Accidentally reformatted FAT32 drive to HFS

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by scottd, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. scottd macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2008
    Using Mac OS X 10.4's Disk Utility, I accidentally selected the wrong external drive and overwrote a 500-GB FAT32 drive (Western Digital MyBook) with an HFS format. I immediately recognized my grievous error and stopped right there.

    I am trying's TestDisk to see if I can reconstruct the FAT table, but I don't know if I have set the various parameters correctly. So far, I haven't been able to come up with a combination of commands that yields results that match those in the TestDisk documentation.

    Does anyone have any advice on how I can get my FAT32 drive back? I don't want to lose about a year's worth of organizational iTunes work!


  2. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    you might try
    Data rescue II. It's a great recovery program. I'm honestly not sure about having to rebuild the FAT table first though. As long as you haven't written any new data to the drive you're probably ok to use data rescue

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