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Hi There

Whilst attempting to wipe a drive with DBAN, I managed to select the wrong drive to wipe. I stopped the process about 10 seconds in, but that caused enough damage that windows will no longer mount it.

Disk Management is telling me to initialise the disk so that it can be accessed (and mount?), but I'm trying to avoid this, because as I understand it, that is pretty much a quick format.

I've used Find and Mount to check for partitions to mount, but it can't find any. So I've used it to create a disk image, but Recuva won't recognise that image. 

Can anyone tell me how to get Recuva to actually recognise the drive please so that I can retrieve the files?

Thank You!

A

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If you don't have an actual backup disk image of the drive in question with a disk imaging tool such as Acronis True Image, Macrium Reflect, etc., you're unfortunately probably out-of-luck. The "quick format" that Windows does wouldn't wipe the drive clean, but since DBAN had already ran even for a mere 10 seconds I doubt you'll have much if any success using consumer-grade recovery software be that freeware or paid or Recuva or whatever else.

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5 hours ago, Andavari said:

If you don't have an actual backup disk image of the drive in question with a disk imaging tool such as Acronis True Image, Macrium Reflect, etc., you're unfortunately probably out-of-luck. The "quick format" that Windows does wouldn't wipe the drive clean, but since DBAN had already ran even for a mere 10 seconds I doubt you'll have much if any success using consumer-grade recovery software be that freeware or paid or Recuva or whatever else.

 

Thanks for replying Andavari. It was actually 2 drives that I accidentally started wiping with DBAN, and on the other one I have since reinstalled windows, then run Recuva and there are about 70K files available for recovery. Of course, sod's law dictates that these files aren't actually the ones I'm after, but I hope this means despite not having a backup image, I might still be able to find someway to retreive the files using consumer grade software. Cheers

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Hello Andavari, and for anyone else who ever reads this thread. I was able to recover all the deleted data using [competition software]. I now have a tonne of files to sort through but at least I have it back. I will make regular disk backups in future though. Cheers

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