Recovering deleted files from sansa fuze

I accidently deleted all the files on my sansa fuze.  I went to the System Setting menu, they went to the Format menu and answered “yes” when it asked “are you sure you want to format this device?” 

Does anyone know how to recover the files deleted during this process.  I am specifically interested in recovering the voice recording files that were deleted. I realize this may require some sort of recovery software.  Are there any free downloads out there?

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Generally, when you format its gone forever. Sorry dude.

If you formatted the player, everything is gone! Let it go. All you can do at this point is learn from your mistake and start over.

That’s exactly why whether you use the on-board format function or have Windows do it for you, it’s a 2-step process. When it asks you if you really want to format, it’s giviing you a 2nd chance to consider your decision. Anytime a computer gives you a 2nd chance of backing out of something, that something must have pretty serious consequences, so slow down and think for a minute; why? And do I REALLY want to do this? What’s going to happen if I do, and what’s going to happen if I don’t?

Formatting is a one-way street. No turning around or backing up!

I accidentally deleted a voice recording as well, but the styrange thing about it was… my sansa clip DID NOT ask me wether or not I Really wanted to delete it!. And yes… it Was saved in my Sansa clip… Is there any hope for me?.

First this board is for the Fuze. Second Probably not. If you open the Clip up in windows explorer and its not there then its gone ( Make sure you try both USB modes though)

The company who makes all of these Sansa’s,  I dont care what model it is, should create something that the consumer can purchase, that will recover files they accidentally deleted, they would make even More money than they already do, because I’ve read several concerns that were similar to mine.  DAMNIT, I am So pissed & upset, I’m going to have freaking nightmares & cry in my dreams about this, the file that was robbed from me was So important!. F%k Sansa!!!*
Message Edited by sn0wbunnY on 02-11-2009 09:55 PM

Its something that cant be done. If you delete something from your Hard Drive on your computer and you choose to permantly delete it, then its gone. There is not a thing you can do about it. However I reread your op and if it really didnt ask you if you wanted to delete the file you have something wrong. Call them tomorrow, and see what they have to say. It may be such a thing as your clip is defective or the guys @ tech support may have a way to try and recover it (I wouldnt get my hopes up) Its to bad the file is gone, but these things happen, I have deleted important lectures in the past (That have caused me to fail classes) but I had to learn to live with it.

At least on a computer, the format command isn’t always non-reversable.  Unless the space on the hard drive is actually over-written, some times these formatted files can be recovered.  I have a system boot disk with utilities that has such an unformat program on it and has worked well, the few times I’ve needed it.  I wonder if Sansa has a program (for their own use of course) that does a similar thing for the Sansa players?

@fuze_owner_gb wrote:
At least on a computer, the format command isn’t always non-reversable.  Unless the space on the hard drive is actually over-written, some times these formatted files can be recovered.  I have a system boot disk with utilities that has such an unformat program on it and has worked well, the few times I’ve needed it.  I wonder if Sansa has a program (for their own use of course) that does a similar thing for the Sansa players?

There are those methods but would you suggest a computernovice use them? I am Microsoft Certified on XP and Vista, and I am not comfortable using anunformat utility as it can have major adverse effects on both hard and soft ware. And thats why I suggested he call Sandisk. They may have that stuff and be able to hook it up.

There’s a physical and fundamental difference between formatting a computer’s hard drive and flash memory.

FLASH - it’s there! FLASH - it’s not! Once you wipe this. it’s gone. It’s not like the data is getting physically written onto the rotating drive plates that can be extracted through recovery processes.

@conversionbox wrote:


@fuze_owner_gb wrote:
At least on a computer, the format command isn’t always non-reversable.  Unless the space on the hard drive is actually over-written, some times these formatted files can be recovered.  I have a system boot disk with utilities that has such an unformat program on it and has worked well, the few times I’ve needed it.  I wonder if Sansa has a program (for their own use of course) that does a similar thing for the Sansa players?


There are those methods but would you suggest a computernovice use them? I am Microsoft Certified on XP and Vista, and I am not comfortable using anunformat utility as it can have major adverse effects on both hard and soft ware. And thats why I suggested he call Sandisk. They may have that stuff and be able to hook it up.

Err… I think you missed my point.  If Sansa has such an unformat utility for the player, maybe all is not lost for the customer.  I wasn’t suggesting that the consumer do anything themselves, other than do no additional writing to the device… If such a utility exists, the formatted files (s) may be able to be salvaged by Sandisk

You’ll have to forgive my sometimes flip comments concerning software, operating systems and the like.  Nothing scares me when it comes to performing tasks…(Not necessarily a good thing…) I was the first one in the state of Indiana to be trained on the original IBM PC; both at IBM and Microsoft… and even worked for Gill Bates for a brief priod of time…  So, take any advice or suggestions I give with a big grain of salt… :smileyvery-happy:

@fuze_owner_gb wrote:


 Gill Bates

I always wanted to meet him^^:stuck_out_tongue:

@tapeworm wrote:

There’s a physical and fundamental difference between formatting a computer’s hard drive and flash memory.

 

FLASH - it’s there! FLASH - it’s not! Once you wipe this. it’s gone. It’s not like the data is getting physically written onto the rotating drive plates that can be extracted through recovery processes.

True, if everything works exactly as designed.  If the aforementioned file (s) is a matter of life and death; it may be worth investigating if the format command did indeed completely wipe the data.

Personally, I take a C’est la vie attitude with any data on any personal electronic device or computer… but my view is not always shared by others.  Nothing stored on a electronic gizmo is going to give me more than a seconds worth of concern before I move on with my life.

@marvin_martian wrote:


@fuze_owner_gb wrote:


 Gill Bates

I always wanted to meet him^^:stuck_out_tongue:

I’ve always called him that…

Maybe that is part of the reason I am no longer an employee…:dizzy_face:

sn0wbunnY wrote: 

 DAMNIT, I am So pissed & upset, I’m going to have freaking nightmares & cry in my dreams about this, the file that was robbed from me was So important!. F%k Sansa!!!*

 

So, let me get this straight . . . Sansa (AKA SanDisk) is to blame because YOU accidentally deleted a file?

This wasn’t ‘robbed from you’; you chose to delete it! What did you really think the DELETE command would do anyway? And if this file was ‘So Important’, why were you messing around with the DELETE function in the 1st place?

I’m sorry, I can sympathize with you for accidentally deleting a file you didn’t mean to and understand you’re frustrated. But that frustration and anger have to be aimed at only one person or entity, yourself!

It’s time you stood up and accepted responsibility for what you have done, instead to trying to point blame & curse at a company that doesn’t ‘idiot-proof’ their product.

Now go cry yourself to sleep.

You may want to investigate file recovery programs such as http://www.diskinternals.com/ to see if it can help with your problem.  Some programs can recover files from formatted disks.  I have formatted an SD card with pictures before and recovered the files. 

I’m not sure if it works with flash based mp3 players though…

Message Edited by creep on 02-12-2009 10:48 AM

Check out TestDisk and PhotoRec…

http://www.cgsecurity.org/wiki/TestDisk_Download

I did the same thing, I deleted very important voice recordings, only thinking of the music files I was deleting…I came here and read all the intellegent posts and became a bit hopeless…but still did not use the internal memory in hopes I would still be able to recover my voice recordings.

Walla walla washington!

I used a program called “Recuva” (you can down load itfrom Cnet downloads) baddaBING!!!  voice recordings recovered!

Incedentally, I did both, I reformated and restored original factory settings…

Hopefully you havent recorded over your internal memory…

Good luck getting your voice recordings back.

Dagtall

Dagtall wrote:

Hopefully you havent recorded over your internal memory…

 

Good luck getting your voice recordings back.

 

Given the fact that this was posted 1 1/2 years ago, I’d say ‘Das ist nicht gut’. :stuck_out_tongue:

For anyone interested in a cool and FREE  “Undelete” program:

http://ntfsundelete.com/

Has saved my butt a few times.