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external Hdd HFS

Posted: 14 Aug 2016, 16:33
by lysium

i have external hdd that was formatted with HFS or HFS+, my son accidentally format the hdd to fat32.
how can i recover the file? what should i use testdisk or photorec?


Re: external Hdd HFS

Posted: 15 Aug 2016, 21:47
by cgrenier
You can try testdisk to recover the HFS partition. Once it's done, if the filesystem is corrupted, try PhotoRec but unfortunately it will not recover the original filenames.

Re: external Hdd HFS

Posted: 16 Aug 2016, 12:53
by lysium
thank you for the reply i will try it.

Re: external Hdd HFS

Posted: 14 Sep 2016, 16:22
by Taxicletter
I have more or less the same problem.

I have an external SDD harddrive (the harddrive from my broken MacBook), HFS+ formatted. Before the MacBook crashed, I changed the main user account, which deleted all (hidden) files. One of them was a xxxx.manager file ( is an accounting program).

I only need THAT file, nothing else. Is the fact that it is an SDD drive a problem?
Some recovery programs only let me search for common filetypes, not exotic once like ".manager" files. Can TestDisk recover this file and how do I do that?

Re: external Hdd HFS

Posted: 14 Sep 2016, 19:33
by cgrenier
testdisk will not help and photorec can be usefull only if it know this file format.
Can you share some .manager files ? (Dummy data is ok)