Question about Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 500 GB SATA Hard Drive
It depends on how long the FORMAT took -- if it just was a few seconds, then what happened was a 'empty' table-of-contents was written, to make the drive appear to be 'empty', and nothing was written on the other 99% of your disk-drive. Thus, some "file recovery" software can be used to read that 99% and "stitch" together each block of data, to reconstruct the old table-of-contents.
Or, if the FORMAT took several minutes, then every block of data on the disk-drive was overwritten by a block of 'zero' bytes, making your data _almost_ unavailable. In that case, you need to find a 'friendly' federal agent (maybe Department of Homeland Security) to use 'advanced' techniques to read the 'residual' magnetism that is 'under' the block of 'zero' bytes, to recover the data.
Posted on Oct 06, 2010
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The theory to unformat a Mac hard disk is, when you format a Mac HFS+/HFSX Volume or format a external hard disk, the data are not really wiped. Format process just marked your Mac hard disk as available to reuse, no matter it is quick format or complete format. So if you put if you fill in a mount of new data to your hard drive, then the formatted data are overwritten, your will permanently lose your formatted data.
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