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| p.1 #1 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive. |
I think I accidentally deleted all my files from my Seagate FreeAgent Go (about 160GB of the last few years of wildlife photos, family photos, work documents, etc). I really need and want them back! I contacted Seagate and they sent me a link:
I downloaded it as a demo, to see if it could detect my lost files. It sure did! Only thing is that it is quite pricey at $100. Now if I have to pay $100, then that's what I will do; the files mean much more to me than that. But I was wondering if there were any other steps I should take...or if there is any other software out there that can do the job for cheaper. I remember deleting all my files from a compact flash card...but SanDisk had the recovery software available for FREE and it worked wonders. Not that I am asking for free, but any savings is welcomed so long as it works!
Other info, in case it is helpful:
When I have the Seagate FreeAgent go plugged in my USB slot, it comes up as the D: drive under My Computer. If I click on it, I am told that the drive is not formatted, and then asked if I would like to format it. If I click "no" then nothing happens; if I click yes I am warned that it will delete any information/files (so obviously I think click 'cancel').
This happened when reinstalling Windows on my laptop. I had the Seagate plugged in and I think I tried to delete all the files on it when I erroneously decided to use its space to place a fresh copy of the operating system. Oops.
And yes, I am a moron (in case you were wondering).