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I accidently formated my wd my book essential by hp usb storage format tool..and i lost all the data please help me

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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".

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Please try to use the HP USB Format Utility tool to format your USB Flash Drive.I've personally used it on even the most stubborn flashdrives.Check it out!
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