Solved! Help Recover Files On External Hard Drive - Recovery Disc Fail :(

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Please help.
My laptop died the other day and I had to create usb recovery disc from Microsoft. I got the laptop back to working order but lost all files, this didn't worry me much.

However, when I made the usb recovery disc I also had my external hard drive plugged in.
For some reason, when creating the recovery disc on a usb, it has formatted my external hard drive and copied the files on the external as well.

Now all my files, videos and family photos are all gone.

Is there a way to recover all the files on that external hard drive?

Any help is much appreciated.
Thanks
 

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Your best bet is a software-based solution, such as Recuva or EaseUs, since the problem isn't physical damage.

Unfortunately, the only dependable way to recover files is not to lose them in the first place. If you don't have a backup solution for your important files, the question is when you'll lose them, not if. The 3-2-1 backup rule -- at least three copies of important data on at least two different forms of media with at least one stored offsite -- is an excellent rule of thumb that I hope you use, whether you recover your files or not.
 

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Your best bet is a software-based solution, such as Recuva or EaseUs, since the problem isn't physical damage.

Unfortunately, the only dependable way to recover files is not to lose them in the first place. If you don't have a backup solution for your important files, the question is when you'll lose them, not if. The 3-2-1 backup rule -- at least three copies of important data on at least two different forms of media with at least one stored offsite -- is an excellent rule of thumb that I hope you use, whether you recover your files or not.
 
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Thank you both for the reply.
I was thinking software would be able too bring it back. I do have another backup but it only has a partial back up which has a lot of the files but because I started using it not to long ago I didn't have it all set up. I do agree, I need 3 points of backup.

Will check out the suggestions from you both and see what I can do. Thanks
 
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