Accidentally formatted an important external 500GB hdd yesterday. Not an SDD, 2.5".
(Quick) formatting occured while installing windows xp on it. I had the wrong usb drive plugged in. ~600MB are overwritten now of a once nearly full 0.5TB data disk. I need to get the data back.
My first reaction was to make a
dd copy onto a blank, windows explorer readable different 500GB SATA hdd which I plugged into my usb jack by an
usb2.0 - to - ide/sata adapter.
After a night's copying, finishing successfully now, the drive is not readable, at least not with windows explorer.
The original, accidentally formatted and windows installed usb external drive is readable. It is 500.105.736.192 Bytes of capacity.
The blank rescue drive plugged by the adapter
was ntfs formatted and blank and readable in the explorer. Now it is not readable. It is 500.104.687.616 Bytes of capacity. Thus, my rescue disk was slightly too small:
C:\Downloads\dd-0.5>dd if=\\.\e: of=\\.\d: bs=500M --progress rawwrite dd for windows version 0.5. Written by John Newbigin <firstname.lastname@example.org> This program is covered by the GPL. See copying.txt for details 500,104,687,616 953+1 records in 953+2 records out
From a layman's point of view though, if at the end there is 1MB missing, is that being a problem?
Why can't it be read?
Is it a good idea to change the rescue drive into a rescue file? Like in
C:\Downloads\dd-0.5>dd if=\\.\e: of=\\.\d:\rescuefile.img bs=500M --progress
Will the rescue file fit on the (slightly too small) SATA hdd?