Accidental Formatting of partition

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Accidental Formatting of partition

#1 Post by IronD » 18 May 2015, 03:30

Hello,

So to make this story as short as possible:

Have MacBook Pro. Installed Windows 7 through bootcamp. Recently had to format an external drive, was not paying attention, quick formatted my Mac_HD partition by mistake with FAT32 (possibly 2-3 times because I kept getting an error when trying to do so, was not paying attention but basically it kept telling me I could not partition the drive). I realized this and immediately restarted my machine, can no longer successfully boot to Windows 7. Took external HDD and installed OSX on it, am now running test disk deeper search, which seems like it will take hours.

Questions:

After what I did, can I recover the Mac HD partition?

If not, can I at least make Windows 7 work again?

I was unable to figure out for certain if the partition that looks like the Mac partition is actually the right one(would look inside but could not find any of the files or it would tell me something was wrong with the filesystem. Can deeper search find something else really?

Thanks for any and all help.

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Re: Accidental Formatting of partition

#2 Post by IronD » 18 May 2015, 15:18

Some extra information:

I can see all files in the windows/bootcamp partition. Don't know if there is a way to recover the partition but I can definitely get the files.

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Re: Accidental Formatting of partition

#3 Post by cgrenier » 18 May 2015, 20:03

If you set the partition to recover as P(rimary) or L(ogical) and on next screen, choose to write the partition table, you should be able to access the file via the Mac OS X Finder or Window File Explorer (but not maybe not able to boot).

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Re: Accidental Formatting of partition

#4 Post by IronD » 19 May 2015, 11:54

Here is the full partition list after a deeper search, I could not link as images since they were too big and you can't see the drive names. Is there anything else aside from the backing up I have done that I can do about this?

http://imgur.com/a/eVcgI

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