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Recovering HD24 files
Old 17th August 2005
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Exclamation Recovering HD24 files

I use my HD24 as a backup machine and only rarely need to pull data via FST connect. I also was using 200GB drive in it which meant that alot of projects piled up-- too many, in fact.

I had recorded a concert which indeed had data that I needed, but due to that concert being in the midst of a very busy festival I forgot I had not pulled those files into my DAW.

I remembered pretty vividly when I later opened the project to mix and discovered that it was not all there, and I had just reformatted that drive. DUH!!

I got in touch with a guy named Eddie Rivas who was able to pull all of the files that were not overwritten (95%) onto another drive. In other words, he saved my bacon!

I learned several things from this adventure:

1- Use drives that are no more than 40GB in size-- this accommodates 150 minutes of 24 tracks of 24/96. If I had done this (rather than the 200GB drive I had in there) I would have been forced to keep up with the data management and transfer what was needed immediately rather than procrastinating and forgetting to retrieve needed files. Because the project I needed was recorded at 24/48, it meant that each of the 16 tracks was 24 hours long! FST format is a linear format on the HD. This was a nightmare for Eddie to wade through, but he did it!

2- Never format the drive unless POSITIVE that the data is not needed. This is obviously related to avoiding stupid mistakes, but I may never completely eliminate that problem!

3- If I ever do this again, I know who to contact! Eddie Rivas' email is "bro_silas at yahoo dot com"

His data recovery fees are VERY reasonable, especially when compared to the guys in the clean-suits. He is very knowledgeable about the FST file format.

This mess had a happy ending thanks to Eddie!

Old 22nd August 2005
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Great advice, thanks Rich!
Old 31st August 2005
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Hey Rich,

I lost some files right after I got my 1st hd24, I tried to find someone that could retreive my no avail. Would you give me this guy's numbers and what he charged just in case that ever happened again.

I got so paranoid that I wouldn't even delete a song opened up in a file that was never used.

Old 11th July 2006
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Here's a hint: google for hd24tools. Good luck.
Old 12th July 2006
Gear Maniac

And another hint:

If you use an HD24, you need to be a member of the HD24 group. Critical mass of HD24 knowledge is what you'll find there.
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