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Recover old Data after Format??

Last response: in Storage
June 7, 2004 2:26:34 PM


I'm not sure if this can be done, but if someone can point me in the right direction it would be great.

Can data be recovered from a hard drive after it has been over written with another OS.

Here's the deal. A friend of mine has 1 hard drive with 2 partitions. The first partition has the OS (Win XP) the second partition has the data. On the weekend I reinstalled the OS on his First Partition and all was well... After I left, he had some probablem and thought he'd redo it... and he installed the OS on to the 2nd partition giving him 2 OS's.

Is there software out there can can recover data from the 2nd partiton after it has had an OS installed on it??

Please let me know if this is possible...


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March 9, 2009 10:33:59 AM

having wo hard disk
one is windows 98 and another one is windows xp
os installed in c drive and files are stored c d f drive
it has been sold and now they foramtted but i kept some files which to be recovered
what is the procedure
March 10, 2009 2:32:02 AM

I hesitate to tell this story, but every 6 months I "clean" out my arrays, both the files and physically removing all the individual drives and vacuuming. Well long story short, I managed to forget to backup all the wifes pictures of our 3 kids from birth to present. About 10 years worth of pictures. To make matters worse, before I realized it, I already had broken the array, pulled all the drives out, reassembled in a different order, rebuilt the array in a RAID 10 ( it was a RAID 5 ), formatted, and reloaded with files.........Twice ( I was benchmarking ).

It took me 2 days worth of trying software ( afraid the wife would knife me in the back while I slept, so I worked straight through ). I managed to recover all the lost files using both of these programs...

It is a very slow process, but there is a good chance it will work.

The Moral of the Story ?
RAID does not guard against stupidity and ALWAYS have a Backup :) 
March 10, 2009 12:51:16 PM

loads of toosl will do this now days, personally if I were doing it would x-ways forensic, or Encase....but then again I guess that depends if they are avaliable to you! pretty expensive for the individual to buy for personal use I guess!