I've tried about 10 different file recovery programs to get back my data after doing a quick format. What especially irks me is that before you do the format on the PS3 it asks if you would like to do the quick format instead of the long one because it's more likely that you'll be able to get your info back using file recovery software - at least that's what I remember it saying.
In any event - I've tried many recovery programs, most with little success but finally stumbled across easyrecovery professional. Using the Raw mode I was able to get out over a thousand files. Here is the first snippet of the report it generated:
Ontrack EasyRecovery - RawRecovery
Copyright (c) 2000-2009 Kroll Ontrack Inc.
Report Created 3/11/2009 @ 9:59 PM
Source Drive: ST96812AS
1096 files selected to recover.
34.88 GB data to recover.
Then it listed all 1096 files. The problem is that easy recovery will not let you copy these files to the source hard drive. So now I have all these files on another hard drive with no idea how to get them back on the original. I've found some programs out there that do allow you to restore your data back onto the source drive, but these programs unfortunately weren't able to recover any actual data. Only easyrecovery professional has actually produced any results.
Has anyone had any luck recovering their info after a quick format? Does it help that I now have all this raw data (38 GB worth) sitting on my C drive, or is there no way to get the data back to where it needs to go?