I have a MacBook Pro with 2 physical drives. Let's call them System and Data.

On System, I had 2 partitions, one with macOS and the other with Windows using BootCamp.

While trying to delete the Windows partition using BootCamp, I accidentally reformatted the exFAT partition on Data drive.

Once I realized what had happened, I used a recovery tool to recover files from the deleted partition on Data, and saved them in a folder on the macOS partition of the System drive.

In the recovered files, the recovery tool has recovered 2 files which I believe are the FAT tables of the deleted partition on the Data drive.

Is there a utility which I can use to restore the partition using the FAT tables recovered by the recovery utility?

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    Note that exFAT is structured quite differently from traditional FAT16/FAT32, and many recovery tools do not yet understand the new format. – user1686 Sep 18 '19 at 19:10
  • I've been trying out TestDisk. It might actually be an FAT32 partition, according to TestDisk. – Umar Farooq Khawaja Sep 18 '19 at 22:34
  • What's the benefit of restoring the drive to exactly what it was, over just reformatting? Did you not get all the data off it? Was it not backed up safely elsewhere? – Tetsujin Sep 19 '19 at 7:44
  • @Tetsujin, I am hoping to recreate the lost contents of the drive. The contents that have been recovered do not have the names and folder hierarchy, etc. If I had a backup, I would not be seeking to do this, would I? – Umar Farooq Khawaja Sep 19 '19 at 11:22

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