This msg is especially for 'VULCAN'.Actually I haven't formatted or could not format my external HDD yet.I was curious to know wether '.exe' file recovery is possible with recovery soft ware along with other files after formating the HDD.I heard from my friends that they were able to recover all type of files except '.exe' files,after formating their own HDD.
Ability to recover files depends on exactly
how you format the disk (e.g. Win 7 full format is a complete overwrite and therefore everything in that filesystem is unrecoverable; recovery (not always everything) is possible in some other cases, depending on things like file fragmentation). The exe files are not treated differently than any other type of files. Unfortunately there are not enough details in your post, to understand what problems your "friends" had with recovering their exe files.
So I wanted to place my query regarding this issue,among you 'experts',since I don't want to lose any of the data from my HDD. [my emphasis]
But you also said you were trying to format your disk?! If you want data back from that disk, then do NOT
try to format it. Doing that will not help you to recover data from the disk.
My issue is this.The content in my 500 GB external sea gate HDD could not be run/played.When I try to open the files from my HDD,the window gets frozen up leaving me with only option to shut down my PC for ejecting/disconnecting my HDD.I tried with 'sea gate tool' and other formatting soft wares also(Even windows formatting too).But none of them could be performed,as a msg pops up after initiating the formatting process like,'I/O error'and 'formatting can not be done'.
As I said, if you want to recover data from the disk, then formatting it is the wrong procedure.
Your story is still not explained clearly for me, because you are mixing at least 4 questions / issues:
- exe file recovery.
- formatting the disk (you also confuse the issue by using the phrase "low level formatting" sometimes).
- recovering data from the disk.
- computer "freezing" when you try to copy data from the disk.
that you are trying to recover data from the disk, and you are becoming confused thinking that formatting the disk will help you - but your real situation is still unclear to me.
I was able to open the folders also but I haven't tried to run/play any of them,as I wanted to copy all those contents as soon as possible.But again the window page got frozen after a while.
If this is what you really want to do, then do not try to format the disk.
If the data is important to you, and because of the communication difficulties that I see in this thread, then I suggest you use a local professional DR company to help you.
If the data is not important, then DIY recovery attempts might be possible (at your risk)
e.g. trying to clone that disk as an initial start. However, as I said, with the continuing communication problems, it is still not really clear what you want to achieve, because of contradictory / unclear comments in your posts. Unfortunately I think I am wasting my time trying to help in this thread, so I will stop here and I hope you get help from other members who understand you better than I do.