HELP HOW DO I RECOVER MY FILES AFTER REFORMAT?

Found 28th Feb 2010
I have lost all my uni work off my laptop after restoring usins a restore disk, i desperately need the files , Is there a way to recover them?

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nope, the space the files were in has been overwritten by the restore process

sorry

Depends on what type of restore you did?

Did you restore back to a certain point of time?
Or actually format the HDD? if so you've pretty much lost your work..which then I feel for you!

Turn the computer off and leave it off. Every time you start Windows/open a file or application more of your old files are overwritten.

If you really need the data back, seek professional advice.

Where about are you located?

If you needed the files why would you use a restore disc? I am pretty sure it would have warned you that all data will be lost.

Jumpingphil;7973725

Neither of these statements are necessarily true. :x And nor is … Neither of these statements are necessarily true. :x And nor is statement in post #5.Google "undelete" or "recover lost files" or try the program from post #2.There are loads of programs to try out there. :thumbsup:Or you could always get them off the backup CDs you made. :whistling:


The space the files were in has been marked as free for use or already overwritten with new data. Every time Windows/an application writes data to the hard drive it will potentially overwrite a little more of the old files.

If the data is important take the computer/hard drive to someone who can hook up the drive to another computer and run the appropriate data recovery software. (]I like PC Inspector File Recovery, free and works flawlessly).

Jumpingphil;7973825

That's not what you said first time.


Opening a file can cause dozens of write operations by Windows and the application used to open it. The computer should be kept off, until the data has been recovered.

You will need a data recovery software. You can download the demos of those programs if you just search around.

Did you not see the 3 or 4 warnings that all data would be lost?? :thinking:

Russ66;7974061

Did you not see the 3 or 4 warnings that all data would be lost?? … Did you not see the 3 or 4 warnings that all data would be lost?? :thinking:



Anyway, if it was important uni work why was it not backed up to a memory stick OR another computer OR an external hard drive OR a CD OR a DVD OR to an online backup facility.

In fact it should have been backed up to a number of different places, then you would not have had this problem.

YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BACKUPS.

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SUMMONER;7973635

Turn the computer off and leave it off. Every time you start Windows/open … Turn the computer off and leave it off. Every time you start Windows/open a file or application more of your old files are overwritten.If you really need the data back, seek professional advice. Where about are you located?



luton

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guilbert53;7974349

Anyway, if it was important uni work why was it not backed up to a memory … Anyway, if it was important uni work why was it not backed up to a memory stick OR another computer OR an external hard drive OR a CD OR a DVD OR to an online backup facility.In fact it should have been backed up to a number of different places, then you would not have had this problem.YOU CAN NEVER HAVE TOO MANY BACKUPS.



agreed , its my mates lil bro who stupidly did the reset using the factory restore, stupid being the key key word, quiet worrying rellly that a uni student would attempt something like this without backing up their work, education standards are dropping:) even a college dropout like my self would backup .

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I have a great program that will do it, but I think you need to learn from this so I will not be divulging

just so you know though, all recovery
tools are not equal, you will need another machine to look at the disk, and if you choose the right program, you may be able to restore a large majority of your data

ps: backup next time

DE4L3R;7974601

luton


I can loan you a USB cable, that will allow you to connect the laptop drive (SATA or PATA) to another computer (I am located in London/Hackney).

Alternatively FleaBay sell them from ~ £6 delivered (carefull, the cheaper ones don't come with a power supply or the extra cables needed for use with a SATA drive).

http://www.computertarget.com.au/oscom/catalog/images/Adapter_USB-SATA-IDE.jpg

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vibeone;7974655

I have a great program that will do it, but I think you need to learn … I have a great program that will do it, but I think you need to learn from this so I will not be divulgingjust so you know though, all recoverytools are not equal, you will need another machine to look at the disk, and if you choose the right program, you may be able to restore a large majority of your dataps: backup next time


thanks :thumbsup:


SUMMONER;7976076

I can loan you a USB cable, that will allow you to connect the laptop … I can loan you a USB cable, that will allow you to connect the laptop drive (SATA or PATA) to another computer (I am located in London/Hackney).Alternatively FleaBay sell them ~ £6 delivered.


rep to you my friend , ive got an external 2.5" sata enclosure and a sata dock too. Thank you for your help, unlike our friend above. i've found some software , so jus need to open the laptop and give it a scan.:)

To recover the files correctly, you need to use a special recovery program which does it outside of windows. I have forgotten wether its a Linux or Unix machine, but it sees the data on a different level and recovers it.

Its supplied by the company that works with the police so it does work.

I think if its simple recovery, they will charge you £99

Anything more and its £500 +

The software for normal windows file recovery very seldom works in my opinion.

DE4L3R;7974642

agreed , its my mates lil bro who stupidly did the reset using the … agreed , its my mates lil bro who stupidly did the reset using the factory restore, stupid being the key key word, quiet worrying rellly that a uni student would attempt something like this without backing up their work, education standards are dropping:) even a college dropout like my self would backup .



Just out of interest what's he studying?

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aircanman;7976185

To recover the files correctly, you need to use a special recovery … To recover the files correctly, you need to use a special recovery program which does it outside of windows. I have forgotten wether its a Linux or Unix machine, but it sees the data on a different level and recovers it. Its supplied by the company that works with the police so it does work. I think if its simple recovery, they will charge you £99Anything more and its £500 + The software for normal windows file recovery very seldom works in my opinion.



I've had a very healthy success rate with standard off the shelf applications. So long as you stop using the drive right away you'll be fine.

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Flynn Jack;7976192

Just out of interest what's he studying?



law at some uni in london , might be kings or queens or maybe princesses.:oops:
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