Wiped external hard drive clean by accident

J dreadpiratejeff at gmail.com
Sat Jun 30 18:37:49 UTC 2018

On Sat, Jun 30, 2018 at 14:33 Ian Bruntlett <ian.bruntlett at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi Doug,
> On 30 June 2018 at 19:01, Douglas Pollard <dougpol2 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>  Hell Douglas Pollard here. I was reformatting a few thumb drives that
>> were given to me.  I was using G-parted and left my 4 terrabyte "MY Book"
>> USB external Hard drive plugged in and  wiped it clean Ubuntu can't see it
>> and either can G-parted. AS soon as I relised it was being reformatted I
>> panicked and stopped it now it seems there is nothing there.  A friend said
>> windows 10 could reformat it but I don't have windows on anything. I have
>> notice the progress bar I guess in (Grub 2) that goes across to start
>> Ubuntu hesitates  before reaching the end and ubuntu will not start so I
>> guess it is trying to read the external drive and fails. Unplug  the drive
>> and Ubuntu starts so it seems some thing can see it and is trying to read
>> it.?  Any help with this would be appreciated.    Doug
> Oo. Painful. I don't know how to get your data back for sure but see
> below...
> First off, some suggestions for the use of GPartEd.
> * Use the "View" menu to switch on the display of device information -
> makes it harder to get confused as to which device is what
> Whilst checking details for my reply, I stumbled across something...
> GPartEd's "Device" menu has an "Attempt data rescue..." option. Make sure
> you are referring to the right device before you try this option. Don't
> know how effective this is.
> However, if you want to get your 4TB "My Book" drive back, and you've
> resigned yourself to your data being unrecoverable, you can use GPartEd to
> set up your drive for future use. Things to explore in GPartEd:-
> * Using the Device menu to "Create Partition Table" and then press "Apply"
> (the tick icon).
> * Using the Partition menu "New" option to create a Partition and then use
> the same menu to "Format to" the partition press "Apply" (the tick icon).

Or you pay a data recovery company to attempt to recover what they can from
the drive.

> HTH,
> Ian
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