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p.1 #1 · 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:

https://services.seagate.com/diysoftware.aspx

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).

Thanks!



Jul 26, 2012 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


There are a bunch of free recovery tools available online, just do a google search. As long as you don't keep using the disk, all your info should be there and recoverable.

This is one of your better options. It's a little complicated to use, so just read the instructions and you'll be fine.
http://www.cgsecurity.org/

Good luck!

Andy



Jul 26, 2012 at 04:49 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


I have not used but have heard good things about http://www.diskinternals.com/

Henry Posner
B&H Photo-Video



Jul 26, 2012 at 08:57 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


If you don't find any freebies, sandisk has one that works for hard drives called FileRecovery. I think it was around $70.

Dennis



Jul 26, 2012 at 10:44 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


So far the cheapest option seems to be $40 (Undelete Plus).


Jul 27, 2012 at 06:38 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


You may be able to find free versions of Lexar's Image Rescue.

Henry Posner
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B&H Photo-Video



Jul 30, 2012 at 09:38 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


Thanks, Henry.

Unfortunately I cannot find Lexar Image Rescue 3 for free (although a few years back apparently it was free). Anyhoo, I have one more question. Many of the files are .psd (photoshop layer files). Which programs would be able to recover those files? I am close to just purchasing Undelete Plus, but I need to know if that would be able to recover those files. I just don't know much about this topic and what programs can recover what files.



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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


jaredmizanin wrote:
Thanks, Henry.

Unfortunately I cannot find Lexar Image Rescue 3 for free (although a few years back apparently it was free). Anyhoo, I have one more question. Many of the files are .psd (photoshop layer files). Which programs would be able to recover those files? I am close to just purchasing Undelete Plus, but I need to know if that would be able to recover those files. I just don't know much about this topic and what programs can recover what files.



Undelete Plus....and that backup drive, right?



Jul 31, 2012 at 05:08 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


I've had success with Recuva in the past (and it's free).


Aug 07, 2012 at 05:09 PM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


As mentioned above...several free programes out there.....and also some that give a short trial period. Remember you need somewhere different to move the recovered files to...you can't recover and save on the same drive.


Jan 18, 2013 at 12:50 AM
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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


No. Do you have other computers available? Can you change enclosures? Open your desktop up and plug it into a sata header and your PSU if you have spare cables.


Jan 28, 2014 at 08:37 AM
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p.1 #12 · p.1 #12 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


Paul Mo wrote:
No. Do you have other computers available? Can you change enclosures? Open your desktop up and plug it into a sata header and your PSU if you have spare cables.



Ok, thanks for the tip.

aloha

greg



Jan 28, 2014 at 07:41 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


Check out Office Max. I had issues with a virus last summer...pretty much deleted all of my internal HD. The Dell technician that came to troubleshoot my system in my house suggested them. I took it to them, they kept it 3 days ran some program on it and were able to recover almost everything that was gone. It was $69 if memory serves me correct.


Mar 05, 2014 at 03:41 AM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Help! Retrieve deleted files from external hard drive.


If you know the Seagate utility will recover your precious files, and they only want $100 for their software to do this, then in my view pay them! Its not worth trying to save a relatively small amount of money when potentially years of your work are at stake.

While I am spending your money for you, also buy a blue ray disk writer and back those pesky files up on to optical media as backup to inherently unstable magnetic hard drives.

Frankly I think you are playing with fire, you need to spend SOME money to protect your precious files!






Mar 25, 2014 at 10:15 AM





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