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- Low Level Format
- Dead Eyes
January 23, 2006, 9:31 pm
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1. Used Award Bios Low Level Format Tool on a WD64AA (6gb HD)
During the interleaf scan, the computer stoped responding after
scanning the HD with an interleaf of 1
2. He restarted the computer hoping all was going to be alright again
3. BOOTDISK FAILURE mesage
4. He created a fat32 partition which he didn't format since he then
remembered he had some info left on his disk that he needed.
Now I got to fix it and try to recover the files but I got no idea how
to do it...
"If a large hard drive is accidentally formatted using this utility,
any damage can be undone with programs such as Ontrack's Disk Manager,
PC-Technician by Windsor Technology and Micro-2000's Microscope..."
The problem is...: He used to have 2 partitions, at 33 and 66% of disk
capacities + those programs aren't free + WD only offers somekind of
ridiculous rebate on those products.
So, I'd like to know if any of you have any idea of how I could recover
the data? Is it possible since it only crashed during the interleaf
Re: Low Level Format
So prior to the low-level format, it had not occurred to him
to backup data?
Why was it being low-level formatted? Drive already
failing? Did he run the HDD manufacturer's diagnostics?
Generally speaking there's no reason to (pseudo) low-level
format with a motherboard bios tool/integral feature.
Alright as-in what? The drive is then empty so it'll not do
a whole lot but maybe blink after Verifying DMI pool if it
didn't mention lack of boot device(s).
Sure, but it doesn't necessarily mean the disk failed, only
that there's no BOOT disk, and computer "fails" to go any
I think the operative word here is "had", opposed to "has".
That that point he had whatever fragments of data were left
from whatever point the low level format
He might send the drive to a data recovery center, and if
the drive had not physically failed it might only be
ridiculously expensive rather than obscenely expensive to
recover those fragments- not whole disk contents.
Well you could always try throwing it into another system
and runnning Ontrack Easyrecovery, but if you get 10,000
chunks of data numerically named as files, will he be able
to use them?
"This" what, utility? I thought you wrote that he didn't
use that utility, instead the award bios routine for it.
Sure, but you still need software to try it... not like you
can load FDISK and click on "undo all damage done in the
past 24 hours".
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