Erased or formatted files

  kwingy 19:46 30 Sep 2008

All my data on my external hard drive, appears to be erased or in some incoherent text of random symbols. Can anybody explain this and how I can fix the data and retrieve it ?


  bremner 20:41 30 Sep 2008

Erasing can be by overwriting with zeros or random data. Do you have an erasing application that could have done this. Another alternative is have you encrypted the data, this would also appear as random data.

If it has been overwritten then you have lost the data.

Formatting a hard drive in any O/S other than Vista does nothing to the actual data.

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