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A Tale of Data Recovery

So I tanked my 750gb drive due to carelessness, the quick format was so fast that it effectively scrambled the 730+gb data on the drive to near incomprehension. R-Studio to the rescue:

Recov That is what the recovery software was looking at after nearly 3 hours of scanning… it evaluated around 21Terrabytes of possible data combinations which I had nowhere to place.

Initially I used the N900 Central (networked personal cloud storage) as the backup location and put thousands of JPG files on it. I was doing the recovery extension by extension because I have a fair understanding of the content of the drive… all was fine until some items were not being recovered anymore and so I aborted the current recovery task.

Next I placed the files to be recovered on a local disk; this time trying several sets of recognized video extensions that would fit the free space in my local drive which really wasnt all that plenty. It worked for a bit of time but I needed to do a huge batch and so I did something risky which thankfully didn’t result in any further fiasco: I put another terradrive beside the port where the hard drive to be recovered was plugged in.

Why this is dangerous is because by my experience, putting two USB 3 devices together side by side sometimes makes both of them re-power up and that might mess up the scanned data… it was a good thing that didn’t happen this time around.

And after all the logical decisions in picking out ‘”good” items from the pile, here’s what I ended up with:

Salvaged About half of which I wont be able to effectively use because they’ve lost their numbering and accompaniment subtitles which leads me to about 180 odd gigs, about a fourth of the original data, usable and available after the debacle.

For reference this is what recovered data looks like:

RecoveredData Denoted by numbers with no logical arrangement and with possible expanded sizes due to the reconstruction process. I was only able to recover 25% of the drive content over two days (not really) and that’s most definitely better than nothing. Here’s a very practical tip I learned and will live by from now on:

No matter how lucid you think you may be, when it comes to formatting – remove ALL the items you dont want to (accidentally) erase!

Now that I’ve made peace with losing all the compiled data from before, I’ll go on ahead and perform a slow format on the tanked drive… not a zero format, an even better and ultimately more secure way of keeping your data from prying softwares which merits its very own discussion.

About the author

Mark O.

Mark is an architect and artist who endeavors to design most anything that requires a little bit of thought into it.

Although writing is not considered a primary focus, a little too much time can yield many thoughts that are just begging to be written down.

Armed with a trusty array of content creation devices and surrounded with a continuous flux of technology and life, herein lies those that are fortunate enough to have been given presence through a little bit of movement and a whole lot of iterations.

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