Best way to recover files

ssnyderu2ssnyderu2 Member Posts: 475 ■■■□□□□□□□
I mistakenly formatted a 2TB USB drive that housed all my TV shows on it. I know there is software that can recover the files. Does anyone know of a good program (free if possible) that will recover the files, but keep the name of the file in tack? It does me know good to try and sort out hundreds of episodes if they have some stupid name like file0001.mp4.

Thanks.
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  • dhay13dhay13 Member Posts: 580 ■■■□□□□□□□
    you can try testdisk (photorec). it is a command line tool. there are a bunch of others out there but i can't think of them now but this one worked pretty good. recuva is another one. i haven't used these in years so can't be much more help with them
  • techfiendtechfiend Member Posts: 1,481 ■■■■□□□□□□
    Recuva if it's windows.
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  • ssnyderu2ssnyderu2 Member Posts: 475 ■■■□□□□□□□
    I tried testdisk, it would work, but wanted to give all my files some funky name. Does no good when you have hundreds of MP4 and MKV files. I just gave Recuva a try, sadly it would not work on a drive that lost its partition. icon_sad.gif
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  • ImYourOnlyDJImYourOnlyDJ Member Posts: 180
    I 2nd testdisk. If you play around with it there is an option to restore the partition. Photorec is another option but gives the weird file names as you mentioned. I would recommend doing a bare metal backup if you really need the data.

    I did an automatic install of linux that somehow deleted my data partition, formatted a new linux partition, and installed linux. I recovered pretty much everything using the testdisk partition restore.
  • cowillcowill Member Posts: 93 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Subscribing to this thread. I'm having a problem recovering a 4TB drive where I accidentally converted my drive to GPT when I took it out of the external and added straight to the board. I lost the partition and now the drive is in a RAW state. I have about 2 1/2TB and about 10 years worth of MP4s, AVI, MP3s and other media files that I really don't want to lose. If somebody sees this and can point in me the right direction, thanks in advance.

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    YEa tried that, didn't work for me icon_sad.gif........

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  • Snow.brosSnow.bros Member Posts: 832 ■■■■□□□□□□
    This happened to me when I was playing around with diskpart command line tool and I accident deleted a partition.

    What I am about to recommend worked for me but it's a licence application, it recovers lost partitions, formatted files, etc. Here is a trial version if you want to check it out EaseUS Data Recovery
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