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How to recover folders from formatted drive

I was trying to format my USB drive, and somehow, without paying attention, I did a quick format of my backup drive which I use for storage. I have lost everything. Is there a way of restoring this drive?

I'm using Windows 7, 32-bit, on an Asus laptop. What's my best course of action from here?

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marked as duplicate by DragonLord, soandos, slhck, Nifle, Tog Apr 29 '12 at 11:10

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Back in XP , we would just run an Unformat, using a small utility program (I do not remember the name), and it was all back again. As long as you don't mess with it in other ways, unformat and make sure that the cluster size and partition table is similar, then copy the data off, then reset it all. –  Psycogeek Apr 29 '12 at 5:37

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You can try using the Easeus one to recover everything http://www.easeus.com/datarecoverywizard/recover-formatted-partition.htm

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bugger was hoping for something free... I have tried recuver but it keeps crashing.. I have tried a few other things but they are all pretty painfull to us. –  HurkNburkS Apr 29 '12 at 9:59

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