I have a 3TB NTFS external hard drive that I accidentally formatted. There's were no operating systems on it. It was just where I would put all of my important files which was about 600GBs. I didn't do anything else to the drive once I made the mistake so all the files should be completely intact.
I bought the hard drive used half a year ago and I'm guessing the previous owner deleted or formatted the drive before selling it to me, because when I used another program to deep scan the hard drive, it found a lot of things he deleted or formatted.
I am now using Photorec to copy all files that I had on the 3TB external onto my main hard drive which is 2TB and of course has an operating system on which is Windows 7 Home Edition. However the data it's finding is exceeding 700GB.
I clicked on some of the files and noticed that Photorec is also copying the previous owner's files as well. So now I'm concerned because I don't know if Photorec recovers files in a particular order. I only have 6GBs of space left on my main hard drive and Photorec is so far only halfway through scanning the 3TB external and is still finding files. I had to hit stop since I don't have room. I guess the "Stop" is really just a pause until you want to choose to continue or not.
Does it do them in a certain order? For example recovering the newest files and then the oldest ones? I tried to read up on how the program works, but I'm not tech savvy.
I appreciate any future help. Thank you.
Using PhotoRec to recover lost data
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