How I Data Recovery After Formatting And Installing System

There will be a story about how I Data Recovery files and directories from a hard drive that turned into an unallocated area, was partially formatted, divided into new partitions, one of which was installed with a new Linux system. If you are still interested, welcome under cat.

Briefly about how “everything fell”:

I bought myself an additional drive (SSD 240GB). The first step was to install an operating system on it. And if I did everything as in the “dock”: downloaded the image, created a Linux Live USB flash drive, rebooted, reinstalled – this article would not exist. But, for the last couple of years, I’ve been using VirtualBox and V Box Manage to install operating systems on various media. Through V Box Manage, I created a “link image” to my new SSD. And then I had to restart the computer. 

After that, without checking anything , I, launched VirtualBox. The installer showed me a 240GB disk. I successfully created the partitions (150 GB – file System, 10GB – swap, 80GB – data) and proceeded with the installation. The installer successfully created the partitions, formatted them, and installed the system to the file System partition. But it turned out that the “image-link” led to my old working HDD.

Data Recovery

Test disk is perhaps the best program for recovering files and partition tables. It is available on both Windows and Linux.

This is the very first program I have ever used. I have already worked with her a couple of times, when I “irrevocably” deleted what needed to be “returned”. And at first I was even sure that I could easily fix everything using test disk. After all, the disk was formatted Twitter in a “fast way”. Yes, a new system was installed on it, but it weighs about ~ 5GB. Those. ~745GB may not be touched at all.

I spent some time to find the exact instructions, a clear plan – how to act in this situation, but the recommendations on the forums often differed. In general, it seemed that “all is lost.” I started looking for other data recovery programs. The best recommendation, which really inspired confidence, went something like this: