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Recovering data from formatted hard drive


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#1 prylock

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:47 AM

Greetings all.

Few months ago I've formatted my hard drive and I've installed new WinXP on it.

I had 2 partitions on it and I've made again same two partitions on new WinXP. Some of the data from old WindowsXP I didn't backup and now I've remembered of few screenshots I would like to have again.

Is it possible to recover them, and with what kind of softwer (freeware if possible)?

I apologise if there's a tutorial somewhere for these kind of things here on forum or if I've posted this under wrong section.
Thank you.

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#2 dpunisher

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:54 AM

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

Chances are good the data is not recoverable.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:57 AM

This is a good little freeware program for data recovery:

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

You may be lucky and get some old data back. But if the old data has been physically overwritten with new data, then I'm afraid it's gone forever.

Best of luck. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 08:59 AM

Oops, sorry dpunisher. You were too quick for me there. :thumbsup:

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:01 AM

OK, thank you for your quick answers.
I'll check it out.

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Posted 07 May 2010 - 09:34 AM

Oops, sorry dpunisher. You were too quick for me there. :thumbsup:


Strangely, I hear that from the wife as well. <rimshot>

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Posted 08 May 2010 - 07:10 AM

Another program is Easus data recovery I have used to to recover accidental formatting on USB drives. The software will allow you to scan and locate the files for free. If it finds them you then pay to register it to get them back. If it doesn't work your not out any money.
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