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Best software to recover files from formatted Hard Disk

Discussion in 'General Software' started by MiST91, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. MiST91 Guest

    Hi all, whats the best software available to recover deleted files from a formatted hard disk?
    i am asking because there are lots of crappy file recovery softwares that really dont work.
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    Azazel New Member

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    Recuva :) its free...and good...or so iv heard :) have tested it out myself
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    if you have done a full format no way to recover as i know
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    There is always a way Laszlo, you can use Filescavenger its very good i use to work with... i can to ur email if u can't find on the net...
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    GetDataBack for NTFS works great, i use it at work and at home.
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    after a full format i bet you can't;after a quick i dunno...
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    all a format does is delete the "shortcut" to get to the actual files.

    all data on a hard drive is there forever, until it is written over.

    so unless he zero'd out his hard drive or installed stuff on the hard drive over his old data, than he can recover all his data
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    Here's one that's free and perhaps worth a try:

    Here

    The key is whether or not the data has been re-written over....
  9. MiST91 Guest

    thanks for your help everyone, same old TPU :toast:, i'm just trying out GetDataBack now see if its any good.
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    Hopefully you find what you're looking for! Please let us know your results so we have an idea of what works and what doesn't. Thanks!:toast:

    Btw-Love the avatar!
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    just tried out "GetDataBack", and its really good, managed to get back the files i lost :D, and i did a Full Format on the Hard Disk as well, i can also get a few useful files back from a format i did a long time ago (also a ful format), not that i need them, but its stll pretty amaizing that i can get them back to say how long ago it was.
    So, yeah, "GetDataBack" is recommended 100%, but only works with FAT variations and NTFS
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    I would recommend GetDataBack and EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional, both are very good but are retail.
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    All a format does is erase the partition table (basically the "index file" that tells the O.S. where physically on the disk the data is stored). Kinda like going to the library and not having the index available to look for the book you want. It is possible to recover files at any point in time as long as: #1 the data has not been written over (new partition created and parts of the drive written to) or #2 the drive has not been zeroed.

    I've been able to recover information simply by creating a new partition, erasing that partition, then using partition recovery to find and choose a previous partition. All this done with Partition Magic aka Partition Tragic. I've successfully used another piece of software b4 but i can't remember the name of it to save my life.
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    thank you for the thanks, and your welcome.

    its an awesome program, ive been using it for like 5 years, it has never let me down.
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    Thankyou for thanking me for the thanks :laugh:, seriously, very rare that happens :respect:.
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    personally, I reccomend EASEUS Data Recovery Wizard Professional, because it works for many files systems, such as FAT/NTFS/EXT2/3, and free technical support always available for us.

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