6TB Drive reformatted by MSFT media creation tool! Please help!

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    6TB Drive reformatted by MSFT media creation tool! Please help!


    Hi,

    I Fecked up!

    I was migrating to SSD and created a bootable windows media expecting it would put an image on my external drive to transfer later. However the MSFT tool completely reformatted my 6TB NTFS drive down to 32GB FAT32. I realised seconds after clicking what I had done but it was too late.

    I am currently using recovery software and it is finding files on the unallocated partition but it will take 2 or the days to complete and then I will need to buy the software in order to restore. I dont mind that if I get most stuff back but I'm not convinced it will work yet?

    Am I going about this the right way? I'm using Easus recovery and also have Hetman recover downloaded. I have left the 32GB fat32 partition as is and am working only on the unallocated partition. Is that best? or would I be better to reformat the FAT32 partition to NTFS and then increase the size to the full 6TB? My thinking there is that having the missing data back inside a valid partition will give me more flexibility on what software I can use as some I've seen only searched within a drive letter and not unallocated partitions. My fear doing this though is that I may overwrite even more of my lost data or in fact lose it all.

    Any guidance of the best way to recover as much as possible would be really appreciated guys!

    Thanks in advance

    Beany

    PS. although the data is needed it is probably not important enough to spend $$$ sending it to a recovery specialist.
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  2. SIW2's Avatar
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    You could try fat to ntfs converter. it works both ways. There might be a size limitation on the free version.
    Iirc the pro version comes with aomei partition assistant pro - you might be able to find a giveaway of that, if necessary. I found it in seconds.

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    One thing you need to know is that your files should be recoverable and safe as long as you don't write on that disk.
    So make sure you will not write anything else on the disk and start calmly exploring the options you have to recover them.

    Here is a link to
    UndeleteMyFiles Pro (it's free and worth a try)!

    UndeleteMyFiles - restore accidentally deleted files from you HDD, USB Flash or SD Card

    I hope you will get this sorted :)

    PS My advice is that before you start messing with the hard disk and changing anything (like partition convert etc) try
    normal recovery options and then move to other options if this did not work!
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    Might be worth using Piriform Recuva, see what it finds.
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  5. SIW2's Avatar
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    If you convert it back to ntfs, you don't need data recovery.
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    swarfega said: View Post
    Might be worth using Piriform Recuva, see what it finds.
    Thanks for the reply. I looked at recuva but it didn't see the unallocated partition. Maybe after converting to NTFS it will.
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    Fat to NTFS conversion will not work but it will reduce the chances if data recovery. Do NOT do it!
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    SIW2 said: View Post
    If you convert it back to ntfs, you don't need data recovery.
    Really? I didn't realise that! Thanks mate!
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  9.    #9

    Don't do it!
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    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Fat to NTFS conversion will not work but it will reduce the chances if data recovery. Do NOT do it!
    LOl ... the plot thickens. I wonder if I should clone the drive sector by sector then I can work on the clone only. That way if I screw it up doing the wrong thing I can start again??? is that sensible?

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    NavyLCDR said: View Post
    Don't do it!
    Okay I hear you thanks! should I just continue by recovering what I can in the unallocated space?
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