Oh dear, what a Muppet I appear to be
Let me explain......
I'm currently in the process of transferring some old Video 8 camcorder tapes onto DVD (with the help of an extraordinarily generous loan of a camcorder and Dazzle Device from JustMicky )
Anyway, I was doing one about two days ago and, as usual, formatted the DVD prior to burning it. Problem is, that I have just noticed this morning, I have stupidly formatted a partition of my HDD instead...
Now, as it happens, this isn't a total disaster, as all of my photos are on the main C: partition (as well as being backed up elsewhere), my music is on an external drive, and my documents are on a pendrive as well as the C: drive
However, I would like to get whatever was on the E: partition back if possible, even if I can't remember what it was! I've so far tried PC Inspector, which has found shedloads of files, with a range of extensions, but having now saved these to an external drive, I see that they are all called things like "cluster 16284.exe", "cluster 16222.doc", "cluster 12345.xls", "cluster 13245.jpg" etc - so not a lot of use
I haven't done any reading or writing to the E: partition since the format (which was a quick one, not a full one btw) so am hopeful that most of the data should be recoverable
Can anyone advise on the best way to get the stuff back in a usable format, either using some other recovery software or even PCI (if the latter, can anyone advise on how to use it, as I find the help file for it confusing!)
A couple of members have PM'd to suggest software which might help and I have tried two so far ("R Studio" and "OnTrack Easy Recovery"
Problem seems to be two-fold now:-
1) Although loads of files have been recovered, they are just available as files, I can't find a way to re-create the structure
2) Aforementioned loads of files seem OK whilst viewing in a list, but I can't find any that will actually open. They all seem to be corrupt
Thing is, am I wasting my time trying to go any further with this, or might there be something I can do to get the data back, with the structure it had, and actually be able to use it?
If anyone can offer any pearls of wisdom, I would be very grateful!!