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I accidentally formatted my La Cie d2 Quadra! Help! How Can I recover this?

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  • Wayne Fisk Jul 19, 2009

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Formatting a hard drive does not necessarily mean that you have erased the data on it. It basically takes away all of the bookkeeping functions such as the table of contents. You'll need to have some type of recovery program to be able to try and recover your data. If you drive came with it's own program try that first. Then you can try the recovery program built into Windows. If you can see a Recycle Bin for the drive you can choose Undelete from the menu you see when you right click on the bin. Don't specify any particular files, just tell the program to try and find any recoverable files. If this doesn't work for you then if you have any program like Norton Utilites, System Tune up, or any like that you can try and run their Undelete. If you don't have any program installed that has the Undelete feature then it is time to pick one up. Do some research on the web to see what is currently the best Undelete program available. GetDataBack is one of the best available. Be forewarned though; if you did a quick format the chances are good that you can retrieve a fair bit of your data. If you did a full format then it will be a lot more difficult to recover anything. None of the commercially available programs give you an absolute guarantee that they will recover your data. There are businesses that run much more powerful programs to recover info, however as you can guess they will not be cheap.

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This way it should work...
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Select Storage > Disk management on the left of the window.
Now you will see the different drives that are connected or part of your system.
One of the drives listed there is your LaCie, i think you'll recognize it by name...
Right-click on it, and select 'format'
In the new window, select the new volume label (as you like it), the file system (use NTFS), and set allocation unit size to default.
Make sure 'Perform a quick format' is not checked...

Then click OK. Your drive will be formatted now... Don't interrupt the process

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