appreciated. Thanks.
Mod's Edit: System model added to Subject line to improve visibility / clarity

Answer:G50 - OneKeyRecovery Windows 8.1 - recover from formatted drive?

Just to add - I've also created a Windows.iso as per the instructions in this thread: The software to create the ISO requires Windows, so I thought it best to do that before I got rid of Windows ... There is room to store the created ISO on the USB drive, although I am not entirely sure if it will work without Windows being installed.

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It's a Seagate 80GB. I've tried 240940943094 different freeware programs and most seem to just to surface scan. Anyone have any recommendations or is attempting to get files off a formatted drive dismal?

Answer:Recover files from formatted IDE drive using Vista

Chances are not good. Try the demos of GetDataBack or Ontrack EasyRecovery Pro. If they don't see anything, you're probably out of luck.

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there is a program called "recover my files" that boasts being able to recover files from a formatted disk, even if you have re-installed windows, is this really possible, is there no way of safely deleting data that doesnt involve destroying the HHD???

Answer:Solved: recover files from formatted drive

I've no personal experience, but claims made by quite a few of the makers of programs like you mentioned, support the statement that formatted drives / files can be recovered.....and, overwritten data, that is overwritten very hard to recover but still at least doable by those dedicated enough with the right tools.

In our forums here at TechGuy, we are often asked for help with file recovery, and I have read threads where there was some success with data still being found.

It depends....

Some of the better Data suites claim that recovery of a whole partition is possible.
There are also, very much more thorough file wiper utilities around that can "shred" files so they are much much less able to be recovered....

Think hard before you install one.... they can instantly cause you a great deal of problems in the wrong hands so it computers areound yu are used by need to ensure some security.

Or, use the file shredders after the computer is ready to be passed along, or sold.

The only sure way is to physically destroy the drive, a tank would do a good job...... stick it in your woodstove for a few days....

I dunno...personally, I still can use a laptop hard drive that was inside a laptop that exploded, and burned here in my home.

It was in an IBM ThinkPad that had a bad battery and caught fire on my workbench! The whole laptop b... Read more

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I accidently formatted one of my drives which was previously encrypted.
I tried some third party software as "recover my file" but it didn't work.
Later then, I experimented on a formatted (not encrypted before) usb drive to recover files by same software and it did work.
After that, I encrypted the usb drive and then formatted it. Then I tried to recover by same software, but it didn't work. So, it's apparent that it is not possible to recover from a encrypted and formatted drive by a usual recovery software. Is there any
other method that can help me.
Please inform, I'm in a dire need.

Answer:How can I recover files from a formatted drive which was encrypted by bitlocker.


I suggest you contact the local data recovery company to recover the data. Thank you for your understanding.


Vincent Wang
TechNet Community Support

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Ok guys.. I screwed up big time... I was about to create a bootable flash drive with a utility called HPflash and right the moment I pressed the start button I realized that the selected drive wasnt my flash drive.. but my external hard disk with 400 Gigs of Data! I dont know about you guys.. but I had tons of pictures and videos.. (my wedding video too!) And I am going nuts now.. can anyone please give me some hope and tell me I can recover all my files? Do I need to use one of the un-delete software out there? When I click on the hard disk it states that it needs to be formatted.. so apparently it hasnt.. so what happened to it? Can I undo what I did very quickly? thanks!

Answer:Solved: Recover external hard disk that "needs to be formatted"

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Hey guys, kinda new here, hopefully I'm posting this in the right forum section.
I'm not that super oriented with computers, I'll give it my best shot to explain what's going on here.
In short my PC just won't start. The light turns on, it boots up, and then I get a black screen with text referring to either "Start Up Repair (recommended)"
"Start windows normally"
If I choose start windows normally, it brings me to the black booting screen with the windows flag, then it proceeds to go back and restart the system, going back to the black screen. OR More likely it just stays stuck on the glowing windows flag.
This also occurs if I press F8 and go into safe mode. After listing all the components before going into safe mode, it simply restarts itself and goes right back to the black screen of the two choices.
If I select Start up repair, a grey loading bar appears below that on occasion freezes. If I manually reset the computer try it again, I get to a blue windows default background screen and the message
"Startup Repair
Your computer was unable to start
Startup repair is checking your system for problems...
If problems are found, Startup Repair will fix them automatically. Your computer might restart several times during this process.
No changes will be made to your personal files or information. This might take several minutes.
Searching for problems.. (this is beneath a blue bar that has been going on for at least an hour)
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Answer:Windows 7 won't boot past possible broken Hard drive attempting to recover/clone/copy hard drive

It sounds to me as if your Operating System has been damaged beyond repair, and that you only option would be to re-install your system using the 'Return to Factory Settings' facility provided. Unfortunately, this would mean you would lose all you data, and, from what I can tell from your posting, you have not taken a back-up so you cannot repair your PC at present.
You first need to remove your heard drive and connect it to a working PC either as slave or in a caddy, and use this to copy all your data onto a new external device.
Once connected to another device, you could partition your Hard drive and copy your data into a second partition.
Once you have your data copied, return the HHD to your own PC and re-install your system from scratch.

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I use Cobian Backup to produce a zip-file containing all files and folders, except for temporary-folders (I added an exclude-filter), of my system.

Before I can rely on this method, I need to find a way of restoring the 27 gb zip-file, which I store on a networked drive, easily.

Google-searches hasn't helped me yet, so I am trying out TSGF, warmly recommended to do so by a friend.

So: Is there an easy way of booting up a laptop with a formatted harddrive, be able to access a network-drive and extract all the contents of the networked zip-file to the hard drive?

Please help!

Any tips appriciated!

Answer:How to restore formatted hard drive from zip-file residing on network-drive

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I just got a used computer when i try to format the Hd through Windows it tells me that another volume is in use would I like to force a dismount of that volume. when i answer yes it says the volume cannot be closed and format aborts. When i try to do a low level format through dos with a low level format utility that gives me the message that the hard drive is locked. How can i format this HD.

Answer:Hard drive cannot be formatted

create boot disk /w on it. boot from disk and run

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Today suddenly I got a message from my second hard drive saying that it had reached its information limit. But that's impossible since it wasn't even half-full.
When I double-clicked on the D-drive icon I received a message saying something like this (translated into English): "Can't access D. A unit connected to the computer does not work."
I tried to scan for viruses with Norton AntiVirus but it appeared that the hard drive was empty. I also tried to run IBM Drive Fitness program but it said everything was ok.
What has happened? Is there any way I can recover the files that were stored on the D-drive?

Answer:Hard drive self-formatted?

Sorry to hear about that your drive formatted. Have you tried it in another computer?

The only thing that I can assist you with is a couple of suggestions.

1. Back-up (extra harddrives if you can or partition your exsisting drive)
2. Their are some excellent products that backup your data.

If your running XP you may already have software available.

Take a look a
Drive Image takes a picture of your hard drive in case it fails or bad files.
DataKeeper is a good backup.
Partitioin Magic let's you create multiple partitions on one drive.

Check out this:
Search backup

Good luck!

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Is it possible to get back files from a formatted hard drive?? If so How??

Answer:Formatted hard drive

You might try ReCuva. Can't hurt to try.

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I have a HP compaq 8430 after getting my hp nx7010 replaced due to a poor connection between the internal hard drive and the motherboard supposedly (this is a completely different story) but my luck has not been too good with the HPs.

I then bought a WD My Book 500gb pro edition external hard drive to keep renderings, and such on for a grant that I am working on. I left the drive at the office and took my laptop home for the weekend and when I came in on Monday plugged everything in and the message:

"The disk drive is not formatted, format now?"

appeared and I have not even had the setup for a week!! I do have a weeks worth of work on the external hard drive which is not backed up else where that I would like to salvage - mostly psd files and photos. Which of the the previous ways worked best to recover photoshop files?

I can use my computer to make a good drawing but am not sure how to access the system that well. Thanks for your clarity.

Thanks for your help!

Answer:USB Hard Drive Saying Not Formatted

Hi and Welcome to TSG, I've split off your post into its own thread.

First thing as always is to try the drive on another computer or try a different USB cable.

For data recovery software you could try PCI Inspector as its free:

Additionally, I would recommend in the future that you always have two copies of your data, one on the internal hard drive and a second backup on the external drive. Having just one copy of the data on the external drive is no better then having one copy on the internal drive.

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Hi a friend of mine took his Samsung HD out of his HP puter and placed it a generic Athlon 64 I built for him. He set the Samsung up as slave to the Seagate and the seagate as master. He wants to transfer files off the Samsung to the Seagate. Not operating system stuff just pics, music, etc. However bios sees the Samsung, Windows sees the Samsung, but Windows Explorer says the drive isn't formatted and we know it is. Both HPsystem and Athlon sys are running XP. Any ideas?

Answer:Hard drive isn't formatted - but it IS!!!

what are the drives SATA or PATA? haven't you messed up with master and slave jumpers? if they are PATA try to hook them on different cables.

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but it is.

Just recently installed XP Pro on my machine. I Already had a hard drive with all my music on it so i didnt go for that NTFS file system bollox just left the file structure the same.

It ran great for a while and everything was working when i downloaded a file from a website. Near the end of the download the whole thing froze and i restarted the machine. It went throught the usual your pc did not shut down correctly lark and when xp came back up it just has the second drive down as local disk when its label is secondary and when i try explore it it says its unformatted.

I took the drive out and tried it on another machine with W98se and its fine. Anyone know whats going on.

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Hard drive D can't be formatted says in use. I want to know how to stop the files from running. I had an operating system on this drive xp and I installed windows 7 to another. I want to delete all of the files on this disk. There are two file folders I can't delete, 65dc9f76c5b578b9341dfcac3878, WINDOWS. i tried safe mode and logging in as adminastor. I also went in to the secerity taps on the file

Answer:Hard drive d can't be formatted

The problem is that when you have more than one drive and you install Win7 (or Vista), it puts a small file on the second drive as part of the installation process (I have no idea why, one day I'll research the problem but for now I can't be bothered). Anyway, the only solution is to temporarily remove the 'd' drive and then repair the startup files, using either a full win7 disk, or a repair disk - this will set the system up to just use the main drive, after which you can re-connect the slave drive and format it as usual."I've always been mad, I know I've been mad, like the most of us..." Pink Floyd

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my seagate 120 gb pc formatted USB hard drive, 6 months good use, suddenly is asking me to format it. every other Pc, and i tried several other ones, gives the same response. Is the data on it retrievable with software? or am i resigned to losing data...? Help!!


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Hi everybody!
I'm brand new to this site. This is just too cool. I'm hoping someone can help me here. My son formatted the hard drive "accidentally" on an old Windows 98 machine.(I think he just got too cocky and thought he could fix more than he could) Anyway, I am a student in Computer Information Systems, so I know a little, but I've hit a bump in the road on this one. I thought it'd be no problem.......just pop in a boot disk and reinstall the Operating System...............Not happening. The disk doesn't boot the computer. I tried going into CMOS setup, but it won't even boot to there. If I hold down the F8 or Ctrl key, I get a "keyboard error" and then the same old "Non-System disk error" or "Invalid disk" I thought the problem may be with my boot disk itself, but I have no way of knowing. I did try and download one, but it didn't work either.
Any suggestions?
Please help.

Answer:Formatted hard drive

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So I just installed a new Hard  Drive, installed Windows, downloaded all the drivers from HP but my wifi radio switch on the keyboard won't work so I can not use wifi. Also all the drivers for the LAN and Ethernet are installed but a Ethernet connection doesn't work either? Plz help! Thank you! -Jesse H. 

Answer:New hard drive formatted but....plz help!

Need full model number and Windows version. Drivers are going to depend on the exact hardware and the Windows version so we need to know thise things to find your drivers. 

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I borrowed my friend's external hard drive and a I first connected to my PC it was working perfectly. Yet the second time I tried to my PC recognized it but couldn't open it & it kept giving me the message that I need to format the hard drive before using it.
I tried many time on different computers & I got the same result.
Is there any thing that I can do!

Answer:hard drive needs to be formatted

Try a chkdsk /r

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i have a compaq pressario cq60 laptop my son has formatted the hard drive and now vista and all drivers have been deleted how do i put vista back on.

Answer:formatted hard drive

If you have the install DVD it is very easy
Clean Install with a Full Version of Vista
You will need a product key number, however. It should be on the computer. It is 25 numbers and letters separaated into groups.
If you do not have a CD, you can burn one by using this ISO
[Direct Download Links] Download Official Windows Vista RTM with SP1 Setup Files (32-bit and 64-bit) - Tweaking with Vishal
You must have a product key number

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I bought a verbatim 2.5 mobile hard drive usb 500gb (62873) 2 days ago. I was transferring files onto it running XP no problems. When I turned it on the next time says not formatted and slows my pc right down. Have tried reconnecting several times. Very weird I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copied. This should not happen with a new hard drive. Can someone help me out here? I just bought this drive because my other wd external died after less than a year!

Answer:2 Day old hard drive says not formatted

I guess I can reformat as long as my freind hasn't deleted the files I just copiedClick to expand...

First of all data you do not backup is data you do not care about. All drives will fail, it is only a question of when your drive will fail.

Next external drives are just not as reliable as an internal drive. This is for a number of reasons;
1 Heat. External drives that do not have their own cooling fan are NOT made for continuous duty. They are made to switch ON and backup what you want then switch OFF.
2 The extra interface ie the usb/firewire interface. It adds something else to fail.

If you are having problems with a 2 day old drive, return it and get another one.

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Hi, I thought i could fix my kid's computer problems by formatting the hard drive and then simply re-install xp using my xp home disk. However, when the computer boots from the cd-rom and starts the setup it tells me "set up can not find a previous version of windows installed on this computer." and then asks me to put a windows disk ie. 98/me. I couldn't find my original me disk and all of the boot disk download cites i've found are for floppy disks, the problem is none of my computers have a floppy drive. Is there somewhere i can go to download them on cd or am I beyond help.

Answer:formatted hard drive

Floppy disk wouldn't help you anyway, the update install needs to see another copy of Windows, and I didn't say it had to be yours now did I?

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I'm sure this is gonna sound silly to you pro's, but:

I just got a used hard drive that I'm going to use as a replacement for my small one. After I physically install it, I plan to boot from my Win98SE CD. But I don't know if this drive has been formatted. How can I tell?

Also, if I have to format it, what's the difference between running fdisk and simply typing format c: after bootup in DOS?

Answer:How can I tell if a used HARD DRIVE is FORMATTED?

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I went and did a stupid thing. I formatted my hard drive and now I can't find the cdrom to reinstall windows. I am booting up from a: As it boots up it recognizes the cdrom and it says "Primary Slave disk: CDROM Mode 3. If I can get it to find the CDROM, and reinstall windows, I can get it to boot from C: -- correct? I already went into the BIOS and the cdrom is not listed there. But if I list the CDROM then it doesn't boot from a: and it won't boot from C: Please help me.

Answer:Help! I've formatted my hard drive! Now what?

After you boot from the startup disk, can you type C: and hit enter, do you get to the c prompt.
As far as the rest, bootup with a win98 startup disk, at the menu choose with cdrom support. Once done your cdrom should be available but the drive letter will be one higher than it normally is, so if it was D it will now be E.

If you don't have a win98 startup disk go to and download one.

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Thanks to a worm virus I had to format my hard drive and reinstall Windows XP.Being a computer numpty that I am I also managed to delete all my pictures.Please can anyone help me with advice on whether these pictures can be recoveredThanks

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive.

You could try, but its doubtful. This is the most thorough program I knoe for jpeg'sclick here

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


Answer:Re formatted hard drive

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Hey u guys.

I had a virus on my laptop. So as advised I formatted the c:drive, soon afta I did that I was advised to bak my stuff up photo, music etc!! So now I've lost my stuff but still got my os. So is there neway to self restore my things?


Answer:Re formatted hard drive!

Closing duplicate. Please do not start more than one thread for the same issue.

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How do I put an OpenOffice documenbt on to a flash drive? thats all you need to know. What more do you need?

Answer:How do you put an Open Office document on to a flash drive?

Hi RobertPickering,Open the the location where the documents are present.Example: My DocumentsRight Click on the document > select Send To > removable device(name of the flash drive)Thanks & RegardsManshu S#iworkfordell

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I suggested a friend's old P3 Dell Inspiron may be quicker running Ubunto. I repartioned and formatted the hard drive before realising there was no CD player. How do I now reinstall an OS? The hard drive connection is not the same as my Dell Lattitude so I can't swop drives. I've tried USB supporting boot disks but still can't access USB devices. Is there any other way to install Ubunto or other OS?
I've tried Duse boot and an Iomega version. USB is assigned a drive letter but when I run DOSUSB.COM (part of the booting routine) the system hangs.
How do I restore the machine?

Answer:Dell Inspiron has no CD drive and I have formatted hard drive

Ubuntu is an excellent free operating system
But you removed the Partition? How did you remove it? With a floppy disk? because that would seem very strange

Obviously No.1 is to get a working CD or DVD Drive installed (he'll probably need it for other stuff too )
And then >> chat with Dell to see if you can get the Windows Recovery Disc from them (although "P3" is very doubtful that it exists)

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Hi all, new member here and am very emotional lol!!

I recently had to reinstall windows on my pc, and had to swop the drives over as it wouldn't install windows over the original c: disk.

I got windows installed fine onto the master disk and all works well until I try to plug in my second drive (which has all the original windows files on it and needs formatting). It then tells me there is a system disk error, or it just wont boot up at all.

I've checked all my cables, power leads and the master/slave switches on both drives and all seems fine there.

In the advances cmos it has the following listings -

first master - none (won't auto detect either)
first slave - samsung (this is what windows is now installed on, and should be set as master)
second master - dvd-rw
second slave - cd-rom drive

am at a loss as to what else I can do now, any advice is appreciated, thanks!

Answer:2nd Hard Drive Not Recognised after Master drive was Formatted!

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I discovered this issue recently, i bought an external drive case so i can move my internal drive installed on my Vista PC and have it accessible on my Win 7 laptop away from home. I don't understand why the hard drive reads as not initialized or formatted on my win 7 pc. I have two from my vista pc, neither read on my 7 pc.

Can anyone shed some light on this?

Also when i moved my hard drive back to my vista PC the drive appeared to be blank and unformatted, the data is not lost but the partition data was lost. I was able to recover my lost data using recovery software (that unfortunately was not free)

Temporarily I'm formatting the drive on my 7 PC in hopes there will not be future problems like this.

Oh yeah by Vista PC specs:
- home built
Vista Home Premium X64
Intel i7 920 cpu
MSI X58 Platinum mobo
Corsair DDR3-1600 ram
Seagate SATAII 1.5 TB primary
Toshiba 2TB secondary (internal)
Western Digital 3 TB secondary (internal)

please help

Answer:hard drive formatted on vista says not formatted on my vista pc

Zim mate you would be better posting in the Vista forum (at top of this page) run by the same crew as here.

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Is there any way I can load Win 98 on this hard drive. F disk doesn't seem to work. Cheers.

Answer:Win 98 on NFTS formatted hard drive

You need to convert to FAT32. W98 does not recognise NTFS partitions...

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Hi Guys,My boss (thank god it was him and not me!) rather cleverly formatted one of our network hard drives, and I now need to restore all the data on it.I've tried a few bits of software so far based on searches I'ev done on this forum, but none will do what I want, they all want to search drives with letters.Bascailly, the drive was originally a Lacie midi drive, 500GB, and he formatted it via their web interface, so I would assume that it is a quick format.Under my computer, I can only see the C drive, nothing else. Under disk management, I can see the C drive, and then 6 basic partitions, 125mb, 8mb, 8mb, 126mb, 714mb, and 464GB. I'm assuming the smaller partitions house the OS and web interface for the drive.What am I going to need to do to get this restored? The only options I really have available to me under disk management is to convert the disk to a dynamic disk, or delete the logical drives (the small paritions), or delete the big partition.Any idea on some good software to get all of this restored?Thanks in advance,Jase

Answer:Restore a formatted hard drive?

I should probably point out that I've removed the drive from its Lacie case and connected it directly to a PC via a SATA cable.

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My Comp has a Hard Drive "C" of 300GB not Partitioned with only the OS of Windows XP Home Edition on it. I have an External 400GB Hard Drive Partitioned 4 x 100 GB "J" "K" "L" "M" with, My Documents, My Photos and all other programs on Including a recent Acronis TI of the "C" drive done last month. I want to Partition the "C" drive into a more manageable 3 x 100 GB so I think that formatting the "C" I will loose my OS.Would it be a matter of Partitioning the drive and putting the ATI on the 1st partition. Appreciate any help.

Answer:Formatting a non Formatted Hard Drive

You can partition C drive with Partition Magic in a non-destructive manner; nonetheless, a backup is to be recommended.

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I recently formatted my hard drive from DOS. I was running Windows95, but having recurring problems. Figured I'd start fresh and re-install. Well, now all my computer does is run BIOS and stops there. I've tried a number of different boot disks but with the same result --- "Non-system disk or invalid disk. Replace and hit any key". How can I get DOS or Windows loaded back on my system?

Answer:Newly formatted hard drive

Welcome to the board.

Try this:

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I have formatted an extrnal hard drive and now whne i try to access it via My Computer an error message appears (recycled\ is not a valid Win 32 application. If i go through Explore i can access the files? I reformatted NTFS (the only option offered bu Windows XP). I had a similar thing happen with a USB data stick? Any help appreciated.Thanks

Answer:Formatted external hard drive

Apparently it's a virus; possible solutions given here:click here

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Hello, I've found an old hard drive, so I plugged it to the pc and formatted it, now, Windows shows that it is empty but when you open properties it shows that 190 MB are in use. why is that, is there a way to remove those 190 MB?

Answer:Hard Drive formatted but not empty

190MB is a very weird amount. Just a wild guess on my part but did this drive happen to come from an Xbox 360? The Xbox 360 console software needed for Kinect requires 190 megabytes of storage space. I think I remember reading/seeing something to the effect that the very early Xbox hard drives automatically set aside 190MB and it couldn't be deleted. This is complete speculation and I could be totally off the mark here. What is the make/model/size of the hard drive?

Xbox 360 Storage | Xbox 360 Storage Space | Xbox 360 Available Space -

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Hi Folks,
I am a new member to this Forum.
I ask your assistance or directions to software for recovery of data from a formatted hard drive.
I have a WD Passport 120G external storage disk and a Lexmark 512MB stick.
Well here is the problem, I was formatting the Lexmark stick and did format it, but it appears the WD was being formatted as well.
It shows no used space when I check the all lost or is there software to recover this data.
Still hoping!!


Answer:Formatted External Hard Drive

this may help

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i had a bad virus attack on 19/11/2011 and it formatted my hard drive but for some strange reason took all of my files but left notepad files ive used a program to find some system restore files and there from before the 19/11/2011 and there on my usb drive and don't know what to do with them in case i damage my computer more ive lost over 200GB of files what would be my next steps to recover all of my files as ive used one certain program called undo delete and it saying that the all the files are still there ive not done anything else since then

Answer:VIRUS has formatted hard drive

You can still boot into windows, right?

If it were me, I'd make an image backup of the infected hard drive and then try using the undo delete software. Then if it recovers what you're looking for, save those files on an external hard drive and attempt a system restore by booting off the Windows 7 installation disc.

That way, if the undo delete process fails or messes something up, you can restore the image as it is right now and try something else. Otherwise, if it does work you'll have the files you want extracted and can safely attempt to restore the machine without worrying about losing your data. If the restore doesn't work properly you can do a clean install; you'll have to reinstall all of your programs as well but at least you'll have your files

Good luck!

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I have an old PC I am trying to restore and use for a dummy machine. (minimal speed tasks) It used to have spyware and possibly viruses on it as well so I slaved it to another machine and completely formatted the drive. Forgetful me wiped out the boot.ini, files and other necessary files. So I am at my dilemma. I need to know what steps I need to take to install windows xp on this disk and get my PC up and running. I have no boot disk, just my windows xp installation disk.

please advise....

Answer:XP installation on a formatted hard drive

I dun think you can install XP while the hard drive is slaved towards another computer bczu after all the installation is done, the HDD will be tied to the motherboard and any transfer of the HDD to another computer will not work. In the end you will end up with 2 OS on a single computer

You will need to make the HDD a master in another computer and install it from there. Once the HDD is installed in another computer, set the PC to boot from the XP disk from BIOS settings

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I downloaded an original copy of XP Pro yesterday and decided to install it and clean out my hard drive. I deleted all the partitions that were on the hard drive including XP Home. I formated OK. I did however notice that it never asked me any internet connction questions as setup normally does. Now I can't connect to the internet A quick look at device manager shows me that I have a few problems. In 'other devices' it shows the following - ethernet controller, PCI device, SM bus controller, These have question and exclamation marks next to them. Properties shows no information just the location of these devices. my motherboard is micro-star incmodelms-6758version 2.00 i have no discs i got the pc made for me and the man that made it does not live there any more.i dont know a lot about pc,s please can you help me

Answer:formatted hard drive and loaded xp i need help

"I downloaded an original copy of XP Pro..."Really? - you mean a legal copy that you paid for, with a product key? - from where?If you can confirm that, I'm sure we can help.

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I have a refurbished Dell Dimension 9150, with two 160 gb SATA Hard Drives running as a Raid. I have been unable to do a full format on these drives as it freezes at 3 percent complete (only a quick format can be done). I loose the entire operating system frequently at least every three months. Can anybody advise what is going on please??

Answer:Hard Drive Cannot be formatted properly

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Hey guys, Im in a real bind here, I accidentally formatted the wrong hard drive in my computer, and I lost a LOT of VERY VERY important data - 6 months worth of work - ala Audio mixing, hundreds of hours went into these, and Its VITAL that I find out a way to save my data.

In a brain fart, I formatted and reloaded XP Home on this hard drive, is there ANYTHING I can do to regain the data I lost? Any help is GREATLY appreciated, as this really is a dire situation!

Answer:HELP! I formatted the wrong hard drive!

I learned the same lesson the hard way too. now I always unplug all the storage drives before formatting my boot drive.

Anyway, I have no idea how to help you, but Iíll bump the thread to keep it at the top. Maybe somebody will know a way.

Good luck!

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I accidentally formatted my external hard drive when I plugged it into my laptop and Windows automatically formatted it. Everything seems to be lost and I really hope to get all of my files back. Is there any free software I can use to get it back? Is there anything I can do?

Answer:Undo Formatted Hard Drive

Hi and welcome,
Firstly stop using that hard drive in case anything left there gets overwritten even more. Chances of recovery after a format are very slim. Recuva is a free prog often recommended here:

You'll need to recover any docs etc to a different drive - probably your laptop.

Hope this helps.


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I accidently formatted my hard drive and was wondering if there was any way of retrieving any of the files that were previously on my hard drive before the mishap?

Answer:Accidently formatted hard drive

Welcome to the TSG Forum
There's a good chance the files can be recovered .. See Here

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Hi, I have 3 HD in my computer, the smallest and oldest is a Maxtor drive (15 Gb). A week ago I noticed that no matter what you do to it, add files or delete them, as soon as you restart it, the HD goes back to his original estate. The you cannot add or delete files, you can access what it has (basically pictures, videos and some programs) I decided to copy everything in another disk and then format it. I did it in windows, nothing happend, after the pop up window that indicates that the drive was formatted is closed, you get into the disk and everything remains the same!!!!, Then I tried using partition magic, it formatted the drive, and then I tried to access it in my computer and the content was there!!!! Then I used a boot CD from maxtor to format it in low level and after a while i got the message saying it was successfully formated, restarted my computer and the drive and its contents where still there!!!! I cannot believe it!!! Please help me, I have formatted that disk 4 times and the contents are still there!!!! I think it deals with a virus, please help me!!


Answer:Formatted hard drive, but the info is still there?

If the Maxtor utility failed to do it, then something is very wrong. Are you sure you formatted the right drive?

Please post a screenshot of your Disk Management window.

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Can anyone explain why after a hard drive, let's say 20GB, is formatted, the hard drive capacity is only 18.6GB or something along that line? The capacity tends to decrease more as the hard drive size gets larger. For example, I installed a 120GB Westerndigital harddrive with 8MB of cache and I lost 8.3GB of space after formatted. Am I doing something wrong or is the manufacture actually telling consumer the wrong number? For instance, on a Westerndigital wesbite a 20GB WD200BB hard drive, the specs show a formatted capacity of 200,049 MB but after I formatted the hard drive, the realized or actual size is approximately 1,449MB less the total size than what's reported on the Westerndigital webpage.

Any response is appreciated.


Answer:Hard drive formatted space

It's the way drive manufacturers and Windows handle GB's....Drive manufacturers use 1,000 kilobytes = 1MB, and Windows uses 1,024 kilobytes = the box will say 20GB, because it is, according to their scpecifications...but Windows will say it's 18.6GB...either way, you're not really losing anything, it's kind of like currency values in different countries... in the US, a dollar is a dollar, but in Canada, it's worth more....but everything else costs more, so it all works out.

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I have just recently been given an old PC to overhaul.The previous owner had deleted a large number of files and as a result,the machine would not load windows,except in safe mode(Which showed drive C as 8 Gig).I tried to reload windows 98 with no success so I formatted the hard drive and reloded windows.Success! or so I thought until I noticed that the 8.6Gig hard drive was now 500Mb.I have checked the bios which shows the correct size 8.6 Gig. Any Clues?

Answer:8 Gig hard drive-formatted and is now 500Mb

You probably need to fdisk it first and say "yes" to the question "Do you want to enable support for large hard disks". Then format.

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I have just formatted my hard drive and reloaded windows back on to it. My hard disk should be 60GigI have a C drive which is 29Gig and a F drive 29GibIs there anyway i can merge them into one. I dont mind formatting them again.I am running windows XP

Answer:just formatted my hard drive now its split in two

You could try the free Paragon Partition Manager 2005 click here. I've tried it with WinXP & it works, but the partitions I merged didn't have the OS installed on them. The option to merge is under Wizards > Merge partitions.Should that fail, there's another free tool called GPartEd LiveCD click here, which I've also successfully used to merge Linux partitions, one of which contained the OS. It can be used to merge Windows/NTFS partitions too. G

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  i formatted the wrong hard drive in an install and need to recover those files how is it done

Answer:formatted my hard drive by accident

See this thread:;action=display;num=1098208108;start=4#4

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I'm not quite sure how but whilst I was formatting a usb stick with linux my external hard drive also seems to have been formatted at the same time. My computer doesn't even recognise it now as anything other than a usb pen drive with Linux on it and I can't get it to work as a hard drive again, any advice? The hard drive is a seagate 2TB external hard drive.

Answer:Formatted External hard drive

Format it again using linux but chose FAT32.

It is probably formatted as ext3, ext4 or some journalizing file type and windows can not see linux file systems.

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My Western Digital EHD wasn't showing up in My Computer. So I right clicked and change something in device manager(sorry don't remember what). Now when I plug it in it says it needs to be formatted first.
There are a ton of the wife's movies on there, please help :banghead

Answer:Help! My external hard drive says it needs to be formatted

I right clicked and change something in device manager(sorry don't remember what).Click to expand...

Without that key bit of information, it is impossible to guess what you have done.

Get someone who knows linux to run a live CD and grab the files from the external hard drive. Make sure you have another drive with enough room to store them on.

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The disk in drive C is not formatted.

Do you want to format it now?

I get that message when I try to access the drive (E is my operating system drive)

I can still access files through some programs (I'm listening to music from it in itunes now, for example)

It's true I should format the drive, but I would really like the files on the drive before I do so. I have an external I can switch the files to, any suggestions on how I would go about doing this?

Answer:Hard Drive wants to be formatted, much to my chagrin.

You should be able to just copy the files to the external drive, like you would to a usb flash drive. Itunes needs to have the whole folder copied from within My Documents, if that was your default when you set up iTunes - then any seperate folders. CLICK TO SHOW ALL FILES, BEFORE COPYING, IN FOLDER OPTION

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Recently, I had cause to format a hard drive after undertaking a full system back up to tapes. However, it appears that the back up did not work fully and I am missing a lot of personal information (i.e. holiday pictures, a diary, and some school homework). I understand that there may be some software available that will possible undelete the info on the hard drive, but I don't know where to start looking. Can anybody point me in the right direction or give me further advice.Regards

Answer:Undelete formatted hard drive

You'll be lucky to get your data back from the hard drive especailly If you have re-installed your o/s and other programs to the drive. There are a lot of HD recovery progs available though, just do a search on GOOGLE and try some. Be vey careful of installing the recovery progs on to the drive that you want to get the data from. You could easily overwrite the stuff you want to recover.If the data is that important then it may be best left to the profesionals to look at your drive/data backup.There is a lesson to be learned here - Always verify backed up data to make sure a) That is readable and b) You have backed up the data you intended to back up.

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I am running a sempron 3000 on XP prp SP2, with a 120gb primary drive (c & D) and an 80gb secondary slave drive (G & H). I noticed the other day that my G & H drives were not showing up in explorer. when i restarted the pc, the slave drive is being recognised in the bios. I went to disk manager and was able to turn the drive back on somehow.
The main problem is that when i click on either G or H ireceive the message that the disk is not formatted !.
The G drive contains many of my precious digital photos (yeh, yeh should have backed up) I took the drive out placed it in an external HD enclosure, tried that. Received the same error, tried it on my laptop running XP home, same message, tried it on my old PC running windows ME and am able to acess the G drive no problem. The only problem is that the HD in this old PC is not big enough to copy the data across from the G drive.
Anyone any ideas why XP wont recognise the format? and how i can sort it out.

Thanks Noel

Answer:Xp States hard drive not formatted ! (Oh yes it is ) Help please

How big is your power supply? WATTS I mean. If you only have 350W It might not be enough to power those HDDs you'll see them not show up under Windows. They may show up when you first bootup the PC. Also if the PS is okay then check your IDE Ribbon cables for color changes. They don't last forever. You might have to replace them also.

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Help, I got a 2nd hand lap top from my boss yesterday. Took it home last night and formatted the hard drive, then installed Centos and Linux over it. Got to work this morning to discover that my boss hadn't copied all his files over! I need to recover all his Outlook files. What do I do?

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive - Need Old Data

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I have a 320GB SATA HDD. I had it partitioned 45 and 275 or whatever the remaining was. The 275 is my backed-up data. Movies, music, games. All legal, of course. So I choose to format my Windows partition. I pop in the Windows 2000 Pro boot disc (I felt like down-grading for a couple months). I delete the 45GB partition, nothing else. I know for a fact. It formats, and ends up erasing EVERYYYYYYTHING off my hard drive. I'm thinking this is because of Windows not being able to see more than ~130GB until SP2.

Anyway, to my question. I did everything the same that I always did with my 80GB hard drive, and I've never had this problem before. So how am I to do this next time I want to format my harddrive, but don't want it erasing EVERYTHING?

postscript; Also, I haven't tried doing the same thing but with an XP Pro boot disc yet, being I don't want to risk it. I don't think that would be a problem though.

Answer:So my hard drive was formatted... I have a question.

I think the extended and logical partition got messed because you deleted the primary one, maybe partition magic helps you recovering it but not sure, ask for another opinion


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I have been given a 40gb hard drive which has been formatted , but not partitioned.I think this is so because when I connected the hard drive as a slave , it did not show in `my computer` as a separate drive.Although it did recognise a hard drive had been connected.I connnected with a usb adapter.I have done this with other hard drives so I know the system is working.How do I partition the hard drive ? I have been told I need to go into DOS on start up and do it from there.How do I get into DOS on start up and what happens next ? I am running Windows XP.Thanks Chris

Answer:Hard drive formatted but not partitioned

Only 40Gb - why do you need to partition. I run three hard drives 80Gb, 120Gb and 360Gb .. none are partitioned!

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I have a second hand Dell Latitude LS laptop.The previous owner removed his copy of Win 2K.I thought I could use a boot disc (I have a set of floppy discs) to reinstall my Win 2K, however, the machine has no internal drives. I have got an external floppy and an external rom - both with USB. I canmnot get the machine to recognise its USB port. The only other way in is via a network card (I have a home network running Win 2K) but it will not recognise this either. I have tried starting in safe mode, running last known good configuration, and booting from network without any success.  When I initialize the machine it gives me an error messaeg saying it cannot find the file for Win2K and prompting me to reinstall the programme. How can I do this ?The eroor message displayed is:   ?windows 2000 root>\system32\ntoskrnl.exe?

Answer:Formatted Hard Drive Start Up

Did you set your external hard disk to be the master hard disk, or the slave? It NEEDS to be the master......[glb]Flame[/glb]

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I am trying to install my hard drive from my old computer into a Dell Dimension 4500. BIOS is recognizing the hard drive, but it is in a continuous boot loop. It will not load Windows. Dell's support wants to charge me $100 to help me fix the problem. I am a student and cannot afford it! Can anyone tell me how to add an already formatted hard drive into this system as the boot drive? I would appreciate it greatly!!

Answer:adding already formatted hard drive

I assume your 'formatted' means 'Operating System' installed?The result... too many hardware changes for the old OS to cope with.Can you start in safe mode?

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I need to download and install?So far I've:-Freshly installed Windows XP, and fully updated it, including SP2 (obviously, my modem/internet is installed and working).Graphics card drivers installed from the disc. Going to update them later.Downloading sound card drivers now. What else do I need?

Answer:Formatted my hard drive today. What essentials do

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I had 960/970GB full on it, and I accidentally overwrote it, trying to format my SD card, accidentally did my HDD..
Is there a way to 100% recover it? :\

Answer:Accidentally formatted my external hard drive.. :\

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i decided to format my hard drive an start again but now it says no boot mgr i cant find my boot disk can anyone help?

Answer:formatted my hard drive lost windows help!!

Where is your xp disk? You are stuck without one.

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I have just started playing with my first UEFI system.

Normally when I receive a new laptop to set up for someone the first thing I recommend is that I reinstall W7 fresh. In preparing to do this the question immediately arose about whether the hard drive was formatted GPT or MBR.

I knew I could run Partition Wizard or any number of 3rd party tools to find out, but I was already in Windows and poked around and found this quick and easy method:

Open Disk Management: Start > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management.
Right click on the Disk Box (The smaller box on the left, with the Disk #, not the larger volume boxes)
Select Properties > then go to the Volumes Tab
And next to “Partition Style” it will list the format. "Master Boot Record (MBR)" or “GUID Partition Table (GPT)”.

(Note: also here it lists the small Unallocated and Reserved spaces that Windows requires at the beginning and end of disks for it's housekeeping duties.)

I made a tutorial. Here:

Answer:How to Quickly and Easily Tell If Your Hard Drive is Formatted GPT

Nice find....very useful!

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Trying to help a friend w/ his puter. After formating the hard drive (which had a corrupted Win XP Pro on it before) as he had requested, I tried install Win XP again from the CD but although the BIOS detected the CDROM drive, Windows said something like "no files found on drive". I booted the puter from an old Win ME boot diskette. It's supposed to be ok for this sort of thing. The BIOS was set up to boot first from floppy, then from CD, then from HD 0.According to friend, The CD drive worked OK just before and the Win XP CD is accessible via another puter. So I reckon both the drive and the CD are ok. I reckon it's just a matter of editing autoexec.bat and config.sys to add the proper mscdex.exe commands - as did in old days - to recognize the CDROM drive during a DOS boot. I don't have the exact cmnds in my head, so tried look up some old boot files on my old comp. Before I did that, I thought I'd put my friend's CD drive in my own comp to check it and make sure it was ok. As luck would have it, this blew my own comp (tho' probably it was just some weird coincidence). I got a long startup beep from the Phoenix BIOS and nothing on screen. From what I found on Phoenix website, their BIOS doesn't put out any single long beeps. Reseated mem board. Processor didn't seem to be overheating; so don't know what went wrong yet. In any case, never mind that; want to concentrate on friend's puter first. Question: How to modif... Read more

Answer:Problem installing Win XP from CD to formatted hard drive

Well, it's always nice to have some info about the actual hardware, but....You can either go the six floppy disk route OR try to change the bios to boot from CD first. With the beeps, you may have other and more serious problems.

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