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March 26, 2014 10:39:48 PM

hi
i was trying to install xp on my laptop when i accidentally formatted all the drives. now it only shows C drive with the total space i.e. 300GB. the data on the hard disk was very important, is it possible to get it back???

p.s.: after i accidentally formatted my harddisk, i didn't install xp so as to not over write any data, so currently my laptop does not have any os.
March 26, 2014 10:50:28 PM

You would need to run data recovery software with the drive connected to another computer (piriforms recuva for instance which is free) just note that the recovered data isn't going to be in a very friendly form and you will need another drive to hold that information as writing to the drive you are recovering data from isn't recommended.
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March 26, 2014 10:57:44 PM

caqde said:
You would need to run data recovery software with the drive connected to another computer (piriforms recuva for instance which is free) just note that the recovered data isn't going to be in a very friendly form and you will need another drive to hold that information as writing to the drive you are recovering data from isn't recommended.

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but i dont think u can recover now as u deleted the drives and combined them in single ryt?
all the data links are destroyed
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March 26, 2014 11:10:43 PM

As long as it was only a short format it will be fine. A full format (Time consuming) would be an issue. Mind you risheeb1002 will get the data but not in the most preferable way. These applications read the drive bit by bit and use algorithms to figure out what that data could be for newly deleted data they might be able to get everything including the original filename sometimes they can get entire partitions. Just depends on the level of overwriting done to the data. Just think of having a folder with 1Million+ files unsorted and that's what you will get. But at least most if not all of the files/data you want will be there.

I've had to do this for a few people. Piriform's application is not the most complex of them that I have used but it is the cheapest and should do the job.
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March 27, 2014 2:48:09 AM

caqde said:
You would need to run data recovery software with the drive connected to another computer (piriforms recuva for instance which is free) just note that the recovered data isn't going to be in a very friendly form and you will need another drive to hold that information as writing to the drive you are recovering data from isn't recommended.


hey thanks for replying! The data was relly important. So should i do it on my own or should i contact a professional?
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March 27, 2014 2:58:38 AM

Well if you can get it on your own it would be a LOT cheaper. So you can try using that application. Pro services would likely be something to resort to if say your drive failed hardware wise then they might be able to get your data back at excessive cost. Just remember though be patient it will take time for the application to read the data from the drive and whatever you do. DO NOT WRITE TO THE DRIVE until you are sure you have your data.

Good luck with the data recovery hopefully you can recover All of what you need. Or at least most of it.
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March 27, 2014 8:52:59 AM

in terms of going to a professional, yes it will cost a a lot, but just because the fault isn't mechanical doesn't mean that you cant send it off to a data recovery company, they have software that does much more than recuva ever will, if the data is of great importance i would recommend the professional option as there is more of a chance you will get the data back, also they will be able to give you the exact files you want due to the fact that they have file listing software and are able to extract certain files without all of the excess latter.

Hope this helps!!!
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March 27, 2014 9:04:38 AM

You have some options...

Testdisk is a free tool that finds lost partitions.

Partition Find and Mount is another tool to find lost partitions.

DMDE - DM Disk Editor and Data Recovery Software can do a search of the drive and recover using MFT file fragments.
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March 27, 2014 8:46:36 PM

What i dont understand is how do i do anything without an os??? And as soon as i install an os the data would be overwritten. Right? Can give me some steps or pointers?
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March 27, 2014 8:48:45 PM

The drive would need to be temporarily placed in another computer that has an OS and the recovery software installed.
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March 27, 2014 11:46:35 PM

Well i've decided to take to a professional. Turns out a friend of a friend has this side business and i'll get it done for less money. He says since there was no damage to the harddisk, i'll be able to get back more than 90% of the data. Thanks for the responses everyone!!
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March 29, 2014 9:10:41 PM

I think you may download some softwares to do this.
There are many good softwares
Aidfile http://www.aidfile.com
Recuva http://www.piriform.com
RecovermyFile http://recovermyfile.com
Easeus - http://easeus.com
Icare - http://www.icare-recovery.com
Stellar - http://www.stellarinfo.com
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