Accidentally Formatted my data drive. Can it be undone?

Started May 14, 2012 | Discussions thread
newmikey Veteran Member • Posts: 4,636
Re: Best option to unformat:

Sean Nelson wrote:

You specifically said "full format", from which I simply don't believe it can recover (see my reply to kelpdiver below). There's a big difference between a "quick format" (which is the default method that you'd probably use unless you specifically chose not to) and a "full format".

I've actually not been able to see a "Quick format" option either in disk management on my OS or in GParted so I have no opinion on it. To me "format" is full format in which every sector is checked but its contents left untouched, distinguished from "deep format" in which every sector is overwritten with either random data or zeroes.

Testdisk will recover from a Gparted effected format where every sector has been validated.

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