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How Do You Recover Lost Data?


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#1 songoten_01

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 10:35 PM

Hey I would like to know if anyone knows how to recover data that has been erased completely. I don't exactly how to retrieve it before it get written over again.

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Posted 20 August 2006 - 11:10 PM

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How did you lose your Data...Did you do a complete restore or a complete reinstall of XP?
If you did a restore, most of your files should still be on your harddrive.
if you did a complete(clean)reinstall of XP,sorry they're gone.
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Posted 21 August 2006 - 01:32 AM

This is a freebie recovery programme you could try. PC Inspector.

I can't vouch for it but it could be worth a look.

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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:03 AM

I like GetDataBack from http://www.runtime.org/ - but it's fairly expensive. The good point is that you can download a free program to tell you what it will recover before buying it. IMO it's as powerful a program as PCInspector - but is easier to use.

Here's a link to a professional data recovery service who'll give you a free quote. Be advised that this service runs $600 to $1800 for an 80 gB IDE drive (from my research). http://www.drivesolutions.com/datarecovery/index.shtml

Then click on "Request a Quote" on the left hand side.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 07:11 AM

By downloading and installing any software you will overwriting your hard drive, and any data that might have been stored in that area of the hard drive will be LOST FOREVER.

This operation is best done by stopping using the hard drive in question. Install it in another computer as a slave drive, download any programs to the master drive, and then use the programs to find any lost data on your slave drive.

If you have reformatted your hard drive, chances are good that at least some of your data will be recoverable. When you reformat, the data is actually still on the hard drive, it has just been flagged so that it is to be ignored, and eventually it will be overwritten, and at that time it is unrecoverable.
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Posted 22 August 2006 - 12:07 PM

When you reformat, the data is actually still on the hard drive, it has just been flagged so that it is to be ignored, and eventually it will be overwritten, and at that time it is unrecoverable.

As AF mentioned,and I should have have in my first post,the more you use the computer,the less chance you will have to recover the data.
Something else you could try is the demo version of DataRecovery Wizard http://www.easeus.com/download.htm
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Posted 01 September 2006 - 03:37 PM

In the past...ok two weeks ago I made use of my data recovery software. I use StompSoft's Recover Lost Data to get some picture files that I had deleted out of my recycle bin. Anyway, I use this software because I can run it right off of the CD thereby minimizing the possibility of loosing the data to an overwrite. Just an idea. :thumbsup:




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