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Postby Matthew Seed » Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:50 am

Hi guys. I am have a major emergency. I have just accidentally re formatted an external SSD Lacie drive with work on I have not double backed up yet.

Can anyone tell me the best solution to recover data, either solutions or trusted software etc ?

I am almost in tears here.

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Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP

Postby BJG145 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:05 pm

(...I don't know, but I recommend that you don't touch it at all until you get an answer from Desmond or someone...)
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Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP

Postby Matthew Seed » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:13 pm

Thank you, I am not touching a thing until I know.

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Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP

Postby desmond » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:19 pm

Absolutely don't touch the disk, as anything you do to it reduces the chance of recovering anything.

Formatting these days mostly just rewrites the directories, so there's a chance that you might be able to recover the data which still exists in the disk sectors, but I think it's likely beyond something as simple as downloading a free utility that magically fixes anything.

You could try downloading something like this:-
https://www.prosofteng.com/mac-data-recovery

Deep Scan:
Select this scan type if you have accidentally emptied the trash of needed files or accidentally reformatted a drive.

Can I recover files that I accidentally deleted, or from a reformatted hard drive?

Yes, recovery is possible in these cases however typically the original filenames and folder structure will not be recoverable. This data, as well as data lost from reformatting can be found in the ‘Reconstructed Files’ folder in the results of a Deep Scan where it will be organized by file type.

...and seeing whether it sees anything to recover. This stuff usually though works with deleted files, rather than a complete format, so whether it will see anything I don't know - but it's free to try. You're generally fairly happy to pay if anything can be recovered - and it's much cheaper than specialised services.

Otherwise, specialist data recovery services can be used but they are expensive though...
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Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP

Postby BJG145 » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:27 pm

...if that shows files but it looks too expensive, there a review here which mentions some cheaper options including AnyRecover. The website for that mentions formatted SSDs.

As Desmond says, you should clearly avoid copying any data or installing software to the affected drive. And note that I know nothing about Macs.

Good luck...!
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Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP

Postby Matthew Seed » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:32 pm

Thanks Desmond, very very much appreciated.

If I download a recovery software and try it, will that not do any harm as such. I would hate to try something 'have a go' that then made it harder for a pro to do later.

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Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP

Postby desmond » Wed Nov 18, 2020 12:40 pm

Just don't download the app onto the affected disk!

Reading it is ok, it's doing any writes that might be problematic.
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Re: PLEASE PLEASE HELP

Postby Matthew Seed » Wed Nov 18, 2020 1:02 pm

OK, thank you Desmond.

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