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    Formatting external HDD
    I have an external HDD which contains 2 partitions of 20Gb each (FAT32). I was sharing files between my PC and iMac until last night that I decided to use the Disk Utility to format one of the partitions as 'Mac OS Extended'.

    For some reasons, all my 2 partitions are gone. I can see from the Disk Utility that it is a 40Gb drive without any volumes. I remember reading somewhere that erasing the volume will not affect our volumes. Anyone knows if I can get back my 2 partitions? Thanks!

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    I think your out of luck. Formatting permently erases partitions, except with certain 3rd party utilities. I think that iPartition performs this function.

    Sorry to break the news to you.
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    He is correct.


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    Quote Originally Posted by djlee12
    I think your out of luck. Formatting permently erases partitions, except with certain 3rd party utilities. I think that iPartition performs this function.

    Sorry to break the news to you.
    Formatting does NOT permanently erase your data. It can most likely be recovered with a free or inexpensive recovery utility. Check out http://r-tt.com or google for a Knoppix LiveCD. You may just be able to use a utility to restor your MBR.

    I formatted a hdd twich (FAT32) and recovered 2,997 out of 3,014 files. PM me if you need a hand.

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    Well, I guess he could try it on his PC, since the page doesn't show the App as being Mac compatible. Hope it can see beyond/around the HFS+ format....

    it is the most comprehensive data recovery solution for recovery files from FAT12/16/32, NTFS, NTFS5 (created or updated by Windows 2000/XP/2003), Ext2FS/Ext3FS (LINUX file systems) and UFS1/UFS2 (FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD file systems) partitions.

    No mention of HFS+ on that list....


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    Quote Originally Posted by baggss
    Well, I guess he could try it on his PC, since the page doesn't show the App as being Mac compatible. Hope it can see beyond/around the HFS+ format....

    it is the most comprehensive data recovery solution for recovery files from FAT12/16/32, NTFS, NTFS5 (created or updated by Windows 2000/XP/2003), Ext2FS/Ext3FS (LINUX file systems) and UFS1/UFS2 (FreeBSD/OpenBSD/NetBSD file systems) partitions.

    No mention of HFS+ on that list....

    The HFS+ should not be a problem. If I read his post correctly, the partitions that he messed up were FAT32, which is probably the easiest file system to restore.

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    I see your point....


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