Need to recover data from formatted CD-RW

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#1

Hi, I accidently formatted a CD-RW disk that had some important info on it, all of which are documents through Microsoft Word. Is there a way I can recover all the data? Any help would be greatly appreciated.


#2

You can try with ISOBuster. There is a free version you should try first, just click the download button on this page: http://www.isobuster.com/download.php


#3

Or you could try UFS Explorer - Just like ISO buster it is not free though. It is however the two applications I have had most luck with for any task recovering data as both of them seem to find data where others fails.
It has to be emphasized that I use both UFS Explorer 3 and UFS Explorer 5 as they have different qualities, but in any case, for optical media, I would start off with ISOBuster as Kerry suggests. The recovery routine in that program is unique and not found in any other program to my knowledge.


#4

Here’s the thing though, when I right click on the drive it is in it tells me the disk cannot be read because it has NOT been formatted and do I want to format it. I am not a tech savy person so when I say I formatted the disk I mean I saved a document on it one day then the next day when I went to open the document to edit it EVERYTHING WAS GONE. In the properties it doesn’t even show it has used NOR unused space, as in 0% on both. I have a desktop and a laptop pc and it says the same thing on both.


#5

INDEED, YOU MUST NOT FORMAT IT!!!
ISOBuster should be able to read it even though Windows Explorer can’t read it. It will probably ask if you would like to create a managed image of the disc, just do that and work on the image created.

Edit: If that CD-RW is written using the UDF filesystem, I think ISOBuster has to be registered as Professional to help you out in all aspects of the filesystem, more information thereof: http://www.isobuster.com/license-models.php


#6

I didn’t do the format for sure. I wanted to see if I could recover the data first. Thanks.


#7

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