Retrieving files

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Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
help me?
Thanks, Cheryl
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Ontrack's Easy Recovery Pro can get them back.. http://www.ontrack.com/


    "Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1151501c44196$cd5d4c40$a601280a@phx.gbl...
    > Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
    > reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
    > trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
    > the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
    > files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
    > will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
    > out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
    > help me?
    > Thanks, Cheryl
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Hi, Cheryl.

    It may be too late to help you this time, but you should be aware of what
    Microsoft calls the "in-place upgrade", as described in this Knowledge Base
    article:
    How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q315341

    This procedure reinstalls WinXP itself - without reformatting the hard
    drive - but preserves your installed applications and data. When it
    finishes, you will need to get your firewall and antivirus back in place,
    then visit Windows Update to be sure you have the latest Service Pack and
    later updates. This takes about as long as a fresh install, so you'd better
    plan on half a day.

    RC
    --
    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX
    rc@corridor.net
    Microsoft Windows MVP

    "Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1151501c44196$cd5d4c40$a601280a@phx.gbl...
    > Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
    > reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
    > trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
    > the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
    > files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
    > will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
    > out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
    > help me?
    > Thanks, Cheryl
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Cheryl, Contact www.drivesavers.com
    Stop using the computer now, every time a new file is
    written it is damaging the old data files.

    Use a different computer to research "file recovery" and
    you will find companies that do this very well at a price
    and software you can use yourself. If the data is very
    important, are you willing to spend big bucks to get it
    back?

    --
    The people think the Constitution protects their rights;
    But government sees it as an obstacle to be overcome.


    "R. C. White" <RCWhite@msn.com> wrote in message
    news:%23ZpX9tbQEHA.3016@tk2msftngp13.phx.gbl...
    | Hi, Cheryl.
    |
    | It may be too late to help you this time, but you should
    be aware of what
    | Microsoft calls the "in-place upgrade", as described in
    this Knowledge Base
    | article:
    | How to perform an in-place upgrade (reinstallation) of
    Windows XP
    |
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=KB;en-us;q315341
    |
    | This procedure reinstalls WinXP itself - without
    reformatting the hard
    | drive - but preserves your installed applications and
    data. When it
    | finishes, you will need to get your firewall and antivirus
    back in place,
    | then visit Windows Update to be sure you have the latest
    Service Pack and
    | later updates. This takes about as long as a fresh
    install, so you'd better
    | plan on half a day.
    |
    | RC
    | --
    | R. C. White, CPA
    | San Marcos, TX
    | rc@corridor.net
    | Microsoft Windows MVP
    |
    | "Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in
    message
    | news:1151501c44196$cd5d4c40$a601280a@phx.gbl...
    | > Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
    | > reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
    | > trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
    | > the drive and even though it is up and running, all my
    old
    | > files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that
    there
    | > will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
    | > out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can
    anyone
    | > help me?
    | > Thanks, Cheryl
    |
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    "Cheryl" <anonymous@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
    news:1151501c44196$cd5d4c40$a601280a@phx.gbl...
    > Is it possible to retrieve files from the hard drive? I
    > reinstalled XP when my pc crashed because it was having
    > trouble starting back up. It appears to have reformated
    > the drive and even though it is up and running, all my old
    > files are gone, everything! I'm really hoping that there
    > will be a way to get it all back. There must be people
    > out there who specialise in that sort of thing. Can anyone
    > help me?
    > Thanks, Cheryl

    If you re-installed Windows XP then your old data files were
    overwritten. While it is true that there are people out there
    who specialise in retrieving data under such circumstances,
    they mostly work for the FBI or CIA where cost is of no
    concern.

    You may have to consider this unfortunate event as a
    start reminder that you must back up your important
    files to an independent medium once every week, without
    fail. Don't forget to back up your EMail files too!
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