Recovering formatted HDD-recorder

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Matti Kaki, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. Matti Kaki

    Matti Kaki Guest

    Hello.

    I did it again. Accidentally formatted my Sony RDR-HX 900
    hard disc. Is there any way to recover it? It had 150 G
    of films, news and importat TV-programs I have recorded
    for my son.

    If I connect the HDD to my computer it can't be seen.
    The structure must be some kind of very simple and
    I need a program which can see it. Any suggestions?
    Some kind of very flexible recovery program.

    Thank you very much!
     
    Matti Kaki, Jul 5, 2005
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  2. Matti Kaki

    Tony Morgan Guest

    I won't comment...
    You can invest £38 in Hard Disk Mechanic from here:
    http://highergroundsoftware.com/products2.htm

    Or get a pro company to do it. It will cost you though. Here's a couple
    of outfits (I don't endorse either of them BTW):

    http://www.datarecoverydirect.co.uk
    http://www.dataemergency.co.uk/hard_drive.htm
    This shouldn't happen. Check your BIOS (press DEL while booting the
    computer). Then try running the new hardware wizard in the Control Panel
    (Add New Hardware option).


    But if you've re-formatted even if you can see the drive, you've lost
    the data.
    And if you do get your data back - BACKUP REGULARLY !!!!!!
     
    Tony Morgan, Jul 5, 2005
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  3. Matti Kaki

    Tony Morgan Guest

    If you tried reading the above in context you wouldn't have come in here
    (Hint:... Hard Disk Mechanic...).
    Now it's you who's wrong. Files are not fragmented as you say. If you
    reformat, all that does is clear and rewrite the FAT structure. The data
    on the rest of the disk is intact exactly as it was before you
    reformatted. Unfortunately all the files are there, but no directories,
    so using Hard Disk Mechanic you can retrieve all your files - but you
    then have sort them into directories. In tekkie terms, each block of
    every file is terminated with a checksum and a pointer to the next block
    in that file. The last block of each file has an EOF.

    As this is with the proviso that you don't write new data to the disk
    after it was re-formatted.
     
    Tony Morgan, Jul 5, 2005
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  4. Matti Kaki

    Matti Kaki Guest

    :) :-| :-(
    Interesting. Never heard before. I tried using Partition Magic
    but it couldn't help much. It showed following information:

    ======================================================================

    Disk Geometry Information for Disk 3:

    16709 Cylinders, 255 Heads, 63 Sectors/Track

    Info: No partition table present on this drive.

    System PartSect # Boot BCyl Head Sect FS
    ECyl Head Sect StartSect NumSects

    ======================================================================

    Partition Information for Disk 3: 131,069.4 Megabytes

    Volume PartType Status Size MB PartSect # StartSect
    TotalSects UsedSects FreeSects

    Free Space Pri 131,069.4 None -- 0 268,430,085 0 268,430,085
    268,430,085 0 268,430,085

    =======================================================================
    It shows when I boot but Windos (XP) doesn't understand it.
    The structure is something simple and perhaps custom-made.
     
    Matti Kaki, Jul 6, 2005
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  5. Matti Kaki

    Matti Kaki Guest


    How about "Fix UDF"?

    www.softarch.com/us/products/filerecovery/filerecoveryutilities.html

    If it is UDF this could do the job.
     
    Matti Kaki, Jul 8, 2005
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