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Help Needed! Please!

  1. Aug 10, 2005 #1
    This is probably a hopeless attempt, but still, it's worth trying. I had some very important documents on my computer, but it completely crashed and I was forced to format it, as everything I tried didn't work. Anyways, the question is - silly as it may seem - is there any way of recuperating documents that were formatted?
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  3. Aug 10, 2005 #2


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    Your out of luck now considering your probably using the computer. You should have tried a knoppix liveCD before formatting. There may be a way to recover your files, but it is slim to none.
  4. Aug 10, 2005 #3
    What would the way be to recover the files? If someone has a slightest idea of what to do, please post it!
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  6. Aug 13, 2005 #5
    Thank you very much for suggesting that programme!!
  7. Aug 13, 2005 #6


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    you can try a number of freeware/shareware software to do the job, start from a archive like www.snapfiles.com and give them a go. Personally, the experience I've had is that after formatting the amount of data you can extract goes down quite a bit, easier to get a high % of stuff out from "simply" damaged drives. I'd recommend if the data is important that you try at least a couple of software, for some reason in some instances some seem to work better than others :confused: .
  8. Aug 13, 2005 #7
    The best program out there is GetDataBack NTFS and FAT32 editions, if you are running windows.


    First, stop using your computer immediately and shut it down.

    Take out the hard drive and install it as a slave on another computer with GetDataBack installed.

    Run the Program and if the data wasn't directly overwritten when the OS was reinstalled (which is actually fairly likely, because if you reinstalled the same OS it likes to install on the same parts of the HD as your old one, and thus, not where your documents are.

    The data can then be recovered onto the computer you are using to get data off of the HD.

    The problem with this approach is that GetDataBack runs about $80. But it's well worth it if you really need some of the data on there. Or of course, cough cough, cough.. uh hem. Anyway, I've used the program sucessfully in a situation very similar to yours (parent's forgot about some of the necessary data until after the reformat :) and it worked perfectly)

  9. Jan 24, 2007 #8
    I would like to pour invaluable experience.
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