Originally Posted by TwinsDad9901
pwc101: Thank you. I will try these. I'm not sure if an image will work, since it was formatted, but I will try.
All that happens when you format a disk is that the partition table is rewritten (which is 512 bytes at the beginning of the disk). It is possible to make an image of a disk (/dev/sda), as opposed to a partition (/dev/sda1
), thus allowing various program to read the disk in its entirety, irrespective of any partitions that may have existed or may still exist. This is precisely what photorec does, if memory serves.
There are also programs out there that try to reconstruct the partition table (e.g. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gpart
), thus allowing for full data recovery (including filenames, permissions, the works). However, if you don't know what was there before, these can also break things to such an extent that further recovery is more difficult.
I would always recommend working on an image of the entire disk rather than the disk itself.
I don't think there should be too many problems for you to get the files back, so long as nothing has been written to the disk since you formatted it.