Question Data recovery gone wrong

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Hello guys, i have a very complicated issue over here. As i understand i made multiple mistakes.

I had a hdd 3TB which was 90% full of useful data which i accidentally formatted and everything was deleted. After i formatted it i tried some data recovery programs to restore all of this data i lost, i restored them in the same hdd that i found them, but they had weird names like file001,file002 etc and i couldnt not open them,so i deleted them again manually.

I just want to know if there is any hope in any possible way i can restore my data ,even with an super expensive paid data recovery service in a shop specialized in these problems?
 
anything that was actually written over is just plain gone, I'm sorry to say....; however, no one can know just how much was written over until searching for what remains...

If you get a second drive for the destination/ recovered data to be written to, you can then try a Recuva scan on it...

Depending on importance of data, perhaps check with 300 dollar recovery, etc...
https://www.300dollardatarecovery.com/

Call or email them, explaining what happened....

I'd try 'recuva' first, personally....
 

Phillip Corcoran

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Simple file names like file001, file002 etc are usually assigned to files which are incomplete/damaged/corrupted and therefore quite useless.

As regards making mistakes, your biggest one was in not keeping a backup of the data you are now struggling to retrieve. I've been there myself, learned the hard way, so I can empathize with your predicament.
 

USAFRet

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Mistake #1
i accidentally formatted
It has happened to all of us. Which is why we stress the whole backup thing.

Mistake #2
i restored them in the same hdd that i found them
This literally overwrote any remaining whole files. They are gone gone gone, as far as files you can actually use.

Mistake #3
so i deleted them again manually
Further compounding the problem.


Mistake #0 - Not having a good backup.
Mistakes happen. Drives die. But an accident like this should never involve data loss.


You're not getting that back, and especially not the whole thing in its original condition and layout.
No matter how much money you throw at it, that data no longer exists.
 

popatim

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Which Recovery software did you use that let you recover files to same drive you are recovering from?

Hmm. were these different partitions on the same drive maybe?
Otherwise that's a big mistake by the developers.
 

tomsmith23

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It's little strange that software allows you to restore your recovered files on the same drive you scanned for recovery. Mostly tools doesn't give permission to save files on the same drive. Now you have not only saved those files on the same drive but also deleted them again then it means that your previously lost files got overwritten with new saved files name. So now if you will use another tool for recovering lost files then that software will found them with the same name that you had saved with the help of data recovery tool i.e. file001,etc.

Nonetheless, i would suggest you to try your luck with Stellar Free data recovery tool. As there is no harm in trying this software, it is available for free and will shows you the possibility of your lost files recovery.
 

tomsmith23

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Hi Tomsmith, I also tried the program you suggest which is stellar data recovery free edition. It scans the drive and I stored the data in another location. Its really helped me to recover data efficiently. But one thing I found it has the limitation of 1GB free data recovery. I wish it should give you more.
Yes, this is the limitation that it allows to recover only 1GB for free.
 

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