missing O.S.... help

  KPC 19:44 05 Oct 2008

i was formatting a drive and basically chose the wrong one, i realised after about 5 minutes. its windows vista and is it possible to recover data off this now lost O.S. and whats the best tool if indeed there is one......Please help.

  chub_tor 19:50 05 Oct 2008

If you started a format on your system drive and then stopped it after 5 minutes you have a serious problem. There is a faint chance that you might be able to recover your data files by putting that hard drive as a slave into another PC with a good operating system (preferably Vista)and using Windows Explorer on the slave drive to look at any files that are on it. I'm sorry but I do not know of any free software that can recover files from a formatted drive, but others may be able to help.

  KPC 19:55 05 Oct 2008

thanks for your help chub_tor, i know its very serious, should have backed up.

  KPC 19:59 05 Oct 2008

i obviously need a bootable recovery utility

  chub_tor 20:34 05 Oct 2008

I Googled your problem click here= which gives quite a few options for recovering your data. I didn't go completely through the list and so haven't weeded out the paid versus free ones (indeed if there are any), nor did I notice if any of them provide bootable recovery. My guess is that you will still need to put the drive in as a slave on an operating machine along with one of those pieces of recovery software listed on Google. Good luck.

  chub_tor 20:40 05 Oct 2008

click here# is a free file recovery programme but it is not bootable.

  chub_tor 20:43 05 Oct 2008

OK my last attempt! click here is bootable from a floppy but is not free.

  ACOLYTE 20:44 05 Oct 2008

I didn't think it was possible to format a system drive while it was in use?

  KPC 15:20 07 Oct 2008

i was trying to put my xp possibly on d drive using the software but then when it came to choosing the drive, i chose the wrong one, but anyway thanks for all the postings and i will try them all, failing that i will put it another computer and recover the data that way. seems thats the only way of doing it easily.

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