Mistakingly formatted computer

By savman ยท 6 replies
Mar 8, 2009
  1. hey i was wondering if anyone could help me out with a problem my usb stopped working than asked to be format in my stupidity i clicked yes and lost all my tafe work is there anyway to get it back
  2. schoolTechi

    schoolTechi TS Rookie


    When you format you wipe everything from the drive. Learnt this the hard way in highschool:- never hit format
  3. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    i know there are tools available after mistakenly deleting things, or file systems get corrupted, etc.

    But is there a way to recovery after you've re-formatted??

    now, i'm curious as well..
  5. kimsland

    kimsland Ex-TechSpotter Posts: 14,523

    Most certainly yes

    Actually if you had formatted 3 times in a row, you can still recover previous data
    The only way to securely remove any remains of any previous data, to make it impossible to recover, is by a securely "wiping" the drive (in essence loading 1s or 0s on every single area of a harddrive sector or platter). Not only that but it's recommended to do this for minimum 3 wipes but ideally 7 to be sure that your data is inaccessible to any future prying eyes

    In other words, formatting would never be counted as securely removing data never to be recovered again. And to secure this understanding many businesses once they are through with original harddrives (be that through failure or updating or redundancy) will physically destroy the original harddrive, so as to stop any possible recovery that could easily be performed by the kid next door, just by downloading easily accessible free recovery tools.
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,002   +15

  7. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    Oh yea.....

    Thanks for kicking the "grey matter" in my head to help start my own "recovery"

    Completely forgot about things like "quick" vs. "full" re-formatting let alone "secure" erases!
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