Question about Western Digital My Book Essential Edition (WDG1U5000N) 500 GB Hard Drive
How many seconds did the FORMAT take? Just a few, or literally an hour or two?
If the former, it was a "quick-format" -- basically just writing an "empty" table-of-contents to the disk-drive, and *NOT* touching the blocks on the disk that hold your data.
If the latter, then a lot of "zero" bytes have been written on EVERY block on the disk,
totalling wiping-out your data.
If the former, then there exist "file scavenger tools" that will read every block, and try to reconstruct the previous "table-of-contents".
Posted on Nov 05, 2010
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