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I have an external hard drive I keep absolutely everything on. Pictures, movies, songs. (Which i don't care much about I could always just re-download that stuff) But it had every shred of my art on it.

All of it.

All of my personal videos I've recorded of friends and family.

All of the pictures I've taken.

All of my art.

It's a Terabyte but I've only filled 300gigs of it really, maybe less.

It got deleted by accident.

Now I know when things are 'deleted' they're just marked as 're-writable' and the paths to them are taken away. So i know it's all still there.

I'm having trouble finding any good data recovery programs. My friend's been testing a bunch on his own spare memory. (Some crash, some don't recovery everything.)


If you have any advice, suggestions, link, remedies, please please PLEASE let me know.
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Added: 7 years, 5 months ago
7 years, 5 months ago
yes you are right, that when things get deleted, that they are still there.

But I am sad for you to say, that when you format something (not to confuse with quickformating), all data is set to default... like when you buy it newly...

there is the chance to recover a little, but that would require a lot of finicky work and luck. And the data you would get would most likely be corrupt and would have to be reworked.
7 years, 5 months ago
I'm not sure if it was actually 'formatted'. It was plugged into an xbox, now there's absolutely nothing that's showing up besides a folder named 'xbox'.  But only on one computer does that show up.
7 years, 5 months ago
that seems to be nothing more than a corrupted header, a hidden folder or hidden content in said folder.

Try showing hidden content, if it still doesn't show up, try to find a progamm that searches for corrupted headers and repairs them.
7 years, 5 months ago
Yeah it seemed like it was something like that because it was so very very quick. It was almos tlike it was just switched to a different mode instead of actually deleting things.
Thank you for your advice, I'm going to research this and try it.
7 years, 5 months ago
7 years, 5 months ago
Don't use the drive! Don't even connect it to your computer. You're gonna have to spend money to get it back. Maybe $300+ but it's the only way to be sure. Professional data recovery is the safest way. Depending on where you live, there will be a number of companies around. Always use one with a "no data no charge" policy. Don't fall for the ones that make you pay whether they get your data back or not.

As an example I searched for "Data recovery new york" and got a bunch of companies that do the work. Just using NY as an example location. One in the area that looks likely is http://www.dtidata.com/

Any that say they have a "clean room" means they are true professional recovery companies with a proper recovery lab. The rest are just some guy in a back room with crappy undelete software doing it the way you could just do yourself.

You can try to do it yourself with software but in my experience that rarely works. But worth trying if you don't have the spare cash!
7 years, 4 months ago
Thanks man, this was totally going to be my next step if my plan didn't work.  This is going to prompt me to look around my area for a professional though, just in case something more major happens.
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