accidently formatted HD to NTFS

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  1. lollerkebab macrumors newbie

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    Hi guys,

    i have a 1tb lacie external hard drive with 2 partitions. 1 hfs+ and 1 ntfs with 33 gig. i wanted to put windows 7 on the ntfs disk and followed a guide and did

    SELECT DISK 1, CLEAN, CREATE PARTITION PRIMARY, SELECT PARTITION 1,ACTIVE, FORMAT FS=NTFS, ASSIGN, EXIT

    When it was done my whole hd was ntfs and my hfs partition was gone. i tried Testdisk and did a quick search and a deep search (took me 2 days), but no result. i also used Mac File Recovery to find a lose volume or lost files but no result. Now i'm using r-studio and performing a scan but i think it won't find my lost HFS+ partition.

    Is there a way to save my HFS partition? My entire photo life is on it. should i bring it to a recovery specialist? or does someone has the answer? maybe reformat it as hfs?

    Thanks
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Do NOT reformat again

    Given the value you place on your data, I would seek professional help at this point
     
  3. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

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    Unfortunately the command you ran explicitly removed all partitions and then created a new single NTFS partition across the entire disk.
    I think the only chance you have of getting anything back off that disk is to use the services of a data recovery specialist: trying to do this yourself is likely to just make things worse.
     
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