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Is There Any Way Of Retrieving Important (& Expensive!) Programmes After Formatting The Hard Drive?


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#1 feathers

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:13 AM

This computer was built for my ex-boyfriend and he gave it to me when we split up.
Unfortunately in those days I knew very little about computers and when it crashed one time and would not reboot I took it to my knowledgeable friend who ended up having to format the drive and reinstall windowsXP (Professional edition) from scratch.

It had some software on it that I wish I had now and so am going to have to purchase again eg. Cubase, Reason and some other software to do with art, design, photography etc.

I know the music programmes are very expensive to buy and my ex doesn't have any of the original CD's (including the windowsXP CD) so I can't reinstall anything if I need to.

Is it at all possible to retrieve programmes after the drive has been formatted?

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Posted 25 April 2008 - 09:37 AM

Even by paying an arm and a leg for professional retrieval services ($1000 or so), the chances that you will retrieve anything but bits and pieces, especially since you have installed files over the originals, is extremely slim. It would be worth your time investigating whether there are not free or open-source applications that will do what the lost ones did.
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Posted 25 April 2008 - 12:04 PM

You might try contacting the software companies. If your licenses are still good for those programs, they may be able to track down your purchase and tell you what your registration codes are, and point you to a download link. Or resend a new program CD for a nominal fee. If they are now into new versions, maybe they would give you a discount to upgrade.

Edited by mommabear, 25 April 2008 - 12:08 PM.


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Posted 25 April 2008 - 12:23 PM

For certain programs, browse our Freeware Replacements for Common Applications
The list is rather long, but there are some good ones listed
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 06:43 AM

Even by paying an arm and a leg for professional retrieval services ($1000 or so), the chances that you will retrieve anything but bits and pieces, especially since you have installed files over the originals, is extremely slim. It would be worth your time investigating whether there are not free or open-source applications that will do what the lost ones did.
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Yeah I pretty much thought that might be the case.
Thanks loads for your response though,
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 06:45 AM

You might try contacting the software companies. If your licenses are still good for those programs, they may be able to track down your purchase and tell you what your registration codes are, and point you to a download link. Or resend a new program CD for a nominal fee. If they are now into new versions, maybe they would give you a discount to upgrade.


Actually I'd not thought of doing that (doh!), that's a great idea, cheers!
Caroline

For certain programs, browse our Freeware Replacements for Common Applications
The list is rather long, but there are some good ones listed


This is a fantastic list!
I've already downloaded a fair few programmes from it, thanks loads for great information :thumbsup:
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Posted 26 April 2008 - 07:16 AM

I might add here that if you have paid applications that are not covered in the Replacement thread, you might give our Members a list---there is a chance that someone may have found a free alternative and not posted about it. I am glad to hear you found replacements for some of those lost applications already.
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