How do i do a data recovery on my removable hard drive

Hello,
Had a nasty virus WIPE my external hard drive clean. Everything is GONE.. ALL photos, business and personal files GONE. Any suggestions on how to recover???
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  1. First I would enable "Show Hidden" and "Show System" files in explorer. These current blackmail viruses that want you to buy their a/v software only hide the files and do not actually wipe them.
  2. popatim said:
    First I would enable "Show Hidden" and "Show System" files in explorer. These current blackmail viruses that want you to buy their a/v software only hide the files and do not actually wipe them.



    Ok seems to work somewhat. I can now see all file folders and files. EXCEPT all my photos under each folder are gone. I click to show hidden files under the folder and apply to all folders and nothing happens. I did not see the show system files option. Any other suggestions?
  3. In win7 you would uncheck the Hide Protectd operating System Files option , its a few lines down froom the show hidden files.
  4. popatim said:
    In win7 you would uncheck the Hide Protectd operating System Files option , its a few lines down froom the show hidden files.



    OK done...thank you......but still my photos are missing. :( And thanks for saving me for paying a recovery company.
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