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I formatted my drive for my mac... is there anyway I can retrieve my data with windows 7?

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Well, technically speaking yes but there are some unknown factors. Here are some software that may help.For Windows --> data recovery toolFor Mac OS X --> recover formatted disk Mac
One thing to remember - DO NOT write anything back!

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Yes, it's possible to recover mac formatted drive in windows. download this program called asoftech data recovery
http://www.asoftech.com/products.html

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I'll suggest you to perform data recovery on your Mac as there might be some errors under Windows. Take a try Data Recovery for Mac. It should help you out. Also if Windows detect the drive very well, go get Data Recovery for Windows. Good luck.

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Yes, there are many programs available in the internet.I recommend you use Card Data Recovery, easy to use with good function, if you need Mac version, you can try Card Data Recovery for Mac.

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Have you fixed this problem yet?

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In such situation, you can try automatic Mac data recovery software to recover the formatted, corrupted or deleted Mac data. With the use of application, you can retrieve the files effectively and without any hassle.

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I would recommend a professional data recovery company if your data is important. TechRx, Inc. (http://techrxgb.com) offers free estimates.

Basically, if you do try to recover; YOU MUST NOT recover it to the same drive. You run the risk of causing significant damage to the file system; then, your recovery will be impossible.

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    If you want to attempt recovery yourself, try a program like R-Studio. You MUST not recover data to the same disk your recovering from... or you run the risk of over-writing your data.

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Yes, there are recovery programs just for that. Try  the free ones first:
http://www.softpedia.com/dyn-search.php?search_term=recovery&x=12&y=10

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