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    Exclamation [HELP] I just formated the the wrong external HD
    Please, I just did a big ****..
    By accident I formated de wrong external hd, my lacie 500gb firewire that got everything.. Unfinished works and important personal files..
    Does it have any solution, can I recover the formated hd?

    Please! I'm just mad!

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    Welcome to Mac Forums
    Sorry to hear if your mishap!

    I don't know what was on your drive, or how you formatted it, but
    for Mac Data Rescue 3 - powerful DIY data recovery for Mac OS X. Free trial. and for Windows which I don't know what is a good recovery software I found this one.
    EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard - Recover deleted, lost or formatted files and more...

    If it is really valuable, and money is no issue, your best bet is a data recovery specialist.

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    Ouch. I have done that before. I once deleted a Syquest cartridge with a boatload of the wife's data on it. I was in the dog house for a looong time over that one.

    First off don't write anything to that drive until you have decided upon a course of action. If new information is written to the drive there is a chance it will be written in the space where some of your vital information used to be. As far as I can tell you have a couple of options:

    1. Recovery software such as Computer Data Recovery, Mac Data Recovery Software, Mac Data Rescue, Digital Data Recovery Disk for Mac - Data Rescue 3 . I have had varying degrees of success with these types of programs. This version has a demo which could be used to get some idea of how much data might be recovered. Haven't used it personally.

    2. There are several data recovery services out there. Keep in mind that this type of service can be very expensive. Also, check them out beforehand. Some of these services have little or no experience with Mac drives/data. DriveSavers Data Recovery ? Hard Drive, Disk, & RAID Data Recovery Services seems to be the one most often mentioned on the mac side.

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    so, everything seems to be right there.
    data rescue 3 found my files, but the app's trial version just allow to recover 10mb..
    I'm trying to find a serial..
    If anyone get it please give us.

    Cheers

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    Why not pay the purchase price if the information is so important and then it is yours. To do what you ask would not be nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by deniscarrion View Post
    so, everything seems to be right there.
    data rescue 3 found my files, but the app's trial version just allow to recover 10mb..
    I'm trying to find a serial..
    If anyone get it please give us.

    Cheers
    Like Harry said...just buy the program!!!

    A few hours ago you were desperate to recover your files...and probably would have given almost anything to get them back after the hard drive format screw-up.

    Now that you have found a viable solution...you want to get the program for free! And you're even more unethical by asking someone to send you the serial number!!!

    Come on man...do the right thing!!!

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    bought!!!

    Thanx!

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    Good man and keep coming back to the forums Denis. Lots to be learnt, and passed on, here.

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    well guys..
    It seems to be recovered, the most important files for me are the .mov
    but when I try to open, appears that is not a movie file..
    do u think I really lost the files? even though I've spent 99 bucks?

    please help me!

    thanx


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    when you format a drive it actually erases all of the info and it is usually not recoverable

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    Download QuickTime 7 from this link:-

    Apple - QuickTime - Download

    If you have further problems try Flip4Mac etc.

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