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Seem to have wiped external hard drive lost everything an i get it back

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  • sbasnett Apr 19, 2008

    hi my son was putting his work etc on to external hard drive and did so but then he was deleting everything of his computer so he could re format it, reinstall everything from scratch, but whilst deleting his PC he left the hard drive connected so it deleted that also !

  • Mark Kessler May 11, 2010

    Explain what happened that you think your hard drive was wiped clean?

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Here are two links where you can download recovery software for your hard drive. Be sure and also download the step by step instructions.

http://www.runtime.org/

http://www.diskdatarecovery.net/usb-data-recovery

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Try to use some recovery softwares. Ther is no guarantee that it can recover everything but if the data are important, it' worth trying.


Hope this helps.

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