ExFAT formated to Mac OS Extended

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ExFAT formated to Mac OS Extended

#1 Post by brunobarcelos » 02 Sep 2013, 09:27

I was doing a backup from my MacBook Air to a ExFAT 500GB external HDD but just when was done, accidentally I chose the external drive to be formatted to Mac OS Extended. After same seconds, when I realized what I did, I unpluged the drive from the Macbook before the process was over.

Now when I plug the disk it doesn't show on the desktop, but I can see it on Disk Utility. And I was able to recover some files using PhotoRec. But I want the folder structures and the filenames.

How can I recover the original ExFAT partition?

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Re: ExFAT formated to Mac OS Extended

#2 Post by cgrenier » 06 Sep 2013, 07:40

Run TestDisk, Advanced, select this partition, use Type to force the type to exFAT if necessary, Boot.
If available, choose BackupBS and confirm.

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Re: ExFAT formated to Mac OS Extended

#3 Post by brunobarcelos » 06 Sep 2013, 20:54

But just the HFS+ partition is available.

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Re: ExFAT formated to Mac OS Extended

#4 Post by cgrenier » 12 Sep 2013, 10:14

It's why you have to force the type to exFAT

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